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2013 Offensive Guard Rankings

April 9, 2013

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Offensive Guard

Prototype in the NFL: Logan Mankins

Best In Class

Best Feet: Jonathan Cooper                             Best Jab: Chance Warmack

Best Run Blocker: Chance Warmack            Best 2nd level Blocker: Jonathan Cooper

Best Pass Blocker: Jonathan Cooper             Best Mean Streak: Brian Winters

Best Pancake Blocker: Chance Warmack    Best Technician: Omoregie Uzzi

1. Jonathan Cooper North Carolina #64 Sr.

Comparison: Davin Joseph

Combine: Looked athletic yet surprised me with a bit of a gut. 1.73 10 yd split. Graduated in Dec 2012 (despite being only a Jr.!). Outstanding in move drill. Great in pull drill and snapped ball. Very good in kick slide drill. Elite bend in mirror drill.

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33

5.07

35

27

108

7.78

4.84

Notes: In the 2011 Virginia game he showed elite quickness and agility on pull play not making a great block or anything but shooting around like a TE (14:26 4th), again showed great speed but again didn’t really block anyone and fell down embarrassingly (13:40 4th). In the 2011 Louisville game had a nice combo block helping LT on DE then getting out to OLB successfully showing good speed (8:57 1st), great pass pro vs. DT Roy Philon, false start, nice block turning DT to his right creating hole for RB to his left, might have a little too much quickness as he juked the defender on a pull block-first time I’ve ever seen this (10:13 4th), and pushed on his heels but recovered nicely pushing back at DT unfortunately he went too far and held. In the 2011 Georgia Tech game showed great mobility on pull block but again had a weak block at POA vs. LB (14:43 1st). In the 2011 Clemson game he had a big time run block vs. DT Brandon Thompson pushing him back a few yards (6:20 3rd), was very dominant throughout holding off a very good DL of Clemson. Listed as the #37 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Louisville game I noticed his outstanding teamwork with LT and C as he helped them constantly and was always following play downfield after a throw to try and get another block-great effort. Listed as the #38 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season.

Overall: Jonathan Cooper is the quickest, most athletic guard I’ve ever graded. He isn’t the highest rated guard I’ve ever graded as Mike Iupati and Shawn Andrews both best him due to their elite power yet Cooper still has the 3rd highest grade of any guard I’ve graded in the past decade. The player I would compare him most to would be Davin Joseph, 2x Pro Bowler and 1st round selection in 2006, as both players have the quickness to completely cover up a player. Cooper is even more talented than Joseph though and I suspect that he’ll be an immediate starter and a Pro Bowler early in his career. Interestingly enough I have yet to see anyone, other than me, rate Cooper as the #1 OG in this draft as everyone has fallen head over heels for Chance Warmack. Warmack is stronger than Cooper but Jonathan not only is much faster and athletic than Chance but also has superior game film in my opinion. The fact that Warmack had two elite players playing next to him hasn’t been discussed enough and I think the team that takes Warmack over Cooper will be kicking themselves one day. Warmack is a very good player but Cooper is a rare specimen and will be a future All Pro. Top 20 as my #1 OG 2/24/13.

2. Chance Warmack Alabama #65 6’2 317 Sr.

Comparison: Larry Allen

Combine: 34 ¾ arms! 1st team All-American in 2012. Very high running style. Terrible 40 (5.55) unofficial. 1.85 10 yd split. Slow in pull drill. Slow and awkward in pull drill. Supposedly got a quad pull at end of 2nd 40. Slow in kick slide drill both times-one of the worst.

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34.75

5.49

902

Notes: Called best OL for team in 2011 despite Barrett Jones winning Outland Trophy and DJ Fluker being the best regarded by scouts. In the 2011 LSU game #2 he had a nice pancake block on pass block, gave penetration to DT Bennie Logan but elite recovery turning him and with long arms stoning him in backfield (6:30 2nd), great pancake on down block vs. DT then showed elite quickness to get LB block-rare double block (5:51 2nd), solid mobility on RB screen but missed LB in space, false start but not called, great block in space on LB Sam Baker pushing him back and away for huge hole (2:45 3rd), strong push on Logan knocking him back then pancaking him on run (11:20 4th), another strong push vs. Logan. I have to agree that he’s their best OL in 2011. Future high draft pick as an OG. 2nd round 1/9/12. In the 2011 Penn St. game he was too slow against DT Jordan Hill on down block allowing TFL on WR reverse (11:52 4th). Listed as the #35 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Michigan game he tried but was pretty slow on RB screen, they pull him regularly though and in short spaces he’s fine just not on long screens, in the phone booth he was dominant in this game yet Michigan had no NFL caliber DTs. In the 2012 Arkansas game he had a nice pancake block of LB getting to him, turning him, and dropping him to the ground. Listed as the #41 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Missouri game he had a hold on 3rd and long knocking them out of FG range. In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he missed block by LB Cam Lawrence allowing tackle, false start, beat by DT who jumped in backfield and almost deflected screen pass. In the 2012 LSU game he was beat on penetration by DT Bennie Logan forcing run outside, good pull block in hole hitting LB hard to stun him as RB went by, beat by Logan inside forcing cut in backfield by RB, strong drive block vs. Logan getting good push. 1st team SEC in 2012. In the 2012 Notre Dame (BCS Championship) game he was quiet but regularly showed his elite power in opening huge holes for +200 yds rushing. I continue to think he’s overrated due to the guy to his left and right but he’s still one of the best run blockers I’ve ever graded and a late 1st round/early 2nd round talent 1/7/13. SEC Honor Roll in 2012. In the 2012 Georgia game he was pushed back initially by DT John Jenkins who slowly pushed through for 5 sec cov sack.

Overall: Every year there are a few prospects that the majority of scouts and media fall head over heels for and I just don’t see it. Sometimes I’m wrong (Doug Martin in 2012) and sometimes I’m right (Blaine Gabbert in 2011) but I don’t change my opinion just because I’m in the minority. This year Chance Warmack is the most extreme of these cases as I consider him a good OG (2nd round grade as my #2 OG) but that still puts me in the minority as at this time (2/24/13) Mike Mayock has him as the #1 player on his board, Todd McShay at #1, Rob Rang at #3, and Scouts Inc at #2. I personally would never even consider taking an OG in the Top 5 of a draft yet don’t even have Warmack as the #1 OG in THIS draft so it’s a moot point. What too many people are failing to realize about Chance is that his tape has been very good but hardly exceptional and this is despite him being in the most optimal situation an OG could ask for. On his left is Cyrus Kouandjio who I rate as the #2 OT in the entire country and a likely top 10 pick next season while on his right is Barrett Jones who won the Remington Award this season as the best center in college football. Warmack has poor foot speed and lateral quickness yet it is largely unnoticed due to the elite talent to his left and right. The Combine showed this as his 40 time (5.49) and position drills were some of the worst among the OL group. He somewhat makes up for this with his elite strength and will be a dominant run blocker yet teams will attack his edges next season and if not given proper help he will be exploited in pass pro. Elite offensive guards don’t need to be helped and the fact that I expect him to struggle as a pass protector makes me unable to give him anything higher than a 2nd round grade. He has similar strength to a Mike Iupati who went 17th Overall in 2010 yet Iupati ran a 5.24 40, was 3 inches taller, 23 lbs heavier, and looked quick in position drills while Warmack ran a 5.49 40 and was slow and lumbering in every drill. In the right system he could be a dominant mauler and even become a Pro Bowler yet his lack of quickness is very obvious and it’s surprising that so many people are stating he’s the best guard they’ve graded since Steve Hutchinson in 2001. A good but far from elite OG who gets a 2nd round grade as my #2 OG 2/24/13.

3. Larry Warford Kentucky 6’3 332 Sr.

Comparison:

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Barely held edge vs. Everett Dawkins yet not moved at all by power and ended quickly after that (3), Dawkins tried spin move and didn’t move him at all for easy win-just a rock (4), gave edge to Everett Dawkins yet kept in between QB (1), pushed back a bit 2nd time yet not far and Dawkins fell at end (2), #3 OL on Day 1. Day 2: Surprised me as he hadn’t been moved all week yet John Jenkins slowly moved him right into QB (-3), Corey Grissom went inside on him and fell down for easy pancaked (3.5), battled Jenkins 2x dominating the 2nd time and slightly winning the 1st as both times he held edge and was only pushed back a bit (2, 3), slow on down block unable to get Montori Hughes. In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he started at RG, gave ground to Sylvester Williams for late pressure, solid in space on screen getting to and hitting a S, good push on Kawann Short in red zone, nice pancake of Short on down block in red zone. Mayock says he’s a late 2nd/early 3rd yet I saw too many instances of his lack of quickness being exploited. Early 4th round 2/13/13.

Combine: Slow in 40 yet didn’t look very fat for his size. Good in pull drill for his size. Solid in kick slide drill. Smooth and decently quick in kick slide drill. His Combine numbers were atrocious as he had the 2nd worst 40 among the 58 OL, 3rd worst vertical, 8th worst broad, and 6th worst shuttle.

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332

33.38

5.58

28

22.5

800

5.1

7.78

Notes: 1st team SEC in 2010, 2011 and 2012! In the 2012 Florida game he had strong hit of LB in hole on pull block, he’s slow but technically sound and had no trouble holding edges against DT Shariff Floyd, too slow on pull block with RB hitting him in back-tackled his own guy, poor run block allowing defender to slip him for no gain tackle, for as big as he is he didn’t show elite strength and rarely was dominant in the run game.

Overall: Warford at 6’3 332 lbs is a massive man with poor quickness making him perfectly suited for a run oriented, smash mouth offense and poorly suited for a passing offense or zone blocking scheme. This scheme specificity hurts his draft stock but what helps him is his experience as he’s been a 1st team SEC selection 3 straight years and had good tape in 2012 against #1 rated DT Shariff Floyd. Due to this tape as well as his impressive 1×1 battles at the Senior Bowl he settles in as an early 3rd rounder and my #3 OG despite terrible Combine numbers and a lack of quickness that can be exploited 3/27/13.

4. Brian Winters Kent St. #66 6’4 320 Sr.

Comparison: Kevin Gogan

Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1-Pushed Jordan Hill wide of QB (3), beat on quick move by Kawann Short (-4), stoned Short and wouldn’t even let him move (4), bullrushed by Brandon Williams but stood strong and threw him on his butt (3.5). Day 2: Lost edge initially by Sylvester Williams but somewhat held/pancaked him (2), no rush vs. Short but allowed breakthrough very late (1), beat immediately by Short and then held (-4). 11×11-beat instantly by Sylvester on screen for pressure, very quick on outside run getting in front of RB. Day 4: No rush and stoned Brandon Williams easily-gave him a nice bob in the back of the head when Brandon kept battling after whistle (4), pushed back initially by Short then drove Short back to LOS for stone (4), beat by Brandon at snap for immediate loss on quick move (-4), beat again by Brandon this time on outside edge (-3), 11×11-took big shot on Duke Williams near end of play on a semi cheap shot. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he started at LG, no rush vs. John Jenkins-held ground well, quick to 2nd level for solid block on LB, no rush vs. Jenkins, slow on pull block but nice hit on LB in space.

Combine: He didn’t run at Combine or do any drills after stopping at 9 reps on the bench press due to a cramp in his pectoral muscle. He stated everything was fine and he would be 100% for his pro day in a few weeks.

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9

Notes: In the 2012 Northern Illinois game he showed himself as a mauler pancaking DE on down block-loves to get after it and talked shit after play, beat badly on inside move showing average lateral quickness, lacks the athleticism to play LT and possibly even RT, beat badly on inside again this time for 4.5 sec sack by backup DE George Rainey. He was beat twice badly on inside moves and doesn’t have the speed to play LT or possibly even RT but I really like his aggressiveness and strength making me think OG is a good fit anyway. 1st team MAC in 2012. 50 career starts (school record). In the 2012 Arkansas St. game he showed elite speed for an OL getting 15 yds downfield on 2nd level blocks (12:26 1st), beat on edge and held but not called, he did almost a stutter step in adjusting to LB on 2nd level block-one of the quickest 2nd level blockers I’ve ever graded!, very feisty and loves to get into it with opponents, lacks the lateral quickness to be an OT, keeps his feet chopping non-stop, is almost always the first guy off the snap, very good at combo blocks. I love the kid but think he fits best at OG, though RT in a zone scheme makes sense due to his elite mobility in space. Early 3rd round 1/7/13.

Overall: Brian is one of my favorite interior lineman to scout as he’s such a feisty player that there inevitably will be a fight or some action after the whistle at some point in the game. He reminds me of Kevin Gogan both attitude wise and skill set wise as he’s a tall, powerful OG yet one without elite quickness who can be exploited by a superior talent. He is by no means a future Pro Bowler yet will be an above average starting OG for a team and will bring an attitude and aggressiveness to the unit that can set the tone for a game. He stays out of the 2nd round due to a mediocre Senior Bowl that saw him exploited by some of the more talented DL there yet I still fully believe that by year 2 of his career he’ll be a full time starter and will bring a feistiness that I covet in my OL. Early 3rd round as my #4 OG 2/24/13.

5. Omoregie Uzzi Georgia Tech #77 6’3 300 Sr.

Comparison:

Combine: Not invited.

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Notes: 1st team ACC in 2011 and 2012. In the 2012 Florida St. game he had strong run block of DT Timmy Jernigan for huge hole up middle, lunged at Timmy and missed allowing 4 sec sack, couldn’t hold block on DT Everett Dawkins for long allowing short gain tackle, good cut block on Dawkins, great turn block on Dawkins on 4th and 1 with them running right behind him. He had his moments of weakness but overall he won the majority of the battles against 3 NFL caliber DTs (Dawkins, Jernigan, McCloud). He doesn’t have great quickness but has more than enough to succeed at the next level and has very good strength, technique, and experience. 3rd-4th round range type guy 12/15/12. 1st team ACC in 2012. In the 2012 USC game he regularly won his one on one matchups with DL Leonard Williams, Morgan Breslin, etc., beat on outside shoulder by DT George Uko for TFL, good push on 3rd and 1 on Uko to knock him away-huge hole and then talked shit on him, solid mobility on pull and could do it at next level but isn’t elite, whiffed on swim move on Uko for TFL. I continue to like what I see of him as he is strong, quick, and experienced. Not a superstar OG but a quality starter for quite awhile. Late 3rd/early 4th 1/1/13.

Overall: Uzzi is a technician with solid strength and athleticism who lacks the elite measurables to develop into a Pro Bowler but should start early in his career and will be a capable starter for a long time. He has elite experience (played in 49 games-started final 37) and productivity (1st team ACC in 2011 & 2012, 2nd team ACC in 2010) and is a great combination of technique, quickness, and power. He’ll be a consistent start for a team for a long time and I could see him starting on Week 1 as a rookie. Late 3rd round as my #5 OG 2/24/13.

6. Lane Taylor Oklahoma St. #68 6’3 330 Sr.

Comparison:

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day: Great size (6’3 324) and strength (31) but poor explosion and quickness drills.

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324

5.35

31

24.5

800

4.72

8.41

Notes: 1st team Big 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Purdue game he got start at RG, is a big mauler type, he had good block on DT Kawann Short-thrown aside at end but blocked for 3 sec, pretty good mobility for his size to get out to 2nd level block, good lateral quickness walling off DT when he shot inside. Did not allow a sack in +850 snaps in 2012. In the 2012 Oklahoma game he was very strong and had decent quickness for his size. He got great movement against their DTs and looked like a complete player.

Overall: Taylor is my most underrated OG in this year’s draft as I have a 4th round grade on him yet he wasn’t invited to the Combine and appears set to go undrafted this April. It surprises me as when you look at the tape and the overall measurables between Lane Taylor and Larry Warford there is little separating them yet Warford is considered a 2nd round pick by some and Taylor likely won’t be drafted. At 6’3 324 lbs he’s a mauler but has enough lateral quickness to be sufficient in pass protection and ironically he played in a pass happy offense during his career. He won’t be a Pro Bowler but in a run oriented offense he will be an asset in the run game and decent in the passing game. 4th round as my #6 OG who is VERY underrated 3/27/13.

7. Alvin Bailey Arkansas 6’3 312 Jr.

Combine: Elite frame with OT length arms, big arms and thighs and very little fat on him. 1.74 10 yd split. Long strider who had average start but good 40 time. Pulled hamstring in 2nd run.

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6031

312

34.75

4.95

27

Notes: Redshirted in ’09. Started all 13 games in ’10. In the ’10 Sugar Bowl vs. Ohio St. was beat bad by DT (4:07 1st) and LB (3:23 1st) for pressures. SEC Freshman team in 2010. Arkansas RG for 2011 season. In the 2011 Texas A&M game had false start (8:00 1st). In the 2012 Texas A&M game he was beat inside on 3rd and 1 by DE Demontre Moore for a TFL, blatant hold on edge of run vs. LB Sean Porter.

Overall: A highly talented player who has been somewhat of a disappointment the past few seasons and one who confuses me as to why he left school early. At 6’3 with nearly ’35 arms, a 4.95 40 to his credit, and 27 reps Alvin is a physical specimen with elite strength, speed, and length. Yet he’s raw on film and doesn’t seem to have great technique in the trenches. He was beat too often in the games I watched and I was always confused why he got so much publicity. The talent is there for a team to develop into an upper echelon OG but he lacks the technique, tape, and consistency to be any higher than a late 4th rounder. Late 4th round as my #7 OG 4/8/13.

8. Garrett Gilkey Chadron State 6’6 318 Sr.

Comparison:

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Took Corey Grissom’s inside move and pancaked him quickly (4.5), reanchored on bull rush vs. Grissom yet too far back for loss (-3), lost edge to Jenkins yet recovered for pancake (slight hold, 2.5), power rushed right back into QB by Jenkins-not even close (-3.5), need to do more research on him as he looked good on Day 1. Day 2: Very quick to move against Everett Dawkins edge rush staying in front of him and walling him off well outside-impressive feet (3.5), Dawkins bull rushed him and off balance letting him overextend and fall for pancake (4), easily handled Josh Boyd and beat up on him a bit on 11×11 drill, played great all day and is a huge sleeper. In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he started at LG, whiffed on Jordan Hill allowing tackle on inside run, barely held edge multiple times vs. Hill, gave pressure to Hill as beaten on outside shoulder, beat by Kawann Short on inside shoulder for hit and pressure on QB, whiffed on Hill for TFL on run away-being destroyed by Hill, beat inside by Short for late hit and pressure, solid combo block getting to LB. He got his ass kicked by Hill yet it looks a little better in hindsight as Schwenke struggled too. Late 5th round 2/13/13.

Combine: Played b-ball in college, briefly. 1.72 10 yd split.

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318

32.63

5.33

28

30

108

7.65

4.75

Notes: LT who projects inside to OG. Maxes +500 lbs on bench press. 2x All American at the lower level of competition. His game film is very impressive (not as good as Amini Silatolu’s last year) in that it’s just one long pancake fest. He blocked a DE +20 yds downfield on one play. He has very good strength, good quickness, and is very aggressive.

Overall: Garrett is a difficult player to judge in that he had a very good week of practices at the Senior Bowl yet a terrible game in which Jordan Hill dominated him. Going to his collegiate tape is of little help as he came from such a small school that he was just bigger and stronger than everyone and tossed them around like ragdolls. His Combine was very impressive as he was near the top of the OL group in reps, vert, and broad jump showing legit NFL athleticism. He’s a gamble that some team will be taking and I can’t blame them as he will need some time to acclimate to the much higher level of competition but has the strength, athleticism, and tenacity you want in an interior lineman. Early 5th round due to his impressive Combine and settles in as my #8 OG 2/24/13.

9. Hugh Thornton Illinois 6’3 ¼ 320 Sr.

Comparison:

Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1-Barely touched Datone Jones on quick swim move (-5), stopped initially then swim moved again for late loss-OG spot (-2.5), terrible hands just letting Alex Okafor battle right through (-3.5), lost edge initially to Jordan Hill yet recovered for pancake (2.5). He was the worst OL on day 1. Day 2: Barely touched Jones on quick swim move (-4.5), anchored well vs. bull rush of Jones yet pushed back (2), small push but stayed in front of Sylvester Williams (3), battled Short but kept giving ground (-2). Day 4: Held edge vs. Jordan Hill for win (3), beat on edge by Jones for quick loss (-3), at OG he was very good against Short for win-maybe just not an OT (3), at OG he handled Hill and pushed him wide around QB (2.5). In the 2012 Senior Bowl he started at RG, knocked down by Chase Thomas on block, couldn’t quite keep Montori Hughes from penetrating off down block, solid block on backside vs. Everett Dawkins, slow to 2nd level but good cut block on LB, jolted Dawkins on double team block. He looked solid at OG and makes me intrigued as a later round player. 6th round 2/19/13.

Combine: Solid in pull drill. Choppy and tight but quick enough in kick slide drill. 6th in 3 cone drill and 8th in shuttle drill among 58 OL so has very good quickness and change of direction.

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6032

320

34.13

5.11

27

4.63

7.45

Notes: Did not scout him except for Senior Bowl.

Overall: It’s interesting how important a position can be for a player. At the Senior Bowl Hugh was atrocious at RT being beat almost every time on 1×1 drills. Then he switched inside to OG and he was dominant beating almost everyone in 1×1 drills. It makes sense though as at 6’3 ¼ 320 lbs he has the frame of an OG and only probably played OT in college as a necessity for the team. As an OG he’s quick, strong, and has great girth so surprisingly the player I initially hated early in the week grew on me and by the end had elevated himself to a mid to late round guy in my eyes. Late 5th round as my #9 OG 3/27/13.

10. Jeff Baca UCLA #60 6’3 295 Sr.

Comparison:

Combine: No definition on his frame. 1.68 10 yd split. Solid in kick slide drill. Another player with an underrated Combine as he had a 5.03 40 (5th best among 58 OL), a 4.44 shuttle (1st), and a 7.26 3 cone (1st).

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302

34.25

5.03

26.5

4.44

7.26

Notes: 2nd team Pac 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Baylor game he got start at RG, moved to RT later due to injury, is a feisty player who likes to hit, false start, moved to C later due to injury. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he started at RG, good push vs. AJ Francis in red zone, swim moved by Joe Vellano for instant pressure, struggling with Vellano’s hands, beat late on spin by Francis for sack, good push in run game, jolted S in space nearly pancaking him. He continued to look like a mediocre OG who lacks athleticism but has enough strength and experience to be a capable back up. 7th round 3/2/13.

Overall: A mediocre guard prospect who likely will be a career backup, Baca still shows enough from a consistency and experience stand point to warrant a draftable grade. That was the write up I had of him before the Combine but his agility and quickness drills were some of the best of any OL in history and suddenly I’m realizing that he’s perfectly suited to a zone scheme and his lack of strength was what was causing me to think he was so mediocre. Late 5th round and scheme specific (zone only) as my #10 OG 3/27/13.

11. Jordan Devey Memphis #64 6’7 317 Sr.

Comparison: Alex Boone

Combine: No definition in body. 1.78 10 yd split. Had Osgood-schlatter disease. Played tuba in HS not football. Married, turned down music scholarship. Good in move drill.

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5.25

21

24

98

7.91

4.77

Notes: In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he started at LG, gave pressure to William Campbell, strong block of Rob Lohr on run away, pancaked DE Caleb Schreibeis on stunt inside, beat by Will Pericak on quick move for pressure, good block on Campbell pancaking him on inside run. I really liked him as he gave up 2 pressures but also had a dozen impressive blocks and looks like a battler. 6th round 2/20/13.

Overall: Devey is a late round prospect with a very impressive frame minus the short arms that will force him to be inside at OG. His height and aggressiveness in run blocking reminds me of Alex Boone who has been an average starter for the 49ers the past few seasons. Devey projects similarly as he was mediocre (40, reps, broad, 3 cone)) to poor (vert, shuttle) in most tests at the Combine and can only be expected to become an average starter. His saving grace is his aggressiveness in run blocking and his huge frame which could add weight if a team wanted him to become more powerful. 6th round as my #11 OG 2/24/13.

12. Blaize Foltz TCU #66 6’3 330 Sr.

Comparison:

Combine: Not invited

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Notes: 2nd team Big 12 in 2012. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he backed up at LG, a mauler with limited athleticism, good run block on move left latching on to Anthony McCloud and leading him 5 yds behind line of scrimmage near sideline, good strength moving pile well on inside run, false start, good movement on inside run. He has below average athleticism but is an extremely impressive run blocker who got movement regularly in this game. In a run oriented, man blocking scheme he could be a solid starter. 6th round 3/2/13.

Overall: Foltz is a mauler with NFL size, strength, and playing experience yet who lacks the athleticism to be scheme versatile. A team will at times have to help him and cannot pull him or expect he block on the 2nd level. All of these aspects of him are detrimental to his grade yet he still is draftable due to his outstanding skill as a run blocker. 6th round as my #12 OG 3/2/13.
13. Dallas Thomas Tennessee #71 6’5 306 Sr.

Comparison: Didn’t run.

Senior Bowl: Never played or practiced at Senior Bowl due to undisclosed injury.

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33.38

Notes: In the 2011 Georgia game he started at LT, I liked his mobility and his quickness in pass pro but think he has more of a frame and arm length of an OG than a LT, beat inside by LB who started outside (3:17 3rd). In the 2011 Arkansas game he had a false start then allowed DE Jake Bequette to blow by him nearly for a sack saved sort of by his hold on him (4:30 2nd), beat by Jake for sack and FF on outside move that he then ducked inside for sack (9:30 3rd). In the 2012 North Carolina St. game he got start at LG, has great feet for an OG and I still think he could play OT. In the 2012 Alabama game he was pushed deep in pocket by DT Jesse Williams for pressure, pancaked on the goal line run by a DL-couldn’t catch #, he struggled most of the game as he was pushed back regularly on run and pass plays. In the 2012 South Carolina game he was beat by DE Jadeveon Clowney for would be pressure but ball out quickly. Despite some having him still at OT I have him as an OG 1/30/13.

Overall: Thomas is a difficult player to grade as I think he lacks the arm length and quickness to play OT but when shifted inside to OG he has a noticeable lack of strength that is concerning. Right now he’s a tweener and some OL coach will have to change his game so he can fit better at a spot but my money is still on bulking him up and moving him inside to OG. As a tweener there is an exponentially higher chance that he is a bust so even with an impressive overall skill set he’s a late rounder to me. 6th round as my #13 OG 3/27/13.

14. Mark Jackson Glenville State #73 6’5 328 Sr.

Comparison:

Combine: A lot of fat but long arms. Terrible 10 yd split 1.93 and 40 time. Worst in 40, worst in vertical, 5th worst in broad, 5th worst in 3 cone.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

328

34.25

5.65

20

20.5

91

8.07

5.03

Notes: In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he backed up at RT, a huge body that definitely has some movement issues and might need to move inside to OG, solid on pull block with strong hit in the hole, strong push vs. LB in space-very strong, didn’t see good foot speed from him though I love his strength, lost edge a few times to Caleb Schreibeis, had Brandon Thurmond blow past him for near sack. He is clearly an OG but an intriguing one due to his strength and frame. Late round conversion project who likely won’t be drafted 2/20/13.

Overall: A mammoth guy that has impressive strength, long arms, and a huge frame who makes a good candidate to transition inside to OG. He is very scheme specific as his Combine numbers were atrocious (worst among OL group in 2 categories and 5th worst in 2 others) yet in a small area his size and strength can still be effective. Late 7th round as my #14 OG 2/24/13.

Free Agent

Eric Herman #77 6’4 1/8 320 Sr. Ugly body with big gut. Called heavy handed. 1.84 10 yd split. In the Texas vs. the Nation game he started at RG, is a big OG and plays like a mauler, pancaked rusher on 2nd play of game, showed some nastiness continuing block far down the field, isn’t very quick and will need to be helped in pass protection. He’s an interesting player that almost gets a draftable grade. Free Agent 4/22/13.

Chris Watt Notre Dame #66 6’3 310 Sr. #68 in ESPN 150 for ’09. Plays LG and they run his way regularly as the left side is the strength of their OL. In the 2012 USC game he was knocked back by DT Leonard Williams for no gain tackle, beat again by Williams this time for TFL on move right. He didn’t impress me and looks like a free agent level talent 12/8/12. In the 2011 Michigan game he was blown through by DT Mike Martin for TFL on sweep right (7:04 1st). In the 2011 USC game he showed good mobility getting to S TJ McDonald on toss left then great tenacity blocking him twice with the 2nd being a fierce one right out of bounds (13:52 2nd), false start, head hunting again against secondary near the end of the play which I really like (4:56 3rd). In the 2012 Alabama (BCS Championship) game he was quiet but regularly blocked his man and did relatively well against a good DL, he didn’t get any push though and again looks like an average starter at best. Late round guy 1/7/13. Not invited to the Combine. Free Agent 2/24/13.

Earl Watford #70 Sr. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game I never saw him. Combine: Quick in 40. Very muscular with nice arm definition. 1.73 10 yd split. Quick in pull drill. Free Agent 4/22/13.

Fou Fonoti Michigan St. #51 Sr. JUCO first 2 years. Despite only on team for 2nd year he has become a leader in 2012. In the 2012 Boise St. game I noticed his quick feet but also his lack of flexibility which hurt him on 2nd level blocks and in pass pro when trying to hold the edge, he looks like a possibility to move inside at OG. Broke foot in practice missing games. Free Agent 3/27/13.

Antwan Lowery Rutgers #75 6’4 305 Sr. 1st team Big East in 2012. In the 2012 Virginia Tech game he started at LG, doesn’t bend well and immediately I question whether he’s NFL caliber as he is quite stiff,    He looked like a possible late round OG but I saw nothing special in him so for now he’s has a free agent grade12/30/12.

Ryan Turnley Pittsburgh #56 Sr. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he backed up at C, not nearly as quick as Andrew Robiskie, solid pop on LB in hole off pull block, smart play pancaking DT engaged with his LG, missed block in hole on pull. He’s a big, strong mauler who probably fits better at OG than C as he lacks the quickness which is needed at that position. Moving to OG. Free Agent 3/2/13.

Camp Invite

Sam Brenner Utah #74 Sr. Played LT in ’10 for the Utes after the starter was injured. Is a big guy who either will move to RT or more likely to OG in the pros as he doesn’t have good athleticism but will be someone to watch as he held his own against Ryan Winterswyk of Boise St. in the ’10 Las Vegas Bowl and should only improve. Didn’t appear too athletic or strong though so he must improve to be anything more than the fringe prospect he is right now. Did give up a sack to a no name DE in the 2nd Q. In the 2012 Utah St. game he started at RG. In the 2012 Oregon St. game he was bullrushed by DE Scott Crichton into QB helping cause FF-TO. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he started at LG, pushed well back by Anthony McCloud on 1st play, allowed batted ball by DT Izaan Cross, pushed back in hole by AJ Francis helping ruin run play. He wasn’t impressive and drops to camp invite level due to this, previously free agent 3/2/13.

Brian Mulroe Northwester #72 6’4 295 Sr. 3rd team Big 10 in 2012. In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he started at LG, appears weak and is too easily pushed back, has quick feet and consistently made his blocks. He might fit in a zone scheme but his tape and his lack of girth didn’t impress me. Barely a camp invite 1/2/13.

Zach McKnight Arkansas St. #74 6’4 300 Sr. 1st team Sun Belt Conference in 2012. In the 2012 Kent St. game he didn’t look athletic enough to be an OT, chop block call. He made consistent blocks but lacks the quickness, length, or power to impress me. Barely a camp invite 1/7/13.

Jared Grigg Tulsa #72 6’4 280 Sr. 1st team C-USA in 2012. In the 2012 Iowa St. game he started at LT, is a smaller white player who doesn’t look NFL caliber, looks like an OG and will have to move inside, lacks good strength but consistently blocked his man, he struggled to maintain his blocks. Barely a camp invite 1/1/13.

 

Undraftable

Braden Hansen BYU #76 Sr. noticed him a few times winning the battle against Gerald McCoy and OU in season opener in ’09 yet also saw limited open field mobility and lateral movement. The kid has incredible strength for a freshman though. In the 2012 Washington State game he started at LG. Has slow feet and generally looked to have below NFL standards athleticism. Undrafteable 8/31/12. In the 2012 San Diego St. game he didn’t play.       

TJ Johnson In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he started at RG, doesn’t have an NFL look to him, poor quickness picking up DE on stunt being pushed back into QB as out of position, continued to not impress me due to his poor quickness and hulking body. Undraftable 2/20/13.

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