OC TYLER LARSEN, UTAH ST.

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6’4” – 312 lbs. – 5.30e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 12 GP / 12 GS (OC)
2011: 13 GP / 13 GS
2012: 13 GP / 13 GS
2013: 13 GP / 13 GS

OVERVIEW:

Injured his knee two games into the 2009 season, earning a medical redshirt. Started all twelve games in the following year, making offensive line calls. Started all thirteen in each of the next three seasons, earning first-team All-WAC honors in 2011 and 2012, as well as first-team All-MWC honors in 2013, as well as academic All-WAC recognition in 2012.

POSITIVES:

•    Was forced to redshirt in 2009 but then went on to start fifty-one straight games.
•    Decorated college career who was a first-team all-conference selection three times.
•    Possesses an ideal combination of height and bulk for an interior offensive lineman.
•    Has made all of the offensive line calls for the Aggies since his redshirt freshman year.
•    Gets good arm extension, rather than letting opposing defensive linemen into his pads.
•    Anchors pretty well in pass protection, looks like he will be able to handle nose tackles.
•    Awareness as a pass blocker is also impressive, correctly identifies his assignments.
•    Overall balance/weight distribution looks good, doesn’t bend much at the waist.

NEGATIVES:

•    Played in various games against major programs but isn’t from a major conference.
•    Missed his true freshman campaign after sustaining a season-ending knee injury.
•    Not an outstanding athlete, projects more naturally to an inline/power blocking scheme.
•    Consequently, hasn’t been asked to pull or get to the second level on many occasions.
•    Lateral agility in pass protection is only adequate, can struggle against speed inside.
•    Despite his size/bulk, is not a dominant drive blocker and must improve his strength.
•    Gets a bit chippy at times but doesn’t always continue working through the whistle.

SUMMARY:

Considering the lack of quality centers relative to the number of NFL teams, a big four-year starter such as Larsen who can handle power in pass protection and who made the line calls over each of his college seasons should draw early third-day interest from teams looking for a responsible inline center. At this point, he is better in pass protection than as a run blocker despite his size, with athletic limitations which will likely rule out many of the league’s zone-blocking teams. A high-floor, low-ceiling player who could end up as a competent starter.

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