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OFFENSIVE TACKLES 2007 Draft
Adjusting to the speed of the game, complicated blocking schemes and the pressure of playing an "A" game week in and week out over a 16-game schedule makes the tackle spot one of the hardest to judge.
The mental aspect of the game and the player's learning curve is as important at this position as anywhere on the field. A missed block can lead to a turnover, or worse, a major injury to a starting quarterback or running back.
This year's crop features three possible first-round prospects. Expect to see a second run at the position mid-to-late third round.
1. Joe Thomas - 6065, 311, 4.92, Wisconsin (1)
Many expected this All-American to declare early for the draft last year.
A strong blocker at the point of attack, Thomas is an athletic and agile blocker who possesses excellent feet but he does not have really long arms for his size long arms (32½ inches). He is able to create a violent punch off the snap. His track-and-field background help him lock on and sustain his blocks. He rarely loses a battle once he locks on the defender. Has good lower body strength to hold up against bull rushers. As a run blocker he can move the pile and has good blocking range (can pull and trap and get to secondary blocks). Joe seems to be always under control in space, rarely makes a false step and takes good angles to blocks. As a good pass blocker he sets up quickly. His footwork and athleticism allow him to adjust and handle pass rushers off the edge. Joe slides and mirrors extremely well and can cut off the outside to speedy edge rushers.
Lacks a real fire and looks passive at times. Has the frame to carry an additional 12-15 lbs. Needs to finish better. suffered a right knee injury ( ALC tear) in the Badgers' 2006 bowl game. Fully recovered .. but still a concern.
Best Offensive Tackle in Draft
2. Levi Brown - 6054, 323, 5.39, Penn St.
A well-respected and decorated Big Ten lineman, Brown is seen by many as a first-round talent. When on his game, he is a force as a drive blocker and can handle outside pass rushers. He is strong at point of attack and has a hand punch that packs a wallop. Plays with a wide base and good balance and gets great leverage. Brown has good feet to get out and block downfield. A high effort run blocker who will stay after defenders until the whistle blows. In pass protection Levi gets into good position, who can wall of defenders and seals very well. Very patient.
Detractors see a bit of an underachiever and sometimes gets high in his stance and suffers lapses in concentration. He can ride defender wide of the Quarterback, but struggles some with countermoves because he lacks the feet and blocking range of a left tackle at the next level. Not at his best in space. He can overextend and get sloppy with his technique when he starts to wear down. He missed a pair of games after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee, the same knee that he sprained two years earlier, and was out of shape for several more weeks after his return. Needs to watch his weight (324 pounds) and conditioning. Inconsistent.
Levi's has solid all-around skills and would be a good fit in a power running system that employs a lot of zone blocking schemes. He might be over-rated a little by those in desperate need of a Weakside Tackle.
He is a good NFL Strongside Tackle prospect. Inconsistent.
3. Joe Staley - 6055, 306, 4.80, Central Michigan
The most athletically gifted blocker available, extremely quick and agile. Came to school as a tight end and bulked up and moved to tackle. He has the ability to get good depth off the snap to combat edge rushers. Possessing good lateral movement with long arms and quick nimble feet to keeps defender in front of him, sealing well. . He also shows the balance and footwork to stay in front of most bull rushers. Doesn’t waste a lot of motion and plays with solid leverage. Takes good angles and can get to secondary blocks. Blocks well on the move. Competitive. Plays with passion.
Staley is still learning to play as a full-sized lineman and needs to improve overall playing strength (upper-body) because he seems to struggles at times with two-gap defenders.
He has the makeup and skill level to develop into an above-average talent at left tackle, who would fit very well in a zone blocking scheme. Great potential!
Pro Day: 4.8 in the 40-yard dash, a 32-inch vertical jump, and a 9-foot-9 broad jump. Amazing number for someone weighing in at 6-foot-5 and 305-pounds. One scout said it was the "best all-around workouts I've seen by a big tackle in recent years" and added "that kid (Staley) does not last past the Top-20 picks".
4. Doug Free - 6062, 324, 5.19, Northern Illinois
An exceptional athletic and hard working pass blocker. Possesses long arms and very quick and nimble feet. Movement is fluid. Very solid run blocker who can open holes in the run game, get to second level quickly and hit a moving target. Gives good effort to sustain and finish-off every block. A tough guy who will play hurt.
Needs to get stronger in order to handle two gap defenders at next level. Gets beat inside and by counter moves. He can lose his balance when blocking on the second level.
He went from over-rated to under-rated… all in one season.
Played entire season with a stress fracture in his foot.
5. Tony Ugoh - 6052, 301, 5.06, Arkansas
Ugoh has all the physical tools to be a starting LT in the NFL as well as the ability to move inside to Guard. Tony is a rock solid 300 pounds with great height and an amazing wingspan. His long arms (36"), combined with good quick feet, allow him to get ahold of even the speediest edge rushers. Ugoh often puts the defender on the ground before the whistle blows (he had 67 knockdown blocks in 2006). As a run blocker he is an agile and athletic drive blocker that can get to second level and hit moving targets. He has very solid footwork and lateral mobility and sets up in pass protection quickly. Ugoh takes good angles to blocks, gets good position and will fight to maintain position and contact. Possesses good upper body strength and can control defender once he locks on.
Has a lot of natural talent and gives a good effort, but he might have to crank up the intensity at the next level. His footwork has improved, but he will get too shallow off the snap at times when facing quicker edge rushers. Will occasionally expose his chest to defender and is slow to adjust to countermoves, he can be beat by speed. He needs to increase his lower body strength. Thinks he’s stronger than he really is.
He is a big reason the Razorbacks had two 1000-yard rushers this fall. Ugoh is a hard-worker who coaches will love. Has frame for additional 10-15 lbs. Ugoh could be a bit of a risky pick, in the late first and early second but he has a good upside to him. Left Tackle prospects don’t grow on trees and the ability to move inside to guard is a big plus.
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6. James Marten - 6074, 309, 5.08, Boston College
James Marten is a very tall left guard for the stellar Boston College offensive line. James is a Tough, physical and aggressive player with good balance and a solid push, . He makes terrific use of his hands and locks on pretty well. Has good size with long arms and a big frame that he can bulk up further. Versatile.
James is not a great athlete and lacks bulk and strength and struggles with bull rushers. Doesn't have great feet, will play too high and lose leverage and is slow to adjust to countermoves. Needs to play with better leverage (bend at the knees), gets blown back too often. Lacks explosiveness and doesn’t always finish his blocks. Is not very mobile and is not at his best in space. Needs to add some weight to his long rangy frame.
Typical B.C. offensive lineman who won't impress you with his physical tools but gets the job done on the field. He will likely project to Strongside Tackle who might be too tall to play inside and should at the very least be a quality pro backup.
Limited upside but he is smart and a hard worker
7. Ryan Harris - 6044, 305, 5.09, Notre Dame (OT/OG)
Somewhat undersized drive blocker. Athletic with quick feet, is quick off the ball and that makes pretty good use of his hands that delivers a blow. Harris can create the type of jolt you look for. Plays with good technique, very solid leverage and a mean streak. Hard worker who stays with his blocks. A mauler who gets good movement in the run game. Possesses good lateral movement, slides well and has good balance. A good position blocker that can wall off and can keep defenders away from his body and ride edge rushers wide of the quarterback.
He's another prospect with the natural size (6-5, 292) and athleticism you desire, but he does not always seem to always put it to complete use. Lacks on field passion and overall toughness, at times. Harris needs to bulk up and increase his lower body strength. He fails to sustain his blocks long enough. He can be pushed around by bull rushers and takes too long to re-adjust if beaten off the snap.He struggled against smaller, quicker pass rushers and will loses ground to bull rushers. Doesn’t display much explosiveness in his blocks.
Good fit in a zone blocking scheme.
8. Adam Koets - 6052, 298, 5.08, Oregon State
Has the footwork, instincts and toughness to handle even the best edge rushers. Kicks out very well with good enough feet necessary to play the money position, left tackle, once he adds that strength. . Shows a good understanding of blocking angles and can stay between the defender and the ball. Has long arms. Sets up and changes direction quickly in pass protection. Plays with good balance. Adjusts and redirects quickly. Shows good mobility in the open field. Can pull and get to second level. Solid run blocker.
Koets is a mediocre sized athletic player who needs to add some weight and strength (upper body) to play at the next level. Doesn't have the fastest first step and has just okay balance. Doesn’t get a lot of movement in the run game.
Koets has all the tools necessary to become a good LT. Whether or not he ends up there is up to him and his coaches at the next level.Very durable, starting 37 straight games to finish off his career. A 3 time Pac-10 All Academic member and a 2006 2nd team All Pac-10 selection.
Talented Left Tackle prospect who should be better than he is!
9. Allen Barbre - 6040, 300, 4.84, Missouri Southern’s (OT/OG)
Barbre is an interesting case. He's been a great college offensive tackle, at the Division II level, but his lack of size will probably hurt him. From a technical standpoint, he's very good; quick feet, smart and shows excellent technique and footwork. But he's not big or strong enough to hold at the point of attack at tackle, and I am not sure if he's a good enough run blocker to move inside to guard. Honestly, I think Barbre would make a great center. He's pretty fast and very athletic, and the more times he's one on one with a man head on, the better off he'd be. He'd be able to pull, get outside and work in that second level where he's very good. Now if he can get on a team, sit a year or so and get bigger and stronger, his chances of sticking at tackle would really improve. In a poor OT class, Barbre is certainly an interesting prospect.
He also benched 225 pounds 28 times, had an 8’ 9” broad jump and a 32” vertical jump. Barbre's rise up the board this year reminds me of fellow division II standout Jahri Evans from the 2006 NFL Draft. he ended up being a star lineman for the New Orlean Sainst.
Allen Barbre, Offensive Tackle/Guard, Missouri Southern: Barbre started the past 31/2 seasons at left tackle, but looks more suited to play guard in the pros. Allen is a fine run-blocker, but needs work on his pass-protection skills. At 6-4, 300 pounds, Barbre ran a 4.85 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and bench-pressed 225 pounds 28 times.
10. Brandon Frye - 6042, 301, 4.77, Virginia Tech (OG)
Frye is a powerful offensive lineman with rare-size stays low in his pads with a strong leg base, which makes it very tough for defenders to rock him back on his heels. He is as Pro Typical as they come: barrel chest, wide shoulders, good upper-body thickness, long arms and an athletic lower frame, with muscular definition and body mass throughout. Incredibly quick for a player his size and very light on his feet, showing the agility to redirect with ease of movement. Brandon is very aggressive at the point of attack and generates very good explosion when running to the second level, shifting his weight properly to strike with force in space. Works well with the guard on combo blocks, keeping his head on a swivel while looking for secondary targets to hit. He has good field vision and awareness to stalk and neutralize the second-level defenders and is quick to cut down linebackers working in space.He is efficient in mirroring edge rushers and shows good explosion and pop on contact. Uses his long arms to flash extension in attempts to separate. Does a nice job of getting his hands up quickly to lock on, steer and gain leverage over the defender
Very raw, experience-wise, with only 11 games of starting football experience under his belt and it shows, despite good balance on the move, he struggles taking proper angles and will then lunge in attempts to rectify. When this happens, he will fall off his block and struggles to recover … Appears to be a bit top heavy, especially when punching wildly; he will overextend (needs to learn how to keep his hands closer to his frame). Needs to keep his feet better sliding out to neutralize the nine-tech pass rushers. When he gets too wide with his placement, he leaves himself exposed to crossover face action.
Hard worker on and off the field, taking well to hard coaching, Great upside
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11. Chris Denman - 6065, 315, 5.54, Fresno State
Three year starter at Right Tackle who might have been an adequate LOT at most schools. High effort, instinctive and technically sound pass blocker. Solid technician who slides his feet with good knee bend, lateral mobility and walls well. Flashes solid strength at point of attack and takes good blocking angles. Plays with good balance. Can get to second level blocks but is not very quick on the move. An aggressive and hard worker.
Has been playing ROT, but he is not the mauler some teams like at that position. Pass pro is his forte, but he does OK in the running game too. Lacks the explosiveness to get movement in the run game. Might want to add 8-10 lbs. Needs to improve overall playing strength. Reaches some.
An under-the-radar guy, who may have a shot because of the system he has played in. Good upbringing. Former walk on who has made himself into a fine ROT candidate for the next level. Good upside.
12. Mario Henderson - 6065, 302, 5.11, Florida State
Is an athletic developmental prospect. Quick off the snap. Has long arms, good footwork and can slide and mirror well. Can protect the edge and ride defenders out wide of the Quarterback. Has good range and quickness in the running game and very solid wall off skills. Plays with good leverage and solid technique. Takes good angles and can keep defenders in front of him. Can control opponent once locked on. Lacks good upper body strength and can be pushed back by two-gap defenders at point of attack. Cut a bit too high and will bend at waist and lose leverage. Doesn’t get good movement in the run game. Can be slow to adjust to countermoves. Needs to play with more intensity.
13. Julius Wilson - 6042, 313, 5.29, UAB (OT/OG)
Technically sound. Knows his assignments and positions himself well. Plays with leverage and balance. Takes good angles and is rarely out of position. Solid footwork and lateral mobility. Can pull and get to the second level... but lack of real agility makes him best in confined area. Aggressive. Plays physical. Has solid explosion out of his stance, plays with leverage and can deliver a very solid hand punch. Can get movement in the run game. Struggles with speed rushers. Can be beat inside. Needs to get stronger at point of attack.
14. Jacob Bender - 6062, 316, 5.22, Nicholls St.
Solid LOT at Nichols who has lots of tools to work with. Experienced. Better than all but a handful of IA LOT candidates in many ways. Tough, aggressive, goes for the throat. Not on the ground much. Shows decent balance, recoil and punch.
Needs to get stronger. Needs first-step work. Needs to be coached up. Can be beaten by a hard inside move.
Definitely one of the better small school OT prospects in the nation. Prepped in Mayo, Maryland and has been a mainstay on the Colonels line for a long time. Played on the Magnolia Game and aqcuitted himself well.
Jacob Bender, Offensive Tackle, Nicholls State: Bender has quickly zoomed up the draft charts. The Maryland native has the long arms, great size (6-5, 300), and quick feet the pros covet. He is still a work in progress as a pass-protector, but excels as a run-blocker. Look for Bender to come off the board late in Round 4 or early in Round 5. He should be the first Colonels offensive player to be selected in the NFL draft since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked running back Jamie Lawson back in 1989.
15. Corey Hillard - 6053, 308, 5.42, Oklahoma St.
Corey Hilliard is an experienced offensive lineman out of Jesuit HS (New Orleans, LA). He was considered one of the best prep football players in Louisiana, earning first-team all-state and first team all-metro honors.
After to committing to Oklahoma State early in the recruiting process, he came in as a true freshman and saw playing time right away. He earned the starting role five games into the season, and he has become a fixture for the Cowboys ever since.
Hilliard's experience, versatility, and ideal size
16. Chase Johnson - 6082, 330, 5.49, Wyoming
An OT with the ideal body for today's NFL right tackle position; depending on the scheme. Engulfs even the biggest DEs and DTs when run-blocking, walling off defenders superbly. Has long, strong arms extending the edge for pass-rushers. Surprisingly steady and stable for a man of his stature.
Probably doesn't have enough athleticism to play left tackle in the NFL. Can't handle active pass-rushers with a mixed bag of tricks.
Came to Wyoming very raw but brimming with potential and eventually worked his way up to where he's at technically. Redshirted in 2002 and then went on to start for four years (47 consecutive games) at left tackle on Wyoming OL.
Really started to rise after outplaying starting left tackle Daniel Inman during the Intajuice North-South All-Star Game.
17. Stephon Heyer - 6063, 334, 5.67 Maryland
Heyer has extremely long arms that allows him to keep separation between him and the defensive rusher. His hands are also very strong and allowing him to lock on to his opponents and dictate their path to the QB. Excellent frame to go along with decent lateral movement and good feet.
Can be overpowering at times and other times look quite normal. Occasionally looks a little disinterested in games against lesser opponents. His size like most large offensive linemen can sometimes be used against him allowing smaller defensive ends to have a career day.
Following the 2004 season Stephon Heyer was regarded as one of the top offensive tackles in the ACC but after losing last season to injury Heyer will have to prove himself all over again. Heyer will look to return to his left tackle position this season that he has started 24 games at for the Terps. If he comes back strong from the injury he will once again be top flight but if the injury slows him down he will have a tough fight.
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18. Mike Otto - 6055, 308, 5.25, Purdue
Three year starter at Left Tackle. Smart with good awareness. Takes good angles and works hard to finishes his assignments. Sets up quickly in pass protection. Uses his hands and long arms well to force edge rushers out wide. Can ride defender past the pocket. Physical run blocker who plays with a mean streak. Very solid drive blocker. Plays with passion. Has a frame that can carry an additional 12-15 lbs. Plays with good balance. Can get to second level and hit a moving target. A little inconsistent finishing his blocks, especially against stronger defenders. Needs to improve upper body strength a little.
19. Gabe Hall - 6037, 313, 4.91, Texas Tech (OT/OG)
Hall is very athletic for the position. Mobile with terrific feet and a great pass blocker that uses his hands well. Might be able to play some left tackle. Improving and still has a ton of potential. Has decent size and a big frame that he can still add weight to.
Relatively new to the position so he is raw and needs work when it comes to technique and fundamentals. Plays too tall at times. Sub par run blocker and may not have a killer instinct. Soft and needs to continue bulking up. Has some minor character questions.
Began his college career as a tight end. Was cited for driving while intoxicated and failure to report an accident in 2006. An intriguing developmental prospect with excellent measurables. Could be a workout warrior and boom or bust type.
20. Herbert Taylor - 6037, 290, 5.19, TCU (OG/OC)
Taylor is a tough, competitive and intelligent vocal leader on the offensive line with an outgoing personality. A good pass blocker, who is quick off the snap and plays with good technique. He also possesses terrific athleticism and agility and good feet. Can maintain separation and ride defender past the pocket. Adjusts well to countermoves. Rarely beaten by speedy edge rushers. A very solid run blocker. Takes good angles and plays with leverage and good balance. Can get into secondary blocks and hit a moving target. Rarely misses an assignment. Tough and tries to get the most strength out of his frame.
Lacks ideal size and strength and struggles to anchor against bull rushers. Although he has quick feet they can get messy sometimes.
Four year starter. Smart and . Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award nominee. 2006 1st Team All-MWC OT. Has potential as a Left Tackle, but might have to move inside.
Might fit best in a zone-blocking scheme
Marcus Lindsay 606.7, 390, 5.45, Louisiana Tech (OG/OT)
May be the biggest man in the draft. Massive, massive man who can play either ROT or guard at the next level. Has better movement skills than you might think for a guy his size and strength. Gets great drive on running plays and mobile enough to get to the second level. Feet aren't too bad for a guy of his dimensions and moves into pass pro position pretty quickly and Punches hard in pass pro.
Has not played enough ROT to project easily there, but that looks like his natural position. Not a real killer on the field and stamina may be an issues. Falls down a bit too easily (lack of balance concerns.) Needs to lose 25-35 pounds. Bounces off too many blocks and doesn't sustain blocks as well as he should.
You can't ignore Lindsay's size at 6'7 385 lbs. His huge frame will make him appealing to NFL scouts as more of a project. He could be looked at at 3 of the 5 spots on the O-line. Good kid, and student
Size, youth, and upside
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Ed McCarthy - 6-5, 302, 5.10, Yale
McCarthy is a very versatile player. He's played every position on the offensive line and has played the money position (LT) for the Elis for the last two years. He has helped open holes for an outstanding rushing attack. McCarthy is a very smart player who understands the importance of proper technique and angles. He has good vision and solid football instincts. He shows good strength at the point of attack and can wall and seal with authority. He's a real leader on the team and takes well to coaching.
McCarthy isn't the quickest of players. He struggles a bit with the faster edge rushers who can turn the corner on him. Pass protection isn't his strongest suit, as he's more of an inline mucker and grinder.
McCarthy will definitely garner the interest of scouts. He's a smart player with a solid Ivy career. He's a real character guy that coaches won't need to worry about. He probably projects best as an interior lineman, but his versatility will let him hear his name in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Ed McCarthy was the 2003 Ivy League Rookie of the Year (the only offensive lineman to ever win that award). He started as an OG that year. In 2004, he moved to center and was second-team all-leagie. In 2005, he moved to left tackle and was named first team all-Ivy. This fall he started at LT once again after being named a pre-season All-America pick. McCarthy also was nominated as a finalist for the Draddy Trophy and received an $18,000 scholarship for post-grad studies. (The Draddy Award will be announced on December 5th in NYC.)
Prior to his senior season, McCarthy was ranked the top offensive tackle in all of Division 1-AA by The Sports Network.
Elliott Vallejo - 607.0, 327, 5.38, UC Davis
A massive man with great natural size and strength. Sets up pretty well in pass pro and uses his long arms effectively. Steps are a bit herky jerky, but his technique isn't bad for a IAA tackle. Has the frame to get even bigger and stronger. Really relishes run blocking and usual hits what he is aiming at, and hits it hard. Finishes.
Not the best feet, but might have been a LOT for most schools because he moves OK for a man of his dimensions. Does not play with a true mean streak. Will never be an LOT at the next level. A bit soft around the edges. Needs refining.
A great IAA right tackle who has proven to be equally proficient in both pass pro and run blocking. He might surprise because of the dearth of quality big men in this year's O-line class. Could be claimed late, but will most likely be a UDFA.
Dane Uperesa - 6042, 309, 5.37, Hawaii
Two year starter at RT. Saw action his sophmore year with the second squad. Has good size and good technique with his slide step to shut the door on rushers. Gets his hands on rushers and is able to ride them past the QB.
Appears to sometimes be doing enough to get by. Is not a mauler, more finesse. Needs to get his strength to translate to the field.
UDFA. Pulled a hamstring at the combine and didn't work out. Possible 7th round selection.
Jeff Perrett - 6064, 320, 5.49, Tulsa
An absolute mountain of a man, Perrett is a very promising offensive tackle prospect at the next level. He has great size and is a powerful run blocker overall. With this years weak crop of offensive tackles, do not be surprised to see Perrett's name called sooner than expected come draft day.
Jermon Bushrod - 6045, 315, 4.92, Towson
A very solid IAA OT who will likely make a name for himself inside at the next level. Selected to play in the inaugural IntaJuice N-S All-Star game. Massive and mauls people in the running game. Sets up pretty well in pass pro too. Packs a powerful punch.
On the ground a bit too much. Can be beaten by speed rushers. Feet are pretty good, but not NFL OT good. May have a slight stamina issue but certainly didn't show it his senior year.
One of the better sleeper prospects in this draft, Bushrod ran a pair of 40s under 4.95 seconds after weighing in at 315 pounds. A solid athlete who was a four-year starter in college, Bushrod is being projected as a left tackle.
Dan Inman - 6070, 315, 5.15, Georgia
Inman is big and has long arms to keep defenders at bay and to push edge rushers around and behind the QB. His footwork isn’t bad for a man his size. He shows very good strength and is able to get a good push in run blocking and he uses his hands and arms well, providing a nice punch to throw smaller defenders off balance.
Inman is not at all athletic and sometimes struggles to get out of his own way. He doesn't move well and is very susceptible to the speedy edge rushers as Inman doesn't get off the snap particularly quickly. Inman also struggles to move to the second level.
Inman was projected as one of the top returning senior tackles after the 2005-2006 season. He had started every game since his freshman year. He got off on the wrong foot, however, as he was suspended for the first two games of his senior season. He started the remaining 11 games, but was often rotated out of the lineup. Inman will get a look on the second day because of his size and strength.
He has the look of a reserve RT in the NFL.
Ken Shackleford - 6049, 322 5.35, Georgia
Ken is a decent athlete that has excellent size and bulk. Strong and powerful. Is versatile with experience at more than one position. A hard worker. Was part of a pretty productive offensive line. Made major strides as a senior Still has some upside.
Does not have very good balance and his awareness is average. He was only a starter for one season in college so his technique is lacking and he'll need to be coached up. Not very quick and plays with poor leverage. Very raw and may be years away.
Could project to either tackle or guard at the next level. He could be a interesting guy to take a flyer on in the late rounds as a developmental prospect.
Andrew Carnahan - 6071, 306, 5.15, Arizona St.
Andrew is a very saavy player. Tremendous size and very good, quick footwork. Great experience at LT, and has shown great resiliency to come back from injury after injury. A field general, the so called leader of Cal's oline last year. A very good run blocker, consistently knocking down the defender and racking up many pancake blocks on the way.
Injuries. Even back as a prep player he experienced a knee injury that delayed his enrollment at Cal by a whole year. He has had knee, ankle, and 2 shoulder injuries. He had 3 surgeries in 10 months.
Andrew is a very good player with great intangibles, but injuries will likely follow him to the next level. Cameron came back and gave the Cal offense a huge boost and was an Honorable Mention All Pac-10 player in 2004 and 2006.
I would take Cameron late, but there are several safer options at OT in the draft.
Missed season with knee injury 09/26/06.
Jason Capizzi - 6081, 318, 5.30, Indiana (PA).
Very tall and packs a powerful punch when he connects. Decent in the run game. Has some tools to work with.
Almost too tall. Loses his balance at times. Has a hard time getting back with speed rushers, even at the DII level. Misses too much. Work ethic is up and down.
Jason is a Pitt transfer who will be questioned thoroughly about his brief stay with the Panthers and his reasons for transferring to IUP. Jason Capizzi was named to American Football Coaches Association and Daktronics Division II All-America first team. Capizzi was also named to the Associated Press Little All-America second team, which encompasses Divisions II and III and the NAIA, and was a national finalist for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year award.
Priority UDFA who will likely break your heart
Willie Henderson - 6070, 335, 5.32, Memphis
Andre Bennett - 6-6, 350, Grambling State;
Brent Pousson - 6-5, 297, McNeese State;
Jacob Anderson 6-6, 300, Albany;
Joe Hirst - 6064, 304, Montana State;
Clyde Reed - 6047, 313, 5.30, South Carolina State
Chad Walker - 6-5, 300, Western Illinois.
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I like Staley more than Levi Brown. It's just that Staley played for a smaller program, but I think he's the better player.