OT Erik Magnuson, Michigan

6’6” – 305 lbs. – N/A

Redshirted, then started seven games at right guard in 2013 and five at left guard in 2014. Took over as the team’s starting right tackle as a junior and has two years of experience at the position. Versatile player who has experience all over the line: as a right tackle, at both guard spots, and as an extra blocker in jumbo packages. Given his height, frame, and overall skillset, might be better-suited staying on the outside. Tough, physical run blocker who doesn’t always create a lot of push but who does a good job of sticking with his opponents through the snap. Does a good job of getting his hands latched on and his arms extended; not an exceptional drive-blocker, but can generate some push by keeping his legs churning after contact. Has enough short-area athleticism to position himself between the defender and the play design and wall-off. Asked to get out in space from time to time and has the quickness to get to the second level and cause problems for opposing linebackers. Can pull and lead the way for tosses and sweeps. Can chip one opponent and climb to reach a second. Works well when asked to down-block on opponents or work with his teammates on double-teams. Able to bend his knees and get a seat in pass protection, but has a bit of a tendency to hunch over. Has a little bit of trouble against bull-rushers and can be put on his back foot by explosive opponents on the edge. Doesn’t always appear to have a totally stable base to work with, forcing him to recover as the play continues. Best trait is his grip strength, which is used to compensate for average athleticism. Can be beat off the edge by speed and need to abandon his technique in order to contest the edge and steer opponents wide of the pocket. Shoulder surgery following his redshirt freshman season will require further medical evaluation. Was a surprise omission from the Combine, so pro-day measurements will go a long way toward determining whether he’ll be seen as more of a tackle or guard, but as a taller lineman in need of further lower-body development, might be better-suited on the outside. Despite the Combine sub, program pedigree, athleticism, temperament, and versatility should make him a mid-round choice with the floor of a tackle/guard swing reserve and the ceiling of a serviceable starter in either blocking scheme.

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