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2013 Offensive Tackle Rankings

April 12, 2013

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Offensive Tackle

Prototype in the NFL: Joe Thomas

Best In Class

Best Feet: Luke Joeckel                                     Best Jab: DJ Fluker

Best Run Blocker: DJ Fluker                            Best 2nd level Blocker: Justin Pugh

Best Pass Blocker: Luke Joeckel                     Best Mean Streak: Brennan Williams

Best Pancake Blocker: DJ Fluker                    Best Technician: Luke Joeckel

1. Luke Joeckel Ohio St. #76 6’6 306 Jr.

Comparison: Jordan Gross

Combine: Winner of 2012 Outland Trophy. 37 consecutive starts at LT. 1.82 10 yd split. Quick and smooth in pull drill. Great on hip drill and his 306 lbs is so well proportioned. He isn’t cut but he has no gut or excess weight anywhere. Had an elite 3 cone drill-best among OTs.

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5.30

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28.5

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4.68

7.4

Notes: Ranked #84 in ESPN 2010 HS Class. Freshman All American in ’10. Started from day 1 at LT for the aggies as a true freshman and struggled a bit early in the year but was rock solid by the end of the year including a very good performance in the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. LSU where he allowed no pressures. Future 1st rounder 1/22/11. Enters the 2011 season ranked #25 on my Big Board. In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game he was dominant throughout the game except when he lost edge on push pull move to DE Jamie Blatnick for pressure (1:50 3rd), DE Richetti Jones bulled him over for 4 sec sack (13:55 4th). Once again he dominated the competition having two lapses during the game, with one unfortunately being a sack, but he clearly showed his dominance as the Aggies passed 47x in the game and only two times did I ever notice his man in any way. In the 2012 Arkansas game he had a holding penalty but otherwise was extremely dominant with no pressure allowed. In the 2012 LSU game he was matched up against DE Sam Montgomery most of the afternoon, had very nice run block turning him and pushing him well past whistle 5 yds away from play, pushed back by Sam into backfield for pressure, allowed batted ball at LOS, Sam blew past him on edge forcing scramble. He dominated Sam all game getting pushed back a bit a few times but run blocked him well and never lost the edge in pass pro. Listed as the #4 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #2 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Louisiana Tech game he was called for a hold, otherwise he was dominant throughout as they ran at will on an undersized front. In the 2012 Auburn game he went up against DEs Corey Lemonier and Dee Ford, only played a half due to blowout. He was dominant throughout not even allowing them a pressure, let alone a sack. In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he had good mobility on 2nd level block hitting LB hard too. Overall another dominant game as he wasn’t tested and looked elite in pass and run blocking. In the 2012 Alabama game he lined up in a bunch formation out at WR and then when S Vinny Sunseri came down to attack the WR screen Joeckel pancaked him. Outland Trophy Winner in 2012. In the 2012 Oklahoma game (Cotton Bowl) he was quiet as he easily blocked his man all night and the O-line gave no pressure in a blowout win.

Overall: There is no prospect I know better than Luke Joeckel. As an A&M alumni I probably watched 34 of his 37 consecutive starts that he made at LT. Watching him has been a treat as he’s the epitome of consistency, intelligence, toughness, and athleticism. He was a freshman All American in 2010, 1st team Big 12 in 2011, and 1st team SEC and All American in 2012. Last year I had him as the #2 OT in the entire country behind only Matt Kalil who went in the Top 5 of last year’s draft and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. He was the 25th ranked player in the country (at any position) going into the 2011 season (when no one was talking about him yet), the #4 ranked player going into the 2012 season, the #2 player in the middle of the 2012 season, and the #1 player at the end of the 2012 season. That consistency is what solidifies him as an elite player. Others will criticize his middle of the road measurables but they do so at their own peril as he’s been an elite player from day 1 for the Aggies and will continue to be one in the NFL. His arm length, body proportion, toughness (never once heard of any injury or pain with him), team oriented attitude, and game film are all elite. The game film especially is impressive as he shut down Sam Montgomery, Corey Lemonier, and the Alabama D in 2012 after shutting down Jake Bequette and Alex Okafor in 2011. He’s a battled tested OT who also has had the opportunity to hone his craft in practice against future Top 10 pick Damontre Moore. This should give him an edge and I think he will hit the ground running as a rookie for some NFL team. He lacks the elite athleticism to put him ahead of Joe Thomas or Matt Kalil yet he still is deserving of a Top 5 pick and is the 3rd best OT I’ve graded in the past 7 years. Due to the lack of talent at the top of the 2013 NFL Draft he ends as the #1 Overall Player on my Board and is well deserving of the top pick 2/23/13.

2. Lane Johnson Oklahoma #69 6’6 303 Sr.

Comparison: More athletic yet rawer Nate Solder

Senior Bowl: Began his career as a QB then moved to TE then OT. Day 1: Bounced outside easily handling Mallicah Goodman’s edge rush for win (3.5), pushed back a bit by Goodman yet had an elite powerstep when tried inside for pancaked (4), easily handled Lavar Edwards on edge rush then mirrored him well on inside 2nd rush (3.5). #1 OL on Day 1. Timed at 4.71 and 4.73 last winter by the team! Day 2: Held edge vs. Malliciah and reanchored well on secondary power rush (3), Malliciah battled hard but overextended and he let him drop on bull rush for slight pancake (3.5), just toyed with Edwards trying to get edge and anchored well on push (4), jolted by Edwards but reanchored and still comfortably won (3), just dominating everyone-amazing since he really doesn’t have good technique yet. Top 5 upside? In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he started at LT, elite speed getting to OLB yet overran him allowing him inside on reverse, no rush at all vs. Margus Hunt-toyed with him, no push vs. Hunt in run game though, whiffed on Hunt allowing tackle on inside run, struggled with Michael Buchanan’s whirling moves allowing pressure and hands in QB’s face, elite athleticism racing down CB on could be pick 6-looked like a TE running a 4.7!, great speed getting  block on LB 15 yds downfield. He had one moment of allowing a pressure but that was it and his downfield blocks and chase of a CB after a pick were spectacular. He has MUCH higher upside than Eric Fisher and I could talk myself into giving him a Top 10 grade if he dominates the Combine like I expect him to. Top 20 right now 2/13/13.

Combine: 35 ¼ inch arms! Elite start and long strides made his 40 look the best by far. Unofficial 4.75 with 1.69 10 yd split. 4.75 with 1.61 10 yd split 2nd time! Great in move drill. Extremely fast in pull drill. Good in hip drill. 4.72 was the 2nd fastest official time ever recorded by an OL.

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7.31

Notes: In the 2011 Iowa game he had a very good game vs. DE Broderick Binns going against him every play and never losing the edge or allowing even a pressure. He did have a bad hold on off tackle run to his side with him having the key block (9:00 2nd). In the 2012 Texas game he had a very good game at LT against DE Jackson Jeffcoat allowing a TFL but no sacks or major pressures-big key to blowout win. In the 2012 Texas A&M game he had strong down block on DT Spencer Nealy getting him knocked back, easily handled stunt, allowed inside penetration by DE DaMontre Moore for help on inside run tackle, good strength shoving LB wide when taking pure speed rush angle on draw play-smart too, handled LB Sean Porter speed rush-elite lateral quickness and length, pancaked unknown rusher going upfield on him, struggles to hold blocks as often they battle away from him-no one ever seems to beat him initially though, feisty with LB at 2nd level popping him hard, barely held edge vs. Moore pushing him past QB, whiffed on down block of DT, beat inside by Moore instantly but was RB screen. He only went against Moore 16 snaps and almost half of those had Moore either stunting or Johnson blocking down on a running play so while he “held Moore sackless” the closer inspection isn’t nearly as impressive.

Overall: Lane has steadily climbed the draft boards the past 8 months. He began by shutting down Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat in the blowout against UT. He followed that up with a dominant season capped off with a quality performance against A&M led by Damontre Moore. He then went to the Senior Bowl and was neck and neck with Eric Fisher as the most dominant OT there and finished it off with a Combine performance that will be legendary. His upside is higher than any OL in this draft as not only did he run a 4.72 (2nd best ever by an OL) but he measured 35 ¼ inch arms. That combination is unheard of and makes him potentially more athletic than the revered Joe Thomas who has been All Pro throughout his career and is the greatest OL I’ve ever graded. While Eric Fisher has more experience and a higher grade on all boards I’ve seen I have Lane Johnson ahead of Fisher because of this historically high upside. Fisher at worst will be a quality RT while Johnson has a chance to be a complete bust and never start. Yet at best Fisher will be a Top 10 OT in the NFL while at best Lane could be the best OT in the NFL and supplant Joe Thomas for that title. I’m willing to roll the dice on his greatness as he has elite speed, elite lateral quickness, and elite arm length while being above average in strength, tenacity, and character. This isn’t a talent with poor game film (1st team Big 12 in 2012) or a poor work ethic so I’m willing to take him ahead of Fisher as I think in the end Lane Johnson will be a Pro Bowl caliber LT who will just need a year or two of patience by an NFL team. Top 10 and my #2 OT 2/23/13.

3. Eric Fisher Central Michigan #79 6’7 ¼ 302 Sr.

Comparison: Joe Staley

Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1-Stoned Michael Buchanan handling him easily (4.5), lost edge to Alex Okafor but pushed past QB for slight win (1.5). 11×11-beat on edge by Buchanon for pressure. He was the best OL on day 1. Day 2: Easily handled Okafor despite battle (4), went again for no rush-kept edge and just power drove him back each time (4), first beat of day with Datone Jones quick move inside (-4), bulrush next for movement but win (2). Day 4: Beat by Okafor on bull rush (-3.5), pushed back by Okafor but reanchored for slight win (2), barely held edge vs. Travis Johnson then pancaked him (3), just toyed with Jones on edge rush-could hold it all day (4), Okafor tried inside move and he powerstepped and pancaked him (4.5). In the 2012 Senior Bowl he started at LT, just pancaked Lavar Edwards on edge rush waiting patiently for him-lacks elite lateral quickness which still worries me, easily pushed back John Jenkins on down block-inside run, pushed back on bull rush by Cornelius Washington for pressure. He only played in the 1st Quarter but he didn’t need to do anything else after his elite week of practice. Top 15 2/19/13.

Combine: Very quick in 40. 1.70 10 yd split. Good feet but not great bend in move drill. Very good in kick slide drill.

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6072

306

34.5

5.05

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28.5

908

4.44

7.59

Notes: Came to school as 6’8 242 lb freshman. 1st team MAC in 2012. Is a tall, skinny OT who looks NFL caliber. In the 2012 Western Kentucky game he was slow on down block allowing tackle on inside run, looks to have short arms, trash talked with LB after play, no movement vs. massive LB Andrew Jackson (265 lbs) and thrown to the ground at end of run play, definitely needs to gain weight, barely held edge with semi hold of DE to keep it on outside run, good mobility on 2nd level block getting to LB, doesn’t battle to the whistle often stopping when he play is past him, missed block going too far inside on DE to let him get by for TFL on inside run, barely held his own on bull rush-had to replant and then stoned him but close to QB. He has elite height and very quick feet so I understand the interest but his arms looked short, he didn’t look strong, and didn’t show the aggressiveness or dominance I hoped to see in a game against lesser talent. I’ve only seen him one game but if I had to give him a grade now it’d be a 4th or 5th round area grade 12/28/12. In the 2012 Michigan St. game he pancaked DT Anthony White on down block, allowed bull rush near QB-re-anchored but very close, quick cut block on DE, initially had rusher but spun off him for late pressure, poor cut on DE William Gholston who stepped right over it, pushed back near QB by Gholston, not heavy handed as numerous times players broke free late, was good in the run game but better in pass pro with his quick feet being his best feature. He was much better on film in this game and makes me more comfortable with my high grade which largely came from his Senior Bowl and Combine performances 2/23/13.

Overall: Eric is a player that is easy to like. At 6’8 306 lbs with quick feet, a great 40 time (5.05), and coming off a dominant Senior Bowl week of practices I completely understand why people have fallen for him. I think he’s a very good player but when I watch his game film I don’t see an elite player. Too often he was pushed back on a bull rush near a QB, too often he lost interest in blocks when a play went away from him, and too rarely did he face a top level pass rusher. Most of the buzz about him was centered around his Senior Bowl performance yet the best pass rusher he faced there was Alex Okafor who is the #8 pass rusher on my board currently with a borderline 1st round grade. Fisher has much more experience than a Lane Johnson yet Lane went up against far more NFL caliber pass rushers during his short time at OU than Fisher did in 4 years at Central Michigan. Eric has very good feet, long arms (34 ½), and is strong but he isn’t heavy handed, his 6’8 frame gives bull rushers added opportunity to get underneath him (ask 6’8 Nate Solder), and his game film is inconsistent. I like Eric but I don’t love Eric and think he’ll settle in as a borderline Pro Bowl LT who will give a team 10 quality years. That is very valuable but keeps him at #3 behind two players in Joeckel and Johnson who can be elite LTs. Barely stays in the Top 10 as my #3 OT 2/23/13.

4. DJ Fluker Alabama 6’4 5/8 339 Sr.

Comparison: Andre Smith

Senior Bowl: Never played or practiced just measuring in.

Combine: False start. Shockingly long arms (36 ¾). Lost 16 lbs since Senior Bowl. Very slow in 40 but had good 40 time (5.35). Terrible 10 yd split (1.91). Very slow feet and very rigid in move drill. Terrible in kick slide drill. Better but still bad 2nd time in kick slide drill.

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36.75

5.31

21

Notes: Soph #12 in ESPN 150 for ’09. Reminds me of Justin Blalock a bit as a RT that is just huge who will need to move inside in the NFL. A thick bodied OT who a massive lower body that at worst would fit right in as an OG. In the 2011 Florida game I noticed his aggressiveness in blocking as he goes after DL but doesn’t seem to have great quickness, nice run block pushing undersized DE Lerente McCray around and away from inside run (11:50 1st), not quick enough on down block letting DT make tackle (10:40 1st), too slow again to down block DT who made tackle, showed his below average quickness reacting to stunt unable to get to DE going inside and lept to block him awkwardly-the kid is definitely a future OG (1:59 1st), beat inside by DT Dominique Easley nearly holding him but letting go (1:00 1st), no rush in 4 sec vs. DE showing solid quickness, got into it with LB Jonathan Bostic getting the best of it (10:10 2nd), looked to be beat twice inside on rush but had RG help negating both times (mid 2nd), got into it again with Bostic well past the whistle, beat inside by Bostic but run the other way. I think his lack of quickness makes it unlikely that he’ll be successful in the NFL at OT. That being said, his combination of size, strength, and aggressiveness is rare making him already a top 2 round OG who has the chance to be that rare OG drafted in the 1st 10/19/11. In the 2011 Auburn game he had a false start on the opening snap!, showed his strength jarring safety on blitz, good push on run play getting DT back 3 yds on inside run, great strength and aggressiveness pushing DT Gabe Wright back 5 yds then sideways then circled him around on a 6 sec run block that showed total domination (11:55 2nd), very good secondary block pancaking LB who was shooting in to make tackle in hole (1:32 3rd). In the 2012 Michigan game he had very good seal block on DE Jibreel Black on run behind him near goal line. A very quiet game but held up against average rushers and was dominant in the run game. In the 2012 Arkansas game he missed block on blitzing LB for TFL-below average lateral quickness. Listed as the #22 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #31 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Missouri game he had good down block on DT Sheldon Richardson for pancake, very strong block vs. Richardson shoving him 7 yds downfield-superior strength, turned then pancaked Richardson on inside run, too slow on down block allowing Richardson to shoot through hole for sack, made big holes all day as the rain slowed everyone down and his elite size/strength took over. In the 2012 Tennessee game he was beat on edge by DT Darrington Sentimore for near sack but QB stepped up to avoid outside rush, good pass pro holding edge then power stepping into DE when he went inside for pancake, beat on speed rush by Sentimore again nearly giving up sack and forcing scramble for punt, beat on edge, despite double team initially, by DE Barkevious Mingo forcing blatant hold, cut Mingo on WR screen, kept Mingo in front of him but spin move got him deep and batted ball at LOS, run blocked Mingo +7 yds back-great strength. 2nd team SEC in 2012. In the 2012 Notre Dame (BCS Championship) game he pancaked DE Stephon Tuitt (+300 lbs) on 3rd and 1, pancaked Tuitt on 4th and 1. He was their most dominant OL tonight regularly dominating a very good, albeit young, DL in Tuitt. I still think he’s an OG and not an OT but as an OG he’s an elite one. Late 1st 1/7/13. In the 2012 Georgia game he was beat off snap on edge by LB Jarvis Jones for sack and FF-TO, beat by Jones for sack if QB hadn’t stepped up-went right around him, good job pushing back and walling off DT John Jenkins (350 lbs).

Overall: DJ is similar to Justin Blalock in that I don’t exactly know if he’s an OG or OT. Unlike Blalock, whom I moved inside to OG, I am keeping Fluker outside at OT due to one reason: arm length. With 36 ¾ arms he has arms like vines that could very well keep pass rushers at bay despite poor lateral quickness. Keleche Osemele proved that as a rookie last year as he struggled at times at the Senior Bowl and Combine with lateral quickness yet played relatively well at RT for the Ravens due to his +36 arms. There will still be a risk that a team drafts Fluker as an OT only to find he can’t hold up yet that scenario wouldn’t be too disastrous as earlier in the season I had him as an OG and had him rated as my #1 OG for the 2013 NFL Draft. Tackles are far more valuable than guards in the NFL so I think it’s worth giving him an opportunity at RT, LT is definitely out of the question, yet at worst a team would have themselves a top notch OG on their hands so either way Fluker will be a valuable commodity as a pro. He is a 2x National Champion who has uncanny raw power and will fit best in a power running offense like what the 49ers or Panthers run. In pass pro he could need a TE to chip to help him against elite pass rushers yet if a team is willing to commit to this than I see no reason why he couldn’t be tried at RT. The positives he brings to a team on running plays should far exceed any negatives he has in pass pro. As a physical specimen he is a rarity with the only 4 players I can think of that are similar at all being Andre Smith, Mike Iupati, Blalock, and Osemele. I would argue he is more talented than Blalock or Osemele, far more motivated than Smith, and Iupati was an All Pro this past season. These comparison are why Fluker is so high on my list as there just aren’t that many 340 lb behemoths with quality game film and nearly 37 inch arms. Top 20 and my #4 OT 2/23/13.

5. Menelik Watson Florida St. #71 6’5 1/8 310 Jr.

Comparison: Tyron Smith

Combine: 34 arms. Played basketball in college. Very quick in kick slide drill.

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5.29

24.5

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5.01

8.31

Notes: Born in Great Britain. Attended HS in Spain. Played basketball from 09-11 at Marist College. Played football in 2011 at Saddleback Community College. In 2012 he started at RT for Florida St. and was ACC Honorable Mention (12 starts in ’12). Is considered a freak athlete who just needs experience. In the 2012 Florida game he showed elite athleticism pulling to lead back downfield on pitch-blocked +10 yds downfield, poor down block allowing DT Shariff Floyd inside for TFL, solid combo block-elite feet but not very strong, good job on DT Dominique Easley except allowed him to get under his pads and around him for TFL on 3rd and 1-struggles to get any push in run game and lacks technique, looks his rawest when getting 2nd level blocks as he has a poor understanding of angles, got feisty with LB almost wrestling him well after ball was past him, pancaked on running play by DL on goal line run. In the 2012 Northern Illinois game he gave a few pressures but went against their best DL in Sean Progar and held his own.

Overall: At 6’5 310 lbs, with ’34 arms, and with elite foot quickness Menelik Watson is a left tackle in the making. The only question is when not if he starts at LT in the pros and that is the question which will determine his value. He lacks playing strength and is almost non-existent in the running game so a team will need him to play LT as at RT his skill set doesn’t translate nearly as well. Yet LT is a position of great importance due to the enormous responsibility given to the protector of a QB’s blind side and I don’t see him starting at LT as a rookie. Most likely he’ll be a below average RT as a rookie and then be moved to LT in his 2nd season. Considering he’s already 24 years old that means he likely won’t be a capable starting LT until he’s 26 years old and in his 2nd season. He’s a huge risk yet the talent is there for him to be an 8 year starter at OT and a possible Pro Bowl LT so despite his enormous learning curve and the likelihood that he isn’t an impact rookie I still have him sneaking into the 1st round. Late 1st round as my #5 OT 3/25/13.

6. Justin Pugh Syracuse #67 6’4 ½ 307 Jr.

Comparison: Darryl Colledge

Senior Bowl: Measured only 31 ½ arms. Day 1: 1×1-Let John Simon get into him to scrabble around his edge (-2.5), easily handled Simon 2nd time (3.5), easily handled Michael Buchanan not allowing edge then locking him up (4), same with Buchanon-won’t allow edge (3.5), kept edge and rode him past QB (3). Day 4: Beat by Margus Hunt on up and under (-3.5), moved inside to OG and struggled with quick feint move by Datone Jones (-3.5), handled speed/power combo rush of Sio Moore’s well (3), easily handled speed rush of Moore (3.5). 11×11: Amazing speed upfield on draw getting 10 yds immediately. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he backed up at LT, beat up a bit vs. Cornelius Washington on run play being pushed back a few feet-definitely not a mauler in the run game, jolted by Washington on bull rush but re-anchored well, pancaked Josh Boyd 5 yds downfield when making tackle, false start, allowed Ezekial Ansah to bat ball at LOS, moved to LG, back to LT where he was beat inside by Washington for huge hit and sack-picked up FF and carried a few yards, barely held Washington in check next snap on another inside move, jolted by Lavar Edwards but no real rush-great at re-anchoring, great pancake of Edwards right at start of rush, impressive down block on Josh Boyd for push and wall off on outside run, quick to LB on 2nd level easily walling him off, great block of Everett Dawkins with run right behind him, pushed back for pressure by Washington-called for hold, incredibly fast to LB 7 yds downfield-if he’s an OG he’ll be a pulling OG, pushed back a bit by Ansah but QB stepped up stupidly into sack-not his fault. Overall he was a mixed bag as his narrow frame looked problematic with Washington giving him fits yet at times he looked incredible with his elite speed and the occasional pancake block or power move. 2nd round who I still think can be an OT 2/19/13.

Combine: Quick and smooth in 40. 1.67 10 yd split. Very fast in pull drill. Average in kick slide drill both times. Had an elite 3 cone drill time-2nd best among OTs.

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5.14

28.5

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4.63

7.45

Notes: Has NFL size for a tackle but not extremely long arms or a thick lower body both of which concern me. In the 2012 Connecticut game he showed very good strength one arm stiff arming a rusher (LB Sio Moore) while ready for stunt or outside rush with his other hand, dominated DE Trevardo Williams all game but he’s expected to be a LB anyway, false start, good pancake block on goal line run, took Williams and turned him then pushed him 7 yds into the backfield well away from play-a little nasty too going past whistle, pulled on inside run walling off LB in hole-very good mobility, pulled again this time getting very nice pancake block-same play numerous time each time pulling very successfully. He has great athleticism, good tenacity, and easily handled every rusher all night. On first analysis I have a late 1st/early 2nd round grade for him 10/20/12. In the 2012 Louisville game he had good cut block on DE, his frame scares me and intrigues me still as it’s very TE like and his lack of girth in his butt/legs could make him susceptible to power rushes yet his mobility is evident too-maybe zone scheme LT?, battles to the whistle and really works hard in the run game to push his man off the LOS, kept edge entire day and had little trouble with rushers, impressive one arm shivvy on DE going inside getting him off balance and pancaking him, extremely aggressive with DE (252 lbs) pushing him back and getting him well out of play. 1st team Big East in 2012 (in 2011 as well). In the 2012 West Virginia game he took power rush and pancaked him with good technique-UFC wrestler type move, elite speed in open field on RB screen, perfect technique turning DE on inside run-had him on skates, an incredibly intelligent blocker, impressive cut block on RB screen near sideline-few LTs can get that far sideways that quick, they ran behind him the entire game due to the huge holes he made due to his technique and strength, pancaked DT on down block when he tried to swim Pugh. He had another dominant performance as he consistently created huge holes for their running game and never was beat by a pass rusher. I still worry about his average arm length and narrow frame but his feet are elite, his tape is elite, and I’m trending towards him having a mid 1st round grade 1/1/13. Pugh lost a lot of money today with his arms measured at 31 ½ inches. It’s far shorter than any arm length I’ve ever encountered in a starting left tackle and drops him into the 2nd-3rd round area and most likely forces him to move inside to OG. A huge disappointment.

Overall: It’s too bad Pugh’s arms measured in so short as I had him pegged as a Top 15 player on my board and an extreme sleeper that too few people were paying attention to. Yet he did measure in at that right and while I try to convince myself that arm length is only one measurement I know that it’s an incredibly important one. The last OT with this problem was Bryan Bulaga and in his first 3 seasons in the NFL he’s been nothing more than an above average right tackle. Pugh has much better foot quickness than Bulaga did coming out of Iowa yet Pugh lacks the strength and toughness Bulaga exhibited which made him a perfect fit at RT and Pugh not so much. I personally think Pugh can overcome his arm length and be an above average RT or even LT yet I think he needs to be in a zone scheme that accentuates his speed and can get him out in space on screens, tosses, and draws. The fact that he has one clear red flag in his arm length AND looks to be somewhat scheme specific makes his draft stock decline even more. In the end I can’t drop Pugh any further than I have him already as his foot speed is elite (his quickness to LBs at the 2nd level is arguably the best I’ve ever graded), his game film is very good, and I suspect he could be a quality starting OT in the right system. 2nd round as my #6 OT 2/23/13.

7. Terron Armstead Arkansas Pine Bluff #71 6’5 306 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Played with cracked collarbone all 2012. Day 2: He lost edge slightly to Cornelius Washington but pushed him past QB for slight loss (-1), easily stoned Washington on inside rush then pancaked him and jumped on him when he fell back to try outside rush-had an oh wow moment (5). In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he was backup at LT, whiffed on Datone Jones but luckily a bootleg the other way, good foot speed handling Jones speed rush well-went to power almost exclusively after a bit, barely kept edge vs. Margus Hunt, good push pancaking Jordan Hill on run play, had Sio Moore blow by him for 4 sec sack. I’m very intrigued by him both with his frame and his feet being NFL caliber. I need to see some game film of him before grading definitively yet hesitantly give him a 4th round grade 2/13/13.

Combine: Impressive frame, very quick out of blocks. 1.64 10 yd split! Small butt. Very good in kick slide drill. 4.71 was the fastest official 40 time ever recorded by an OL. 1st in 40, 1st in vert, and 3rd in broad jump.

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Notes: In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he backed up at LT, quick out of stance-easily handled Wes Horton in matchups both in run/pass, beat inside by Horton, poor technique, barely kept Horton away from QB holding edge and pushing him just past-inches from sack, very good speed getting 15 yds downfield on sweep, more physically impressive but has less foot speed than Nick Speller, barely held edge vs. Horton but did pancake him when trying to bend, easily handled speed rush of Caleb Schreibeis 2x, pancaked Travis Johnson quickly in pass pro-called for hold?, pancaked Travis again early in pass pro-just dominated him. He really impressed me though I think his foot speed might make him a better RT than LT. Early 3rd round 2/20/13.

Overall: Terron’s stock has been skyrocketing lately as he had a dominant week of practice at the East-West Shrine game to get an invite to the Senior Bowl, was very good at the Senior Bowl, and then capped his pre draft tour with one of the greatest Combine workouts in history. Dontari Poe was taken 11th Overall after a similarly dominant Combine and though that was a huge mistake by the Chiefs one could argue that Armstead’s performance was even more impressive AND Terron actually has tape to back up his measurables. As a developmental prospect with high upside Terron has it all with historic speed (4.71 40), good arm length (34), strength (31 reps), and explosiveness (34.5 vertical, 112 broad jump). He also brings toughness to the equation, as he suffered a shoulder injury (some say broken collarbone) yet has played through it, and it adds up to a player ripe for being overdrafted. While it wouldn’t shock me to hear Armstead’s name called in the late 1st/early 2nd round territory I won’t go bonkers over his Combine performance and will just give him a boost from the 4th round grade I had on him after the Senior Bowl. Early 3rd round as my #7 OT 2/24/13.

8. David Quessenberry San Jose St. #76 6’4 7/8 302 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1-Pushed back but handled bull rush of Brandon Williams then pancaked him (4), pushed back by Margus Hunt but held strong mostly (2), at OT he handled Datone Jones for messy win (2). He was the 2nd best OL on Day 1. Day 2: Handled initial rush vs. Jordan Hill then pancaked him when he slipped (4), didn’t move on fake snap, battled him next time around QB never losing edge-very good quickness and balance (3), beat inside on quick move by Hunt for slight loss (-1), easily handled Hunt for no rush on outside move (4), pushed back by Hill then stepped back to get him to slip-pancake again which seems to be every 1×1 with him (3.5), another pancake with Hunt bull rushing and him staying strong for pancake (4), gave pressure vs. Alex Okafor for batted ball in QB’s face. Day 4: Pushed back by Michael Buchanan but held as got near QB for slight win (1.5), beat instantly on very nice spin move by Sylvester Williams (-4.5), pushed back a bit by Buchanan but reanchored for VERY slight win (1), held edge vs. Buchanan but allowed spin move inside for late loss (-2), 11×11-gave up sack on spin move inside by Buchanan. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he backed up at RG, knocked back by Chase Thomas in open space on block-looked like the weaker one, beat inside by Josh Boyd for pressure, just quick enough to block down on DT then shoot outside to hit LB blitzing, no rush vs. Ezekial Ansah at 4 sec but QB held ball too long allowing cov sack-did jump on FF smartly. He had a down game after his underrated week of practice yet was solid enough. 3rd-4th round 2/19/13.

Combine: 1.72 10 yd split. Good foot speed in kick slide drill.

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Notes: A tall, skinny OT who doesn’t even look 295.  In the 2012 Bowling Green game he had impressive pancake of DE when he got stood up and then attempted inside rush. He needs to gain weight but is quick, tall, and agile so he makes sense as a late round project 12/28/12.

Overall: David is a versatile, heady OL who can play OG or RT and should be a long term starter on the line for an NFL team at some spot. The question is whether he’s an OG or RT and I was surprised when at the end of the Senior Bowl I had decided that he was indeed a RT. He needs to add weight so likely his best fit as a rookie will be as a backup OL who can be a team’s swing tackle and possibly a backup OG but in a year or two he could be a very good RT as his combination of frame (6’5 300 with ’34 arms), speed (5.08 40, quick feet) and strength (25 reps, pancaked people regularly at Senior Bowl) is impressive. 3rd round as my #8 OT 3/25/13.

9. David Bakhtiari Colorado #59 6’4 ¼ 299 Sr.

Combine: Impressive frame with no fat on him, very long legged and great 40 (5.01) but not much explosion (1.79 10 yd). Quick in move drill. Slow in kick slide drill.

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Notes: In the 2012 USC game he started at LT, looks more OG than OT in frame, great tenacity blocking DE into sideline, very feisty regularly blocking to the whistle, has quick feet but not quick enough for LT, whiffed on 2 run blocks-pancaked defender on 2 others.

Overall: David is much like Brennan Williams in that they both probably fit best at OG but have enough talent to stay at RT which is a more valuable position. At 6’4 ¼ 299 David has no fat on him and clearly is a hard worker in the weight room with 28 reps. He has elite speed (5.09) yet only mediocre explosion or foot quickness so LT isn’t an option. At only about 300 lbs he would be one of the more undersized RTs in the NFL and probably fits best either at OG or at RT in a zone blocking scheme. No matter where he’s played though I expect he’ll be a starter early in his career as he’s strong, is very fit, has good arm length (’34), and is a tenacious blocker with very good film. 3rd round as my #9 OT who is underrated due to Colorado’s poor year and the fact that he isn’t elite in any one area 3/27/13.

10. Brennan Williams North Carolina #73 6’6 318 Sr.

Comparison: A longer Jason Pinkston

Combine: Didn’t work out at Combine due to injury.

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Notes: In the 2012 Louisville game he had a false start, doesn’t have great feet but has a long reach which helps him maneuver speed rushers around pocket, has very poor technique often caught lunging and with hands to the face or holds. In the 2012 Virginia Tech game he had poor balance falling backwards trying to react to inside move, no rush on undersized DE and threw him down viciously for pancake when he tried to bull rush-good strength and tenacity, pushed DE sideways 5 yds going after him well after play was over in his area, pancaked another rusher during no rush, beat on edge for late pressure, poor technique regularly off balance and lunging, beat inside for pressure and tackled rusher-somehow not flagged, pancaked another rusher when he got his hands on him-when he gets a hold of a guy it’s over, pancaked another rusher,

Overall: Brennan is your classic old school RT who is dominant as a run blocker and struggles at times in pass protection. Part of his issue is his poor technique (fixable) as he’s almost always off balance and lunging at players. Yet part of it is his mediocre quickness (not fixable) as he doesn’t react quickly enough to inside moves and isn’t the elite athletic that can always hold the edge on a rusher. The best part of his game though is his strength and tenacity as his game film is littered with pancake blocks and he seems to relish taking the action to a defender. Due to this he reminds me of a longer Jason Pinkston, currently a starting OG for the Browns, and he might be best served to move inside to OG where his strength, aggressiveness, and mediocre feet would be better utilized. Yet at 6’6 318 and with ’34 arms I’m leaving him at RT as he has the length and frame to be a RT and with improved technique he possibly could survive in pass protection. His best fit will be with a power running team since as a run blocker he already is starter caliber and only needs to improve his weakness in pass pro. Early 4th round as my #10 OT who is underrated right now due to injury 3/27/13.

11. Oday Aboushi Virginia #72 Sr.

Comparison: Jeff Allen

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Bounced out too quick with Cornelius Washington going right by him inside (-3.5), pushed back by Lavar Edwards on power rush but not too far-looks susceptible to it though (2), had loss on spin move inside vs. Ezekial Ansah (-3), held edge vs. Ansah for slight win (2), he surprisingly struggled on Day 1 and was one of the worst. Day 2: Beat by Edwards inside for quick loss-has been beat inside all week! (-3.5), didn’t pop out so far 2nd time and easily malled Edwards-possibly just technique issues as needs to be on right side with TE helping him keep edge (4), easily handled edge rush vs. montari Hughes walking him slowly around QB-at OG spot (3.5), rematch was similar result with Hughes going inside but mirrored well-maybe OG is his best spot (3), improved on Day 2 and some of his issues are simply technique. I still like him as a RT but he’s no 1st or even 2nd rounder after this event. In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he started at RT, regularly pushed back and battled with Datone Jones yet kept edge, gave pressure to Jones on up and under move, gave pressure to Margus Hunt being battled around, later moved inside to RG, doesn’t seem capable of staying on blocks-lack of punch?, lost edge to Jones forcing QB to step up, pushed back too far at OG by Kawann Short for pressure causing INC, pushed back by Brandon Williams for pressure-had illegal hands to the face. He struggled more at OG than OT and I continue to think he just needs some time to improve his strength and technique and he should be a solid RT down the road. 4th round 2/13/13.

Combine: Had a somewhat weird body build. 1.89 10 yd split. Slow in kick slide drill. Near or at the bottom among OTs in 40 time, reps, vert, and other categories.

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Notes: Parents are Palestinian. Was ACC OL of week 2. In the 2011 North Carolina game he was matched up much of the day against DE Quinton Coples. Barely held edge on 3rd down deep throw (7:10 1st), illegally downfield (10:35 2nd), solid 3 sec run block on Coples on run to other side (12:10 3rd), lost edge to Coples after 2 sec as he was lunging too much (7:10 3rd), didn’t let Coples get edge pancaking him as he dipped his shoulder (3:50 3rd), good 5 sec pro vs. DE Donte Paige-Moss on his initial inside move followed by a spin to the outside (7:33 4th), easily handled Donte’s inside rush (6:48 4th). His extremely long arms and odd shaped body are the first things I notice of him. Isn’t very physical or tenacious but has good strength to him-more a lack of toughness than lack of power. In the 2012 TCU game he had a great pancake on DE Davonte Fields in run game, is pretty thick but more so in upper body than lower which isn’t a great ratio, holding penalty as Fields got outside edge on him, showed tenacity on one play blocking till 2nd whistle and going after LBs and Ss, good mobility getting to CB on left sweep pancaking him, nice quickness on the stunt leading the DE to the LG then popping out on DT and cutting him soundly (1:32 3rd). He impressed me with his size, arm length, strength, and quickness yet he isn’t very tenacious, was beat a few times in this game for pressures or sacks and might be more of a RT than a LT-still not sure. He’s definitely a guy I want to watch in the 1×1 drills at the Senior Bowl 10/10/12.

Overall: Oday has had a disastrous senior season as I had a 2nd round grade on him going into the year yet at every turn he lost ground leading up to the NFL Draft. At the Senior Bowl he struggled at OT and struggled even more at OG making me think he won’t be able to move inside if RT doesn’t work out. This is very concerning as LT is already out of the question and his lack of heavy handedness and overall strength (only 17 reps at the Combine) make him a poor fit already at RT. Yet this lack of strength and explosiveness (worst vertical among OTs) is why OG is out of the question as his length and decent foot speed are his best attributes and are mitigated in phone booth settings. Overall he’s a talented player who needs some time to gain strength, technique, and confidence before playing in the NFL yet those are things that I thing can be given to him now that his draft stock has plunged so much. A talented RT who needs time and good coaching to sort out his game and is a high risk high reward type player, late 4th round as my #11 OT 2/23/13.

12. Kyle Long Oregon #74 6’6 1/8 313 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1-Beat easily on edge by Alex Okafor for sack (-3.5), bullrushed back by Michael Buchanan who got very late slight win (-1), Sylvester Williams slipped on spin move for win (3). In the 2012 Senior Bowl he backed up at LG, decent on combo block with good quickness and nice block on LB but barely moving DT-not really a mauler type, great looking on pull block in space cutting DB in open field, no push vs. Josh Boyd allowing no gain tackle on inside run, moved to LT, no rush vs. Lavar Edwards, good feet to 2nd level block but weak push of LB, knocked down by Edwards in pass pro, great quickness getting low on Boyd on down block for pancake. He’s a project, and a long term one at that, which is why I don’t get why some have him as a 2nd-3rd rounder yet as a late rounder I’m intrigued. 6th round 2/19/13.

Combine: 1.68 10 yd split. 4.93 unofficial. No fat and very long. Has a little ghetto streak to him. Solid in pull drill. Solid in kick slide drill. Quick 2nd time in kick slide drill.

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Notes: Howie Long’s son. Drafted in 23rd round out of HS but went to FSU instead. Busted for DUI (driving wrong way down street, failed 2 sobriety tests at age 20) and left school due to that, which he called a “chemical dependence,” as well as due to academic issues. Interestingly he only blew a 0.10 so likely he was on something as well as alcohol to cause such a horrible night. Backup LT yet will play this season as Oregon plays their 2nd teamers more than any other team in the country due to their tempo. Will be applying for another season of eligibility so really a junior. Started in the 2012 Cal game at LG-began playing in USC game.

Overall: Long is a kid that has gotten far too much publicity for having only started 11 games in his career. Being Howie Long’s son and Chris Long’s brother is a huge reason for it and I question why so many teams consider Kyle a 2nd round talent with Mike Mayock even thinking there is potential for him to sneak into the late 1st. He did have a great Combine though with an elite 40 (4.94) and a few other drills where he was in the upper echelon yet he has almost no experience as an OT and lacks the strength to be a dominant OG immediately. I like him as a developmental OT yet those types are usually drafted in the 4th-7th round range and again makes me question why everyone thinks he’s deserving of a Top 60 selection. As a development OT I like him but think whoever drafts him has to understand that he will likely have no impact as a rookie. Early 5th round and my #12 OT 2/23/13.

13. Tanner Hawkinson Kansas #72 6’5 ¼ 298 Sr.

Comparison: Daryn Colledge

Combine: Ran a 1.69 10 yd split. HS TE. Started 48 consecutive games. Nickname is ricky bobby. 2nd team Big 12 in 2012.

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Notes: In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he started at LT, easily sealed off Devin Taylor on inside run, no rush vs. David Bass 2x, jolted by Bass for late pressure, very good run blocker who is elite at sealing and other technique blocks but has a little power to move people too, beat inside by Devin Taylor 2x for pressures, good quickness on 2nd level blocks-legit athlete who reminds me of Daryn Colledge, lost edge very late vs. Taylor-needs to get stronger as was in position but lost battle, great combo block shoving Taylor upfield on draw and being quick enough to down block on DT-elite block showing his outstanding quickness, stacked and shed by Taylor for tackle, again he was in position yet Taylor battled through inside for late pressure, jolted by Taylor and pancaked allowing 3.5 sec sack-unfortunate to go against the best defender in the game regularly. He at times struggled against Devin Taylor yet he drew the unfortunate card of having to go against the best defender in the game more than anyone else. Still though he intrigued me as he obviously needs to gain weight/strength (didn’t even lift at the Combine) and most of his issues with Devin came from these deficiencies. He has obvious assets with great height, good arm length, and elite speed/quickness for an OT so his issues with Devin came be overlooked. Early 5th round 3/2/13.

Overall: Tanner Hawkinson is a very intriguing blend of height, quickness, and athleticism. He has below average strength and overall girth yet both of those can be improved on with time and if given that time by an NFL team I could see someone getting a quality LT in a few years. He could move inside as well, with the comparison to Daryn Colledge making that transition possibly even better, and if moved to OG he would be an outstanding move player who would excel on pull blocks and 2nd level LB assignments. Overall I like Tanner a lot as a former HS TE with LT athleticism who just needs time to add weight and strength. Early 5th round as my #13 OT 3/2/13.

14. Nick Becton Virginia Tech #54 6’6 317 Sr.

Combine: Very long arms. A little frumpy. 1.76 10 yd split. Solid in move drill. Good in pull drill. Average in kick slide drill.

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Notes: Gave up 3 sacks and a FF to DE Andre Branch in 2011 who was just too quick for him. Undrafteable at OT, possibly can play OG 4/12/12. In the 2012 Rutgers game I immediately noticed his long arms, good strength pushing DE down to create huge hole, has very good feet and seems to easily handle speed rushes. Nick really impressed me with his long arms, quick feet, and NFL caliber frame. He looks like a big sleeper but I need to see him against better talent as Rutgers didn’t have an NFL caliber DE. Very tentative 4th round 12/30/12.

Overall: Nick’s another example of my shortcomings as a scout due to not having access to college game film in the offseason. In 2011 I scouted him vs. Andre Branch and he showed slow feet giving up 3 sacks and a FF which caused me to say he had to move inside to OG. In 2012 I scouted him vs. Rutgers (lower talent level) and he dominated showing elite arm length, an NFL frame, and quick feet which caused me to give him a 4th round grade. Those are drastically different scouting grades and all I can use as a tiebreaker are his Combine numbers which show elite arm length (35 ½), a good 40 (5.20), and an outstanding shuttle (4.57-5th among 58 OL). Due to these numbers I will go with my 2012 evaluation but drop him a bit due to the 2011 grade. 5th round as my #14 OT 3/27/13.

15. Nick Speller Massachussetts #72 6’5 290 Sr.

Notes: X-fer from Syracuse after being benched midway through 2009 season. Facebook page, “don’t really know if I enjoyed it up here or not….shame niggas aint know what they had.” His facebook profile had wavyheadnigga as his nickname. Word is he was benched due to attitude. He did shut down George Selvie that season and was looking like their best OT. Missed 4 weeks due to an academic suspension in 2012. 3 year starter at UMASS. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he started at LT, easily handled speed rush of Travis Johnson 2x, pancaked Travis on down block, impressive holding DT William Campbell at bay on stunt, quicker than Terron Armstead but not as strong or physically impressive, good quickness on stunt touching both guys, knocked on his butt by Wes Horton on initial jab, beat instantly on swim move by Horton for pressure-falling apart at the end after an elite game, lost edge to Horton allowing hard hit on QB-all these have come in past 4 plays making me think he’s tired. He showed a lot of potential as a quick, athletic OT project who needs to gain weight and could take some time as he’s moving up a few notches in competition. Late 4th round on pure talent but his off the field issues need to be checked out 2/20/13.

Overall: Speller is a player who intrigued me at the East-West Shrine game yet has a combative attitude that caused him to get benched and x-fer out of Syracuse. He’s a perfect example of how scouting is dependent not just on talent but on character and knowing if your locker room/coaching staff can handle a problem child like Nick. Without the off the field issues I’d give him a late 4th but due to the issues he’s a 5th that very possibly won’t be drafted. If a team is willing to take a chance they could find themselves with a tall, skinny OT with the foot speed to play LT. A year spent bulking him up and straightening him out attitude wise could payoff for a franchise ten fold. 5th round and my #15 2/23/13.

16. Chris Faulk LSU 6’5 331 Jr.

Combine: Didn’t work out due to injury.

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Notes: A big, quick, overweight player who looks and moves like an OG not an OT. In the 2011 Oregon game he started at LT in his 3rd game showed himself to be quick but looking to be a bit overweight barely riding his defender past the QB (11:21 1st), good pass block pushing the defender inside then pancaking him (1:20 1st), good job getting out to LB blitzing from the edge but tried to chop block him and was unsuccessful allowing defender to get 6 sec coverage sack (3:28 2nd), surprisingly pushed back by DE Terrell Turner who he outweighs by about 50 lbs on a run play to his side (2:16 2nd), attacked his DE on a run play but was shed rather easily and he made the tackle failing badly on the play (14:09 3rd), and lost edge to DE Brandon Hana barely pushing him past QB (8:22 4th). Injured early in 1st Q on run play in the 2011 Mississippi St. game. Had knee injury in practice after Game 1 of the 2012 season missing the rest of the year.

Overall: I’m still unsure why Faulk left school early. In 2011 he was a late 1st/early 2nd to many people (never that high on my board) yet only played 1 game in 2012 and still isn’t healthy enough to work out for NFL teams. It made little sense to leave early yet now teams will need to determine if he has enough athleticism to stay at OT when healthy (otherwise will move inside to OG) and then will have to determine when he will be healthy. Faulk has always looked fat and out of shape to me so while he has a big frame (6’5 331) and quick feet for that size he’s never impressed me. I know he lacks the athleticism to play LT and think he possibly even lacks enough to play RT but wherever he plays a team will get a talented player with elite size who will need to be motivated to work hard. He has all the makings of a bust but one with a high ceiling if the light ever turns on. Late 5th round as my #16 OT who is a boom/bust type coming off an injury plagued season 3/25/13.

17. Xavier Nixon Florida #73 6’6 321 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: (OG) Handled edge vs. Montori Hughes yet kept being pushed back for very slight win-not physical (1), let Hughes go right around him on edge for loss-weak hands (-3), good job battling Lavar Edwards for no rush keeping edge (3), made contact with Cornelius Washington way too deep in backfield so he had already almost lost before it started-battled hard but loss (-3), he was a mixed bag on Day 1. Day 2: Handled rush vs. Chase Thomas keeping edge and not being moved much (3), held edge and Malliciah Goodman fell down as overextended (4), had a good day and maybe can stay at RT. He didn’t play in the game.

Combine: He didn’t run at Combine.

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Notes: #50 in ESPN 150 for ’09. Looks more like an OG than an OT. In the 2011 Tennessee game he looked to two different times false start but they didn’t call either flinch, lost edge to DE barely pushing him past QB at the last second (13:21 2nd), and a solid beginning but lunged on inside move giving DE a free outside route to QB forcing incompletion (3:15 3rd). In the 2011 LSU game he did not start, getting benched for backup Matt Patchan but did come in later. Had a feisty battle with DE Barkevious Mingo (9:09 2nd). In the 2011 Alabama game he was beat on quick inside rush vs. DE Courtney Upshaw for 3 sec TFL (14:23 2nd), beat by Upshaw on speed rush nearly giving 3.5 sec sack but ball thrown (1:43 2nd), beat by LB Alex Watkins on 4 sec sack that he was good on initially but lost on an almost push pull type move (1:03 2nd), somehow got on an island away from other OL and was helpless vs. Upshaw who went around him but missed QB in kill zone giving Nixon a chance to reblock him (5:34 3rd). In the 2012 South Carolina game he started at LT and went against Jadeveon Clowney most of the day, almost completely whiffed on Clowney allowing inside move-barely touched him (2:36 1st). In the 2012 Florida St. game he got start at LT and went against DE Cornelius “Tank” Carradine, beat on 2nd pass play for hit and pressure-caused INC despite wide open 9 route for would be TD, beat by Carradine on edge forcing QB to scramble-also had facemask but not called, good mobility to be lead blocker on toss left-push S well OOB. 3rd team SEC in 2012. In the 2012 Louisville game (Sugar Bowl) he pancaked DT on run behind him, false start, lost edge to DE Marcus Smith for near strip sack-missed ball, tripped in side step for pressure, fell down again when getting out of crouch, had to back up quickly on speed rush by Smith leaving him unbalanced for dip inside for sack. He was off balance much of the game and looks like a project, albeit one with an elite frame and good athleticism. 5th round 1/8/13.

Overall: Xavier is a player that I’ve never been a huge fan of. He has always been a weak handed player who lacks elite athleticism, strength, toughness, or consistency yet was often brought up as a quality player by scouts and media. He has an NFL frame and solid athleticism so there are tools for an NFL team to work with yet overall his play has always been lacking and his lack of strength or toughness are things I don’t see ever going away. Late 5th round as he has far more upside than Ricky Wagner yet I like him far less so there grades essentially are equal 2/23/13.

18. Ricky Wagner Wisconsin #58 6’6 322 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1-Long loss vs. Alex Okafor after battle (-1). 11×11-gave edge to Margus Hunt forcing hold, held edge but off balance allowing Okafor inside (-3). Day 4: Battled Powell on inside move for slight win (2), pushed Datone Jones around QB easily (3.5), held edge vs. Michael Buchanan (3), Okafor slowly pushed him back too far (-2.5), beat around edge by Okafor (-3). In the 2012 Senior Bowl he started at RT, backed up vs. Ezekial Ansah nearly into QB causing INC, pushed back a bit on bull rush vs. Lavar Edwards, easily handled Edwards on bull rush, pancaked Everett Dawkins on down block, no push vs. Ansah allowing no gain tackle to his hole, pushed back by Ansah 2x, barely held edge vs. Ansah who then bulled him back flushing QB out of pocket-can’t handle Ansah, no rush vs. Edwards, no push vs. Ansah who set edge and also almost got inside run tackle, slow on down block allowing TFL by Everett. He once again was unimpressive and continues his descent into potential undrafted territory. Late 5th round 2/19/13.

Combine: HS TE and basketball player with 5 basketball offered. 1.79 10 yd split. His shuttle was one of the worst among OL (measures quickness).

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4.91

7.94

Notes: Starting RT on probably the best OL in the nation in ’10. In the ’10 Rose Bowl vs. TCU. Never really noticed him good or bad in the ’10 Rose Bowl. Moved to LT after Gabe Carimi left for the NFL. In the 2011 UNLV game I specifically watched him and was not impressed with him. Is a leaner not a pile driver and you couple that with his average athleticism to get an above average college tackle without great pro prospects. Nice pancake run block on LB trying to get edge (10:42 2nd), and poor block on DE unable to keep him outside allowing him to tackle RB for short gain (11:30 3rd). In the 2011 Oregon St. game had a great base slowly being crept back on good bull rush (11:00 1st), very good strength pushing DE far inside then sort of pancaking him (4:15 1st), called for holding on questionable call (11:25 2nd). In the 2011 Nebraska game had no rush vs. LB Lavonte David on rush but didn’t keep blocking him hard allowing him to dive for sack of QB when he stepped up in pocket (6:12 2nd), watched him a lot in the game and he was again very average not dominating but also blocking his guy for a few seconds and keeping him out of the play for the most part. In the 2011 Illinois game he went up against stud DE Whitney Mercilus, early in the game he held his blocks a long time which is very tough against a slippery guy like Mercilus, pushed into backfield by him ruining run play-showed lack of base and hurt on play as well with RB rolling under him, he returned in 2nd Q. In the 2012 Ohio St. game he had good run block opening hole for 10 yds, good lateral quickness vs. DE Nathan Williams riding him on wide arc past QB, good combo block helping TE with man then pushing S back 5 yds, no rush vs. DE John Simon all night though he did get two sacks (one vs. RT and one when QB scrambled out right into one), shed by Simon later for sack on scramble-this one was his fault, later he didn’t move his feet enough to handle Simon from DT spot coming on stunt allowing 2nd sack of the night to him. Injured knee during 2nd Q of Purdue game and missed Minnesota game a week later. 1st team Big 10 in 2012. In the 2012 Stanford game (Rose Bowl) he was stacked and shed by DE Ben Gardner for no gain tackle, called for hold on Gardner negating 6 yd TD run, Gardner beat him inside on 4th and goal from 1 for TFL-too slow, no rush vs. LB Trent Murphy 2x, poor balance falling down on spin move inside by LB Chase Thomas, pancaked Gardner on inside move. He had a few good moments (shut down Murphy and held his own mostly against Chase) but overall he looked weak and unathletic. 5th round 1/3/13. 1st team Big 10 in 2012. In the 2012 Nebraska game (Big 10 championship) he had a good push on DE Eric Martin to open hole on 9 yd TD run. I watched him the entire game and he didn’t impress me with his athleticism or strength but he did get the job done, albeit ugly. 5th round caliber RT 12/29/12.

Overall: Wagner has a lot of qualities NFL teams crave: size (6’5 308), arm length (34), and experience against top level competition (3 year starter in Big Ten). Yet he doesn’t have the foot speed to play LT, is a non-factor in the run game making him a poor fit at RT, and too often struggled when playing NFL caliber talent. After watching probably a dozen of his games I have to say that he looks like a mediocre RT or quality backup OT who wins ugly but has enough NFL skills to not be completely written off. Late 5th round as my #18 OT 2/23/13.

19. Vince Painter Virginia Tech 6’4 ¼ 306 Sr.

Combine: Very muscular and no fat at all. 32 reps and ran a 4.87 unofficial time so has the look of a late round project. Good in pull drill. Quick and smooth in kick slide drill both times-one of the best. He had one of the most underrated Combines of any prospect as he ran a sub 5.0 40, had 32 reps (5th among 58 OL), 30 ½ vertical (3rd), and a 4.56 shuttle (5th).

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6042

306

34

4.95

32

30.5

801

4.56

7.71

Notes: Highly touted recruit out of HS who redshirted as a freshman and never started until 2012 when he was the full time guy at RT. Part of the lack of playing time was confidence as he started at DT and then moved to OG before finally settling it at RT. Considered by the coaching staff one of the most talented players they’ve ever had at OL.

Overall: Painter is the quintessential late round project tackle as he had a Combine superior to future Top 10 picks Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher and was neck and neck with Terron Armstead and Lane Johnson in terms of physical freaks. Yet with 1 year of starting experience Vince is little more than a very high upside project and teams will need to determine if the light went on for him in 2012 and he’ll continue to improve as a player or if he simply was given the chance to start as a senior and will never be heard from again. With his elite physical skills he’s worth a late round pick for a team to stash away as their #4 OT and give a year or two to develop. 6th round as my #19 OT 3/27/13.

20. Jordan Mills Louisiana Tech 6’5 316 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Barely held edge then pushed back a bit but reanchored for slight win vs. Ezekial Ansah (1.5), again held edge and was pushed back even less (3), just destroyed by Cornelius Washington on bull rush for instant loss (-5), again struggled on bull rush as he kicked outside too quick this time losing to Lavar Edwards (-2.5), he was near the bottom on Day 1. Day 2: Held edge vs. Malliciah Goodman but pushed back and then released him right near QB (-2.5), kept edge then pretty easily handled power fight vs. Ansah (3.5), kept edge vs. Boyd but right at QB very quickly backing up too much (-3), pushed back slower this time (-1). In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he was backup at RT, Michael Buchanan spun off him for release inside, wouldn’t let Buchanan off LOS back to back plays, poor down block on Brandon Williams allowing no gain on inside run, lost edge to Datone Jones who dipped head to turn corner for sack, gave pressure to Sio Moore on edge rush, beat off edge by Jones for pressure-no sack due to dump off, beat off edge again by Jones causing QB to scramble-getting killed by Jones. He struggled mightily against Jones and I’m not sure he has the foot speed to stay at even RT. Late round project, 6th round 2/13/13.

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6050

316

34

5.37

20

28.5

805

4.88

8.1

Notes: I only saw his Senior Bowl and Texas A&M tape but didn’t scout the A&M game for him.

Overall: I barely scouted this player as his small school ties kept me from seeing him in anything but the TAMU game yet at the Senior Bowl one consistent theme emerged: poor foot speed. At 6’5 316 with ’34 arms he has the look of a RT and his overall Combine numbers were pretty solid (except his shuttle drill which was 12th worst among 58 OL-measures quickness) but whether it was in practice or in the game he rarely was able to keep the edge against pass rushers. Going against Datone Jones was a joke as he was beat almost every play and foot speed is something that can be improved on but not by a lot. Overall I think Mills is worth a late round pick as a project to see if it was simply a bad week at the Senior Bowl as he does have a great frame and was an all conference performer. Worst case scenario he can be moved inside to OG and tried there where his size and explosiveness (measured in the upper quarter in the vertical and broad) will be valued. Late 6th round as my #20 OT 3/27/13.

21. LaAdrian Waddle Texas Tech #65 6’6 330 Sr.

Notes: 1st team Big 12 in 2012. Is a tall, big body with an NFL frame but lacks the bend to be a LT and that’s immediately apparent. In the 2012 Minnesota game he showed very good power and at 330 lbs he doesn’t have too much fat-definitely could lose a few but not too much, is too comfortable not blocking anyone when no one is in his area-loafs a lot, PF at end of play as he threw a punch at DE, beat badly on edge with speed rush to allow 3.5 sec hit on QB forcing dump off, beat on edge again by DE but quick throw. He clearly lacks the foot speed to be a LT and likely wouldn’t even hold up at RT but he has an elite frame and the pure strength is there so I’m intrigued with him as an OG and I’m not completely ruling out RT at this point. All Star games will be important for him. Late round project at this point 12/29/12.

Overall: Waddle has an elite frame at 6’6 330 and just enough foot speed to make me want to give him a chance at RT. If successful a team could have a young, cheap (as he’ll be a late round or undrafted guy) mauler on their hands who would need some help in pass pro but would be a huge asset in the run game. If unsuccessful his frame would be an intriguing option as a conversion project inside to OG so either way I see him worth a late round pick. 7th round as my # OT 2/23/13.

Free Agent

Reid Fragel OhioState 6’7 5/8 308 Sr. Converted from TE 1 year ago. Good muscle definition, no fat. Very good 40 but poor split 1.78. Ran a 5.08 40 which is great for his size! Solid in kick slide drill. A good project type due to his athleticism but will need some time to develop since he’s only been an OT for 1 season. Free Agent 4/22/13.

Elvis Fisher Missouri #78 Sr. He was the best OT on either team during the week of practices for the Texas vs. the Nation game. In the Texas vs. the Nation game he didn’t play. Free Agent due to injury history but a guy I was very interested in earlier in his career 4/22/13.

Dann O’Neill Western Michigan #68 In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he started at RT, offsides, x-fer from Michigan, held edge vs. Mike Catapano pushing him past QB, doesn’t have great lateral quickness, good strength pushing Catapano-much stronger, no rush vs. Scott Vallone, Catapano pancaked him in pass pro-more like he fell but still, Catapano battled through him for late pressure inside, pancaked Scott Vallone on inside move, poor job losing edge vs. Catapano on bootleg to his side allowing tip. He showed some flashes of strength and has a good frame but looks like a free agent due to his mediocre athleticism-might need to move inside to OG. Free Agent 3/2/13.

 

Camp invite

RJ Dill Rutgers #76 Sr. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he started at RT, decent movement skills on pull block in hole but has an awkward body, pushed back and allowed pressure vs. Brandon Thurmond, beat on push pull move by Thurmond for pressure. Camp invite 2/20/13.

Alex Kupper Louisville 6’3 285 Sr. Was going to be the LT but the C was injured so he filled in at C for the Murray St. game. In the 2011 North Carolina game he played LT and went up against some studs in Quinton Coples and Donte Paige-Moss. Had quick feet forcing a long arc on rush by Coples losing edge after 4 sec and QB well away on rollout to right, solid job on inside rush with help from LG, stacked and shed by Coples for the tackle on RB for no gain, couldn’t keep DT Tydreke Powell blocked letting him tackle RB for 3 yds, blocked Coples initially but his elite quickness allowed him to still make tackle for 3 yds, good 5sec pass pro vs. Paige-Moss even with him being shady with major hands to the face (0:13 2nd), false start, went head to head with Paige-Moss on final drive for at least 6 straight rushes and held him to only one pressure as he consistently held the edge and only one time was pushed back enough on bull rush to allow inside rush (1:18 4th), lost edge to Coples nearly giving up sack but QB stepped up and barely avoided it (0:50 4th). 2nd team Big East in 2012. In the 2012 Florida game (Sugar Bowl) he was clubbed sideways for inside rush but 3 step drop, beat inside on quick move, pushed back by DE Dominique Easley for TFL to his side, lost edge to LB Lerentee McCray but RB screen other side. He struggled against a very talented front and looks like an OG and an average one at that. Barely a camp invite 1/8/13.

Undraftable

Jeff Nady Nevada #78 6’7 305 Sr. He has an NFL frame but doesn’t look NFL caliber as he doesn’t look well put together. In the 2012 Arizona game he didn’t appear very strong, isn’t very athletic on 2nd level blocks. Undraftable 3/2/13.

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