OT Geron Christian, Louisville*

6’5″ – 298 lbs. – 5.33

Brother Gerald played tight end for the Cardinals. Originally committed to Miami, but decided to attend Louisville instead. Spent three seasons as the team’s blindside protector, then decided to forego his final season of eligibility in order to declare for the draft; also took some snaps as a right tackle. Has been durable throughout the course of his collegiate career. Wide-bodied left tackle with impressive height and length. Athletic for his size and seems like a good fit for a zone-blocking scheme. Was asked to climb to the second level and engage opposing linebackers. Does a good job of positioning himself to seal opponents inside and create lanes for ballcarriers. Able to extend his arms and keep his legs churning after contact to generate some push. Works hard to sustain through the whistle. However, power can be mitigated by balance issues; can get overzealous and end up overextending himself, bending at the waist. Will overrun some spots and take himself out of position to make blocks. Mean streak comes and goes. Looks comfortable protecting the edge in the passing game; from an athletic standpoint, is one of the few prospects in this year’s class with a good chance of being considered a future left tackle. Gets out of his stance quickly and is able to bend his knees, using his length and lateral quickness to protect the edge against speed rushers. Works to get out in front of the ballcarrier and lead the way in the screen game. Doesn’t have a very jarring initial punch to knock opponents off-balance, but at his best flashes active hands which he can place inside. However, lets too many defenders into his pads and ends up catching them rather than locking them out; could be more consistent about getting extension. Can struggle to place his hands against opposing inside moves. Doesn’t always get into his seat and consequently doesn’t have the type of anchor that you’d expect given his bulk. A three-year starter at left tackle who has the size, length, and athleticism teams look for in zone-blocking offensive tackles, but whose strength and hand placement are a little bit lacking at the moment. Has the potential to develop into a starter on either side of the offensive line, but will probably need time to develop before he’s ready to step into a starting lineup at the next level.

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