STATS & BIO: Four-year starter that won
All-Conference honors the past two seasons and was also given All-American
consideration. Started at left
tackle as both a red-shirt junior and senior after playing guard his first two
years on the active roster. Started
as a true freshman in '97 but broke his ankle the following season, which
resulted in a red-shirt year.
THE GOOD: Athletic line prospect that dominates in confined quarters. Quick off the snap, stays square and keeps the opponent in front of him. Displays jolt in his upper body, extends his arms and turns defenders out of the action. Anchors in pass protection and also blocks down well on opponents. Starts with a wide base and blocks with excellent forward lean. Keeps his feet moving and quick getting out to engage linebackers, opening up the running lanes for his backs. Early in his career showed extraordinary ability to pull across the line of scrimmage, quickly get into the defensive backfield and annihilate opponents.
THE BAD: Bends at the waist, over extends and plays off balance at left tackle. Slow adjusting his body, lacks the fluid footwork and overall blocking range. Moved to the blind side out of necessity and though he did an admirable job at Mississippi it may not be his best position at the next level.
THE SKINNY: Dominates
opponents in a small area or blocking straight ahead on the second level but
the more he moves laterally the greater his struggle becomes. Won't be drafted as early as he should be based on his
performances at tackle the past two seasons but definitely a prospect that
will be effective at the next level if put in the correct scheme.
Mid Second Round.