OG Ben Bredeson, Michigan

6’4″ – 320 lbs.

Started eight of thirteen games played as a freshman, and has been a full-time starter ever since. Was named a team captain in 2018. Plays left guard for the Wolverines. Very thickly-built offensive guard who looks the part, although he may be an inch or so shorter than pro teams prefer in their offensive guards. Plays the game with an aggressive temperament; actively seeks out opponents to block when no one is in his space. Has enough short-area quickness to get favorable positioning out of his stance. Plays with a wide base and does a good job of using his arms to fire out into opponents rather than letting them into his body. Demonstrates impressive power on initial contact, with a strong grip to lock on and turn opponents out of lanes. Overall upper body strength is excellent. Relishes the opportunity to put defenders in the dirt and pick up pancake blocks in the trenches. Pancakes typically come by getting a grip and generating torque with his upper body, rather than by driving defenders off the line of scrimmage. More likely to get favorable position and wall off opponents than to move them back like blocking sleds. Could do a better job of keeping his feet churning after contact. Able to get out in space and successfully engage opponents, although he’s not overwhelmingly athletic. Was more of a phone-booth blocker in college and will likely be one in the pros as well, but would pull to the right side of the formation on occasion. In pass protection, can chip one opponent and recover in time to block another. Because of his wide frame to go around, and he possesses a strong anchor to absorb power without being walked back. Active with his hands to punch opponents; resets his hands well. Does have a slight tendency to hunch forward; that didn’t seem to affect his play much in college, but his aggressiveness and average height make him somewhat prone to overextending himself. Works hard to get out in front of screens and secure blocks, but doesn’t look very fast in the open field. A team captain and four-year starter for a major program, he has the look of a plug-and-play starter on the interior of a pro team’s offensive line, and his intelligence, consistency, and on-field temperament should endear him to whatever offensive line coach he ends up playing under, likely one with more of a power-based system.

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