OG Nico Siragusa, San Diego St.

6’4” – 319 lbs. – 5.33

Big, thickly-built left offensive guard with an impressive combination of height, weight, and length for the position; upper body is a little bit more developed than lower. Durable, experienced collegiate left guard who has started the past forty-one games at the position and projects to the inside at the next level as well. Also started one game at right guard. Size and power makes him an impressive run blocker in a phone booth. Plays with good effort and some nastiness. Will finish snaps with pancakes if he has the opportunity to. Was asked to handle different responsibilities on rushing attempts; not just a vanilla inline blocker. The team heavily leaned on him in order to run the football. Does a lot of blocking on slants, with the ability to explode out of his stance with leverage and generate push. Gets what extension he can and uses his legs to move opponents. Asked to reach the second level or pull and serve as the lead blocker and is a better athlete in a straight line and a short area than his frame would indicate. Able to secure cut blocks at the second level. Once he gets his arms extended, can lock out defenders and create reliable rushing lanes. Struggles to sustain against sudden opponents. Has some issues with balance which seem to stem from his lack of lateral quickness; can be beat into the gaps by penetrating defensive tackles and be forced to go to the ground in an attempt to steer them wide of the play direction. Positioning is inconsistent against more explosive opponents. Will overrun some targets on the move and let his hands find their way outside. In pass protection, looks much more comfortable when he’s asked to absorb power with his anchor against opposing bull rushers; very good at holding his ground. A big, obstacle for opposing pass rushers and one which is nearly impossible to walk back into the quarterback. More active hands than is typical for bigger offensive guards. However, can be beat to either side by quick, one-gap players. Leverage dissipates as the play goes on. Good Combine workouts confirmed the athleticism and strength he showed against a lower level of competition. Has the size, power, and athleticism to develop into an effective run blocker in a scheme with both inline and zone concepts but might have difficulty preventing opposing penetrators from finding their way into the backfield in the passing game.

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