OG JON HALAPIO, FLORIDA

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6’3” – 321 lbs. – 5.30e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 12 GP / 7 GS (RG)
2011: 13 GP / 13 GS (RG)
2012: 13 GP / 13 GS (RG)
2013: 10 GP / 10 GS (RG)

OVERVIEW:

Injury caused him to redshirt in 2009, then started seven of twelve games at right guard in 2010, missing one due to injury. Started every game at right guard in both 2011 and 2012, then missed the first two games of 2013 while recovering from a torn pectoral, returning to start for the remainder of the year. 2012 team captain with forty-three career starts in fifty-one games.

POSITIVES:

•    Will graduate with four years of starting experience in the NCAA’s premier conference.
•    Possesses excellent bulk for a pro guard, while his listed height is adequate as well.
•    A little bit more mobile than he appears, has been asked to pull on runs fairly regularly.
•    Frequency with which he pulls may earn him consideration from some zone schemes.
•    Has a pretty strong initial punch, can knock some defenders off-balance on contact.
•    Overall awareness in pass protection is sound, usually identifies correct assignment.
•    Intelligent, well-spoken player who may be able to benefit from different coaching.

NEGATIVES:

•    Has a squat build; arm length appears to be shorter than average for the position.
•    Still commits too many mental errors despite having started for the past four seasons.
•    Arms have a habit of getting outside, especially when he is asked to block on the move.
•    A strict offensive guard at the next level, not someone who can play various positions.
•    Often struggles to find someone to block when he pulls, coming up empty-handed.
•    Doesn’t handle power as well as you’d expect, can be knocked off-balance by power.
•    Lacks a killer instinct, finishes on rare occasions but is usually content to obstruct.
•    Despite his extensive starting experience, has had a few injuries requiring examination.

SUMMARY:

Typically spending four seasons as a starter in the SEC results in polished pro prospects, but Halapio offers an exception, a player who possesses a thick build and surprising mobility but whose game requires substantial refinement in every area. He commits too penalties, especially in terms of the frequency with which his hands find their way outside, with his mobility not exactly translating to effective blocking on the move. At best, a developmental reserve guard, although he exhibits a frightening number of bad habits at this point.

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