6’4” – 339 lbs. – 5.35e
Started in the Seminoles’ bowl game as a freshman, his only start of the year, then stepped into the starting lineup at right guard in 2012 and has remained there since. Has a thick build consistent with the pro prototype; nice overall weight distribution; could stand to lose a bit of weight, but doesn’t appear overencumbered. Capable of anchoring against bull rushers. Frame provides a considerable obstacle for smaller defenders. High-effort blocker with active hand use and who keeps his legs churning after contact. When positioned properly, is almost never overpowered by an opponent. Generates good pop on contact and can jolt opponents with his initial punch. Nasty blocker who is capable of finishing blocks. Very effective double-team blocker. Athletic enough in a short area to get out to the second level and secure blocks on linebackers, or obstruct their path with a cut block; impressive overall movement skills given his bulk. Also has experience pulling, particularly to the left side. Tends to lower his head on contact, which can lead to defenders crossing his face. Also bends at the waist too often, especially when trying to recover against gap-shooting defensive tackles. More comfortable when given a chance to drive or anchor against a lineman who’s lined up directly opposite him than he is against someone lining up on his inside or outside shoulder. Can be a split-second late to adjust to stunts and blitzes in pass protection. When beat off the snap, can be walked back farther than he should by defensive tackles who are smaller than him; problem is somewhat concerning given generally slow reaction time to the ball being snapped. Lacks elite grip strength and doesn’t sustain blocks quite as well as he should given his strength and large hands; will fall off on occasion. Will probably be limited to playing offensive guard at the pro level, but could realistically fit in either an inline or zone blocking scheme (more readily at the former.) Physical tools and temperament to become a quality starter at offensive guard are clearly there, but must play with more consistent balance, positioning, and technique on a snap-to-snap basis in order to avoid beating himself.
Games watched: Clemson (’13), Florida (’13), North Carolina St. (’13)