6’6” – 304 lbs. – 5.23
Team captain who has plenty of experience in a major conference, having started forty-three games at left tackle dating back to his redshirt freshman year with the team. Plays with a good level of activity and some nastiness to finish when he can. Fires out of his stance low and with explosion, but has a tendency to get too high after contact. Able to get his arms extended and keep defenders away from his chest. Flashed the ability to generate push when he’s able to keep his legs churning after contact. Athletic enough in a straight line to climb and challenge defenders at the second level. Has had success when blocking down to seal opponents inside; the team likes to run behind him on counters and off-tackle runs. Works well on double-team blocks. Has a tendency to lower his head into contact and whiff on some attempts in the run game. Will work to reach defenders but isn’t really a mauler in a phone booth. Light on his feet in pass protection; regularly asked to cover a lot of ground on the team’s designed rollouts, jogging into position. Knee bender who can get low in his pass sets. More active with his feet than he is able to get enough depth to protect the edge while maintaining his technique; better moving in a straight line than laterally and too often is forced to chase opponents rather than mirroring them from his stance. Doesn’t have the length to compensate for his below-average kickslide. Plays with a somewhat narrow base and can be walked back when opponents convert speed to power. Missed four starts due to a back injury in 2013 and one in each of the two subsequent seasons with ankle injuries which will require further medical evaluation, especially given the importance teams attach to chemistry on the line. A four-year starter who has had a lot of success as a run blocker by combining active feet with a tough demeanor on the field; could potentially help teams run the ball in either an inline or zone-blocking scheme, possibly at right tackle. However, has a lot of sloppy tape in pass protection, with too many snaps in which he’s unable to maintain his technique when confronted with speed off the edge. His struggles in that area of the game and injury history may make him more of a mid-round pick who will probably be asked to begin his career as a swing reserve.