6’4” – 305 lbs. – 5.24
Started exclusively at right guard for the first three years of his collegiate career (missing the 2013 season due to injury), then rotated between right guard and right tackle as a senior. A little bit undersized in terms of his height and bulk, but arms measured at a reasonable length; has decent thickness and weight distribution, although his frame may be nearly maxed out. Will probably have to be more of a full-time interior lineman despite playing outside at times last year. Team captain with a desirable on-field temperament. Pretty physical player who exhibits a killer instinct and some nastiness to his game. Plays through the whistle and finishes snaps with pancakes where possible. May not quite have the power to really drive pro interior linemen off the ball on a consistent basis. Was regularly asked to pull or reach the second level; movement skills are above-average for an interior linemen. Athletic enough to pull or reach the second level and engage defenders; should be a scheme-versatile option but may be better in a zone offense with power concepts rather than the reverse. Able to generate some pop on contact and stonewall defenders either as a lead blocker or by cracking down on backside pursuit. However, could do a better job of extending his arms rather than using his body as a projectile. Looks more effective in the run game at this point; doesn’t handle power quite as well as anticipated and had some trouble with speed on the edge, getting beat with spins and swim moves when asked to play tackle. Consequently, will probably have to be protected by playing inside. However, does work pretty well with his hands in a phone booth and have better lateral quickness than is typical for a guard. Leverage and lack of girth can be an issue. Not particularly wide or difficult to get around. Exacerbates his lack of anchor strength at times by playing high. Might struggle to anchor against bigger, more powerful pro nose tackles. An experienced starting guard with the type of aggression and athleticism to become a very good guard, but who is not quite as technically sound as his four years in the first team would suggest and whose lack of elite size and versatility should work against him. Has the look of a starting guard, probably in a zone-blocking scheme, but might be a better run blocker than pass protector.