Position: Offensive Tackle
Projected 40-Time: 5.35
Star Rating: Grade: 82
Draft Projection: 3rd Round
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85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Black is an experienced left tackle who possesses great upper-body strength. He swallows up defenders with his long arms and brute strength, not allowing them to turn the corner. He plays with balance and presents a solid base. He uses his strength to his advantage and not only excels in pass protection, but he does a good job in run blocking. He delivers a devastating initial punch to the opposition, drives them off the line and seals them away from the ball carrier. He’s a very intimidating presence.
Weaknesses: He lacks athleticism and struggles to get depth on his kick-slide off the snap. He doesn’t move well laterally and doesn’t get to the second level consistently.Steuber Says: Black finished his career at LSU starting 52 consecutive games at left tackle. However, even though he’s been a left tackle in college, he doesn’t translate to playing the position as a pro. He lacks the athleticism and is too slow to keep up with the pass rushers in the NFL. He will probably move to guard or right tackle. Black has to improve his feet and quickness to have a chance at being a starter at the next level.
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