#72, Chris DeGeare, OG (6035, 325, 5.06-5.20) Wake Forest
Notes: Born Christopher DeGeare 2/17/87, in Chandler, Ariz. Parents are Brian and Genetria (deceased) DeGeare. His brother, Jamie, was a quarterback at Appalachian State for two years (2007-08). Team captain as a senior at Glenn High School in Kernersville, NC, where he was coached by Dick Cline. Earned all-conference and all-area honors as a junior and senior. Member of the North Carolina team in the 2004 Shrine Bowl.
College: DeGeare played three seasons at guard before moving to left tackle last season. Chose Wake Forest over offers from Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Played in all 11 games at right guard as a true freshman in 2005, grading out at 78 percent with 29.5 knockdown blocks; played a total of 396 snaps and missed only 13 assignments. Started all 14 games at right guard in 2006; saw action on 699 snaps, about 81 percent of all plays, with a season grade of 85 percent and 56 knockdown blocks. Starter at right guard in 2007 (missed one game with sprained right knee and was slowed in others) but was on the field for 617 offensive snaps; graded out at 82.8 percent for the year with 44 knockdown blocks. Sat out the 2008 season due to academics after coping with the death of his mother, Genetria, with whom he had a very close relationship. DeGeare caught back up on his schoolwork and graduated in December 2009. He was moved out to left tackle by the coaches as a senior in 2009, starting all 12 games and recording a 90 percent efficiency grade. 2009 East-West Shrine invite. Majored in sociology.
Pre-Draft: Measured 6-3 5/8, 325 pounds … 34-inch arms … 9¾-inch hands … 27 reps at 225 pounds … 1.71 10-yard time … 2.93 20-yard time … 5.06-5.20 40-yard time … 32½-inch vertical jump … 8-7 broad jump … 4.90 20-yard shuttle … 7.84 three-cone drill. Had a facility visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers prior to the draft.
Pro: Drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round (No. 161 overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Positives: Well-built player with nice body mass and natural strength. Good initial quickness in the running game, plays behind his pads and can drive defenders off the ball. Has the power to control opponents and shows flashes of nastiness. Difficult to get around on pass protection. Can anchor and stun players trying to bull rush. Effective zone-style blocker.
Negatives: Needs technique development and is still somewhat raw. Relies too much on size and strength and will struggle with quicker, penetrating-type defensive tackles at times. Marginal lateral and foot quickness. Needs to improve his stamina. Might need reps to pick up the playbook and develop refined technique.
Summary: DeGeare has the tools to develop into a quality starter if he can refine his skills and make the transition to the complexities of the pro game. Appears to be a nice fit in the team's zone blocking scheme.
What they said:
"I think I'm a great run blocker, but I'm very versatile. I can play guard or tackle. They can plug me in wherever they need me. I look forward to learning from two Pro Bowl offensive linemen in (Steve) Hutchinson and Bryant (McKinnie). I'm just ready to roll." – DeGeare in post-draft conference call
"Depth certainly has been an area for concern at guard for a while with the Vikings, so DeGeare will have a good chance to make the team if he has a strong preseason." – Adam Caplan, Scout.com
"A solid pick. Chris DeGeare fits the blocking scheme and range. (Pick Grade: B)" – WalterFootball.com
"Huge player that takes up his right side of the line well. Moves into his pass blocking position well and does a good job making the right calls along the line." – Scout.com
"DeGeare spent three years at guard before moving to left tackle during his final season. His versatility attracted the Vikings, who lost guard and tackle backup Artis Hicks to Washington in free agency." – The Sports Xchange
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