OC Lloyd Cushenberry III, Louisiana St.

6’3″ – 312 lbs.

Redshirted, then appeared in eleven games the following year before stepping into a starting role as a redshirt sophomore. Pretty well-built for a center prospect, with adequate height, excellent bulk, and very long arms which measured over 34.5” at the Senior Bowl. Actual style of play is somewhat different than expected given his physical profile. Overall level of activity is impressive for a bigger center; looks light on his feet and is able to bend at the knees as well. Has some range when pursuing opposing defensive linemen running stunts and twists. However, if his short-area quickness is better than expected, similarly lacks the anchor and functional strength you’d expect given his build. Struggles to handle bull-rushers on the inside, and can be walked back into the pocket too easily; seems to catch opponents instead of firing out his hands to knock them off-balance. Has issues with balance and leverage which crop up at times; whiffs and ends up on the ground more often than he should. Gets grabby when beat and could be penalty-prone at the next level. Really struggled to handle Derrick Brown at Auburn this past season. Fares a little bit better in the run game, where his short-area quickness carries over and he also demonstrates an understanding of positioning. Fires out of his stance low and competes through the whistle to stick with his assignment; somewhat of a street-fighter. Plays the game with a physical temperament, demonstrates adequate grip strength, and keeps his legs churning after contact. When in position to put an opponent on the ground, flashes the kind of killer instinct teams look for. Has enough juice to get a few yards upfield and engage opponents in space. However, as in the passing game, doesn’t play with the type of power expected; more of a grinder who works to wall-off opponents than a mauler who’s going to drive back opposing defensive tackles. Despite his long arms, gets too aggressive and overextends. Needs to improve hand placement. Comes with three years of starting experience for a major college football program, but isn’t really a finished product at this point. A team with a good strength program and offensive line coach may feel like they can provide him with the type of anchor and phone-booth power he’s lacking, and teach him to play within his frame more consistently.

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