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OC HRONISS GRASU, OREGON

OC #55 HRONISS GRASU, OREGON

6’3” – 297 lbs. – 5.15e

Redshirted in 2010; started every game in each of the following seasons and will enter his senior year having started forty games. Combination of height and weight is adequate for the center position, although his frame looks nearly maxed-out; arms look a bit short. Stronger than he looks, with the ability to anchor against nose tackles and generate push in the running game; dominated massive Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton as a junior. Rarely requires additional help from offensive guards. Does a good job of keeping his feet churning after initial contact. Aggressive, even if he doesn’t end many plays with pancakes. Works hard to sustain until the whistle; has a strong grip which allows him to lock onto opponents. Gets good arm extension. Assignment-sound in pass protection, blocking the appropriate player and switching when necessary. Durable, pro-ready, and intelligent. Makes all of the protection calls. Reliable, experienced shotgun-snapper. Not a freak athlete, but is athletic enough to get out in front of screens, with a great work rate. Looks more comfortable when he’s asked to make second-level blocks on linebackers without pulling; straight-line speed is above-average. Ultimately, should be able to fit into either a man or zone blocking scheme. Height gives him natural leverage, but occasionally squanders it by getting too upright. Hands find their way outside too frequently. A bit more comfortable versus the bull rush than against quicker, gap-shooting defensive tackles; susceptible to penetration to either side. Lacks a forceful punch to jolt defenders. Hasn’t played any other positions, limiting his appeal as a potential swing reserve. Should certainly be considered a candidate to be the first center selected in this year’s draft, given his highly-productive, highly-experienced collegiate career; was given some difficult assignments with the Ducks and performed admirably. Not the biggest or most mobile center, but is close to a finished product and has shown that he is capable of holding up against powerful nose tackles without help, something which allows for rare flexibility in blocking schemes; additionally, his high football IQ allows him to execute his assignments even without outstanding athleticism. Projects as a starting pivot in the pros.

Games watched: Oregon St. (’13), Stanford (’13), Washington (’13)

DE TAYLOR HART, OREGON

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6’6” – 287 lbs. – 5.00e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 18 – 2.0 – 2.0, 2 QBH, 1 PD
2011: 44 – 3.0 – 2.5, 1 QBH, 1 FF, 2 PD, 1 BK
2012: 36 – 11.0 – 8.0, 1 FF, 2 PD

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009, then appeared in a reserve role as a redshirt freshman in 2010. Stepped into the starting lineup in 2011, starting all fourteen contests the Ducks played. Then added another twelve starts in 2012, earning an honorable mention All-Pac 12 selection from conference coaches.

STRENGTHS:

•    Productive three-year starter who really stood out as a junior.
•    Very tall, with a relatively thick build, won’t need to add much weight.
•    Began his collegiate career weighing 262 pounds, added lots of bulk.
•    Has played both defensive end and defensive tackle for the Ducks.
•    Does a pretty good job of scraping down the line without losing ground.
•    Capable of anchoring at both positions when opponents run his way.
•    Can two-gap at the defensive end spot, may be able to at the next level.
•    Is even asked to rush out of a two-point stance a few times per game.
•    High-motor player with impressive range to defend screens/scrambles.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Not an impressive physical specimen in terms of musculature/definition.
•    Arms appear to be shorter than usual for a player with his size.
•    Movement skills are adequate but lacks ideal burst or explosion.
•    Initial punch isn’t particularly jarring, doesn’t generally re-establish LOS.
•    Could do a better job of disengaging from blocks by developing moves.
•    May not be a natural fit for most even defensive fronts in the pros.
•    Was significantly more productive as a junior than as a senior.

SUMMARY:

Hart is a versatile prospect who’s been asked to assume various different responsibilities with the Ducks and done a good job at each of them. In particular, he’s an effective run defender despite his height, who can anchor when run at and scrape down the line. His overall movement skills are only average, and his overall build could use plenty of work, but he could realistically project to various different schemes, with the best fit being either a one-or-two-gap odd front. Something of a jack-of-all-trades. RD 4