OC BRYAN STORK, FLORIDA ST.

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6’4” – 300 lbs. – 5.05e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 10 GP / 4 GS (RG)
2011: 11 GP / 10 GS (8 OC, 2 LG)
2012: 13 GP / 13 GS (OC)

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009, then made four starts at right guard as a redshirt freshman. Started ten of twelve games played in 2011, with two starts at left guard before transitioning to center. Prepared to play tackle in the spring prior to his redshirt junior year, but ended up starting all thirteen games at center instead. Started all but the West Virginia contest as a senior, winning the Rimington Award, representing recognition as the nation’s top center.

POSITIVES:

•    Will graduate with over three years of starting experience for a major college program.
•    Possesses prototypical height for a pro center prospect, with relatively long limbs.
•    Made six starts at offensive guard (four on the left, two on the right), practiced at tackle.
•    Moves well, has regularly been asked to slide block, to pull, and to reach linebackers.
•    Keeps his feet moving on contact in the run game, is capable of driving defenders back.
•    Has the raw physical tools (length, agility) to develop into a quality pass protector.
•    Aggressive player, works through the whistle, will seek out a second man if possible.
•    Dedicated in weight room (award in 2011), should benefit from a pro strength program.

NEGATIVES:

•    Has a bit of a top-heavy build, lower body appears underdeveloped relative to upper.
•    Tends to lower his helmet while engaged, must keep his head up more consistently.
•    Needs to be more consistent with weight distribution; bends at the waist fairly often.
•    Ends up on the ground fairly often due to a combination of the two previous notes.
•    Doesn’t anchor very well against power in pass protection, can be walked backwards.
•    Missed a bit of time due to injury or illness, appearing in every game just once (2012.)

SUMMARY:

Stork may not have started for quite as long as some of the other centers in the class, with his most visible technique issue being the frequency with which he lowers his head into contact; additionally, he has a thin lower body which makes it difficult for him to anchor versus power. However, as a developmental center he possesses a desirable combination of height/length, mobility, and aggressiveness, and could become considerably better with further strength work/coaching. He doesn’t look like an instant starter, but zone-blocking teams in particular should consider him an intriguing developmental option who’s made encouraging progress.

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