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2007 Rookie Profiles: Offensive Tackles

Posted: 5/07
 

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Full Name:  Jacob Bender            School:   Nicholls State                           

Ht:   6-6           Wt:   295            40:   5.30                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors the past two years.

 

Pos:

Nice-sized, athletic blocker flying under the radar.  Quick off the snap,

explosive at the point and moves well around the field.  Fights throughout

the action and effectively uses body positioning as well as blocking angles

to seal defenders from the action.  Patient in pass protection, plays with

good balance and knocks defenders to the ground.  Nasty and always looking for someone to hit.

Neg:

Does not finish blocks and must improve the strength of his base.  Does not

 redirect well to linebackers on the second level. 

Analysis:

A great specimen with size and growth potential, Bender is a terrific developmental prospect.  Offers a lot of upside and could reap big dividends for a team who is patient.

 


 

Full Name:  Chris Bowser             School:   UNLV                                          

Ht:   6-6           Wt:   290            40:   5.32                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter used at both left and right tackle.

 

Pos:

Nice-sized, high-effort lineman who stands out in pass protection.  Blocks

with good lean, gets leverage on opponents and makes effective use of

angles.  Fundamentally sound, stays square and seals opponents from the

action.  Keeps his feet moving and nicely adjusts to knock opponents from

their angle of attack.  Effectively fights with his hands and always looks for someone to hit.

Neg:

Possesses marginal run-blocking strength.  Not effective on the second

level or in motion.  Has a history of shoulder injuries.

Analysis:

Coming off a solid senior campaign, Bowser is a nice prospect who offers a

good degree of upside.  Must fill out his frame and stay healthy but could be

 stashed on a practice squad.

 


 

Full Name:  Aaron Brant               School:   Iowa State                                

Ht:   6-7           Wt:   320            40:   5.45                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter who saw action at tackle and guard.  All-Conference

selection the past two years.

Pos:

King-sized blocker who is best in a small area.  Intelligent lineman who also

 shows a nasty streak and gets after blocks.  Fights with his hands

throughout the action, jolts opponents at the point of attack and keeps his

feet moving.  Solid position blocker who walls opponents from the action. 

Neg:

Lacks flexibility and struggles to finish blocks.  Lumbers about the field and

 lacks lateral blocking range.

Analysis:

A wide-bodied blocker who controls opponents once he gets his hands on

them, Brant lacks the great upside but his enticing measurables will get him

 long looks in camp this summer.

 


 

Full Name:  Levi Brown                School:   Penn State                                

Ht:   6-5.5        Wt:   325            40:   5.43                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former defensive lineman who switched to offense as a freshman and then

started at tackle the next four years.  All-Conference choice after his junior

 and senior campaigns.

Pos:

Nice-sized pass-protecting lineman with a good understanding of his

position.  Blocks with leverage, immediately gets hands into defenders,

then controls them at the point of attack.  Strong, easily holds his ground

and rarely gives up an inch of room.  Makes outstanding use of angles and

body positioning, and effectively seals the edge.  Flashes power and blocks with solid fundamentals.

Neg:

Lacks adjustment and overall blocking range.  Does not consistently play

with a nasty attitude.

Analysis:

More of a finesse lineman, Brown has the physical, mechanical and

intellectual tools to be a starting tackle at the next level.  Must develop

some consistent fire to his game, which will help him be a top-notch blocker.

 


 

Full Name:  Jermon Bushrod        School:   Towson                                     

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   320            40:   5.29                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter at the left tackle position.  All-Conference selection the

past two years.

Pos:

Productive small-school blocker who could be used in a variety of

positions.  Moves relatively well, displays solid footwork and makes

effective use of blocking angles.  Stays square, has long arms and punches

opponents from their angle of attack.  Plays heads-up football, displaying good recognition.

Neg:

Over-extends into run blocks, which hurts his balance.  Must learn to finish.

  Steers opponents at times rather than trying to drive them off the line.

Analysis:

Flashing the ability to play at the next level, Bushrod has enough size and

athletic ability to make it as an eighth offensive lineman.

  


 

Full Name:  Jason Capizzi            School:   Indiana-Pa                                

Ht:   6-9           Wt:   317            40:   5.25                Year:     6Sr

Bio:

Former Pittsburgh transfer and three-year starter awarded All-American

and All-Conference honors as a senior.

Pos:

King-sized, finesse blocker with tremendous growth potential.  Quick off the

 snap, strong at the point and plays with a wide base.  Patient in pass

protection, makes good use of angles and seals opponents from the action.

 Stays square, plays with leverage and holds the point.  Works well with

teammates and keeps his head on a swivel.

Neg:

Over-extends and bends at the waist.  Not a dominant lineman who finishes

 blocks.  Does not play to his size.  Lacks overall footwork.

Analysis:

After seeing very little action at Pittsburgh due in part to off-the-field

incidents, Capizzi did not dominate on the small-school level.  Must get

stronger, develop a nasty attitude and play to his size to make it at the next level.

  


 

Full Name:  Andrew Carnahan     School:   Arizona State                            

Ht:   6-7           Wt:   306            40:   5.15                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter at right tackle awarded All-Conference honors after his

sophomore campaign.  Missed half his senior season after a major knee injury.

Pos:

Big, strong right tackle prospect with both size and growth potential.  Stout

at the point, controls opponents with his hands and displays good punch. 

Keeps his feet moving, makes effective use of blocking angles and engulfs

opponents.  Intelligent, keeps his head on a swivel and stays with blocking

assignments.  Flashes some nastiness and attacks assignments.

Neg:

Struggles adjusting, lacks lateral blocking range and has difficulty stopping

speedy pass rushers.  Late off the snap into blocks, not light on his feet and

 marginally effective in space.

Analysis:

A hard-working strong-side tackle prospect, Carnahan must physically fill

out and start to show some durability to have any chance of succeeding.

 

 

Full Name:  Joel Clinger                School:   Missouri                                     

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   315            40:   5.25                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter at right tackle, awarded All-Conference honors last year.

Pos:

Nice-sized blocker who is best in a very small area.  Strong at the point,

plays with a nasty attitude and works to finish blocks.  Effective position

blocker who makes good use of angles and seals defenders from the play. 

Keeps his feet moving throughout the action and is large enough to engulf defenders.

Neg:

Gets tall, bends at the waist and lacks adjustment.  Marginal footwork and

cannot slide in space.

Analysis:

A hard-working lineman who has shown improvement the past two seasons,

Clinger’s size will get him looks as a backup.

 

 

Full Name:  Brandon Cox              School:   La-Lafayette                             

Ht:   6-6           Wt:   330            40:   5.54                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter who’s been used at both the left and right tackle

positions.  All-Conference selection as a senior.

Pos:

Large blocker who works best in a small area.  Blocks with good lean,

moves opponents off the line and stays with assignments.  Effective with

his hands and jolts opponents with good punch.  Holds the point or engulfs opponents.

Neg:

Lacks top footwork and overall blocking range.  Leans on opponents and

does not consistently work to finish blocks.  Lacks agility, adjustment and

can be beaten by nimble opponents.

Analysis:

Possessing outstanding size, Cox has shown flashes of dominance the past

 two years.  Productive and durable on the college level, he must take his

game to the next level to have any chance of making an NFL roster.

 

 

Full Name:  Chris Denman            School:   Fresno State                             

Ht:   6-6.5        Wt:   315            40:   5.63                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter at the right tackle position.  All-Conference selection as a senior.

Pos:

Large, underrated blocker with tremendous upside.  Blocks with leverage,

patient and remains alert throughout the action.  Strong at the point, gets

movement from run blocks and seals defenders from the action.  Jolts

opponents with good hand punch, possesses a thick build and easily anchors.

Neg:

Over-extends into blocks and loses balance.  Struggles with speedy edge

rushers and lacks adjustment.

Analysis:

One of the most underrated offensive linemen in this draft, Denman is a

fundamentally sound blocker with size and growth potential.  Offering

starting potential in the NFL, he also possesses the versatility to be used

on either the left or right side.

 

 

Full Name:  Scott Fisher              School:   Iowa State                                

Ht:   6-7.5        Wt:   332            40:   5.71                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who began his career at BYU.  Started the past two

seasons at Iowa State.

Pos:

Massive lineman who works best in a small area.  Quickly sets up in pass

protection, keeps his feet moving and anchors at the point.  Makes terrific

use of angles, picks up assignments and recognizes blitzes.  Strong and

controls opponents once engaged in a block.

Neg:

Gets tall as the play proceeds, lacks footwork sliding out and struggles to

adjust.  Will be 26 years old at the start of the NFL season.

Analysis:

A marginal athlete who struggles in space, Fisher has enough size and

growth potential to get looks at the right tackle position.

 

 

Full Name:  Courtney Ford           School:   Eastern Michigan                      

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   305            40:   5.30                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Former defensive lineman who moved to the offensive side of the ball as a

junior and has started at tackle ever since.

Pos:

A nice-sized lineman who flashes ability.  Quick setting in pass protection,

effectively fights with his hands and makes good use of blocking angles. 

Slides his feet laterally, stays square and knocks opponents from their

angle of attack.  Patient, picks up stunts or blitzes and works hard.

Neg:

Marginal athlete with average run-blocking strength.  Plays with a narrow

base, lacks balance and falls off blocks.

Analysis:

Still learning the position, Ford is a developmental prospect with practice

squad potential.

 

 

Full Name:  Renardo Foster         School:   Louisville                                    

Ht:   6-5.5        Wt:   323            40:   5.17                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

All-Conference selection last year after starting every game.  Played two

games as a junior before suffering a season-ending back injury.  Started the

 first four games of his sophomore campaign before being sidelined with a torn knee ligament.

Pos:

Large, king-sized blocker with growth potential.  Quick off the snap, gets his

 hands into opponents and displays explosion at the point of attack. 

Patient in pass protection, stays square and seals opponents from the

action.  Blocks with a wide base and nice leverage.

Neg:

Lacks agility and is not a true finisher.  Struggles with his footwork in space

 and over-extends into blocks.  Seems unsure of himself at times.

Analysis:

At one time an outstanding prospect, Foster had his college career

interrupted by major injuries.  Came back strong as a senior and will get

long looks in camp this summer at right tackle.

 

 

Full Name:  Doug Free                 School:   Northern Illinois                         

Ht:   6-6.5        Wt:   324            40:   5.24                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors each of the last three seasons.

 

Pos:

Smart, alert lineman who stands out in pass protection.  Displays a lot of

quickness, recognizes blitzes and is an outstanding position blocker who

makes effective use of angles.  Stays square, keeps defenders in front of

him and fights with his hands.  Strong in pass protection and anchors at the

point.  Turns defenders from their angle of attack and keeps his feet moving on contact.

Neg:

Not a dominant run blocker nor a true finisher.  More of a finesse lineman

than an outright mauler.  Suffered a stress fracture in his foot early last

season that hampered his play all year.

Analysis:

Formerly a tight end, Free has grown into a terrific offensive tackle.  Offers

a lot of upside for the next level yet may be incorrectly evaluated because

of his injury last season.  Possesses starting potential and is a bargain during the draft’s second day.

 

 

Full Name:  Jared Gaither            School:   Maryland                                   

Ht:   6-8           Wt:   350            40:   5.25                Year:     2So

Bio:

Two-year starter who has played both offensive tackle positions.  Attended

Hargrave Military Academy upon graduating from high school.

Pos:

King-sized blocker with an immense upside.  Powerful at the point, turns

defenders off the line or engulfs them altogether.  Effectively places his

hands into defenders, jolts them at the point and anchors in pass

protection.  Solid athlete who easily moves about the field.  Displays solid

footwork and the surprising ability to slide out off the edge.

Neg:

Over-extends into blocks and must improve his playing balance.  Not a

natural knee bender.  Does not show much adjustment.

Analysis:

Possessing the size and strength to annihilate opponents, Gaither can be a

dominant force at the tackle position.  Still very raw in many areas of the

game, he made a mistake entering the draft and is a project who needs a

good amount of work.

 

 

Full Name:  Eric Graham               School:   East Carolina                             

Ht:   6-5.5        Wt:   313            40:   5.41                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who has played both tackle positions as well as guard. 

All-Conference selection as a senior.

Pos:

Strong, small-area blocker with good size.  Plays with good lean, seals

opponents from the action and anchors at the point.  Stays square and

flashes the ability to drive opponents off the ball.

Neg:

Plays with a narrow base, over-extends into blocks and struggles in space.

 Lacks lateral range and footwork.

Analysis:

Possessing size and growth potential, Graham has been a productive and

durable lineman in college.  Needs to improve his blocking mechanics and

increase his flexibility to have any chance at the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  Lance Hancock         School:   Sam Houston State                  

Ht:   6-5.5        Wt:   290            40:   5.35                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter and an All-Conference selection the past two years.

Pos:

Tall, patient blocker who is best in a small area.  Strong at the point,

displays good hand punch and gets movement from run blocks.  Stays

square, keeping opponents in front of him, and fights hard throughout the

action.  Quick off the snap, explosive at the point and easily turns defenders off the line.

Neg:

Not light on his feet and lacks lateral blocking range.  Struggles the larger

the area he is asked to cover.

Analysis:

A good-sized prospect with limited athleticism, Hancock is a solid run

blocker who should only get better as he physically matures and adds bulk.

 

 

Full Name:  Charles Harris            School:   Washington State                    

Ht:   6-5.5        Wt:   322            40:   5.32                Year:     6Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons.  Received All-Conference mention

as a senior.

Pos:

Nice-sized blocker who flashes ability.  Quick with his hands and knocks

opponents from their angle of attack.  Keeps his head on a swivel, picks up

blitzes and works well with teammates.  Shows the ability to kick out or

block on the move in a small area.

Neg:

Not a natural knee bender, bends at the waist and does too much leaning on

 opponents.  Not a dominant blocker who plays to his size.

Analysis:

A better-than-average athlete who flashes footwork, Harris offers size and

potential for the next level.  Needs to improve his overall fundamentals and

develop a nasty streak.

 

 

Full Name:  Ryan Harris                School:   Notre Dame                               

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   305            40:   5.13                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter at left tackle.

Pos:

Athletic, quick-footed blocker with outstanding range.  Solid pass protector

who makes effective use of angles, effectively works his hands, and plays

with leverage.  Displays good punch, jolts opponents and possesses solid quickness.

Neg:

Has average size and strength.  Marginally effective in motion.  Gets beaten

 at times when he should not.  Struggled with disappointing play last year.

Analysis:

Harris has the tools necessary to play either guard or left tackle in the NFL

but must first improve his strength and consistently play to a high level.

 

 

Full Name:  Mario Henderson       School:   Florida State                             

Ht:   6-6.5        Wt:   302            40:   5.17                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter as a senior at left tackle.  Used at right tackle and tight

end early in his Florida State career.

Pos:

Athletic blocker with terrific size.  Quickly gets hands into defenders,

adjusts in pass protection and controls opponents at the point.  Keeps his

feet moving, blocks with leverage and displays the ability to slide laterally. 

Shows some smarts to his game yet also plays with a nasty attitude, working to finish blocks.

Neg:

Lacks the dominant base and is just an average run-blocker.  Stands to

improve his playing balance.

Analysis:

Possessing terrific upside, Henderson blocks with solid fundamentals and

has an understanding of the position.  Needs to improve his playing

strength and iron out the rough edges of his game, yet offers starting

possibilities in the NFL after a few years of development.

 

 

Full Name:  Stephon Heyer          School:   Maryland                                   

Ht:   6-6.5        Wt:   334            40:   5.69                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter at tackle given All-Conference mention as a senior.  Sat

 out the ’05 season after tearing a ligament in his left knee.

Pos:

Nice-sized position blocker who stands out in pass protection.  Makes

effective use of angles, body positioning and hand technique.  Shows the

ability to slide out off the edge, adjust to defenders as well as block on the

second level.  Explosive at the point, stays square and plays with a good degree of quickness.

Neg:

Lacks the dominant base and rarely gets movement from run blocks.  Does

not show top balance and falls off blocks.

Analysis:

Coming back from the knee injury that sidelined him in ‘05, Heyer offers

adequate skills.  Must improve his run-blocking strength and learn to play

with leverage, yet a  potential back-up.

 

 

Full Name:  Corey Hilliard             School:   Oklahoma State                        

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   308            40:   5.39                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who has been used at both the left and right tackle

spots.  All-Conference selection the past three years.

Pos:

Athletic blocker who can be used at several positions on the line.  Blocks

with leverage, keeps his feet moving throughout the action and displays

lateral range.  Effective in motion, playing with a good degree of quickness

and explosion.  Gets his hands into defenders and turns opponents off the line.

Neg:

Must improve his playing balance.  Does not show a consistent killer

instinct.  Must learn to finish blocks.

Analysis:

Productive on the college level, Hilliard offers a good degree of upside and

has the abilities to be used in several different systems, including a zone blocking scheme.

 

 

Full Name:  Joe Hirst                    School:   Montana State                         

Ht:   6-6           Wt:   301            40:   5.65                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter at right tackle.  Suffered a knee injury as a sophomore,

which put him on the sidelines most of the season.

Pos:

Large, lumbering lineman who works hard.  Keeps his feet moving

throughout the action, jolt opponents with good hand extension then turns

them from the action.  Keeps his head on a swivel and always is looking for

someone to hit.  Strong and controls opponents at the point of attack.

Neg:

Bends at the waist and struggles in space.  Not a natural knee-bender and

exploited by speedy opponents.

Analysis:

For the most part a consistent performer in college, Hirst is a good-sized

prospect with some potential as a strong-side tackle.

 

 

Full Name:  Daniel Inman             School:   Georgia                                      

Ht:   6-7           Wt:   313            40:   5.32                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior campaign.

Pos:

Durable right tackle with tremendous size.  Quickly sets in pass protection,

 immediately gets hands into defenders and jolts them at the point with

good punch.  Shows good initial strength at the point, flashes the ability to

adjust and makes effective use of blocking angles.  Large enough to engulf opponents.

Neg:

Lacks ability in space and shows limited blocking range.  Ineffective in

motion or on the second level.  Not a dominant blocker for such a large lineman.

Analysis:

An experienced college blocker with both size and growth potential, Inman

is worth keeping on a practice squad for future developmental consideration.

 

 

Full Name:  Chase Johnson          School:   Wyoming                                   

Ht:   6-8.5        Wt:   331            40:   5.45                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter at the left tackle position.  All-Conference selection the

past two years.

Pos:

King-sized blocker who’s been very durable on the college level.  Patient

pass protector who gets his hands into defenders and effectively uses

blocking angles.  Sets with a wide base, jolts opponents and seals them

from the action.  Flashes power and has the ability to control defenders.

Neg:

Does not show a strong base, gets pushed back off the line and rarely gets

movement from run blocks.  Lacks a nasty attitude and does not work to

finish blocks.

Analysis:

Possessing outstanding size and above-average athleticism, Johnson

offers the physical skills to play at the next level, yet must first elevate his

intensity on the field several notches.

 

 

Full Name:  Wesley Jones            School:   Marshall                                      Pos:     T

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   338            40:   5.62                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former junior college transfer who broke into the starting lineup as a senior.

Pos:

Big, strong blocker best in confined quarters.  Quickly gets off the snap,

jolts defenders at the point and moves them off the line of scrimmage. 

Patient in pass protection and controls defenders once engaged in a block.

Neg:

Lacks footwork and ability in space.  Lumbers about the field and not light

on his feet.  Must do a better job extending his hands into defenders.

Analysis:

A size prospect who flashes ability, Jones is a developmental prospect with

potential as a strong-side blocker.

 

 

Full Name:  Eddie Keele               School:   BYU                                            

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   306            40:   5.25                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who played in three games as a senior before being

sidelined with a serious knee injury.

Pos:

Strong, alert blocker who works best in confined quarters.  Plays with a wide

 base, effectively fights with his hands and displays strength in his upper

body.  Patient in pass protection, keeps his head on a swivel and has a

nasty attitude.  Solid run blocker who moves opponents off the line and turns

them from the play completely.

Neg:

Lacks adjustment, is not a natural knee bender and does not display lateral

blocking range.  Over-extends into blocks, which hurts his balance.  Will be

26 years old at the start of the NFL season.

Analysis:

A tenacious blocker with a nice combination of strength and intelligence,

Keele’s age and recent injury put him at a disadvantage.

 

 

Full Name:  Adam Koets               School:   Oregon State                            

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   298            40:   5.08                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter at left tackle awarded All-Conference honors as a senior.

Pos:

Smart, durable blocker with adequate size and growth potential.  Plays with

outstanding pad level, quickly gets his hands up and effectively places

them into defenders.  Stays square and seals defenders from the action. 

Keeps his head on a swivel, plays smart football and works well with

teammates.  Uses all his assets to their maximum.

Neg:

Must improve the strength of his base.  Rarely gets movement at the point

of attack and falls off blocks.

Analysis:

Durable and efficient in college, Koets offers a good amount of upside

potential as a pass-protecting blindside tackle.  Needs to improve his

playing strength, yet a solid developmental prospect.

 

 

Full Name:  Robert Kraay             School:   Air Force                                   

Ht:   6-8           Wt:   285            40:   5.21                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter at left tackle awarded All-Conference honors as a senior.

Pos:

Tall, hard-working tackle prospect who’s improved his game. 

Fundamentally sound, effectively uses blocking angles and keeps his feet

moving throughout the action.  Solid position blocker who seals opponents from the action.

Neg:

Marginally strong and gets minimal movement from run blocks.

Analysis:

A durable lineman, Kraay is a size prospect with potential on a practice

squad once he finishes his military commitment.

 

 

Full Name:  Jake Kuresa               School:   BYU                                            

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   346            40:   5.52                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter and All-Conference selection after his junior and senior

campaigns.  Played tackle, guard and center as a senior.

Pos:

Thickly built, wide-bodied blocker who dominates at the point.  Strong,

drives defenders off the line or engulfs them altogether.  Easily anchors in

pass protection, rarely giving up an inch of room.  Blocks with solid

leverage, keeps his head on a swivel and is very active throughout the play.

  Jolts opponents with good hand punch and is a solid position blocker.

Neg:

Late off the snap and over-extends into opponents, which adversely affects

his balance.  Overweight, struggles to adjust and spends a lot of time on the ground.

Analysis:

A durable and versatile blocker with good physical abilities, Kuresa has

potential as a backup guard if he gets his weight down to a manageable level.

 

 

Full Name:  James Marten           School:   Boston College                          

Ht:   6-7.5        Wt:   308            40:   5.11                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior.  Used at left

 tackle last season after spending the prior two years at guard.

Pos:

Nice-sized small-area blocker who works best on the strong side.  Patient,

plays with good pad level and gets after assignments.  Strong at the point,

controls opponents and effectively uses his hands.  Keeps his feet moving,

stays square and makes solid use of angles.  Effective position blocker who

 seals opponents from the action.

Neg:

Struggles to adjust, lacks lateral blocking range and playing balance.  Not

effective in motion.

Analysis:

A good-sized blocker who plays with a nasty attitude, Martin is a

multi-dimensional lineman with better-than-average potential for the next

level. 

 

 

Full Name:  Chris Messner           School:   Oklahoma                                  

Ht:   6-5.5        Wt:   285            40:   4.98                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter used at both the left and right tackle spots. 

All-Conference selection as a senior.

Pos:

Solid position blocker with nice size and growth potential.  Quickly gets into

 blocks, jolts opponents at the point of attack or engulfs them altogether. 

Makes effective use of angles, keeps his feet moving and fights with his

hands throughout the action.

Neg:

Lacks top footwork and struggles sliding out to protect the edge.  Does not

possess the dominant base, is not a natural knee bender and cannot finish blocks.

Analysis:

An above-average athlete with solid potential, Messner is a developmental

prospect who must add bulk and strength to his frame.

 

 

Full Name:  James Newby            School:   North Carolina State                

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   290            40:   5.44                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons at left tackle, after seeing action

with the first team as a sophomore at both left guard and right tackle.

Pos:

Technically sound blocker with limited upside for the next level.  Patient in

pass protection, effectively fights with his hands and uses all his assets to

their maximum.  Makes outstanding use of blocking angles and works hard

until the whistle blows.  Intelligent and picks up assignments.

Neg:

Struggles sliding out to protect the edge.  Lacks the dominant base and

gets pushed back into the pocket.

Analysis:

Needing to add bulk and to improve his playing strength, Newby offers the

possibility to be used as a utility lineman, based on his experience at

several blocking positions.

 

 

Full Name:  Clint Oldenburg         School:   Colorado State                         

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   300            40:   5.23                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former tight end who’s started the past three years at both guard and

tackle.  Previous All-Conference selection.

Pos:

Good-sized blocker with nice strength at the point of attack.  Quickly gets

into blocks, stays square and is large enough to engulf opponents.  Jolts

defenders at the point, moves them off the line or easily knocks them from

their angle of attack.  Keeps his feet moving throughout the action and effectively uses angles.

Neg:

Lacks solid fundamentals, struggles in space and shows limited ability

blocking in motion.  Does too much leaning on opponents and tends to play tall.

Analysis:

A nice-sized athlete with natural strength, Oldenburg is a developmental

prospect who must improve his mechanics to have any shot in the NFL.

 

 

Full Name:  Mike Otto                  School:   Purdue                                       

Ht:   6-5.5        Wt:   309            40:   5.29                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter who played 50 games with the first team in college, a

benchmark rarely met.  All-Conference selection the past two years.

Pos:

Tough, durable lineman with a great understanding of his position.  Solid

position blocker who plays with good lean, keeps his feet moving and

quickly gets his hands into defenders.  Makes effective use of angles, is

solid in pass protection and shows some nastiness in his game.  Stout,

anchors at the point and works hard until the whistle blows.

Neg:

Bends at the waist, which hampers his ability to finish blocks.  Not a

dominant drive-blocker.  Lacks top footwork and overall blocking range.

Analysis:

A terrific lineman on the college level, Otto does not possess great upside,

yet his approach and consistency will get him consideration as a backup.

 

 

Full Name:  Dan Parrish                School:   Florida A&M                               

Ht:   6-6           Wt:   342            40:   5.28                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior.

Pos:

Nice sized small-area blocker who plays with a nasty attitude.  Stays

square, controls defenders at the point of attack and seals opponents from

the action.  Explosive and jolts defenders with good hand punch.

Neg:

Limited athletically, struggles blocking in motion and lacks balance.  Shows

 minimal lateral blocking range and footwork in pass protection.

Analysis:

Offering good size, Parrish possesses limited upside and looks like practice

 squad material.

 

 

Full Name:  Jeff Perrett               School:   Tulsa                                         

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   320            40:   5.31                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons. 

Selected in the third round of the ’06 CFL draft by Montreal.

Pos:

Strong, durable blocker with limited upside.  Blocks with good lean, stays

square and controls opponents at the point of attack.  Anchors in pass

protection, turns defenders off the line as a run blocker and rarely gives up

an inch.  Keeps his head on a swivel and helps out teammates.

Neg:

Stiff, struggles to adjust and falls off blocks.  Limited blocking range.

Analysis:

A big thick lineman who plays with a nasty attitude, Perrett is a limited

athlete who gets exploited by speedy pass rushers.  Best pro position could

 be inside at guard where his area responsibilities are restricted.

 

 

Full Name:  Brent Pousson           School:   McNeese State                         

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   295            40:   5.32                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter at left guard and left tackle.  All-Conference selection as a senior.

Pos:

Fundamentally sound blocker who stands out in pass protection. 

Intelligent, picks up assignments and works well with teammates.  Quickly

gets his hands into defenders, stays square and blocks with leverage. 

Makes good use of angles, displays solid lateral range and above-average

skills in motion.  Jolts defenders at the point of attack and stays with assignments.

Neg:

Not dominant and has difficulty finishing blocks. Possesses just average size.

Analysis:

Possessing an understanding for the position, Pousson has the skills to

back up in either a conventional or zone blocking scheme.

 

 

Full Name:  Rueben Riley Jr.        School:   Michigan                                    

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   305            40:   5.36                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter used at both guard and right tackle.

Pos:

Nice-sized blocker who is best in a small area.  Patient, makes good use of

angles and effectively works his hands throughout the play.  Bends his

knees, blocks with leverage and stays with assignments.  Jolts opponents

at the point and is always looking for someone to hit.

Neg:

Bends at the waist, lacks adjustment and blocking balance.  Constantly on

the ground.  Does not get much movement from run blocks.

Analysis:

Displaying flashes in the past, Riley did not put together the big senior

campaign scouts hoped for.  Will fall out of the draft and needs to pick up

the tempo of his game in camp this summer.

 

 

Full Name:  Arron Sears               School:   Tennessee                                

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   330            40:   5.31                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who has played every position on the offensive line

except center.  All-Conference pick after his junior and senior seasons.

Pos:

Well-rounded and versatile blocker with starting potential at the next level.

 Fundamentally sound, displays better-than-average footwork and makes

good use of blocking angles.  Stays with the action, jolts opponents at the

point and seals them from plays with good body positioning.  Quick to the

second level, redirects to linebackers and keeps his feet moving on

contact.  Strong at the point and controls opponents.

Neg:

Lacks top lateral blocking range.  Over-extends or lunges into blocks in

pass protection.

Analysis:

A durable and productive collegiate lineman, Sears is a wide-bodied blocker

 with starting possibilities.  Likely to be used inside at guard initially, yet

could fill in at the left tackle position in a pinch.

 

 

Full Name:  Elliot Seifert              School:   Temple                                      

Ht:   6-7           Wt:   300            40:   5.35                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter at right tackle.

Pos:

Big, intelligent blocker with marginal athleticism.  Quick off the snap, plays

with good lean and stays square.  Strong and pushes rushers from their

angle of attack.  Patient in pass protection and makes good use of angles.

Neg:

Lacks adjustment, not a natural knee bender nor effective in space. 

Over-extends into blocks.  Does not block with good balance nor is he a finisher.

Analysis:

A size prospect, Seifert has slight potential as a backup strong-side tackle.

 

 

Full Name:  Ken Shackleford        School:   Georgia                                      

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   322            40:   5.37                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Former reserve offensive lineman who became a starter at the split-tackle

position as a senior.

Pos:

King-sized blocker who works best in confined quarters.  Stays square, is

strong at the point and controls opponents once engaged in a block.  Plays

with a nasty attitude, always looks for someone to hit and helps out

teammates.  Keeps his feet moving throughout the action and blocks down on opponents.

Neg:

Haphazard in his movements and does not play with much balance.  Not

light on his feet, lacks skills sliding out to protect the edge and is slow to

adjust.  Needs to shed a few pounds.

Analysis:

A better-than-advertised athlete with the size and strength to play at the

next level, Shackleford is a developmental prospect who could surprise if he

 hits on all cylinders.

 

 

Full Name:  Joe Staley                 School:   Central Michigan                        Pos:     T

Ht:   6-6           Wt:   306            40:   4.83                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Former tight end who moved to the tackle spot as a sophomore and has

been used on both the left and right sides.  All-Conference selection as a senior.

Pos:

Gifted athlete developing as a pass-protecting blind-side lineman.  Bends

his knees playing with leverage, is patient and keeps his feet moving

throughout the action.  Stays square, keeps defenders in front of him and

makes tremendous use of body positioning and blocking angles.  Stout and

easily anchors at the point.  Works hard and uses all his tools to a maximum.

Neg:

Lacks adjustment and at times seems a bit stiff.  Average run blocker and

does not get much movement.  Ineffective blocking in motion.

Analysis:

An outstanding athlete with good size as well as growth potential, Staley

has watched his game grow by leaps and bounds the past three years. 

Known as a hard worker with a passion for the game, he is a prospect with

starting potential at the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  Kyle Tatum                School:   Alabama                                    

Ht:   6-8           Wt:   302            40:   5.16                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former defensive tackle who was a full-time starter during his sophomore

and junior campaigns.  Used as a reserve last season.

Pos:

One-time prospect coming off a terrible senior campaign.  Quick pass

protector who makes good use of body positioning and blocking angles,

then anchors at the point.  Plays with a wide base, is patient and extends his hands to keep defenders away.

Neg:

Not effective far off the line of scrimmage.  Lacks the dominant base and

does not get much movement as a run-blocker.

Analysis:

Showing flashes early in college, Tatum now grades as a camp body who

must get back to prior playing form to have any shot of making a practice squad.

 

 


 

Full Name:  Joe Thomas               School:   Wisconsin                                  

Ht:   6-6.5        Wt:   311            40:   5.03                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who began his college career at defensive end. 

All-Conference selection every season since his sophomore campaign.

Pos:

Tremendous pass-blocking left tackle who does a terrific job protecting the

blind side.  Patient, makes exceptional use of angles and body positioning. 

Bends his knees, gets leverage on opponents and displays quickness in all

aspects of his game.  Intelligent, works well with teammates and

immediately picks up blitzes.  Keeps his feet moving throughout the action

and effectively works his hands.  Gives effort as a run blocker.

Neg:

Average skills blocking in motion.  Not a finisher and must improve his

run-blocking strength.

Analysis:

After a slow start to his senior campaign when he was rebounding from knee

 surgery performed, Thomas looked in fine form at the end of the year.  One

of the best pass protectors to come around in a long time and has the

growth potential to improve as a run blocker.  An early selection in the draft

 and an immediate starter at the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  Marcus Thomas        School:   Western Carolina                      

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   283            40:   5.12                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter at left tackle who began his career as a defensive end.

Pos:

Athletic prospect with solid size and growth potential.  Blocks with a wide

base, keeps his feet moving throughout the action and effectively slides out

 to protect the edge.  Stays square, seals defenders from the action and

control opponents.  Quickly gets his hands into defenders and displays good punch.

Neg:

Must improve his blocking balance and overall awareness, and must learn

to finish plays.  Ineffective using blocking angles.

Analysis:

A developmental prospect, Thomas has shown enough ability and upside

potential to warrant a spot on a practice squad.

 

 

Full Name:  Brett Tobin                School:   Western Illinois                         

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   285            40:   5.30                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former University of Virginia transfer who started his junior and senior seasons.

Pos:

Intelligent, hard-working blocker who stays with assignments.  Works his

hands throughout the action, stays square and shows ability as a position

blocker.  Intelligent, keeps his head on a swivel and works well with teammates.

Neg:

Shows minimal skill blocking on the move, lacks adjustment and lateral

range.  Gets tall as the play proceeds.  Does not finish blocks.

Analysis:

A marginal athlete with an injury history, Tobin has a slight chance to make

 a practice squad at the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  Zac Tubbs                 School:   Arkansas                                   

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   335            40:   5.51                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior.  Missed the

‘05 season with an ankle injury.

Pos:

Strong run-blocking lineman who works best in a small area.  Quick off the

snap, immediately sets in pass protection and gets his hands into

defenders.  Anchors in pass protection, gets movement from run blocks and

 controls opponents at the point.  Plays with a nasty attitude and gets after assignments.

Neg:

Lacks adjustment and agility, and is not a natural knee bender.  Only

sustains for short periods and cannot finish blocks.

Analysis:

A marginal athlete who has been productive on the college level, Tubbs

offers tremendous size, which will get him looks in camp.

  


 

Full Name:  Tony Ugoh                School:   Arkansas                                   

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   301            40:   5.08                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior.  Champion

shot-putter who has won the SEC indoor title.

Pos:

Athletic pass blocker who made major improvements as a senior.  Blocks

with leverage and displays outstanding range sliding laterally.  Makes good

use of angles, keeps his feet moving throughout the action and anchors at

the point.  Fluid moving about the field, nicely adjusts to defenders and

displays skill blocking in motion.  Very effective with his hands and jolts

defenders with good punch.  Flashes a nasty attitude and gets after blocks.

Neg:

Lacks dominant strength, gets minimal movement from run blocks and is

not a finisher.  Considered a track guy who was coaxed to play football.

Analysis:

A tremendous pass-blocker whose game is on an upswing, Ugoh displays

the ability to handle the blindside tackling duties.  Needs to improve the

strength of his base and must overcome the perception that he's not

committed to football.  Offers starting potential if the pieces fall into place.

 

 

Full Name:  Dane Uperesa           School:   Hawaii                                        

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   308            40:   5.32                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter at right tackle awarded All-Conference honors as a senior.

Pos:

Effective position blocker who plays with solid fundamentals.  Quick off the

snap, plays with good pad level and effectively uses his hands. 

Understands blocking angles, body positioning and seals defenders from

the action.  Flashes a nasty streak and explosion at the point.

Neg:

Struggles sliding laterally, lacks adjustment and over-extends.  Marginally

strong at the point and gets pushed back off the ball.

Analysis:

A well-built blocker who flashes ability, Uperesa does not consistently play

to his size or ability.  Offers some upside but must consistently play at a

high level for any chance of making it in the NFL.

 

 

Full Name:  Elliott Vallejo             School:   Cal-Davis                                   

Ht:   6-7           Wt:   327            40:   5.46                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former UCLA transfer who started the past three seasons.  All-Conference

selection as a senior.

Pos:

Large strong-side tackle prospect with a good amount of upside.  Quick off

the snap, displays good hand punch and knocks opponents from their angle

of attack.  Plays with good lean, sets with a wide base and easily holds his

ground.  Large enough to engulf opponents.

Neg:

Lacks balance, adjustment and footwork off the edge.  Must make better

use of blocking angles.  Has marginal skills in motion.

Analysis:

Possessing size and growth potential, Vallejo is a developmental prospect

who could back up at right tackle as he physically matures and fills out his frame.

 

 

Full Name:  Nate Vanderpol         School:   Idaho                                         

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   303            40:   5.64                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter at left tackle.  Had a history of knee injuries and

concussions at Idaho.

Pos:

Nice-sized position blocker who is effective in a small area.  Plays with

good pad level, quickly gets into blocks and rides opponents from the

action.  Stays square, is effective with his hands and flashes a nasty attitude.

Neg:

Bends at the waist or over-extends into blocks.  Lacks lateral range and is

not light on his feet.  Does not display a dominant base and gets pushed

back into the pocket.

Analysis:

Possessing good size as well as growth potential, Vanderpol offers

possibilities as a utility blocker if he dedicates himself to the weight room

and improves his playing strength.

 

 

Full Name:  Theodric Watson      School:   South Florida                            

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   295            40:   5.51                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who started the past two years at South Florida.

Pos:

Strong, small-area blocker who plays with a nasty attitude.  Stays square,

jolts defenders with good hand punch, then turns them off the ball.  Displays

 a good degree of quickness and blocks with good lean.  Seals defenders

from the action and fights until the whistle blows.

Neg:

Must improve his blocking balance.  Lacks footwork sliding out off the edge

and struggles with speedy pass rushers.

Analysis:

A nice-sized blocker with growth potential, Watson is a developmental

prospect with a good degree of upside.  Best as a strong-side tackle,

though he will also be given consideration at offensive guard.

 

 

Full Name:  Justin Williamson       School:   Missouri State                           

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   280            40:   5.27                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter at the right tackle position.

Pos:

Tall, slender blocker who displays a lot of ability in pass protection.  Bends

his knees, plays with good pad level and slides his feet laterally protecting

the edge.  Makes effective use of body positioning and blocking angles. 

Gets out to the second level and redirects to linebackers.  Displays good

awareness and plays heads-up football.

Neg:

Has a thin frame, is not overpowering and struggles to finish run blocks. 

Tends to steer opponents and is not explosive at the point.

Analysis:

Using all his assets to their maximum, Williamson does enough things

fundamentally well to be given a look in camp.  Must physically fill out and

stay healthy to have any chance of making it.

 

 

Full Name:  Julius Wilson              School:   UAB                                            

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   327            40:   5.51                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Former junior college transfer who has started the past three seasons. 

Awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and senior campaigns.

Pos:

Large, strong-side blocker who shows a lot of power in his game.  Blocks

with leverage, drives opponents off the line then seals them from the action

with good body positioning.  Quickly gets his hands into defenders and

controls them at the point.  Plays heads-up football and works well with teammates.

Neg:

Over-extends into blocks and does not play with great balance.  Lacks

agility and struggles sliding out to protect the edge.

Analysis:

A nasty lineman with the power and strength to play at the next level,

Wilson will get a lot of consideration at either right tackle or guard.

 

 

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