OG ZACH FULTON, TENNESSEE

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6’5” – 323 lbs. – 5.40e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 12 GP / 5 GS (RG)
2011: 12 GP / 12 GS ( RG)
2012: 11 GP / 11 GS (RG)

OVERVIEW:

Began his career as a reserve/rotational right guard, but eventually took over the starting job late in his freshman season, missing one start with an ankle injury. As a sophomore, reprised his role, starting every game. Started all but one game at right guard as a junior, missing that game with another ankle injury. On pace to conclude his career with 40 or more career starts.

STRENGTHS:

•    Has plenty of quality starting experience playing for an SEC program.
•    Massive prospect with great size, bulk, and length for the position.
•    Long arms help him get good extension from his man in pass protection.
•    Possesses obvious natural strength and an impressive initial punch.
•    Does a good job of sustaining his blocks, especially in the run game.
•    Thick build translates to an effective anchor versus the bull rush.
•    Plays with aggression and tries to finish blocks when possible.
•    Overall awareness in pass protection is good, not many mental errors.
•    Able to stay with his assignment on double moves and spins.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Lumbering runner who will be limited to inline schemes as a pro.
•    Doesn’t offer much in terms of getting blocks at the second level.
•    Overextends too often in the run game, consequently bends at the waist.
•    Needs to do a better job of keeping his feet moving on a consistent basis.
•    Runs out of energy early in a play, although does have adequate burst.
•    Minor durability questions after missing two games with ankle injuries.
•    Has never played a position other than right guard during his career.

SUMMARY:

Because of his four years of starting experience playing right guard in Tennessee’s inline blocking scheme, the same position and scheme he’ll likely play in the pros, evaluators will have little difficulty projecting Fulton to the NFL. He’s certainly not the type of athlete who could realistically play on the outside or in for a team with a zone philosophy, but he’s an effective blocker in both facets of the game with great size and bulk for the position. RD 4-5

OG SPENCER LONG, NEBRASKA

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6’4” – 315 lbs. – 5.10e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 0 GP / 0 GS
2011: 13 GP / 13 GS (RG)
2012: 14 GP / 14 GS (RG)
2013: 6 GP / 6 GS (RG)

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009 and did not participate in a game during his redshirt freshman season, but immediately stepped into the starting lineup as a sophomore in 2011, earning an All-Big Ten honorable mention nomination from the conference’s coaches. He was a unanimous All-Big Ten First Team selection in 2012, then was named a team captain for the 2013 season, starting the first six games before sustaining a season-ending left knee injury against Purdue. Was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in both 2011 and 2012. Biological sciences major.

STRENGTHS:

•    Highly intelligent player, has received numerous academic distinctions.
•    Will conclude his career with 33 starts for a major football program.
•    Has an appealing combination of height and length for the position.
•    Was frequently asked to pull on run plays, looked athletic doing so.
•    Can get out in front of runners on screens and make second-level blocks.
•    Possesses a mean streak, seeks out contact and looks to finish.
•    Initial burst off of the line of scrimmage is impressive; fires off.
•    Adept at taking out defenders with cut blocks on screens and rushes.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Season-ending left knee injury will require extensive medical evaluations.
•    Possesses a somewhat uneven build, is rather top-heavy with thin legs.
•    Despite his athleticism, finds himself out of position too often.
•    Can be exposed in pass protection, seemingly lacking anticipation.
•    Doesn’t do a great job of sustaining his blocks, runs himself out of plays.
•    It’s not uncommon to find him on the ground due to a lack of balance.

SUMMARY:

Prior to his injury, Long was in the midst of a decorated collegiate career with the Cornhuskers, but the serious knee injury he sustained this season will prompt serious questions about his health and whether or not his mobility, Long’s greatest asset as a player, will be adversely affected. Has some intriguing tools but is too inconsistent to project as a future starter.  RD 5-6

OT MORGAN MOSES, VIRGINIA

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6’6” – 325 lbs. – 5.15e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 11 GP / 7 GS (6 RT, 1 RG)
2011: 13 GP / 13 GS (RT)
2012: 12 GP / 11 GS (RT)

OVERVIEW:

Was only the third true freshman to start at offensive tackle for the Cavaliers, making six starts at right tackle and one at right guard in his first collegiate campaign. Became the team’s full-time right tackle in 2011, starting every game there for the next two seasons aside from one in 2012 due to injury, and which he nonetheless appeared in. Transitioned to left tackle as a senior in 2013 following Oday Aboushi’s graduation.

STRENGTHS:

•    Will graduate with over three years of starting experience at tackle.
•    Absolutely massive player who possesses an obvious size advantage.
•    More effective on the move than anticipated given his frame and bulk.
•    Above-average lateral agility and long arms should help him stay outside.
•    Happy to aggressively finish blocks when given the opportunity to do so.
•    Could potentially interest teams operating a zone-blocking scheme.
•    Has started on both the left and right sides of the offensive line.
•    Developmental potential is considerable given his physical gifts.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Gets off-balance easily, particularly in terms of bending at the waist.
•    Doesn’t anchor versus the bull rush as well as his size would suggest.
•    Too frequently finishes the play without having found someone to block.
•    Only adequate in pass protection; will likely be limited to the right side.
•    Misses far too many blocks when asked to deal with quicker defenders.
•    Will surrender the inside rush by overcommitting to protecting the edge.
•    Hasn’t fixed the flaws in his game despite extensive starting experience.

SUMMARY:

Moses possesses the obvious tools, to interest teams and seduce them into spending a fairly high pick on his developmental potential, but at this point those advantages have not translated into being anything resembling a consistent, reliable blocker. His best fit at the next level will probably come as a right tackle in a man/power scheme, but at this point it’s fair to wonder whether or not he’ll ever develop. RD 5

OT JA’WUAN JAMES, TENNESSEE

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6’6” – 318 lbs. – 5.30e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 13 GP / 13 GS (RT)
2011: 12 GP / 12 GS (RT)
2012: 12 GP / 12 GS (RT)

OVERVIEW:

Started all thirteen games at right tackle as a true freshman, a position he has occupied ever since, without missing a game to this point in his career; through his junior season, he had started thirty-seven games, and is on pace to graduate with 49-50 starts at right tackle.

STRENGTHS:

•    Has an ideal amount of starting experience versus SEC competition.
•    Possesses prototypical size and bulk for a professional offensive tackle.
•    Has a powerful initial punch that can knock smaller players down.
•    Does a good job of staying with his man; not out of position too often.
•    Anchors easily against power rushers, surrendering little ground.
•    Overall awareness is above-average, generally knows who to block.
•    Moves a little bit better than most offensive linemen with his size.
•    Can handle double moves thanks to his overall bulk and length.
•    Already plays the position he’ll most likely play at the nex level.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Occasionally surrenders the edge because of a lack of lateral agility.
•    Abandons technique when matched up against quicker defensive ends.
•    Struggles to get to the second level and secure blocks versus linebackers.
•    Not a particularly good athlete, certainly not a potential left tackle.
•    More of a wall-off blocker than someone who will drive defenders back.
•    Probably restricted to inline blocking schemes at the next level.
•    Upside is probably limited due to having been a four-year starter.

SUMMARY:

At this point, James should be considered a known quantity owing to his extensive starting experience, with his NFL future likely coming as a reserve right tackle in an inline blocking scheme but potentially possessing the versatility to slide inside to guard, where his athleticism is probably better suited. His inability to line up on the left side, lack of experience playing guard, and zone-blocking incompatibility are constraining factors. RD 5-6

OT JACK MEWHORT, OHIO ST.

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6’6” – 308 lbs. – 5.30e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 10 GP / 0 GS
2011: 13 GP / 13 GS (5 LG, 7 RG)
2012: 12 GP / 12 GS (LT)

OVERVIEW:

Functioned as a swing reserve during his freshman season in 2010 before transitioning to left guard for the first five games of the 2011 season, a campaign he finished with seven straight starts at right guard. In 2012, became the team’s full-time starting left tackle following the loss of former starter Mike Adams, drafted in the second round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now one of the Buckeyes’ team captains.

STRENGTHS:

•    Has starting experience at three different offensive line positions.
•    Possesses prototypical size and bulk for an NFL offensive tackle.
•    Consistent in pass protection, even against top competition.
•    Capable of driving defenders back to create holes in the run game.
•    Strong grip which translates into an ability to sustain blocks well.
•    Effective anchor and is rarely driven back by an opposing bull rush.
•    Strong locker-room presence who has been named a team captain.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Will likely be required to transition to right tackle at the next level.
•    Not an elite athlete; adequate overall movement skills/lateral agility.
•    Balance and weight distribution is slightly off at times, forward or back.
•    Needs to be more active with his feet and, in particular, hand use.
•    Not quite the killer run blocker you’d expect given his physical gifts.
•    Probably restricted to inline (man) blocking schemes in the pros.
•    Has a past arrest for “obstructing official business”, a misdemeanor.

SUMMARY:

Although Mewhort will likely have to undergo a positional change at the next level to right tackle, he has been a dependable blindside protector at the collegiate level versus a high level of competition and has more in common with 49ers starting right guard Alex Boone than Steelers bust Mike Adams. He possesses the frame and build of a pro tackle, and his previous experience at guard should enhance his value for teams which run inline/power blocking schemes.  RD 3

OC GABE IKARD, OKLAHOMA

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6’3” – 298 lbs. – 5.15e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 14 GP / 12 GS (LG)
2011: 13 GP / 13 GS (7 C, 6 LG)
2012: 12 GP / 12 GS (C)

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009 before taking over the team’s starting left guard spot two games into the 2010 season and making twelve starts there. Started three games at left guard as a sophomore before transitioning to center for seven games and back to left guard for the final three, being named an All-Big 12 First Team selection by conference coaches. Started all twelve games at center as a junior in 2012 and has started each of Oklahoma’s games there this season as well.

STRENGTHS:

•    Extensive starting experience for a major college football program.
•    Extremely intelligent; has received numerous All-Academic selections.
•    Movement skills are impressive; no trouble getting to the second level.
•    Has good awareness in both pass protection and as a run blocker.
•    Possesses some of the best lateral agility in this year’s center class.
•    Anchors pretty well in pass protection despite his size disadvantage.
•    Efficient shotgun snapper with plenty of work in those situations.
•    Also has some starting experience at offensive guard, enhancing value.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Somewhat undersized for the NFL given the proliferation of nose tackles.
•    Fails to create much push in the run game, more of a wall-off blocker.
•    Ends up on the ground more often than you’d like, especially vs. the run.
•    Needs to improve his ability to sustain blocks for prolonged periods.
•    Does not have much of a killer instinct or aggressive on-field demeanor.
•    Almost certainly restricted to zone-blocking schemes at the next level.
•    Upside is probably constrained by his build and previous experience.

SUMMARY:

Intelligent, mobile center prospect who has four years of starting experience at one of the premier college football programs in the country. Overall lack of size, bulk, and strength will limit both his ceiling and the number of pro teams interested, but he has a certain appeal as a relatively known quantity in an unpredictable environment. RD 5

DE ED STINSON, ALABAMA

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6’4” – 292 lbs. – 4.85e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 14 – 0.0 – 0.0, 2 QBH (LB)
2011: 19 – 5.0 – 1.0, 1 FF, 1 PD (DE)
2012: 30 – 8.5 – 3.0, 5 QBH

OVERVIEW:

Came to Alabama as a 252-pound linebacker and has steadily gained weight each year; now weighs 292 pounds. Was primarily a reserve but started two games as a freshman, then became part of the team’s defensive line rotation as a sophomore before developing into the team’s full-time starter at defensive end as a junior in 2012, a role he has maintained since.

STRENGTHS:

•    Bulky player who has added forty pounds during his time at Alabama.
•    Experienced at all four defensive line positions, primarily LE, UT.
•    Has an excellent anchor and is capable of holding his ground vs. the run.
•    Heavy-handed player who can knock linemen off-balance with punch.
•    Effective bull rusher who can drive offensive linemen into the backfield.
•    Impressive motor, especially as an edge rusher in passing situations.
•    Active hand use, particularly when attempting to create pressure vs. pass.
•    Range and athletic ability are surprising for a player with his build.
•    Versatility even extends to short coverage drops on zone blitzes.

WEAKNESSES:

•    May not necessarily have a true position for conventional 4-3 defenses.
•    Part of a defensive line rotation and comes off the field fairly often.
•    Holds his ground vs. the run but takes slightly too long to shed blocks.
•    Can create pressure but can’t always seal the deal vs. elusive passers.
•    Production isn’t eye-popping, aside from impressive junior campaign.

SUMMARY:

Intriguing, well-rounded defensive lineman who could fit in either an even or odd front, lining up at defensive end and sliding inside on passing downs for 4-3 teams or playing the five-technique position in a 3-4, particularly in a two-gapping scheme. Significantly more athletic than expected given his frame, but also possesses plenty of power and bulk. RD 2

DT DAQUAN JONES, PENN ST.

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6’3” – 318 lbs. – 5.25e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 6 – 2.0 – 1.0
2011: 8 – 0.0 – 0.0, 1 QBH
2012: 22 – 2.0 – 0.5, 1 PD

OVERVIEW:

Was used sparingly during his freshman and sophomore seasons, but eventually worked his way into the starting lineup as a junior in 2011, starting Penn State’s first eleven games, a role he has reprised as a senior.

STRENGTHS:

•    Overall build is highly impressive for a 4-3 nose tackle prospect.
•    Has an outstanding ability to shed blocks due to active hand use.
•    Scheme-versatile; could be a 4-3 nose tackle or 3-4 five-technique.
•    Strength allows him to re-establish a more favorable line of scrimmage.
•    Despite his size, gets low enough to win the leverage battle inside.
•    Uses a variety of different moves to confuse opposing offensive linemen.
•    Awareness and instincts prevent him from getting out of position.
•    More of a downhill player but also possesses an above-average anchor.
•    Consistently disruptive as a senior after underperforming previously.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Initial burst is only average and doesn’t necessarily explode off the line.
•    Has only been a productive player for one season and a starter for two.
•    Doesn’t have too much experience with two-gap responsibilities.
•    Height is slightly below-average for a five-technique defensive end.
•    Previously missed some time in his collegiate career due to injuries.
•    Was not productive over the course of his first three collegiate seasons.

SUMMARY:

Jones is an underrated prospect at this point in the evaluation process because of his underwhelming freshman-through-junior seasons, in which he struggled to distinguish himself. However, as a senior Jones has been borderline unblockable, with outstanding hand-usage, creativity, and power, establishing himself as one of the most disruptive interior linemen in the country. May not be quite as safe as former Nittany Lion Jared Odrick, but nonetheless projects as a starting-caliber defensive lineman. RD 1-2

OG ANTHONY STEEN, ALABAMA

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6’3” – 309 lbs. – 5.25e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 13 GP / 2 GS (RG)
2011: 13 GP / 9 GS (RG)
2012: 14 GP / 14 GS (RG)

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009, then started two games at right guard as a sophomore in 2010 following Barrett Jones’ high-ankle sprain. Assumed a more traditional role as a redshirt sophomore in 2010 by starting nine games that season, beginning with a streak of seven straight starts which was interrupted by an injury. As a junior, started all fourteen games for the team at right guard, a role he has maintained since.

STRENGTHS:

•    Will graduate with roughly three years of quality starting experience.
•    Well-coached, consistent, and assignment-sound; rarely makes mistakes.
•    Possesses adequate size and bulk for a professional offensive guard.
•    Effective pass protector who demonstrates sound awareness in that area.
•    Capable of redirecting blockers in the run game to clear holes for backs.
•    Has a strong anchor and can easily handle an opponent’s initial punch.
•    Does a good job of sustaining his blocks in both facets of the game.
•    Will take the opportunity to attack an opponent’s shoulder if possible.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Overall physical and athletic tools are only average for the position.
•    Arm length looks to be a little bit shorter than usual for a top guard.
•    Has played with an outstanding supporting cast of star linemen.
•    Only collegiate position has been right guard; also lacks pro versatility.
•    Struggles when asked to get to the second level and secure blocks.
•    Much more of a wall-off blocker rather than a dominant finisher.
•    Not among the most impressive prospects in terms of hand use.
•    Probably limited to inline blocking schemes at the next level.

SUMMARY:

A reliable, experienced three-year SEC starter, there are no major flaws in Steen’s game, but his overall build and athleticism are only average for the position. Not a blocker with a visible killer instinct, he projects as a potential pro starter. Some work in terms of hand use is still necessary. Has been overshadowed by teammates but is a highly-competent inline option. RD 3

DE SCOTT CRICHTON, OREGON ST.*

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6’3” – 265 lbs. – 4.75e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: Redshirt
2011: 74 – 14.5 – 6.0, 6 FF, 3 PD, 1 K/PB
2012: 44 – 17.5 – 9.0, 1 QBH, 1 FF, 3 PD, 1 K/PB

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2010 before taking over as a starter in 2011, recording an impressive 74-14.5-6.0 line with six forced fumbles and being named an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection. In his second year as a starter, Crichton recorded 44-17.5-9.0 and was named to the All-Pac 12 First Team by conference coaches. Underwent offseason shoulder surgery but has started 30 games thus far in his career.

STRENGTHS:

•    Highly productive player with three years of starting experience.
•    Has a prototypical frame for a pass rusher, either in a 4-3 or 3-4.
•    Active hand use and strength allow him to shed blockers effectively.
•    Has rushed from both sides of the defensive line with the Beavers.
•    High-motor player against both the run and the pass, impressive range.
•    Gets off the line of scrimmage quickly and can win the outside edge.
•    Anchor is powerful enough to hold up when teams rush at him.
•    Will go for the strip when given the opportunity to do so.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Tends to play a little bit upright, sacrificing some of his natural power.
•    Probably doesn’t have ideal movement skills for a 3-4 outside linebacker.
•    Needs to develop additional rush moves, as favors bull-rush too heavily.
•    Feet stop churning at times, preventing him from reestablishing LOS.
•    Loses track of the ball at times, does not always see plays developing.
•    Needs to be more patient in backside contain, susceptible to cutbacks.

SUMMARY:

Crichton’s measurable and pedigree are impressive enough to warrant early-round attention, but he must improve his pad level and footwork and develop additional rush moves to reach his potential. Nonetheless, despite his lack of ideal athletic ability he is already a fairly dangerous, high-motor pass rusher who should be able to interest teams running both three-and-four-man fronts, with 4-3 left end projecting as his best fit at the pro level. RD 2-3