Draft Insiders’ – 2018 NFL Draft Yearbook
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Published by NFL scout Frank Coyle and staff
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Guards – Grade: B
This year’s guard class has a few highly-regarded prospects who will be drafted in the early rounds. Three prospects, could be selected the in top 50 selections. Quenton Nelson has been our highest rated guard prospect all year and has risen into the top 10 overall selections. We scouted him since his HS days at Red Bank Catholic and he is a dominant interior blocker with a Pro Bowl skill set. Isaiah Wynn is a first-round bubble prospect after an impressive effort at left tackle vs SEC talent. He is NFL ready to win a starting rookie job in camp. Will Hernandez is rising prospect who figures in the 2nd/3rd round. He impressed at the Senior Bowl which may warrant a top 50 selection. Austin Colbert is one of the fast risers in this class and could be selected on the mid 2nd day after a strong final effort and Senior Bowl. Braden Smith is a versatile unheralded blocker who graded out and tested high over the season and postseason. He has the talent to start and ranks among the most developed blockers in this entire class. Several guards are intriguing as 3rd day prospects, like Wyatt Teller, Tony Adams, Skylar Phillips, Sean Welsh and Cody O’Connell. All had long college stays and graded out high. They can be diamonds in the rough who step up in an NFL camp. Colby Gossert and Maea Teuhema are fast developing small college prospects who made nice impressions in 2017 and present interesting skill sets and possible starting potential inside. Overall there will probably be at least 12-15 prospects chosen with 10 possibly becoming starters. The top 6-8 guards will be in strong demand in the top 150 selections.
NFL Teams in need:
1 Panthers 4. Vikings
2 Dolphins 5. Bengals
3 Giants 6. Rams
NFL Premier Player
Blue Chip – Quenton Nelson
Red Chip – Isaiah Wynn
Rising – Will Hernandez
Falling – Sean Welsh
Underrated – Braden Smith
Overrated – Taylor Hearn
Sleeper – Colby Gossert
Boom/Bust – Skyler Phillips
Hidden Gem – Maea Teuhema
Best Athlete – Quenton Nelson
Best Run – Quenton Nelson
Best Pass – Isaiah Wynn
Best Pulling – Austin Corbett
Most Developed – Quenton Nelson
Toughest – Will Hernandez
Adjusts Best – Dejon Allen
Strongest – Braden Smith
1 * Quenton Nelson – Notre Dame
2 Isaiah Wynn – Georgia
3 Will Hernandez – Texas-El Paso
4 Austin Corbett – Nevada
5 Braden Smith – Auburn
6 Wyatt Teller – Virginia Tech
7 Taylor Hearn – Clemson
8 Tony Adams – North Carolina St
9 * Maea Teuhema – SE Louisiana
10 K.C. McDermott – Miami
11 Colby Gossert – Appalachian St.
12 Skyler Phillips – Idaho St
13 Dejon Allen – Hawaii
14 K.J. Malone – LSU
15 Cody O’Connell – Washington St.
16 Sean Welsh – Iowa
17 Sam Jones – Arizona St.
1 * Quenton Nelson #56 6-5 330 Notre Dame – Sp 5.20
Player Comparison : Zack Martin Rating 95
Physical athletic junior lineman has started 35 of 36 career games over his Irish career, earning first team All-American honors his final two seasons. Powerful technician with very strong quick hands and good footwork along with leadership and intangibles to rank as the most ready NFL prospect in this entire draft class. I scouted him often since his HS All-American career at Red Bank Catholic where he earned a 5-star recruit label by major services. Formed an awesome Irish leftside with LT Mike McGlinchey that was instrumental in the outstanding 2017 season by tailback Josh Adams. McGlinchey is expected to be a latter first round selection in April. Nelson has great bulk and arm length (33¾”) with very strong hands (10 3/8”) to carry out his blocking assignments with flawless consistency as both a drive blocker and pass protector. Allowed only 2 career sacks and none over his final two seasons. Pro Bowl guard at the NFL level, though he can fill in at tackle on an emergency basis. Awesome physical specimen and ranks with the best guards in the past 20 years. May best compare to HOF guard Mike Munchak. Shows fine ability to slide laterally in pass protection with very good arm extension, using his strong hands to lock on and control most rushers. Naturally bends his knees to convert his strength well to the field. Moves well in space with a deliberate style and is able to eliminate linebackers on the 2nd level often. In big game situations, he graded out highly, especially vs top competition. Definitely the #1 offensive lineman in this average group. Displays fine functional strength, especially in his hands, and is able to lock on and control his man consistently. Good natural balance and rarely ends up on the ground with the ability to roll his hips and destroy defensive tackles. Anchors well against bull rushers and very effective vs the quicker defensive tackles. Better and higher rated than former ND guard Zack Martin who has gone on to a Pro Bowl career. At the NFL Combine, he came at over 6’5” and 325 lbs. with 33 3/4” arms and 10 3/8” hands. He ran a 5.23 time with 35 reps in the lifting and a 26.5” VL and an 8’9” BJ. He added a 4.62 shuttle and 7.65 three cone. Physical powerful technically sound blocker with consistency to utilize his naturally developed skills. Super blue chip mauler with definite rookie starting grade. Shows discipline in his complete game and committed to conditioning and technique details. Highly developed technician and top 10 pick. Plug and play starter at guard with early Pro Bowl skill set.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
2 Isaiah Wynn #77 6-2 310 Georgia – Sp 5.20
Player Comparison : Trai Turner Rating 88
Agile three-year starter has been a stalwart on the Bulldogs’ line, earning SEC honors his final two seasons. Strong square built, stout and fairly long arms with powerful hands and good footwork while grading out high vs top SEC edge rushers. Complete guard that would fit well in any blocking scheme. Played left tackle as a senior, though his future in the NFL is at guard. He has the footwork of a top-flight left tackle, but just lacks the length to remain there in the pros. Georgia usually ran behind him in key situations using their dynamic duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Displays fine ability to lock on and sustain. Shows good base and balance with the ability to naturally bend his knees. Effective at drive blocking as well as being able to wall off and influence block. Reaches the 2nd level with relative ease. Comes off the snap with good force and knows how to roll his hips on contact. Initial quickness is outstanding. Usually the first lineman to fire out on the snap, other than the center. Able to drive his man off the line, or turn them and wall off both very well. Very strong hands. When he locks on to the man, he usually shuts them down. Stays squared up and keeps his hands inside, showing good placement. Keeps his head on a swivel and looks for work until the whistle. Blocks well in space or on the move. As a pass protector, sets up quickly, and consistently grades out high at walling off his man and sustaining. His strong squatty build serves him well when it comes to stopping the bull rush, in addition to quick feet and agility to handle speed and quickness. Complete guard that would fit well in any blocking scheme. Natural power in lower-body makes him nearly impossible to bull rush. Combo blocks well and shows good timing for coming off the initial block and working to the next level. Runs well enough in the open field to get out in front on short or long pulls. Looks like an early day two plug and play starter at guard with a nice level of development after facing talented SEC edge defenders. Probable early round choice and a marginal top 40 prospect and possible surprise 1st round selection. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’3” 313 lbs. with 33 3/8 arms and 10 1/4” hands. He did not workout. Also, did not workout at Georgia pro day due to injury. Agile blocker combines sound technique and good functional strength to utilize his natural skills. Rising prospect with potential to become a top-flight NFL guard and highly developed prospect to be a rookie starter. One of the pure all around guards in this class. 1st round bubble pick and could be a valuable addition to either a zone or man scheme. Plug and play guard with high level of development.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
3 Will Hernandez #76 6-2 330 Texas-El Paso – Sp 5.15
Player Comparison: Richie Incognito Rating 85
Physical wide body guard displayed fine talent over his career with the Miners, earning three consecutive first team C-USA honors. Completed 49 consecutive starts at guard (4 seasons). Wide body frame with strong hands and average arms. Shows the agility to slide nicely and move laterally to very effectively block in all areas and the nasty demeanor to gain control and retain it throughout the play. Also played DT in high school, and still plays with the aggressive demeanor of a defensive lineman. Very athletic, considering his size. Impressive initial quickness out of his stance. Thick and very powerful. Able to lock on and move defenders off the line with relative ease. Displays fine initial pop and looks to dominate. Despite his massive size, also shows light feet and good lateral movement both when called upon to block in space and pass protect. Fast rising prospect with natural talent to start fairly soon. Possesses good movement skills with a well-developed slide and mirror technique and fine use of his long reach. Displays a fine physique, featuring broad shoulders, strong hips, and wide base. Fast rising prospect with natural talent to start fairly soon. Possesses good movement skills with a well-developed footwork to execute pulls and traps. Displays a wide body physique, featuring broad shoulders, strong hips and wide base and looks to lock on and roll his hips to bury an opponent. Consistently plays with good knee bend and easily shuffles to mirror. Shows the strength to anchor well against a bull rush and can handle big linemen in single assignments. Shows very good upper body strength to consistently get movement as a drive blocker. Moves well to the 2nd level, but at times can struggle to use his athleticism to eliminate backers. At times is overly aggressive with his initial punch, gets off balance and leaves himself susceptible to inside counters. Shows a good heavy handed punch, though needs to recoil more consistently to be effective. While he has much raw ability and pure athleticism, his inconsistencies and somewhat questionable endurance could cause him to drop to the 2nd day, though he is a top talent. In the NFL, his hand placement can draw flags and must refine his technique and ability to counter. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2” and 327 lbs. with 32” arms and 9 7/8” hands. He ran a 5.15 with 37 reps with a 24” VL an 8’8” BJ and a 4.70 shuttle and 7.59 three cone. He compares to Richie Ingonito in physical skills. All the components to become a high-quality pro with further refinement of his natural athleticism. Probable mid-2nd day pick with early starting grade, though needs to commit to technique development and overall conditioning to be effective. Tough physical talent faces a fast learning curve and has one of the highest ceilings of any guard prospect in this class. Marginal top 50 prospect with big time talent and core blocker. High-quality guard with early starting grade to have a long career.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
4 Austin Corbett #73 6-4 315 Nevada – Sp 5.15
Player Comparison: Justin Pugh Rating 80
Aggressive agile tackle has been a mainstay on the Wolfpack’ line the past four seasons, earning MWC honors his final three seasons. Started all 48 games of his career with most at left tackle. High-cut long frame, length and agile footwork to move inside after playing well with all of his experience at tackle. Shows the aggression and drive to be effective to move inside after starting at left tackle. Asked to pass block against many quick edge rushers, he held up well consistently. Comfortable blocking in space with the footspeed to get out on screen passes. Technically sound as a pass blocker. Has a quick and accurate hand punch and recoils nicely with good consistent hand power. Good kick slide and has the lateral agility to effectively mirror rushers. Maintains his base and does not over commit and retains good hand extension when blocking speed rushers. Solid frame can add more muscle and strength and would greatly benefit from an NFL level weight training program if he moves inside vs power tackles. Tough alert blocker and quickly recognizes stunts and twists to adjust. Works hard to sustain and finish his blocks, showing a mean streak. Easily moves to reach the 2nd level to get good fits backers. As a run blocker, he can wall off quicker smaller defenders and handles quickness well. On some run plays looks very effective down blocking, where he can get good movement. Consistently can redirect to multiple moves and reset. Shows overall athleticism and a physical style that fits ideally for the interior. Good core strength that translates well to the field. Adequate to anchor, though needs to improve when facing a strong bull rusher especially his technique to play with his knees bent and pads down. As a pass blocker, he displays above average kick-slide, lateral quickness and balance to recover. Uses his hands well when in pass pro to lock on and control an opponent. Strengths appear to slide in pass protection and walling off and using his bulk. Needs to finish more consistently as a run blocker. Could be a solid pass blocking guard and perhaps fairly capable run blocking in any scheme. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 313 lbs. with 33 1/8” arms, 10 1/2” hands and did 19 reps. He ran a 5.15 time with a 28” VJ, an 8’10” BJ and good agility drills with 4.50 shuttle and a 7.87 three cone. He is similar to former tackle and current NFL guards Joel Bitonio and Justin Pugh in size, versatility and development. Good all-around athleticism and should be able to move inside. Probable 2nd day pick with definite starting grade. Must work on his technique development to realize his talent. Physical prospect with pro skill set and a high LOD. Marginal top 100 prospect with a NFL starting talent at guard.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round
5 Braden Smith #71 6-6 315 Auburn – Sp 5.20
Player Comparison : T.J. Lang Rating 80
Tall, powerful versatile lineman has been a fixture on the Tigers’ offensive line for the last three seasons. Earned SEC honors the past two seasons and graded out highly at both guard and right tackle for both drive and pass blocking. Highly regarded coming out of high school. Rated the #1 OG by some services, and the #3 OL by most. Also, the HS shot put and discus champion for the state of Kansas. Possesses fine natural strength and plays up to his strength. Long strong arms and thick powerful core. As a run blocker, inline, when he locks on with leverage, is able to move most defenders backwards a few yards. Very tenacious and plays with an edge. Muscles and mauls defenders and does not let up before the whistle. Sometimes gets overextended blocking straight ahead and ends up on the ground. Seems to be a little top heavy, with a long trunk relative to leg length. Capable on short-pulls and is able to block smaller quicker defenders in the open field. Able to get to the 2nd level and eliminate linebackers or defensive backs. As a pass blocker, appears nearly impossible to bull rush, especially when he plays with leverage. Even when he gets too tall coming out of his stance, interior pass rushers have trouble moving him back with just their raw power. Seems alert and aware to stunts and blitzes and will come across the formation to pick off a blitzer on the opposite side. At times, quick tackles lined up in the A gap can penetrate on him if he too slow moving off the snap. His game is all about power and best suited when he can use his natural strength to maul defenders in close quarters. Basically able to handle all facets of run blocking. Very strong, durable and dependable. Inline, he can overpower defensive tackles, but is also highly effective when called upon to climb to the 2nd level and eliminate linebackers. Displays consistent effort until the whistle. Quick off the snap, and seldom whiffs on initial contact and show good timing when to disengage and asked to combo block. Feet appear quick enough to handle inside and outside zone stretch plays. Pulls very well both long and short. Does a fine job of getting out in front of screens and picking off defenders. If you want a phone booth mauler he can give you that, but definitely not limited to that role. Shows good arm extension both run and pass blocking with good hand strength to stay engaged. Sometimes gets overextended and can get off balance, though recovers well. If he has a weakness it would be handling quickness in pass protection. Defensive tackles have their work cut out for them if they try to bull rush or overpower this man, but those with good quickness, swim and spin moves can make him look bad at times. Fires off the ball, locks on with strong hands and good arm extension. Runs his feet on contact and never lets up before the whistle. Shows a nasty demeanor, plays with an edge. Quick interior pass rushers can give him trouble at times when he fails to lock on early in the down. Good arm length and wingspan for his size and build, which he can use to slow down the pass rush. Probable early middle round choice and a marginal top 75 prospect with a quality skill set. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’6” 315 lbs. with 33” arms and 9 7/8” hands. He ran a 5.20 time with 35 reps in the lifting and a 33.5” VL and a 9’5” BJ and added a 4.77 shuttle. Similar to T.J. Lang and Alex Boone in power and skill set. Powerful blocker is usually sound with his technique to utilize his natural power. Potential to start inside early and needs to settle into a strong side right guard role. Should be selected on mid 2nd day and a very likely early starter at RG for a team that uses a man-power run blocking scheme. Fine value and early NFL starter with skill set to push outside to right tackle.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round
6 Wyatt Teller #57 6-5 315 Virginia Tech – Sp 5.25 Rating 75
Physical wide body guard has performed very well since starting since midway of his sophomore season after converting from the defensive line. Earned ACC first team honors his final year that placed him in the Senior Bowl in January. Big strong powerful build with good arm length at 33 7/8”, huge 10 1/8” hands and good weight room strength that translates well to the playing field. Virginia HS defensive player of the year as a senior. Totaled over 120 tackles, including 11 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles that season. Possesses a lean well defined muscular physique with little if any flab around the midsection. Coordinates his wicked hand punch quite well with his smooth footwork. Able to slide left or right while maintaining good balance. Very quick out of his stance as a run or pass blocker. Fires out straight ahead with nice power and is usually able to move defenders off their spot. Shows fine ability to lock on and sustain and control. Seldom meets his match, strength wise. Uses his lateral quickness very well when leading to the outside and has the athleticism to get good fits on smaller, quicker defenders in the open field. As a pass blocker, he gets good arm extension and uses his strong heavy hand punch to stagger pass rushing defensive linemen. Performed much better as a junior in 2016 and did not impress nearly as well in 2017. Possesses all the physical tools one would want in a guard in either scheme. Road grader with strong surge to get consistent movement at the point and often buries the man. Creates a surge straight ahead and quick off the ball. Effective in space in the open field and can eliminate defenders on the 2nd level. Impressive raw natural strength that he uses to wear down defensive tackles over the course of a game. Defenders grow weary of dealing with his non-stop motor and all-out effort by the 4th quarter. As a pass blocker, he keeps a wide base, shows good balance and lateral quickness. Stays alert and aware for stunts and delayed blitzes. Stones bull rushers when technically sound. Consistently gets movement to drive a defender off the line. Effective in pass protection when he uses his good hand punch to lock on and control a defender with his strong hands. Similar to J.R. Sweezy in size, mobility, power and technique, in addition to a defensive line conversion. Probable middle round choice and a marginal top 125 with a nice skill set. At the NFL Combine, he came at 6’4” 314 lbs. with 34” Arms and 10 1/4” hands. He ran a 5.24 time with 30 reps, a 29” VL and a 9’6” BJ. Added a 4.84 shuttle and 7.45 three cone. Strong all-around blocker with good technique and leg drive to utilize his skills. Blue-collar type prospect with starting potential and definite make it grade. Likely goes in the early 3rd day area with starting talent.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round
7 * Taylor Hearn #51 6-4 320 Clemson – Sp 5.45 Rating 70
Wide body veteran three-year starter at both guard and tackle for the Tigers declared as a fourth-year junior for the NFL Draft. Named third team ACC honors in 2017. Physically, he has the package teams look for in a guard – good base with strong frame, nice arm length, adequate footwork and hands. Must improve his balance and understanding of leverage on the field. Lacks ideal athleticism, but can be quick out of his stance and looks fluid when asked to short-pull. Personifies the term phone-booth blocker. As a run blocker, uses his size, reach, and natural strength to muscle and maul defensive tacklers. Held his own, power vs power, when going up against ‘Bama’s Payne, one of the top DT prospects in this draft class. Ideal for a man blocking power scheme when he can fire out straight ahead most of the time. The farther he has to run, the worse he looks. As a pass blocker, he holds up very well overall. Fairly quick into his pass set. Displays a stout anchor and does not get bull rushed easily. While his ability to move laterally is mediocre, his long reach helps compensate, making it tough for defenders to beat him with quickness on his edges. Not likely to be drafted very high, but has the physical package and success against top competition to lead one to expect he can become a workmanlike, blue-collar interior player at the next level. Can jar a defender when making first contact and shows he can get to the 2nd level, though inconsistent in both of those roles. Appears to have fine core and lower-body strength. When he locks on with his hands, is very difficult to shed. As a pass blocker at right tackle, his kick-slide is smooth, though somewhat deliberate. Performs well at staying perpendicular to the line and not allowing a rusher the outside edge. Very strong as a forward drive blocker when technically sound and keeps his feet moving on contact. Locks on with good extension and seldom gets off balance. Fast inside pass rushers may be tough for him to handle on a consistent basis. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 320 lbs. with long 32 ½” arms and 8 3’4” hands. Did 18 reps, ran a 5.45 time with a 24” VJ, an 8’6” BJ and added an 8.0 three cone. Durable versatile lineman with good size and functional strength, though he needs to be sound technically to ever start. Marginal top 200 prospect falls to the late 3rd day off average athleticism. Talent to make roster with potential to start with refinement of his quality skills. Good late addition, though needs time to refine his skill set. Late pick only with positives to possibly surprise once he gets in an NFL camp.
8 Tony Adams #50 6-2 305 North Carolina St – Sp 5.40 Rating 70
Tough, gritty, throwback type guard has been a regular starter for the Wolfpack since arriving in Raleigh. Stocky lineman with extensive experience inside and graded out high vs a top level of competition, especially his own front four. Despite lacking ideal athleticism and overall talent, he displays sound technique, good core strength and instincts to win consistently. Named ACC 2nd team honors his final two seasons. Comes from a wrestling background, with his father, Carl Adams, the Boston U wrestling coach for over 30 years. An all-around athlete, he began playing competitive tennis at age 2. Displays a low center of gravity with thighs like tree trunks and a bubble butt. Outstanding balance and plays the game on his feet. Seldom ever ends up on the ground, unless it is to cut block. As a run blocker, is effective in all facets. Quick out of his stance, locks on and sustains very well. Understands leverage very well and uses it to his advantage. Fine functional football strength. He can move defenders out of the hole, or wall off and lock on, as necessary. As a pass blocker, with his low center of gravity and strong legs he is extremely difficult to bull rush. With his strong grip and hand punch, once he locks on it is usually all over for that particular play. Also quick enough in his lateral movement ability to handle speed rushers. No excess body fat on this player. Very strong throughout. Technically sound both as a run and pass blocker. Shows no quit and consistently battles till the whistle. Wins most battles when it is one-on-one power vs power. Able to consistently get movement inline. Shows he can work up to the 2nd level and pick off linebackers. Deliberate in his movements with good balance and knee bend. Alert and aware in pass protection with smooth lateral movement skills in a small area. Able to use his pure raw strength to impose his will on defensive linemen. Appears to have the necessary tools and desire to be a workmanlike middle tier guard at the next level and reliable starter. Played in the East-West Shrine game and was as impressive as any OL there during the game. Played all the interior positions at the EW week and looked comfortable. Shows fine brute strength and is best when mauling in close quarters, though shows he can make short-pulls. Very disciplined and quick out of his stance when setting up to pass block. Keeps a sound base, displays a really heavy hand punch and usually keeps his hands inside the framework of a defender. At his pro day, he came in at 6’1” and 302 lbs. and 33 1/2” arms and 9 1/8” hands. He did 21 reps, ran a 5.47 time with a 25.5” VJ and an 8’4” BJ. He added a 4.89 shuttle and 8.13 three cone. Average athlete with toughness, sound technique, discipline and attention to detail. Type with the makeup to surprise and physical talent and the intangibles to get the most out of his abilities. Battle tested tough blocker finds a way to ultimately start inside.
9 * Maea Teuhema #75 6-4 315 Southeastern Louisiana – Sp 5.20 Rating 70
Huge junior lineman became a fixture on the SE Louisiana line over his only season after transferring from LSU. Earned Freshman All-American honors at LSU after entering the program as a five-star recruit. Dominant blocker with the power and technique to roll his hips. Started 21 games during his two-year LSU stay before being suspended for breaking team rules just prior to the 2017 season. As a run blocker, displays the power and agility that allowed him to dominate opponents at times. As a pro, likely projects to guard only where his base, reach and strength would be best utilized. Huge frame and long reach with the natural strength that makes him very difficult for most DL to handle. Powerful push when he plays with leverage and bends knees properly. Able to lock on, move his feet and deposit a defender several yards down field. LSU runners Fournette and Guice both made many huge yardage plays running behind him. As a guard, would be an effective phone booth blocker, but with the quickness out of his stance to reach defenders outside the box. Displays adequate balance and agility to adjust to counter moves with strong hands to sustain. Played left tackle in 2017 after transferring to SLU, but that was merely because he was their best offensive lineman. His home in the NFL will be inside. Due to the suspension and transfer, some may be overlooking him, but that would be a mistake. He has the tools to compete well at the next level at either guard spot. In pass protection, he has adequate initial quickness with the arm length and girth to force rushers wide of the pocket most of the time, though Is not quick enough in his kick-slide to handle speed at the pro level. Definitely strong enough to stop most bull rushers in their tracks. His power and agility allowed him to dominate opponents at times. Those skills translate very well to the offensive line positions where he made fast progress over his short career. Huge frame and long reach with the girth that makes him very difficult to get around. Powerful push when he plays with leverage and bends knees properly. As a pass blocker, anchors well with strong base and long reach to keep rushers at bay. In pass protection, he has adequate initial quickness with the arm length and girth to force rushers wide of the pocket and redirect. Played right tackle and guard over his career. Ultimate phone booth blocker. Displays adequate balance and agility to adjust to counter moves with strong hands to sustain. Key part of the LSU success vs top SEC defenses. Went on to win the starting job in 2016 where he graded out higher weekly. Did not attend the NFL Combine. Physical lineman with the skill set to play inside. Rising top 200 prospect with huge potential. Project as a starter after critical development, including agility and technique work. Wide body lineman with the talent to surprise and fine value as a role player initially before claiming a starting job. Maybe the highest ceiling in this guard class.
10 K.C. McDermott #52 6-6 310 Miami – Sp 5.30 Rating 68
Long mobile four-year veteran starter has been a key component on the Miami offensive line during his time there. Durable and reliable, ending his career with a string of starts at right guard, right tackle and left tackle with most NFL teams projecting inside to guard. Lacks top athleticism, though has fine length and technique to get full use of his good footwork and functional strength. Savvy blocker with good understanding of angles and assignments. Solid versatile specimen with experience at multiple positions vs tough ACC talent. Comes off the ball well and maintains good pad level. More of a finesse or wall off type blocker rather than a true road grader. Keeps his man out of the play most of the time. Kick-slide and lateral quickness as a blind side pass protector are above average and gained valuable experience at left tackle in 2017. Runs his feet and stays with his blocks fairly well to be an effective run blocker on zone stretch plays. May not have the lower-body strength to anchor well inside as a pass blocker and will need to rely on sound technique and leverage. Moves well in the open field and is able to get fits on linebackers on the 2nd level. Runs deliberately when leading on outside runs, though usually lands a hit on defenders. Comes out of his stance well when run blocking and can move defenders out, while also being able to get to the 2nd level in space. As a pass blocker, is able to set quickly and shows the ability to mirror and slide and keep pass rushers at bay. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’6 and 311 lbs. with 32 1/2” arms and 9 3/4” hands. He ran a 5.31 time with 26 reps in the lifting and a 23.5” VL and an 8’1” BJ. He added a 4.82 shuttle and 7.72 three cone. Three technique rushers with speed can give him problems due to his lack of quickness. Needs to be aware and use his hands quickly and strike an opponent to gain control. Blocker with sound technique and good footwork to challenge for starting time inside. Underrated prospect with a definite make it grade. Discipline in technique details is essential. Refined battle tested prospect with the ability to fill in at tackle in a pinch though inside starter. Late round steal falls to the 3rd day of the draft. Great value there.
11 Colby Gossett #70 6-5 310 Appalachian St – Sp 5.20 Rating 68
Huge versatile senor has been a stalwart as a three-year starter for the App St, dividing time between guard and tackle. Earned Sun Belt honors at both positions. Large blocker with good arm length and bulk to control defenders. Good build for a right tackle/guard, though lacks ideal tackle quickness and too heavy footed for left tackle. Long upper torso with relatively long arms. Gritty battler who never quits on a play. May not always look textbook as a run blocker, but gets the job done, and was a big part of the App St success running the ball, especially between the tackles. Good arm length, and very strong hands and has learned to use a punch effectively. Once he locks on, he is very difficult to disengage from. Effective blocker on screen plays and can make blocks in the open field. Knows when to come off a combo block inline and work up to the 2nd level where he is able to generally get good fits on backers. Deliberate off the ball and very effective on short-pulls and counters. As a pass blocker, he handles bull rushes very well. Shows good hand punch and can handle power well. Quick tackles or fast edge rushers with an array of moves can give him trouble. Mobility to get out on sweeps and traps. Keeps his head on a swivel and picks up stunts and twists, displaying good awareness to pick up stunts and twists. Road grader capability as a run blocker. Able to get movement straight ahead or cave in the line on down and angle blocks. Shows good effort and hustle and plays hard to the whistle consistently. Uses his strong hands well to lock on, sustain and stay in control throughout the play. Good balance and seldom on the ground. Lacks ideal lateral quickness to handle speedy edge rushers if he stays at tackle. Probably best on the inside where he can use his natural brute strength and nasty attitude to clear lanes for the running game and have less area to cover laterally in pass protection. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 311 lbs. and ran a 5.20 time with 32 reps in the lifting and a 25” VL and an 8’7” BJ. He added a 4.83 shuttle and 7.60 three cone. Powerful blocker with good technique and functional strength. Versatile prospect with potential at both right tackle and guard. Needs continued discipline in his complete game and show he is committed to technique details. Possesses fine football character and good functional overall strength, technique and demeanor. Eventual starting guard. Probable early 3rd day selection and good value there. Big upside with NFL starting skill set.
12 Skyler Phillips #71 6-3 315 Idaho St – Sp 5.10 Rating 68
Physical senior interior blocker has been a fixture on the Bengals’ offense for four seasons, earning first team Big Sky honors as a senior. Burly versatile blocker is capable of handling any interior position after experience at every line position during his injury prone career. Displays sound technique and footwork to get the most of his average athleticism that should help him compete for pro time at both guard and center. As a run blocker, he is quick out of his stance and utilizes a powerful punch. Looks heavy footed and somewhat of a plodder. Does not lock on and sustain consistently well. Lacks really good balance and gets overextended forward too often and ends up on the ground. ISU used wide line splits as part of their spread offense and Skyler’s skill set looks to be more conducive to a traditional pro-style offense with a power blocking scheme. His strength is his strength. Needs to do a better job of staying home on stunts and twists in pass protection. Lacks good vision and awareness in that regard. Able to anchor well vs the bull rush. Slides okay laterally as a pass blocker. Displayed this ability at left tackle as a junior. Though he is far too short to ever play there at the pro level on a regular basis. He usually plays with sound leverage which allows him to show good drive blocking skills with the ability to get movement at the POA. In pass protection, he can slide, adjust and control an opponent with the functional strength to anchor vs the bull rush. Best suited for the guard spot though projects as a reserve center. Uses his hands fairly well and is able to contain defenders with technique, footwork and good functional strength to sustain. As pass blocker, he mirrors with adequate lateral movement skills and the ability to lock and steer. As run blocker, displays above average functional strength and the ability to roll his hips and the nasty demeanor to finish. Struggles when beaten early on the down. Tough, savvy and strong with the talent to surprise in camp. Gets to the 2nd level and fits on backers and is adequate when asked to pull to outside. Adjusts to stunts with good footwork for short pulls and traps. Package to possibly start on the inside and also projects as a reserve center. At the attend the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’3” and 318 lbs. with 33 1/8” arms and 10 ¾” hands. He ran a 5.09 and did not lift. Added a 29” VL and an 8’8” BJ with 4.69 shuttle and 7.95 three cone. He needs to be technically sound to compensate for his average AA. Toughness, smarts and intangibles with the skill set to surprise. Savvy kid with talent to challenge for roster spot. Probable 3rd day pick with make it grade and possible starter after a few seasons to develop in a system.
13 Dejon Allen #50 6-3 295 Hawaii – Sp 5.0 Rating 65
Aggressive mobile lineman has started all four seasons, earning MWC honors in 2016 and 2017. Well-built agile athlete with power and footwork to eventually start in the NFL. Former high recruit from California who started two years at guard before lined up at left tackle during his final two seasons. Good base with the ability to get into an opponent and move his feet well and control with overall technique. If he were 2 inches taller, and 20 lbs. heavier, you’d be looking at a high round left tackle prospect. His lack of ideal size for the outside in the NFL is the only negative feature about this player. Reminiscent in many of ways of former 49ers left tackle Derrick Deese, who was an effective starter at the position for multiple seasons, despite being just 6’3” and less than 300 lbs. As a run blocker, Allen is outstanding in every way. Able to lock on and drive MWC defensive ends back on straight ahead power plays. He has the footwork and fluid movement skills to get out and block effectively on the edge or on the 2nd level. On play after play, he locks on, sustains and simply eliminates his man from snap to whistle. As a pass protector, he is quick out of his stance, with a fine kick-slide, and lateral movement skills. Gets good arm extension, showing a solid punch, with the ability to reload and keep punching. Keeps himself between his man and the QB. He is very difficult to bull rush. On the few occasions where his outside edge is threatened by speed, he recovers immediately, and steers the defender wide of the pocket. Played RG as a freshman and sophomore and for those two seasons combined, allowed just one sack. Moved to left tackle for his final two seasons, and during that time, allowed no sacks on drop-back pass plays. Simply a joy to watch for anyone who appreciates top-flight offensive line performance. Flashes good initial quickness, with a very powerful punch. Mauler as a run blocker and able to roll his hips. Mobility to work well to the 2nd level. Very effective when asked to short-pull. Imposing toughness and can strike with authority early and often and highly effective when asked to block a man whose right on his nose. Shows good instincts to peel off blocks and pick up stunts and blitzes consistently. Understands how to work in tandem and despite his athletic limitations usually finds a way to get his job done. At his pro day, he came in at 6-2, 295 lbs with 32 5/8″ arms . He ran a 4.97 time with a 1.77 ten yard split. He did 29 reps, 30.5″ VL, 9’1″ BJ, 4.82 shuttle and 7.63 three cone. It was a very good workout. He did not attend the NFL Combine. Physical blocker with the makeup to start inside at some point after development. Marginal top 200 pick on physical skills, experience and potential. Fine package to become a starting pro guard.
14 Sean Welsh #79 -6-3 305 Iowa – Sp 5.30 Rating 65
Aggressive senior lineman graded out fairly high over his Big Ten career, starting since early in his freshman season and earning conference honors each season. Earned first team Big Ten honors in 2017. Average frame with good base and the footwork to slide well with the speed to be effective in space. Primarily a guard, this veteran has seen time at tackle and may best project to the pivot in the NFL. Undersized, quick, zone blocking type. Relies on sound technique and footwork. As a run blocker, he can consistently make reach blocks whether inside or outside zone runs. Cut blocks fairly often with success. Sudden off the snap and worked well in coordination with center James Daniels. Much more effective down blocking or angle blocking than he is when he has a power player over his nose. Will most likely be sought after by a team that uses zone run blocking almost exclusively. Lacks the mass or power to fit well in a blocking scheme that runs a lot of iso-lead, or straight ahead man on man blocking. In pass protection, he sets up quickly, maintains good knee bend to take advantage of his natural leverage. Gets as much arm extension as he is able, but does not have long or ideal arm length. Many guards have been successful with similar reach however. Average athleticism, good footwork and the agility to mirror defenders. Developed nicely with his footwork, balance and technique to get the most from his athleticism. Displays fairly good speed and coordination on the move. Used a lot very effectively on short-pulls and inside counters. Gets good fits on the linebackers when he leads up through the hole. Sound awareness and lateral quickness in pass projection and able to lock on and control pass rushers. More of a finesse blocker who is most effective walling off or mirroring his man. Good hand technique to utilize his base and get strong push at the LOS. Able to use good timing coming off the first block inline and climb to the 2nd level and pick off a backer. Plays with natural knee bend consistently to get a good surge. In pass protection, he gets into his set adequately, displays good initial balance and kick slide to mirror, but breaks down poorly when asked to adjust and handle counter moves. At times, he loses balance and struggles to maintain positioning and redirect an opponent. Lacks flexibility to recover. Displays the footwork to mirror and contain rushers if he gets his hands on them early. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’3 and 306 lbs. with 32” arms and 10 1/4” hands. Ran a 5.39 time and did 20 reps. Added a 25” VL and an 8’7” BJ with 4.81 shuttle and 7.90 three cone. Earned 2nd team Big Ten in 2017. Marginal top 200 prospect. Savvy blocker with power and skills. Later round pick with definite make it grade and possible the versatility to also start in the pivot.
15 K.J. Malone #63 6-4 305 LSU – Sp 5.30 Rating 65
Physical wide body senior was starting lineman in the SEC the past two seasons, earning some conference honors. Projects to a hog guard role with ideal size and long arms after experience at virtually every line position in a pro-style offense. Four star recruit out of Louisiana. Son of NBA HOF Karl Malone. Missed time in 2017 with a leg injury that cost him critical game action. Comes quick off the snap and is efficient getting into his pass set with good balance and is able to shuffle side to side well to mirror pass rushers. Uses his girth to engulf defenders and can get consistent movement as a drive blocker. At times, plays with a narrower than ideal base and can get knocked off balance. Sometimes is slow off the snap and allows the defender to get underneath him. Tough to separate from once he gets his hands on an opponent early and can be difficult to get around him in pass protection due to his size and reach. Occasionally, appears to lack a sense of urgency or the nasty streak in his play. Lateral and overall foot quickness is adequate along with his ability to sustain blocks. Needs to make better use of his hands to lock on and control. Wins consistently early on the down when he uses hand technique. As a blocker, his initial contact is inconsistent with a shoulder or forearm rather than firing out and locking on with his hands creates problems. Adequate foot speed in the open field, though always looking for the next defender. Sound technique allows him to overcome average tools. Marginal flexibility, though plays with sound knee bend. Deceptive blocker to effectively and consistently gets the job done. Has strong quick hands that enable him to lock on and control defenders. Learning to use his powerful frame and basic technique. Better suited in a zone blocking scheme. Powerful blocker lacks technique at times and fails to utilize his natural skills. Underrated prospect with potential and definite make it grade, though needs time to further discipline his game and show he is committed to conditioning and technique details. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 319 lbs. with 33 1/2” arms and 9 1/4” hands. He ran a 5.29 time with 15 reps in the lifting and a 29.5” VL and a 8’7” BJ. Probable later round choice and a marginal top 200 prospect with a NFL skill set. Powerful blocker graded out highly over his short SEC career. Handled some top ranked DL in games and team drills consistently with sound technique and the ability to anchor. Prospect needs basic work to realize his potential. Sleeper late choice with skills to surprise. Discipline in his complete game along with good conditioning and technique details. Fine late round addition.
16 Cody O’Connell #76 6-9 355 Washington St – Sp 5.60 Rating 65
Massive wide body senior guard graded out nicely over his career, starting his final two seasons while earning Pac-12 honors those years. Tall thick phone booth blocker fits inside where he projects best in the NFL. His incredible size earned him the college nickname ‘Continent’ for his huge frame. Mainstay and linchpin of the Wazzou OL. Consistently did his job despite regular offensive line failures all around him. Only member of the Cougars’ OL to hold his own vs the tough Washington Huskies defensive front. The Huskies wisely seldom lined their top DT Vita Vea up against him. Instead, Vea blew through double teams on the right side for play after play. As a run blocker, Cody walled off well and sustained. He was able to block on the 2nd level and be effective, though barely marginal footspeed. Pass blocking is his best feature. Quick into his pass set, gets good extension with his long arms and doesn’t allow his man to gain penetration very often. Somewhat lumbering and plodding in his movement skills, but still able to use his size, strength, wingspan and balance to be effective in all aspects of offensive guard play. If he gets into the right situation, where he is surrounded by some better talent, he is very likely to be a more effective pro than he was a collegian. Average footwork and the agility to utilize his massive size and functional power to carry out most assignments. Shows solid skill set, including balance and strength to start. Periods of inconsistencies and sloppy technique hurts his final grade. Carries his weight well for such a big man and looks solid for his size and is not fat. Possesses Herculean functional strength. On straight ahead power plays, can sometimes drive his man 5-6 yards down field. Able to reach the 2nd level, stay under control and get fits on backers. Handles his assignments as a pass protector sufficiently well. Could be well suited for either guard spot and be a starter fairly early in his career. His feet appear quick enough, and his coordination and balance good enough that he should be able to work well in a zone blocking scheme. When he uses good hand technique, he can roll his hips and use his strong wide frame to get a powerful push. At times, his technique is sloppy with marginal hand use that makes him vulnerable to counter moves. When he uses leverage, he is a powerful run blocker who gets impressive movement at the POA. In pass protection, he gets into his set nicely, displays good initial balance and kick slide to mirror pass rushers and anchor. At times, breaks down poorly when asked to adjust and handle counter moves. Shows the footwork to mirror and contain rushers if he gets his hands on them early, though must be technically sound to sustain. Anchors well vs the bull rush and utilizes his good functional strength. As a drive blocker, gets a strong push, though can fall off blocks. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he came in at 6-9, 352 lbs with 35 1/2″ arms . He ran a 5.63 time with 28 reps, 23″ VL, 7’5″ BJ, 5.08 shuttle and an 8.01 three cone. It was an average workout. Powerful blocker lacks natural footspeed and inconsistent technique at times. Falling prospect with potential and definite make it grade, but needs time to discipline his complete game and show he is committed to technique details. Probable later 3rd day choice and a marginal top 200 prospect with a boom or bust label.
17 * Sam Jones #76 6-5 305 Arizona St – Sp 5.30 Rating 65
Athletic versatile, experienced three-year starter with extensive time at guard and tackle through his career, earning Pac-12 honorable mention in 2017. Started since midway of his redshirt freshman season with most of his time inside at guard. Long athletic frame with nice arm wingspan. Moves easily and wins often on pure athleticism which gives him an early advantage on the down. Blocker made huge strides in 2017 that influenced him to declare for the NFL Draft 2018. Reportedly chose to come out early due to the firing of beloved head coach, Todd Graham. His game is all about technique, finesse, and athleticism. As a run blocker, shows good balance, tenacity, and effort to stay with his blocks. Moves well, with light feet, and is often used on short-pulls and counter trey type action. Blocking straight ahead, despite lacking a lot of pure raw strength, he can be surprisingly effective. He will run his feet and usually sustains till the runner is past him. Best suited for a zone blocking scheme though, where he can utilize his quickness to make reach blocks and use angles, rather than man-power type blocking schemes. Frame to carry more muscle and should be able if he dedicates himself in an NFL weight program. Among the most effective pass blockers in the country in 2017, allowing no sacks or hits on the QB. He does a good job of punching out, keeping his arms extended, and staying squared up to his man in pass protection. Bends his knees and uses leverage well to offset his lack of pure brute strength. Over the 2017 season, he displayed good consistent performances with nice grades from snap to whistle on each and every down. Good length and overall size teams seek in an NFL guard. Able to generate movement in the run game with good balance, base, and technique to wall off and sustain. Picks up and switches off well and usually very effective in pass protection, mirroring and sliding. Quick active hands and stays between the defender and passer. Functionally strong with good balance and seldom falls off blocks. Moves well in the open field with a deliberate stride to get to the 2nd level to gets fits on backers. Stays under control getting into his blocks vs both run and pass. Locks on with a short set using fine arm extension and a good wide base and knee bend. Uses his strong hands well to steer and control an opponent. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” 305 lbs. with 31” arms and 9 1/2” hands. He ran a 5.32 time and did 28 reps. Added a 27” VL, an 8’5” BJ and a 4.86 shuttle and 7.92 three cone. Good overall workout. Likely a 3rd day selection, but could have a surprisingly steady career as a starting NFL guard. Emerging top 200 prospect. Major sleeper with talent and intangibles to take the next step and move up quickly within a pro system.
18 Brendan Mahon #70 6-4 315 Penn St – Sp 5.30 Rating 60
Strong senior lineman has been a fixture on the Nittany Lions’ line, starting since early in his redshirt freshman season. Earned Big Ten honors over his final two seasons. Thick agile lineman with a strong lower unit produces fine power and projects him as a potential starting NFL guard after time at both tackle and guard. Strong frame with good arm length translated into high grades weekly where he flashes hand power initially on the down with the ability to get consistent movement using sound technique. Lone stabilizing force on an otherwise inexperienced, undermanned 2017 unit made up of many first year underclassmen. Muscle and maul phone-booth guard only at the next level. Shows good strength and fine size, but not really any other distinctive positive characteristics. Try hard type who does give good effort. Shows somewhat above average ability to sustain once he locks on, but lacks good balance and ends up on the ground too often. Though he played both left and right tackle as an underclassman, he lacks the necessary lateral quickness and kick-slide to have any future there at the next level. As a pass blocker, can be hard to bull rush, as he does have good strength and ability to anchor, but can struggle vs quick tackles that have an assortment of pass rush moves. Likely to be drafted late, if at all, and may have a chance at guard in the right situation. Usually plays with good leverage, though needs to develop more consistent hands to effectively use his functional strength and technique. As drive blocker, gets good movement once he locks on with strong hands and the tenacity to finish. Gains quick position and can sustain throughout the play when he bends his knees properly. He shows the ability to flash power on his punch, though inconsistent. Adequate mobility to pull outside or on short traps. Skill set to make progress with a sound understanding of angles and hand usage. At times, he struggles with speed rushers and lacked the ability to recover if beaten early on the down. He did not attend the NFL Combine.
At his pro day, he came in at 6’4” and 307 lbs. with 31 7/8” arms and 9 3/8” hands. Ran a 5.47 time with 24 reps and a 23.5” VL, a 7’10” BJ and agility drills of 4.70 shuttle and 7.96 three cone. Can be overmatched vs top talent who beat him with both power and speed. Phone booth blocker with developing technique, but an unsung performer in Saquon Barkley’s incredible success. Physical ability to make it, but he needs time to refine his skill set. Marginal late pick and top 250 prospect with make it grade.
19 Archie Lewis #74 6-3 300 Boise St – Sp 5.20 Rating 60
Agile aggressive senior lineman has been a fixture on the Broncos front since early in his sophomore season. Athletic frame with extensive experience in a pro type passing attack at both tackle and guard. Displays good power and footwork while earning MWC honors over his late career. Graded out high, showing fine technique and functional strength as both drive blocker and pass protector. Average height with fine length and physical skills to be highly effective and uses his strong 300 lb. frame well to win often vs the best MWC edge defenders. Feisty blocker who gives good effort with the athleticism to move inside. Lacks the length to remain at tackle at the pro level. Powerful inline due to technique and functional strength. Aggressive and fairly quick on the snap with big strong hands with which to lock on and steer vs some of the better college edge defenders. Capable of walling off and sustaining blocks both inline and on the 2nd level. As a pass protector, shows quick hands, smooth footwork and good technique to control defenders. Uses his functional strength and natural leverage well to stymie the bull rush. Displays sound positioning and hand use to help him anchor. Sets up well and is alert to pick up stunts and blitzes to keep rushers at bay. As a pass protector, developed quick hands to gain a fast advantage and utilize footwork and sound technique to control defenders. Uses his functional strength well to holdup vs the bull rush, relying on positioning and hand usage to anchor effectively. Tenacious blocker gives good effort that will interest NFL line coaches despite average type athleticism. Fairly quick on the snap, though needs to use hands better to lock on and steer vs pro caliber athletes. Adept at walling off and sustaining blocks both inline and on 2nd level. As a pass blocker, sets up well and is alert to pick up stunts and blitzes to keep rushers at bay. Vulnerable to secondary moves at times and needs to be technically sound early to gain position. In pass protection, he needs to sit consistently to anchor, though must improve to counter better vs speed rushers. As a drive blocker, he is powerful inline due to technique and good functional strength. Needs to be technically sound with more developed hand usage. Good understanding of angles to succeed in matchups, though only marginal in space when asked to pull and change directions. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At this pro day, he came in at 6’3” and 309 lbs. with long 34 5”/8 arms and 10” hands. Did 21 reps, ran a 5.36 time with a 27” VJ, an 8’6” BJ and added a 4.73 shuttle and 8.13 three cone. Durable lineman with adequate size and good technique and functional strength, though he needs to be sound from the snap to develop into a starter. Marginal top 200 prospect falls to the late 3rd day off limitations. Talent to make roster with potential to start with refinement of his good basic talent. Good late addition, though needs time to refine his skill set.
20 Salesi Uhatafe #74 6-5 310 Utah – Sp 5.40 Rating 60
Huge guard has been a fixture on the Utes line since his redshirt freshman season, earning Pac-12 honors as a senior. Started 38 of 52 games at guard. Big wide body guard with strong base and good arm length to effectively run and pass block. Moved to LG for the Utes in 2017, taking over for Isaac Asiata, who’d departed for the NFL. As a pro, projects to either guard position, where his strength would be best utilized. Huge frame and long reach with the above average girth, which makes him very difficult to get around. Powerful push when he plays with leverage and bends knees properly. As a pass blocker, anchors well with strong base and long arms, though marginal mobility to move outside a restricted area. Ultimate phone booth blocker with marginal quickness out of his stance to reach defenders outside the box. Displays adequate balance and agility to adjust to counter moves with strong hands to sustain. Marginal athlete, but able to be physical as a drive blocker. On the snap shows good initial quickness and can move a defender off the line. He will have to make clear improvement in his technique and overall conditioning to be NFL ready. Key part of the Utes’ offensive success on their run thru the Pac-12 and annual bowl appearance. Well respected by both teammates and coaches and willing to pay the price to win. Marginal athlete and able to be physical as a drive blocker. On the snap shows good initial quickness and can move a defender off the line. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 310 lbs. with 33” arms and 10 1/4” hands. Ran a 5.39 time with a 28” VL, 9’1” BJ, a 4.90 shuttle and a 7.70 thee cone. Physical wide body lineman with the skill set to play inside. Marginal top 250 prospect with potential if in right setting. In time, he could project as a starter after critical development including agility and technique work. Skill set to surprise and win a roster spot initially.
21 Rod Taylor #73 6-3 321 Mississippi – Sp 5.25 Rating 60
Experienced strong senior lineman has been a versatile member of a solid veteran Ole Miss unit. Experience at left and right tackle and guard may warrant a late selection in April. Better suited for guard with good body type for inside at just under 6’3” and 320. Quick off the ball with a solid punch and sound handle placement. Possesses the size and strength to overpower most opponents. Gets good initial control, but needs to sustain better. Possesses fine lower-body explosiveness that contained SEC edge rushers. He has the upper body strength to muscle and maul on the straight-ahead power runs, but is light enough on his feet to work in a zone scheme, pull on outside runs, or to get up on the 2nd level. His lower-body strength, he appears top heavy. Most of his experience has been at RT, though he lacks the length to remain there at the next level. Defensive linemen with good quickness and developed moves can get around him. Fights and scraps throughout the play and will do what he has to do to get the job done, even though it may not look classic and textbook at times. His best pro position could be guard where he can surprise. Well-schooled in fundamentals and possibly a 3rd day draft pick. Strong quick hands and is able to lock on and control a defender. Knows how to stay squared and mirror his man, keeping him out of the play. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At the Ole Miss pro day, he came in 6’6” and 329 lbs. with 34” arms and 9 7/8” hands. He did 25 reps and ran a 5.04 time. Added a 28” VL and an 8’6” BJ. He also had agility drills with a 4.90 short shuttle and a 7.85 three cone drill. Needs some technique development to utilize his wide frame to the maximum. Mental makeup to overcome adequate athleticism and win a roster spot and settle into a system. Will need some refinement at the next level before challenging for a starting job. Very coachable and a soldier who marches for the team. Good late addition with interesting upside to surprise and find a way to win a starting job.
22 Tyrone Crowder #55 6-1 340 Clemson – Sp 5.40 Rating 60
Tough three year starting guard has been a fixture on the Tigers’ line since late in his freshman season. Earned three ACC honors, back to back 1st team ACC honors as a junior and senior. Squat wide body guard with strong base and adequate length and footwork to execute the sweeps and trap plays. Carries some excess weight, though a powerful blocker with a thick lower unit. Short arm length makes it imperative he wins early on the down and gains control of an opponent. As a run blocker, when he can lock on, he is able to use his natural leverage advantage and overall strength to get good movement on straight ahead power plays. Short arms can make it difficult to consistently sustain however. Can handle the short-pulls and traps with decent success. In pass-protection, usually takes a short set, where he can be nearly impossible to bull rush. Handling speed rushers inside with multiple moves are his liability. Works hard to stay with his blocks and keep his width between defender and QB, but it is an ongoing battle. Must be quick to address counter moves where he can be beaten if not alert and use quick hands. Shows the power to execute, especially in a man-power blocking scheme. Comes out of his stance with good initial quickness. Bends his knees well and keeps good balance and agility to mirror and kick-slide in pass protection. Shows fine power to stop the bull rush with strong hands to anchor, lock on and control. Able to use lateral quickness with his good punch to slow down speedier rushers. Sustains his run blocks well most of the time. Critical part of fine Tigers high powered offense. Struggles to climb to the 2nd level and pick off backers and shows lumbering movement on the perimeter. He did not attend the NFL Combine. Could be overlooked in this class and capable of surprising to push for playing time. Graded out well vs a steady diet of talented ACC defenders. Decent late addition and marginal top 250 prospect with the skill set to surprise and possibly start with development.
23 Matt Gono #71 6-4 315 Wesley College (DE) – Sp 5.30 Rating 60
Agile experienced veteran started four seasons at tackle, earning first team D3 honors his final three years. Savvy blocker with good size and footwork to utilize his fine technique and understanding of the position. Graded out very well in a pro-style offense vs a low level of competition. Good physical package to work with as a backup/ practice squad performer to mold into an NFL starter. Technically sound with strong hands and natural knee bend. As a run blocker, he sustains well and rides his man wherever he wants to go, clearing nice holes. Dominant small college blocker and weight room strong that translates well to the field. Consistent in his ability to lock on and sustain. Uses his hands well and would benefit from a pro weight training program and coaching. Able to make initial contact and contain to the whistle. In pass protection, he comes out of his stance nicely and able to extend his arms and get into an opponent. As a run blocker, he is able to pull and lead in the open field to fit on backers and defensive backs. Good balance and effort with the athleticism and technique to continue to improve as a prospect. His fundamentals and technique were able to dominant at the lower level, but needs development along with strength conditioning to make it in the NFL. Recognizes and picks up stunts and twists early in the process and is able to seamlessly change off from his initial block to block the stunting rusher. Reacts well to whatever comes his way. Athletic footwork to come off his initial block and get to the 2nd level. Displays light feet and smooth lateral movement skills. Able to short-set and anchor well, or reset when facing counter moves. Good size to prevent defenders from getting into his body. Good movement skills to carry out assignments. He did not attend the NFL Combine. Lack of top notch core strength and consistent hand placement will hinder early at the next level. Possible late pick, but likely to go undrafted. Interior versatility is a plus. Ideal PS candidate.
24 * Nick Gates 6-5 300 Nebraska – Sp 5.10 Rating 60
25 Hunter Bivin 6-6 315 Notre Dame – Sp 5.30 Rating 60
27 Jacob Alsadek 6-7 325 Arizona – Sp 5.35 Rating 60
29 Kenny Lacy 6-4 310 UCLA – Sp 5.20 Rating 60
31 Kyle Bosch 6-5 310 West Virginia – Sp 5.35 Rating 60
32 Cory Helms 6-4 310 South Carolina – Sp 5.20 Rating 60
34 Jashon Robertson 6-3 300 Tennessee – Sp 5.20 Rating 60
35 Viane Talamaivao 6-2 325 USC – Sp 5.30 Rating 58
36 Shamire Devine 6-7 380 Georgia Tech – Sp 5.50 Rating 58
37 Wilson Bell 6-5 355 Auburn – Sp 5.40 Rating 58
38 Larry Allen 6-4 285 Harvard – Sp 5.30 Rating 58
39 Justin Lea 6-4 290 Jacksonville St – Sp 5.30 Rating 58
40 Gabe Kuhn 6-4 295 Memphis – Sp 5.30 Rating 58
41 Matt Pryor 6-7 355 TCU – Sp 5.60 Rating 58
42 Dyshon Sims 6-4 290 Georgia – Sp 5.20 Rating 58
43 Evan Lisle 6-7 310 Duke – Sp 5.40 Rating 58
44 Boone Myers 6-5 310 Iowa – Sp 5.30 Rating 58
45 Connor Hilland 6-6 305 William & Mary – Sp 5.30 Rating 58
46 Trevor Darling 6-4 300 Miami – Sp 5.20 Rating 58
47 Nick Haynes 6-3 300 Kentucky – Sp 5.30 Rating 58
48 Beau Nunn 6-4 305 Appalachian St – Sp 5.35 Rating 58
49 Will House 6-2 285 Southern Nazarene – Sp 5.20 Rating 56
50 Maverick Morris 6-4 300 Clemson – Sp 5.20 Rating 56
51 Lavonte Hights 6-4 300 Shepherd – Sp 5.40 Rating 56
52 Jake Raulerson 6-4 315 Arkansas – Sp 5.30 Rating 56
53 Khaliel Rodgers 6-3 315 North Carolina – Sp 5.40 Rating 56
54 Garrison Wright 6-4 320 Minnesota – Sp 5.30 Rating 56
55 Dorian Miller 6-2 300 Rutgers – Sp 5.30 Rating 56
56 Evan Plagg 6-3 295 Tulsa – Sp 5.20 Rating 56
57 Gerrad Kough 6-4 295 Colorado – Sp 5.30 Rating 56
58 Chris Durant 6-4 310 William & Mary – Sp 5.40 Rating 56
59 D.J. Park 6-4 330 South Carolina – Sp 5.50 Rating 56
60 Fred Lauina 6-4 315 Oregon St – Sp 5.40 Rating 56
61 J.P. Quinn 6-4 295 Central Michigan – Sp 5.30 Rating 56
62 Frank Sutton 6-3 305 Louisiana-Monroe – Sp 5.40 Rating 56
63 Cameron Ruff 6-3 320 South Florida – Sp 5.40 Rating 56
64 Dwayne Orso-Bacchus 6-5 325 Oklahoma – Sp 5.50 Rating 56
65 Robert Burleigh 6-5 325 Tennessee-Martin – Sp 5.40 Rating 56
Centers – Grade: B+
This position is a very good class this year which features several prospects who figure to start early in the NFL. Billy Price is a blue chip pivotman who was injured at the NFL Combine which may cost him a first round selection. If healthy he can be rookie starter. Daniels is a proven versatile interior lineman who figure to be selected in the top 40-50 selections. Frank Ragnow is rising quickly off a strong late career. He could push into the top 40-50 selections off prototypical measureables and a high level of play in the SEC. Mason Cole and Will Clapp are underrated middle round prospects with versatility to fill all the interior positions. Cole has the versatility to fill all the interior spots plus RT. Clapp covers all three interior spots. Scott Quessenberry is rising up the charts off a strong postseason. He carries an NFL starting grade and is a prospect advanced in a pro-style offense. He can surprise and should be fine 3rd day value selection. As few as 7 to 8 prospects could be drafted, though with as many as five or six pivot men with NFL starting grades
NFL Teams in need:
1 Chargers 4. Ravens
2 Jets 5. Cardinals
3 Giants 6. Dolphins
NFL Premier Player
Blue Chip – Billy Price
Red Chip – Frank Ragnow
Rising – Scott Quessenberry
Falling – Will Clapp
Underrated – Mason Cole
Overrated – Bradley Bozeman
Sleeper – Jack Bennett
Boom/Bust – Austin Golson
Best Athlete – Billy Price
Best Run – Billy Price
Best Pass – Frank Ragnow
Best Pulling – James Daniels
Most Developed – Billy Price
Toughest – Billy Price
Adjusts Best – Mason Cole
Strongest – Frank Ragnow
1 Billy Price – Ohio St
2 * James Daniels – Iowa
3 Frank Ragnow – Arkansas
4 Mason Cole – Michigan
5 * Will Clapp – LSU
6 Scott Quessenberry – UCLA
7 Bradley Bozeman – Alabama
8 Coleman Shelton – Washington
9 Brian Allen – Michigan St
10 Jack Bennett – Colorado St
11 Austin Golson – Auburn
12 Austin Kuhnert – North Dakota St
13 Alan Knott – South Carolina
14 Erick Wren – Oklahoma
15 Alex Officer – Pittsburgh
1 Billy Price #54 6-4 305 Ohio St – Sp. 5.20
Player Comparison: Travis Frederick Rating 90
Scrappy mobile senior has started since early in his redshirt freshman season, earning Big Ten first team honors his final two years. Started all four years, the first three at guard, including Freshman All-American honors. Rimington award winner in his only season in the pivot. Injured at the NFL Combine where he tore his pec in the lifting and out for four months. Displays fine technique, footwork and overall athleticism to compete for rookie starting time. Extremely strong and explosive. Outstanding quickness from snap to punch. Fires the shotgun snaps back with fine velocity and accuracy. Very quick with his hands and uses them well. Able to control defenders with the technique, footwork and strength to sustain blocks. Exceptional core strength and balance. He shows the ability to redirect and recover very well. He has fine knee bend and lower-body flex that along with his strength makes him a fine inline blocker. Very quick and coordinated when pulling to the outside. Very consistent with his use of leverage. Able to clear running lanes even when blocking much bigger defensive linemen. Tenacious with a consistently high revving motor. Works well in the open field or in tight quarters inline. As a pass blocker, he mirrors well with quick lateral movement and the ability to lock and steer. Anchors well and bends his knees. Most of his experience has been at guard and he is developed to cover all three interior starting positions in the NFL. Plays with sound leverage, good drive blocking skills and power to get movement at the POA. In pass protection, he can slide, adjust and control an opponent. Very good functional strength to anchor vs the bull rush despite marginal size and arm length. Shows the ability to recover if beaten early on the down relying on quick feet and strong hands. As a run blocker, displays quickness on the snap with good initial punch and fine functional strength to finish. Shows explosiveness to move a defender and adjusts quickly to stunts and with nice footwork for short pulls and traps. Savvy pulling center with good footspeed and ability to fit on backers on the 2nd level. At the NFL Combine, he is 6’4” 305 lbs. with 32” arms and 9 3/4” hands. He tore his pectoral muscle in the lifting and no other events. Technically sound to consistently maximizes his agility and power. Team captain with the smarts and intangibles and called line signals. Combination of agility, power and technique rates him a starting interior prospect at this vital position. Tough aggressive blocker who combines all the vital qualities to start in the pivot. Battle tested and type to earn a rookie grading job and have a long career. Similar to Travis Frederick in size, agility and intangibles. Well-rounded skills to surprise and good long-term prospect with the talent to win starting spot. Probably falls slightly off minor pec injury, though he should be ready by July 1st and able to prepare for camp at August 1st. Top 40 prospect with Pro Bowl potential.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
2 * James Daniels #78 6-3 305 Iowa – Sp. 5.25
Player Comparison : Rodney Hudson Rating 85
Mobile durable true junior has been the linchpin on the Hawkeyes’ line starting 25 games over his short career. Young pivotman turns 21 years old in September and earned 2nd team Big Ten honors in 2017. Components to start at center or guard and improves with each game. Displays excellent initial quickness with fine balance and lateral movement skills to get into an opponent quickly. Outstanding technique and use of leverage, relying on a strong base and long arms to gain an advantage and sustain through the play. As a run blocker, displays fine functional strength even when going up against larger defensive linemen. Good fit for a zone blocking scheme due to his athleticism, quick feet, and ability to block on the move. Gets to the 2nd level with ease, where he can lock on and sustain while engaging linebackers. Possesses a strong grip that he uses well to control a defender while keeping his hands inside. Sound pass blocker who keeps his head on a swivel and picks up blitzes and stunts very well. Tough to bull rush due to his ability to use proper leverage, though at times allows some of the bigger nose tackles to get under his pads. His strong, quick and active hands are among his best assets. Consistently alert and aware. Carries out his assignments reliably and efficiently. Moves very well when asked to pull, whether short-pull or long and effective getting a hat on a hat in the open field. Though not naturally strong or powerful, his all-around skill set more than makes up for it. Bends his knees well and moves quickly with good lower-body flexibility. Explosive at the point of attack when he is making angle or reach blocks. Plays with sound leverage to roll his hips and steer an opponent. Handles secondary moves and adjusts quickly with the ability to recover and redirect. Shows fairly good functional strength even when battling much bigger defensive linemen. Ideal fit for a zone blocking scheme with his good ability to block on the move. Shows strong hands and uses them well to control his man. Scrappy interior blocker with tough mentality to get consistent movement with sound positioning. Handles secondary moves and adjusts quickly with the ability to recover and redirect. Combative and feisty mentality while sustaining his blocks. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’3” and 305 lbs. with 33 1/4” arms and 9 ¾” hands. He ran a 5.24 time with 21 reps, 30.5” VL, 9’ BJ and 4.40 shuttle and a 7.29 three cone. Similar to Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson in LOD, versatility and overall athleticism. Tough savvy pivotman performed well vs top competition. Fine technician and marginal top 30-40 prospect with the talent and the work ethic to get the most out of his athleticism. Versatile interior lineman for any zone scheme team and a likely early starter. High character player with leadership qualities. Smart well-rounded prospect. Clubs like the Bills, Dolphins and Giants interested. Draft Projection: 2nd Round
3 Frank Ragnow #72 6-5 315 Arkansas – Sp. 5.0
Player Comparison: Eric Wood Rating 85
Physical tough, three-year starter, earned SEC honors over his final two seasons at both guard and center. Strong steady power lineman has been a versatile performer on the Razorbacks’ hog line, starting since late in his freshman season. Versatile and experienced, he uses his big frame and long arms well to anchor in the middle where he has graded out high as both a run and pass blocker. Relatively light on his feet and able to get out in front on short-pulls and traps. Sustains very well when battling one-on-one inline. Equally effective whether blocking straight ahead, on an angle or when peeling off combo blocks and getting to the 2nd level. Also shows consistency getting into position on reach blocks so could also be effective in a zone blocking scheme. Displays nearly flawless technique to go with his wide base and long strong arms. Works and battles consistently from snap to whistle all game long. Talented enough to have a long pro career either at center, or at guard. Uses sound leverage, technique and fine functional strength to get the job done. Possesses an athletic frame to play every interior position. Despite his height and length, he shows fine knee bend and balance to use leverage to his advantage. Best feature is his strong hands with which he can lock on and control a defender. Shows fine hand placement to go with power. Light on his feet, moves well within the box and stays under control to bend and adjust. Consistently reaches the 2nd level to neutralize backers. Able to drive a defender off the ball and is suited for both blocking schemes where he can use his fine movement skills to seal and wall off an opponent. Handles big strong zero or 1 technique nose tackles as well as quicker more active tackles. Maintains leverage well and effective if left uncovered when tandem blocking with a guard and peeling off to the 2nd level. When pass blocking, shows a quick hand punch and set. Gets proper depth to be able to pick up stunts and twists. Shows the instincts and technique that allowed him to grade out consistently high. Considered a durable leader in the locker room and a high character individual. Physical talent to play all three interior positions with an early starting grade. Very possibly as a rookie. Sound consistent starter for the team that drafts him and allows him to settle into an interior position. Responded well to line coaching with HC Bret Bielema having a long history especially at Wisconsin of developing NFL linemen. Works and battles consistently from snap to whistle all game long. Relies on leverage and technique to get the job done. Possesses an athletic frame to play every interior position. Shows fine hand placement to go with power. Moves well within the box and stays under control to bend and adjust. Able to drive a defender off the ball and is suited for both blocking schemes where he can use his fine movement skills to seal and wall off an opponent. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 312 lbs. with 33 1/8” arms and 9 3/8” hands. He did not run. He did 26 reps. At his pro day, he ran a 4.98 time and did 27 reps and added a 33.5” VL. Savvy lineman with the experience and talent to compete for a pro job as a rookie. Similar to Pro Bowl center Eric Wood in LOD, versatility and overall athleticism Rising marginal top 50 prospect and probably moves to the 2nd round where he would be fine value. Interior swingman and highly probable NFL starter within a short time. Good early 2nd day pick with rookie starting potential. Future Pro Bowler.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
4 Mason Cole #52 6-5 305 Michigan – Sp 5.20
Player Comparison : Cody Whitehair Rating 80
Tough reliable senior lineman has been a starter since late in his true freshman season, earning Big Ten honors his final two years. Bulky 6’5” frame with decent arm length and well suited for the inside at the next level after playing in a pro-style balanced offense. Likes playing a physical brand of football and mauling defenders inline as a run blocker is one of his stronger suits. At Michigan, he lined up at left tackle and center with equal success as both a run and pass blocker. He has the talent to play anywhere including right tackle, though projects best inside to any of the three positions. He would also rank as the #4 guard in this talented class. As a drive blocker, he comes off the ball nicely with good technique and strong hand usage to make initial contact. Shows the ability to gain control and sustain through the play, displaying a physical presence vs big lineman. His bulky frame allows him to wall off and effectively screen defenders, in addition to moving them off the line. Handles big strong zero or 1 technique nose tackles as well as quick three technique tackles. As a pass blocker, he sets up well with decent quickness. Shows good balance and awareness. Smooth kick-slide and is able to use his big strong hands to lock on and control defenders, though not always consistent in that regard. Appears to be a lumbering runner when blocking on the move such as getting to the 2nd level, though effective and usually carries out the assignment well. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” 307 lbs. with 35 1/4” arms and 10 7/8” hands. He ran a 5.23 time with 23 reps, a 23.5” VL and an 8’8” BJ. He added a 4.78 shuttle and 8.88 three cone. Powerful versatile blocker shows consistent technique to grade out highly in pass protection. Falling through the cracks, but a prospect that I love and feel he can start as a rookie anywhere along the line except left tackle. High ceiling and definite early starting grade inside. Shows commitment to technique details to grade out very high as a drive blocker. Probable early middle round choice and a marginal top 100 prospect with a quality skill set. Overall consistency rates him a quality prospect. His extensive experience at a high level affords him the potential to start early. Similar to center Cody Whitehair in LOD, versatility and overall athleticism Top blocking grades gives him a chance to start early in the right setting. Solid starter with refinement of his natural talent. Combines both the physical and mental aptitudes along with fine overall intangibles.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round
5 Will Clapp #64 6-5 310 LSU – Sp. 5.35
Player Comparison: Matt Slauson Rating 75
Tall mobile junior lineman has started every game of his Tiger career the past three seasons at both center and guard. Captain earned first team SEC honors his final two years. Savvy blocker displays fine technique, footwork and power to get the most from his average overall athleticism. Despite his height, plays with sound leverage with good drive blocking skills and power to get movement at the POA. Overall, really has no glaring weaknesses. Solid in all aspects of interior line play. His snaps are consistently clean, accurate and crisp, and his initial snap to step quickness is very good. So quick that a zero technique nose presents no appreciable problem for him to handle. Bears some similarities in the pivot to former teammate and current Seahawk, Ethan Pocic, in his smooth movement skills are coordinated and shows the balance to nearly always play the game on his feet. As a run blocker, has the core strength and leg drive to get movement at the point-of-attack, and the flexibility to turn defenders out of the hole. Even though he has only played center for one season, his situational awareness and knowledge of assignments is that of one more experienced. Playing next to Pocic last season surely helped make the transition. Moves well in the open field and can reach the 2nd level and eliminate a backer with good consistency. Does very well leading the back on pulls to the outside and can lock up and take out a smaller quicker defender in the open field. In pass protection, he can slide, adjust and control an opponent with the functional strength to anchor vs the bull rush. Uses his strong arms and hands well and is able to control defenders with the technique, footwork and strength to sustain blocks. Mirrors quickly with good lateral movement and the ability to lock and steer. Displays the bulk and mobility to anchor well vs big nose tackles. Bends his knees and shows good punch and use of his hands. In pass protection, he can slide, adjust and control an opponent with the functional strength to stop the bull rush. Uses his strong arms and hands well and is able to control defenders with the technique, footwork and strength to sustain blocks. As a pass blocker, he mirrors quickly with good lateral movement and the ability to lock and steer. Covers all interior positions and possibly the tackle spot in a pinch. Also gained valuable experience at tackle and guard to develop well rounded skills. Anchors well and bends his knees and gets initial use of his hands. As a run blocker, displays quickness on the snap with above average functional strength and demeanor to finish. Shows explosiveness to move a defender and adjusts quickly to stunts with the footwork and balance for short pulls and traps. Good pulling center with adequate footspeed and ability to fit on backers and defensive backs on the 2nd level. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 311 lbs. with 31 1/4” arms and 9 5/8” hands. He ran a 5.39 time with 25 reps, 29” VL, 8’1” BJ and 4.92 shuttle and an 8.04 three cone. Technically sound, consistently maximizes his agility and power. Smarts and intangibles with the skill set to start in time. Performed well in 37 starts with 27 in the pivot. Combines agility, power and technique to rate him a starting interior prospect. Strong frame for inside and a tough aggressive blocker who combines all the vital qualities. Similar to Max Unger in size, agility, versatility and intangibles. Well-rounded skills to continue to improve and be one of the best value picks among this offensive line class. Good long-term prospect with the talent to start at any interior position. Probable late 2nd or early 3rd day pick and probable rookie starter with a good camp. Underrated top 100 prospect with upside potential. Developed versatile addition and one of the bargains in this class.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round
6 Scott Quessenberry #52 6-4 310 UCLA – Sp. 5.10
Player Comparison: Jeremy Zullah Rating 70
Mobile versatile veteran trench warrior has been a vital part of the Bruins’ line for four starting seasons, earning Pac-12 honors three times. Extensive experience at center starting as a redshirt freshman in 2013. Captain started in the pivot and both guard spots. Good size with strong base and nice arm length and the agility to carry out assignments. Durable, dependable veteran finished out his career with 43 games started, his final two seasons in the pivot. Missed the 2015 campaign after starting as a true freshman from midseason 2014, earning conference honorable mention. Linchpin of the Bruins OL in recent seasons. Equally proficient as a pass or run blocker. Quick off the snap, into his blocks, walls off and sustains effectively. Snaps are accurate and acceptable in velocity. Comes off combo blocks inline, gets to the 2nd level and consistently eliminates linebackers. Able to block a man on his nose and hold up vs a bull rush. Stays square in his blocks and seldom overextends. Should have a good chance of developing into a pro starter at Center along with the skills to handle either guard spot too. Needs overall strength development to fill out his long frame. Shows the hand strength and quick punch to shock defenders, though needs to use it more consistently. Uses good hip roll, power and body control, but his height makes it difficult for him to always get good leverage. Raises his pads at times and allow defenders to get under him. Effective when pulling or leading on sweeps. Able to recover, redirect and gain control. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 310 lbs. with 34 1/4” arms and 10 1/4” hands. He ran a 5.09 time with 25 reps, 33.5” VL, 9’3” BJ with a 4.69 shuttle and a 7.50 three cone. Probably goes on the mid-3rd day of the process and similar body type of Jeremy Zullah and JC Tretter in size and versatility. Must develop further and show the ability to win a backup role and settle into a system. Ability to win a starting job on the interior in time if he continues to progress. Probable 3rd day pick with make it grade, but must prove he can win in single matchups vs nose tackles. Marginal top 150 overrated prospect.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round
7 Bradley Bozeman #75 6-5 310 Alabama – Sp. 5.40 Rating 65
Tough, dependable two-year starter earned SEC 2nd team honors in 2017, culminating with a national championship. Massive blocker with short arms and adequate footwork to win in most single assignments. Backed up former #1 pick OC Ryan Kelly early in his career. Typical Bama lineman, big, physical and technically sound, though an average overall athlete. Battle tested vs SEC talent and showed he can line up vs big nose tackles. Despite just two seasons as a starter, he has plenty of experience, having played in 53 games during his time at ‘Bama with the size and strength to handle any of the three interior positions in the NFL. Scrappy, tough and competitive. Able to use his powerful grip strength to lock on sustain and control a defender throughout the play. Shows enough athletic ability to consistently get to the 2nd level and get good fits on quicker linebackers. He is a lumbering mover in the open field and finishes too many plays on the ground. Lacks smooth movement skills and not the most coordinated center in this class. He can muscle and maul with any of them and is able to get consistent movement at the point-of-attack. His fine natural strength and tenacity allows him to win an extremely high percent of his one-on-one matchups. Possesses outstanding use of leverage, largely due to his impressive strength and technique work. As a pass blocker, he is quick with his snaps and into his pass sets. Able to mirror and slide well in protection. Speedy blitzers can get past him at times, but when it is strength on strength he holds up very well. Highly durable reliable ironman in the middle of the Bama front, but he will be tested vs NFL interior defenders by both power and speed tackles. Never lets up before the whistle, fighting and scrapping to defeat his blocking assignment. Instrumental in the success of the Tide’s power ground game that has been vital to their run for national championships. Able to lock on and steer a defender to open holes for the ground game. Difficult for a defender to work free once he locks on. On the field, gives total effort at all times and seldom makes mistakes. Lacks outstanding athleticism and ideal flexibility, but his fine core strength and very strong hands allows him to grade out high weekly. High character, locker room leader with a resilient attitude. Type of player line coaches are going to fall in love with. He did not attend the NFL Combine. Possible NFL starter in time, though must prove more than an interior backup. Marginal top 200 grade and blue-collar technician with intangibles.
8 Coleman Shelton #79 6-3 295 Washington – Sp. 5.2 Rating 60
Physical dependable iron man for the Huskies, earning Pac-12 first and second team honors his final two seasons. Starter at center for two seasons with experience at both guard and left tackle. Shows a well-rounded blend of intelligence, durability, leadership, and sound performance. Possesses a squatty body, short arms (31.5”) and small hands (8.5”). He has good footwork and lined up at left tackle in a pinch despite his physical limitations. Best suited as an inline mauler. As a run blocker, his snaps are fast and accurate, whether shotgun or conventional. Gets his hands on the defender with fine quickness. Gritty and determined in his efforts to sustain. He has the quickness and footwork to handle short-pulls and can eliminate quicker smaller defenders on the outside. Climbs to the 2nd level pretty well but frequently does not get a hat on a hat to mirror, wall off and sustain. In pass-protection, he shows good awareness for blitzes, stunts and twists. Sustains pretty well whether blocking against power or quickness. Usually shows good balance and plays the game on his feet. Big strong zero or one technique nose tackles can bull rush him. Mediocre in his COD which can expose him with savvy interior pass rushers use a counter move. Despite above average bench press reps, is not a real power player. Can be effective on short pulls and inside traps. Gets his hands on the DT quickly and with good placement. Keeps a wide base under him with good balance. Rarely ends up on the ground, though lacks the overall physical capability to dominate much in one-on-one matchups. Gets good arm extension, but often does not stay engaged. Most effective when helping out the guards on combo blocks and cleaning things up. At the NFL Combine, came in at 6’3” and 292 lbs. with 31 1/2” arms. He did not lift. Ran a 5.21 time with a 26.5” VL and a 9’2” BJ. Shuttle of 4.59 and 7.62 three cone. Likely will not get drafted, though has good technique and intangibles to be a priority UDFA. Make it grade to surprise.
9 Brian Allen #65 6-1 300 Michigan St – Sp. 5.30 Rating 60
Squatty finesse senior center has been a fixture on the Spartans’ line for the past four seasons. Earned Big Ten honorable mention the final two years. Started final 26 games of his career with 36 starts of 49 contests at all the interior positions. Relies on leverage and technique to win. Uses a low center of gravity and fine knee bend in single blocking. Best feature may be his very strong active hands that allow him to lock on and control defenders. Shows fine hand placement to go with power. Light on his feet, moves well and stays under control. He was a championship wrestler in high school, so he has the understanding of leverage and balance that often comes from that experience. Followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Jack, who was also a multi-year starter in the pivot for the Spartans. Uses his impressive core strength to rag doll defenders at times. In this very good center draft class, with fellow Big Ten performers like James Daniels, Mason Cole, and Billy Price getting most of the fanfare, Allen has been underrated while leading a young offensive line where he was surrounded by first year starters. Definitely has the tools and mental makeup to make it. Centers of his type, often last for years in the NFL. Very similar to his brother Jack Allen who was a UDFA in 2015 and made the Saints club. Fine movement skills and able to consistently reach the 2nd level and neutralize backers. Quick into his blocks off the snap with good balance and lateral quickness. As a pass blocker, handles inside quickness very well, showing good knee bend and hand placement. Shows he can handle a bull rush, though perhaps not quite as well as he does against quickness. Fighter with an all-out effort to the whistle. For a zone blocking team, he would be a good addition. While he can sometimes drive a defender off the ball, is best suited for a zone blocking scheme where he can use his fine quick movement skills to seal and wall off an opponent. Similar body type as David Andrews in size and intangibles. Light weight and short armed by NFL standards. Lacks ideal power and can struggle with leverage and gets handled at the point. Effective when left uncovered and can operate in combo blocking with guards. When pass blocking, shows a quick hand punch and set. Gets proper depth to pick up stunts and twists, but can be bull rushed by big tackles. High effort player who lacks ideal length, power and AA. Average athlete with physical limitations will likely cause him to fall in the draft. Struggled at Senior Bowl week vs power defenders. He did not attend the NFL Combine. at 6’1” and 298 lbs. with 32 3/8” arms and 9 1/4” hands. He did 27 reps and 26.5“ VL and an 8’3” BJ. Savvy experienced pivot to compete for a roster spot. Marginal top 250 prospect falls to the late 3rd day or FA where he would be fine value. Gritty blocker with make it grade.
10 Jake Bennett #77 6-3 290 Colorado St – Sp. 5.2 Rating 60
Savvy senior pivot man displays fine technique and intangibles as a two-time MWC performer. Four-year starter became a fixture on the Rams line. Combines adequate size with quick hands and technique to win many matchups despite some athletic limitations. Solid grades as both a run and pass blocker with quick hand punch and nice knee bend. Combines the tools to become an interior NFL lineman with mobility and sound technique to win vs bigger defenders. Very competitive and determined. Leader on the Rams’ line. Snaps are good, clean and crisp and he gets into his blocks sufficiently well. However, he lacks in upper body strength and though he battles to sustain, power players can often fight through his blocks. He can get to the 2nd level and get a hat on a hat vs the linebackers, but there too, he seldom is able to sustain well. Try hard player with good football intelligence, but lacks in any particular redeeming physical traits. Combines agility and technique, though average arms and adequate footwork to move laterally. Shows the ability to bend his knees, utilizing his adequate quickness and foot speed to effectively pass protect or get to the 2nd level. Needs to play with sound hand placement and overall technique to get the most out of his average type athleticism. Consistently reliable pass blocker due to technique, positioning, balance and fine functional strength with sound efficient footwork. Struggles to match up with NFL type nose tackles and win consistently. Needs to develop a stronger punch to gain a quick advantage. Effective when asked to move in space, though limited range and speed. He shows the ability to pull and fit on backers and is effective within short areas where he can win most physical confrontations. He also projects inside to guard where that versatility might help compete for a roster spot. He did not attend the NFL Combine. Tough blocker with the talent to develop further, though must up to the challenge vs NFL interior defenders. He is not the prospect former Ram center and #2 pick Wes Richburg was coming out in 2014. Prospect with the physical tools and intangibles to challenge for roster spot. Blue-collar savvy lineman with athletic and size limitations. Shows the flexibility, strength and technique to find a way to earn a roster spot and possibly start in time. Tough hard working prospect with an attitude to continue to improve and be a good late addition with the makeup to be surprise. Marginal top 250 prospect.
11 Austin Golson 6-5 310 Auburn – Sp. 5.3 Rating 60
12 Austin Kuhnert 6-4 305 North Dakota St – Sp. 5.2 Rating 60
13 Erick Wren 6-1 320 Oklahoma – Sp. 5.3 Rating 58
14 Alex Officer 6-4 340 Pittsburgh – Sp. 5.4 Rating 58
15 Alan Knott 6-4 290 South Carolina – Sp. 5.2 Rating 58
16 Coleman Thomas 6-5 305 Tennessee – Sp. 5.2 Rating 58
17 Austin Schlottman 6-6 300 TCU – Sp. 5.3 Rating 58
18 Nico Falah 6-4 285 USC – Sp. 5.3 Rating 58
19 Cameron Dillard 6-4 310 North Carolina – Sp. 5.4 Rating 58
20 Brad Lundblade 6-3 300 Oklahoma St – Sp. 5.3 Rating 58
21 Patrick Morris 6-3 300 TCU – Sp. 5.3 Rating 58
22 Eric Gallo 6-2 300 Virginia Tech – Sp. 5.4 Rating 58
23 Patrick Kugler 6-5 305 Michigan – Sp. 5.3 Rating 58
24 J.C. Hassenauer 6-2 295 Alabama – Sp. 5.3 Rating 56
25 Mason Hampton 6-3 300 Boise St – Sp. 5.2 Rating 56
26 A.J. McCollum 6-2 310 Arizona St – Sp. 5.3 Rating 56
27 Jacob Ohnesorge 6-2 290 South Dakota St – Sp. 5.2 Rating 56
28 Andrew Marshall 6-4 285 Georgia Tech – Sp. 5.3 Rating 56
29 Andy Dodd 6-4 345 McNeese St – Sp. 5.5 Rating 56
30 Jacob Judd 6-3 300 Western Illinois – Sp. 5.4 Rating 56
31 Kyle Chung 6-3 300 Virginia Tech – Sp. 5.3 Rating 56
32 Jonathan Huckins 6-4 290 Colorado – Sp. 5.3 Rating 56
33 Brad North 6-2 290 Northwestern – Sp. 5.4 Rating 56
34 Austin Davis 6-4 290 Duke – Sp. 5.3 Rating 56
35 Aaron Mitchell 6-2 305 Fresno St – Sp. 5.4 Rating 56
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