6’7” – 340 lbs.
Redshirted, then started all fourteen games at right tackle the following season. Missed two games due to injury this past season but ended up starting ten of eleven opposite Andrew Thomas this past year. Decided to forego his junior and senior seasons to declare for the draft. Mammoth right tackle with ideal size for the position. Works hard to sustain through the whistle and has the short-area quickness to climb a little bit in the run game. Flashes the natural power to move opponents when he’s able to line them up, with good leg drive after contact to generate push. However, isn’t the mauler his size would suggest. Has a tendency to play outside of his frame, sapping his power; balance is a real issue, playing too high at times and bending at the waist or lunging when trying to reach opponents other times. Struggles to lock on and sustain; more of a shover who can occasionally fail to reset his hands. More of a high-effort player than a nasty one. Has a little bit of bend in his knees when working in pass protection. Kickslide looks stilted, with some awkward footwork and a tendency to bend at the waist a little bit, but has such a big frame and such long arms that it’s still difficult for opponents to make their way around him. Doesn’t quite have the type of anchor you’d like to see, because he’s not always playing with a stable, balanced foundation; however, can typically recover in time to avoid being walked back into the pocket. Pretty active with his hands, demonstrating enough upper-body strength to knock opponents off-balance when shoving, but would like to see him be more aggressive about shooting them out and delivering punches high and inside; can lapse into grabbing or leaning too often. Needs to keep his head up to prevent defenders from crossing his face. Although he checks all of the boxes from a physical standpoint, this looks like a player who should have gone back to school and polished his game, as he has a lot of work to do with regard to his balance, footwork, leverage, and technique. Has starting-caliber tools as a right tackle in an inline blocking scheme, but looks like he might get eaten alive if pressed into service too early in his career, as he often appeared overwhelmed even at the college level. Might come off the board as early as the second day as a risky, boom-or-bust developmental option for a team confident in their offensive line coach and with time to let him develop.