OT David Sharpe, Florida*

6’6” – 343 lbs. – 5.44

Appeared in six games as a reserve over his freshman year, then started at left tackle in each of the past two seasons before declaring for the draft. Massive player with an outstanding combination of height, bulk, and length (arms measured just under 35.5”) for a pro offensive tackle; much bigger than a typical left tackle and will have to slide inside or to the right side of the line at the pro level. Very thick with even weight distribution. Gives solid effort in the run game, working through the whistle to stick with his assignments. Gets his arms extended and drives his legs after contact to generate push. Grip strength is good enough to win one-on-one battles once he’s locked on. Capable of engulfing smaller defenders with his size. Good double-team blocker. Has some nastiness to his game and will finish snaps with pancakes when he’s given the opportunity. Limited athlete who is able to move defenders in a phone booth but probably can’t be relied upon to get out into space and lead the way. Tries to do too much at times and ends up lunging or bending at the waist to compensate for his lack of athleticism. Doesn’t cover a lot of ground but his pass sets look relatively smooth and sound when he’s dealing with a straightforward rush. Looks pretty accurate with his hand placement in pass protection, using his length to lock out defenders. Able to use his size and strength to anchor easily against power rushers. Has predictable struggles with speedy edge rushers; faster defensive ends can blow by him off the snap, forcing him to abandon his technique and attempt to steer them wide of the quarterback. Even at his size, is chasing after opponents far too often. Would really struggle to protect the blindside at the pro level, but sliding inside and dealing with more straightforward rushers might mask his deficiencies and allow his anchor and strength to shine through in that facet of the game. College tape as a pass protector can get ugly, but teams may be willing to overlook that to some extent because of his incredible size, his impressive inline run blocking, and the fact that his weaknesses may be masked by transitioning to guard, where his exposure to speed would be relatively limited and he’d be able to play to his strengths. Low-floor conversion candidate with starting upside.

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