|Daily Blog • March 22, 2010|
Over the next couple of weeks my daily blog will breakdown the top players at each position for this year's NFL draft. In today's blog, I have included the top offensive lineman prospects complete with strengths, weaknesses and an overall projection of what round each prospect will likely be drafted in.
Josh Buchanan who runs JBScouting.com does a great job following FCS football and he contributes significantly to my FCS preview. Josh also has scouted for the Texas vs. Nation Game and East Coast Bowl the last few years and has interned with the Carolina Panthers. He has great knowledge of all the draft prospects and has offered to breakdown the top players at each position from his film evauluation and feedback from top NFL scouts.
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Keep checking the guide regularly to get all the latest and greatest information on this year's draft as we will be adding new information daily. I will be back on Wednesday with the top DL prospects.
Top OT Prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft
1. Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
40 Time: 5.20
Strengths: Great run blocker, especially as a zone blocker. Shows a good combo of size, agility, and strength. Moves well at the second level and sustains well at the second level. Good technician that could come right in and start from day one. Strong punch. Mirrors well. Good knee bends.
Weaknesses: Missed three games due to thyroid problem during the season and will need to be evaluated. Lacks the speed to handle many of the top speed rushers at this point so he could potentially be a right tackle only. Likely just a zone blocker.
Overall: Because of the history of Iowa linemen and the fact he is just like previous ones with good technique, good strength, and ability to block at the second level he is probably the safest pick among the linemen if put at right tackle. Could start from day one and while he might not have the high upside of some others he could potentially be the safest pick and even land in the top 5-10 picks.
2. Trent Williams
40 Time: 4.81
Strengths: Showed outstanding speed at the combine running a surprising 4.81 40-yard dash. While he lacks ideal size he is a player that showed steady improvement throughout the season and solidified a top 15 grade with a great combine. Tough player with good work habits. Fires off the ball and could be a solid run blocker. Bends and anchors well.
Weaknesses: Overextends when trying to punch and looks slow against blitzing linebackers in space. Reaches sometimes. Some felt he was perhaps out of shape during the season and can be lazy at times.
Overall: Likely boom or bust player as he possesses first round talent but is lazy at times and could get lazier with a lot of money in his pockets. Must become more consistent and work on his play on the left size. Big body that has a balanced skill set that will allow him to play on either side. Likely a top 10 selection.
3. Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
40 Time: 5.18
Strengths: Very athletic kid with long arms and good size. Good first step on kick slide and mirrors well. Agile for his size. Has the flexibility to adjust to blitzers. Good quickness in his kick slide. Does not get beat on the edge. Really fires off the ball in goal-line situations.
Weaknesses: Inconsistent hitting defenders in space. Sometimes gets called for holding because he does not always hit his targets square on. Good job of hitting linebackers at the second level but fails to sustain when punching instead of locking on.
Overall: Two-time All-Big 12 selection with good feet but lacks ideal foot speed to play left tackle. Likely a right tackle early in his career. Probably a developmental starter for a year or two but has pro bowl potential and is one of the best most balanced blockers in this draft. Likely a top 10 selection.
4. Anthony Davis, Rutgers
40 Time: 5.36
Strengths: Plays with good balance and shows good strength. Can stun defenders with his punch and does a good job of sealing defenders, driving his legs, and finishing blocks. Shows quick feet and body control to excel when pulling and trapping.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t always hit his target at the second level. Can be late getting out of his stances and sometimes allows defenders to get inside his frame. Weight management is a concern. Gives up a lot of ground in the pocket and needs to improve his anchor.
Overall: Davis is a two-time All-Big East selection who entered college as a Parade All-American. He stepped right in at right guard as a freshman and quickly became one of the best in the nation. His strength and weight force him to settle in at the right side of the line. There are maturity questions on him and his private workout that has been scheduled could be key in guaranteeing that he is selected in the top 25.
5. Bruce Campbell, Maryland
40 Time: 4.75
Strengths: Very athletic player with a ripped physique. Good upper body strength, good hand control, and good bloodlines. Has an ideal frame, length, and agility.
Weaknesses: Lacks experience and is inconsistent in the run game. Also considered just a workout warrior. Does not show a nastiness on the field and is just an average finisher. Struggles to counter to spins and inside moves. Durability is a question mark.
Overall: Campbell entered the NFL Scouting Combine as a late first to early second round projection but timing as low as 4.75 on some hand held clocks and his impressive performance in position drills as well as the lifts has potentially vaulted him into the top 15-20 selections.
6. Charles Brown, Southern California
40 Time: 5.15
Strengths: Great size and frame. Long arms and big hands. Solid in zone blocking. Latches on to defenders and runs his feet. Engulfs smaller players and shows good athletic ability. Can be a good drive blocker.
Weaknesses: Needs to get stronger. Toughness is questionable. Needs to learn to drop his hips. Can be slow off the snap. Struggles with speed rushers. Inconsistent contact balance. Waist bender. Falls off blocks. Average body control.
Overall: Two-time All-Pac 10 selection that showed the potential to start while at the Senior Bowl. Has the physical tools and has been dominant enough to warrant a late first or second round grade. Likely a zone blocker in the NFL.
7. Rodger Saffold III, Indiana
40 Time: 5.21
Strengths: Adequate size, good quickness, and explosive off the snap. Good feet. Strong punch. Moves well in space. Has the lateral agility and balance to handle outside rush and mirror speed rushers.
Weaknesses: Lacks a mean streak. Does not consistently lock out. Does not finish. Limited experience pulling and trapping. Does not drive defenders off the ball.
Overall: He had a knee injury in 2008 but has since bounced back with a great senior season in which he earned All-Big Ten honors and was very impressive at the East-West Shrine Game. His stock has been on the rise ever since and could ultimately land in the top 75 selections.
8. Jared Veldheer, Hillsdale
40 Time: 5.06
Strengths: One of the most athletic players in this draft with outstanding size and great speed. Has thick thighs, good bulk, and good flexibility. Outstanding upside. Showed a nasty streak early in the season and was very impressive driving defenders to the second level and finishing. Very smart. Learns quickly.
Weaknesses: Arms are just barely long enough for tackle (33 inches). Toughness has been questioned. Raw in technique. Waist bender at times and is inconsistent finishing blocks. Misses targets sometimes and must improve his balance. Inconsistent with handling of speed rushers.
Overall: Two-time first team All-GLIAC selection and 2009 first-team All-American with great size and athletic ability. Great raw talent but needs some coaching. His performance at the combine likely vaulted him from the 4th-5th round to a solid 2nd-3rd round selection.
9. John Jerry, Mississippi
40 Time: 5.16
Strengths: Good size. Very strong punch. Has long arms. Good athlete for a man his size. Good run blocker. Flashes a mean streak and drives defenders off the ball. Has surprising agility and initial quickness.
Weaknesses: Struggles at times with smaller defenders. Bends at the waist instead of knees, especially when he gets tired. Struggles to adjust in space. Might need to lose some core weight. Questionable conditioning.
Overall: A four-year starter at guard that will likely kick out to tackle at the next level. He is the brother of Atlanta Falcons DT Peria Jerry. He is a two-time All-SEC selection that has the size and strength teams are looking for. His stock has increased since the end of the season and has gone from a likely mid round selection to a potential top 100 pick.
10. Selvish Capers, West Virginia
40 Time: 5.11
Strengths: Athletic kid with good feet and the ability to recover quickly. Smooth kick-slide, quick set, and good lateral movement. Stronger than you would expect a former tight end to be. Could potentially move inside to guard in the NFL. Good quickness when pulling and trapping. Can strike a moving target and sustain blocks.
Weaknesses: Needs to bend more at the knees. Doesn’t explode from his stance to block down on the edge. Comes out of his stance upright too much and can get walked back. Is not very physical and is too soft. Too easily swatted away and is mechanical in his play.
Overall: A three-year starter and 2009 All-Big East selection, Capers has the athletic ability and upside to become a starter. This former tight end will likely be a left tackle at the next level.
11. Ed Wang, Virginia Tech
40 Time: 5.18
Strengths: Adequate size. Good feet, balance, and initial quickness. Has the strength to handle the bull rush as long as he keeps his pads low. Agile enough to pull and get to the second level. Effective pulling and trapping. Tough. Smart. Flashes pop in his hands.
Weaknesses: Late to locate and adjust on the move and slides off blocks. Lets defenders get under his pads. Gets caught off guard and struggles to handle outside speed. Lacks nastiness and has a tendency to play high. Sometimes takes false steps and questionable angles.
Overall: Bounced back from a broken fibula in 2007 to start two seasons and earn All-ACC honors in 2009. He is a former tight end that will need work but has some potential. Likely going to be a backup for a few years while he refines his technique. His athletic ability is hard to ignore though and will likely be selected in the mid rounds.
12. Kyle Calloway, Iowa
40 Time: 5.46
Strengths: Has outstanding size. Durable, tough, and versatile. Sets up quickly in pass pro and uses a good angle on his kick-slide. Mirrors and is quick to ends his arms. Good combo blocker and can work inside-out. Attacks on run plays and has good feet for his size. Efficient sealing and walling off defenders. Plays hard. Smart. Plays with awareness.
Weaknesses: Plays too soft and passive at times. Needs to improve functional strength. Blitz recognition needs work. Was arrested and suspended for a game in 2009 for operating a moped while intoxicated.
Overall: Like Bulaga, Calloway is technically sound and has the size, athletic ability, and production that scouts look for. He is a three-year starter and two-time All-Big Ten honoree who has the versatility to be a solid backup early on his career. Likely a 4th or 5th round selection.
13. Jason Fox, Miami
40 Time: 5.20
Strengths: Quick, athletic, and has long arms. Good feet and balance. Fluid in the open field when pulling and trapping. Has adequate balance to get to the second level and quick, active hands to control defenders when he keeps his feet moving.
Weaknesses: Has medical questions after missing time with an undisclosed illness as a senior, a sprained right ankle as a junior, and dislocated elbow as a freshman. Former tight end that still needs to bulk up more. Not strong or physical. Has a thin lower body. Gives up way too much ground against power rushes.
Overall: Flashed early in his career when he was named a Freshman All-American but injuries have derailed a once promising career. If he can get healthy, he has the athletic ability and upside teams covet and could land in the top 150 selections, but if he does not pass medical exams from the combine then he likely will go undrafted.
14. Tony Washington, Abilene Christian
40 Time: 5.28
Strengths: Outstanding size and length. Good lateral agility and quick feet. Very impressive in position drills. Great arm length. Good bulk. Dominant at the second level and shows good enough feet to mirror and slide quickly.
Weaknesses: Inconsistent during the season flashing the ability to dominate but also giving up too many sacks. Needs work on his technique. Scouts question his maturity and he has had problems with the law. Plays too high and is still raw. Needs to get stronger. Doesn’t block with leverage.
Overall: Two-time All-American that came out after the combine with his off-field issues and a statement explaining that he regrets the decision and is ready to move forward. Highly athletic player with a great field presence. Great upside but has mental questions surrounding him due to maturity issues. If he can prove to be mentally ready for the NFL, he could end up being a solid starter. He could land anywhere from the 3rd to 5th round.
15. Sam Young, Notre Dame
40 Time: 5.20
Strengths: Very smart with great size and experience. Durable. Understands blocking angles. Drives off the ball well. Stays with his man after initial contact to prevent secondary rush. Good drive blocker.
Weaknesses: Lacks the footwork to pull and trap. Late out of his stance and not quick into blocks. Plays too high and loses leverage. Must improve blitz awareness. Inconsistent sustaining second-level blocks.
Overall: A four-year starter, Young is experienced and possesses the size, strength, and pedigree that NFL teams look for. While he is not considered one of the more athletic tackles in the draft, he is still the type of player that teams take a chance on in the mid-late rounds.
16. J’Marcus Webb, West Texas A&M
40 Time: 5.29
Strengths: Has outstanding size, length, and physical presence. Athletic. Moves well. Has the feet and length to handle speed rushers. Upside is outstanding.
Weaknesses: Raw player that needs to be more consistent, bend more, and does have off field issues from his past that could hurt him on draft day. Technique as a run blocker and use of hands needs work.
Overall: Named top offensive lineman at the East Coast Bowl and was solid at the Texas vs. Nation Game. Has great upside and ideal size making him a prospect that could land in the late rounds as a developmental selection.
17. Thomas Welch, Vanderbilt
40 Time: 5.44
Strengths: Great size. Good strength. Adequate arm length. Has rare straight-line speed for the position and fires out of the chute. Good quickness out of the blocks and can get around the line to pull. Has the balance to execute cut blocks.
Weaknesses: Inconsistent off the snap. Needs to get stronger. Sometimes gets beat on counter moves and needs to work on sustaining blocks. Must improve blitz recognition. Can improve blocking angles as well.
Overall: A two-year starter that still needs work on technique, but is still quick and athletic for a man his size as a former tight end. Could be an intriguing late round pick due to upside.
18. Chris Marinelli, Stanford
40 Time: 5.30
Strengths: Great size. Anchors well and is strong at the point of attack. Good knee bend and takes angled, short steps in pass pro. Mirrors well. Good balance. Has enough agility to get to the second level. Has the versatility to play guard or tackle because he is smart, has great size, and good footwork.
Weaknesses: Short arms that could perhaps end up forcing a move to guard. Needs to be more aware of blitzing linebackers off his man’s inside shoulder. Shorter defenders can get into his chest at times and knock him back.
Overall: Three and a half year starter who has earned All-Pac 10 honors three years and was an All-American in 2009. His intelligence, size, strength, and mean streak are things that coaches look for and should allow him to be taken in the mid to late rounds.
19. Andrew Tyshovnytsky, Fordham
40 Time: 4.91
Strengths: Lacks ideal size for tackle but has great footwork, is quick, and has good strength. Explosive athlete that tests very well. Moves well for his size. Athletic kid with the bulk to even move inside to guard. Could potentially be a backup at multiple positions.
Weaknesses: Has not always been a dominant player at the small school level. Level of competition is something that might worry teams. Developmental prospect that will take some time before he is ready to become a starter. Is still in the stages of evaluation as he did not come on to the NFL radar until mid-season. Raw player that will need a couple of years before he is ready to step in.
Overall: Started at least two games every year of his career. Late bloomer as he earned postseason honors just once as a two-time first-team All-Patriot League selection at right tackle. His athletic ability, footwork, and strength make him a worthy late round project to take on.
20. Will Barker, Virginia
40 Time: 5.30
Strengths: Has outstanding size. Team captain with 49 straight starts at right tackle. Has initial quickness getting off the line and good straight-line speed. Able to redirect to hit the moving target. Hustles to the second level. Effective pass blocker. Long arms and good upper body strength.
Weaknesses: Lacks body control to maintain his balance while engaged with the defenders. Ends up on the ground too much. Lacks the athleticism to recover if beaten at first. Sometimes caught leaning outside and gives up the inside lane to a quick spin move.
Overall: His durability, size, and experience make him a player worth taking a long look at in the late rounds, but could be a tweener as he lacks the athletic ability for tackle and might be too tall for guard. Despite those concerns, he is still worth taking a shot on in the late rounds as a developmental prospect.
5 Others to Watch
21. Chris Scott, Tennesse
40 Time: 5.52
Scott played overweight last season but checked in at the combine 10 lbs lighter. Is a versatile player that can play all 5 positions and can develop into a solid player at the next level.
22. Adam Ulatoski, Texas
40 Time: 5.56
Good body length but has limited versatility and struggled with speed rushers. Played on the left side in college but will probably move to the right side in the pros.
23. Derek Hardman, Eastern Kentucky
40 Time: 5.25
Doesn’t possess good length. Shows good technique in zone blocking schemes. Will need some seasoning and good coaching to develop into a reliable starter.
24. Kevin Haslam, Rutgers
40 Time: 5.3
Has nice feet and is very athletic. Will need to improve his overall strength and play with more attitude by using his hands to get a good punch on defenders.
25. Dennis Landolt, Penn St
40 Time: 5.25
Played two years at right tackle before moving to the left side. There are questions about his size, which may see him move to guard. Does a nice job with angles and is versatile.
Top OG Prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft
1. Mike Iupati, Idaho
40 Time: 5.24
Strengths: Outstanding size for a guard with the length to perhaps play tackle in the NFL. Moves very well and has great strength. Physical player with a violent punch. Athletic enough to get to the second level and plays very hard.
Weaknesses: His biggest weakness is the fact that he is a grabber instead of a puncher and thus has holding calls against him often. Needs to also be more consistent.
Overall: Highly athletic guard that could kick out to tackle and play four positions on the line. Has great upside and could be the best guard to come out in years. This two-time All-WAC selection was impressive at the Senior Bowl and should land in the top 20 picks.
2. Vlad Ducasse, Massachusetts
40 Time: 5.21
Strengths: Road grader with great strength, massive thighs, long arms (34 ¾), and big butt. Excellent against the run. Moves very well showing that he can pull and get to the second level.
Weaknesses: Needs to be more consistent as he did not always dominate. Raw in his technique. Has not played football as long as many others so he still has a lot to learn.
Overall: Two-time first-team All-CAA selection and 2009 All-American that could be a solid guard from day one because of his run blocking ability and could perhaps develop into a tackle. Despite the fact he is a project his physical tools and upside make him a solid second round type prospect that could possibly be reached on in the late first round.
3. Jonathan Asamoah, Illinois
40 Time: 4.95
Strengths: Outstanding size, moves well, good body control, and shows quick hands. Smart player with good feet that does a good job of getting to the second level. Very good run blocker that could be a starter at right guard.
Weaknesses: Sometimes allows defenders to get under his pads at times when blocking on the move. Needs to improve his awareness. Needs to be more consistent keeping his feet through trash.
Overall: Three-year starter, two-time All-Big Ten selection that has great size and solid run blocking skills. Moves well enough and has long enough arms to perhaps be a tackle but appears better suited for guard. Should come off the board in the top 100 selections.
4. Mike Johnson, Alabama
40 Time: 5.31
Strengths: Versatile and experience shown with 41 consecutive starts at four different positions. Has great size. Explosive first punch. Good quickness off the snap. Takes proper angles to the second level. Plays with a high motor and shows good strength.
Weaknesses: Struggles to recover laterally if forced to leave his area. Might lack the quickness to block laterally. While he is experienced in starts he has not played four years at one opposition and might have to contribute across the line early on before finding his best position.
Overall: A two-time All-SEC selection that has the quickness, strength, and footwork to be a solid starter in the NFL. Athletic kid that is dependable and should come off the board in the top 100 selections.
5. Mitch Petrus, Arkansas
40 Time: 5.34
Strengths: Good size and outstanding upper body strength, which were shown in his 45 bench reps at the combine. Very athletic. Good effort downfield to block and quick off the snap. Able to adjust well in changing of schemes in college.
Weaknesses: Needs to get stronger in the lower body, struggles against powerful bull rushes by tackles. Needs to add bulk. Doesn’t dominate downfield. Marginal hand placement.
Overall: Has had a roller coaster of a career as a former tight end who plays guard and fullback and even some special teams. He was an All-SEC selection in 2007 before missing the 2008 season due to an academic suspension. Has great strength and plays with great tenacity and could land in the middle rounds.
6. Ciron Black, LSU
40 Time: 5.49
Strengths: Massive man with good upper body strength, good blind-side protector, tough to beat outside due to long arms and width. Intimidating presence.
Weaknesses: Marginal agility and straight line speed. Not very athletic and barely adequate initial quickness off the snap. Marginal straight-line speed.
Overall: Three-time All-SEC selection with 53 starts at left tackle in his career. More of a road grader than athlete so despite playing tackle likely going to play guard. Should be selected in the early to middle rounds because of his size, consistency, and durability.
7. Marshall Newhouse, Texas Christian
40 Time: 4.99
Strengths: Good initial surge into his man extending his arms to get a maximum push. Seals the edge well. Has the feet and strength to effectively trap and pull. Has a guard build. Has strength to turn ends in either direction. Effective blocking down on tackle then getting to the linebacker. Durable player that flashes nastiness on the field. Has good genes.
Weaknesses: May lack the lateral quickness to play on the edge. Not
explosive in his kick-slide. Not experienced at pulling and trapping.
Overall: Has the arm and hand size to possibly try left tackle in the NFL
but his strength and ability to handle all assignments show his versatility
and could allow him to land in the middle to late rounds.
8. Zane Beadles, Utah
40 Time: 5.25
Strengths: Has a quick set and solid footwork. Smooth lateral movement. Gets low to cut block defenders he can’t reach. Good enough with his kick-slide off the snap to prevent quick pass rushers from turning the corner. Reaches defenders in space.
Weaknesses: Inconsistent with his punches. Sometimes gets knocked back by a strong punch but recovers to anchor. Just average foot quickness moving down the line. Not fluid running to cut off linebackers. Inconsistent to move feet to stay on his man.
Overall: Three-time All-Mountain West selection that has played left tackle and left guard. Durable three-year starter that is loved by coaches because of his attitude and work ethic in practice. Likely a better guard at the next level because he lacks the height and athletic build that left tackles possess.
9. Brandon Carter, Texas Tech
40 Time: 5.24
Strengths: Has outstanding size. Sets quickly in pass protection. Delivers a strong punch and plays with a good base. Excellent anchor that is able to turn his man out of the hole and use defender’s momentum to take him out of plays. Flexible for his size. Better than you would expect at getting to linebackers. Gets good contact when he cut blocks. Team captain that plays through the whistle. Takes good angles and is very competitive on the field.
Weaknesses: Slow to cut block. Lumbers a bit when trapping. Lunges too often to reach his man from his deep stance. Was suspended one game in 2009 for violating team rules. Lacks the footwork to mirror and sustain.
Overall: Size and footwork made him one of the more dominant players in the Big 12. Good run blocker that adjusts well and has good strength. Could go as high as the 4th round but his off field incident could keep him out of
10. Michael Tepper, California
40 Time: 5.25
Strengths: Has great size and moves pretty well. Has long arms to cut the defender off. Strong hands to control his opponent. Hard worker that earned praise and honor for coming back.
Weaknesses: Average quickness off the snap and comes off the ball too high. Struggles downfield, slow, and a stiff runner. Can’t change directions smoothly.
Overall: Highly touted out of high school but has had some injury issues missing 2005 due to being hit by a car and missed 2008 with a pectoralinjury. Started 28 games but only earned all-league honors once in his career. Possible late round selection but could go undrafted due to medicalissues.
5 Others to Watch
11. Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
40 Time: 5.22
A tough physical player that plays with a mean streak. Very durable with 52 career starts. Doesn’t have a lot of upside. Will need to improve his technique and quickness.
12. Shawn Lauvao, Arizona St
40 Time: 5.25
Versatile player that isn’t afraid to get to second level defenders. Does not have great arm length or overall athletic ability.
13. Dace Richardson, Iowa
40 Time: 5.78
Has had major knee injuries that will require complete medical evaluation. Shows good technique and footwork. Mentally tough.
14. Shelley Smith, Colorado St
40 Time: 5.10
Does a nice job moving his feet. Has the ability to pick up blitzers. Lacks ideal height and arm lenght.
15. Marshall Newhouse, TCU
40 Time: 5.00
Hard working massive player that is a little soft in his body that will require him to improve his conditioning.
Top Center Prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft
1. Maurkice Pouncey, Florida
40 Time: 5.25
Strengths: Solid shotgun snap with good quickness and accuracy firing the snap. Stout at the point of attack. Quick of his stance when pulling and trapping and has the straight-line speed and balance to get out in front. Able to be a punishing blocker. Good effort to sustain and finishes block. Has rare combo of size, leverage, and power as a drive blocker. Good balance and ability to hit moving targets downfield. Hustles as well. Smart player that made all the calls. Good toughness.
Weaknesses: Decent but not great speed to get to the second level. Not asked to pull a lot. Needs time to develop as an underclassmen.
Overall: Three-time postseason honoree who declared for the draft after his junior season. One of the best linemen in the draft and could ultimately land in the first round due to his consistency, upside, and power as a drive blocker.
2. Matt Tennant, Boston College
40 Time: 5.15
Strengths: Reliable shotgun and traditional snapper. Solid combo blocker that provides pop at the first level. Athletic enough in pulling and trapping to play guard. Good initial quickness with a good burst off the snap. Good hand punch. Shows some nastiness.
Weaknesses: Needs to gain additional muscle. Plays high at times and can get in trouble anchoring against shorter power tackles. Needs to improve strength to wall-off and sustain. Needs to get stronger in the upper body.
Overall: Two-time All-ACC selection and 2009 All-American. Has good athleticism and is a reliable player with good durability shown with his 41 consecutive starts. Could possibly move to guard because of his athletic ability. Possible second or third round selection.
3. J.D. Walton, Baylor
40 Time: 5.19
Strengths: Mauler inside that is a leader who gives everything he has. Smart and durable pivot man that is liked by teams. Good footwork taking the right angles when on the move. Quick set off the snap. Works hard to keep contact. Mirrors well and keeps his feet moving and arms punching to assist on double teams. Solid shotgun snapper.
Weaknesses: Short arms make it tough to sustain against tackle with above-average length. Must improve his ability to cut block on quick throws. Lacks agility to adjust to oncoming defenders. Sometimes leans into his man making him lose his balance and body control at times.
Overall: Two-time All-Big 12 selection that started every game since sitting out the 2006 season as a transfer. Shows good pop, does well in close quarters, and sustains well. Could be considered the top center by some teams. Third or fourth round selection.
4. Ted Larsen, North Carolina
40 Time: 5.19
Strengths: Adequate shotgun snapper. Quick set up and balance. Bends at the knees and plays on the balls of his feet. Good initial quickness and upper-body strength to knock defenders off the ball. Flashes nastiness as a run blocker. Good lateral quickness for the down block when pulling and trapping. Adequate footwork in getting to the second level. Takes good angles to meet the linebacker in space. Good body control to adjust to the moving target.
Weaknesses: Needs to do a better job of sustaining blocks. Needs to use technique when pulling more often. Has not played center very long so he is still learning. Struggles at times to adjust to stunts and blitzes.
Overall: Signed with NC State as a defensive tackle and even started at the position in 2007. Needs time to develop but has strength, tenacity, and above-average mobility to make him worth developing as a mid-late round selection.
5. Eric Olsen, Notre Dame
40 Time: 5.25
Strengths: Adequate athletic ability (29.5 vertical, 7’9 broad jump, 4.82 short shuttle), strong anchor, and good knee bend. Able to mirror. Sell run block fake on bootlegs. Good drive blocker that keeps feet moving on contact in run blocking. Adequate foot speed and change of direction ability when pulling and trapping. Gives good effort. Gets his hands up quickly initially with a good initial punch. Plays through the whistle. Effective cut blocker downfield. Smart enough to make line calls. Plays with a nasty streak.
Weaknesses: Will miss adjusting to oncoming defenders when pulling and trapping. Lacks the power in his punch to knock his man back. Heavy-footed moving to the linebackers.
Overall: Two-year starter whose father was a firefighter on the ground adter the collapse of the World Trade Center towers in 2001/ Started at right guard in 2007 and then started af left guard for every game of his junior year before moving to center in 2009. Solid mid to late round selection.
5 Others to Watch
6. Jeff Byers, USC
40 Time: 5.2
Missed combine with hamstring strain. Nice arm length. Gives great effort on every play. Durability a question after missing two full seasons.
7. John Estes, Hawaii
40 Time: 5.15
Durable player that has a nice solid punch. Does not possess a lot of upside with his limited size.
8. Joe Hawley, UNLV
40 Time: 5.25
Plays with a lot of energy and emotion. Solid run blocker. Struggles in the open field and getting to second-level blockers.
9. Kenny Alfred, Washington St
40 Time: 5.25
Plays very hard and shows good technique. Has some durability concerns and lacks ideal size and strength.
10. Jim Cordle, Ohio St
40 Time: 5.1
Versatile player that can play all 5 positions. Limited upside but can a reliable backup at the next level.