OT JOEL BITONIO, NEVADA

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6’4” – 315 lbs. – 5.30e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 14 GP / 0 GS (OT)
2011: 13 GP / 13 GS (RT)
2012: 13 GP / 13 GS (RT)

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009, then appeared in a reserve capacity in 2010. Took over as the team’s starting right tackle in 2011, a position he played through 2012 due to the presence of Jeff Nady, an undrafted free agent in 2013 (Jaguars.) Transitioned to left tackle as a senior, being named to the All-MWC First Team.

POSITIVES:

•    Will graduate having started for three seasons, earning all-conference honors in 2013.
•    Has experience playing both tackle positions: right tackle in 2011, 2012, left in 2013.
•    Many of his flaws as a tackle could be masked by transitioning to offensive guard.
•    Possesses good bulk, thick lower body; height would be solid if converted to guard.
•    Pretty powerful, capable of sealing defenders inside, getting push when run-blocking.
•    Does a nice job of keeping his feet churning once he’s locked onto a defender.
•    Attacks the outside shoulder well when slide-blocking, can control with his grip.
•    Has been asked to pull as a run-blocker, capable of getting out in front of the play.
•    Certainly doesn’t look pretty but generally gets the job done in pass protection.

NEGATIVES:

•    A little bit shorter than your typical tackle prospect, measurements will be important.
•    Arm length also looks a bit shorter than average for an offensive tackle prospect.
•    Poor lateral quickness, takes very short steps in kickslide, and struggles vs. speed.
•    Overextends when trying to block defenders at the second level, regular waist-bender.
•    Has some trouble with his overall balance/weight distribution, herky-jerky movements.
•    Consequently, ends up on the ground far more than he should, especially downfield.
•    Arms tend to find their way outside frequently, could get flagged for holding often.

SUMMARY:

Due to his lack of ideal height, length, athleticism, and balance, Bitonio doesn’t project as a particularly effective tackle at the next level, but fortunately many of his deficiencies would be masked by a shift to offensive guard, where he is almost overqualified from having played tackle, as his lateral quickness and kickslide would be hidden if he did not have to block edge rushers. As a run blocker, Bitonio is impressive, with a strong grip, active feet, and the power to drive defenders back considerably; he has also pulled frequently. Solid swing reserve type.

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