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2007 Rookie Profiles: Offensive Guards

Posted: 5/07
 

Courtesy of the TFY Draft Preview

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Full Name: Andy Alleman          School:  Akron                                

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  305          40:   5.05             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Former Pittsburgh transfer who began his college career at defensive end. Two-year starter at offensive guard.

 

Pos: Strong, dominant interior blocker with a good amount of upside.  Quick off the snap, immediately gets into blocks and holds the point of attack.  Stays square, blocks with a wide base and bends his knees.  Jolts opponents with good hand punch, seals defenders from the action and is fundamentally sound.  Plays with a nasty attitude, going hard until the whistle blows.  Works well with teammates.

 

Neg: Lacks lateral blocking range.  Must improve his balance and learn to consistently finish blocks.

 

Analysis: Continually improving his game, Alleman has made terrific strides the past two years.  Has the ability to add bulk and strength to his frame, and could develop into a starter at the next level.

 


Full Name: Allen Barbe             School:  Missouri Southern                

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  300          40:   4.89             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup midway through his freshman season.  Awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and senior campaigns and was an All-American last year.

 

Pos: Athletic pass-protecting blocker with a good amount of upside.  Patient,

effectively uses angles and slides his feet laterally.  Strong at the point, seals

defenders from the action and plays with leverage.  Flashes power as a run blocker and plays with a nasty attitude.  Lacks top lateral range, yet does enough to block the edge.

 

Neg: Late with his hands.  Not fluid and struggles to adjust.

 

Analysis: A productive small-school blocker with the tools to play at the next level, Barbre is a developmental prospect who could start at either a guard or tackle in two seasons.

 


Full Name: George Batiste        School:  Southern Mississippi             

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  310          40:   5.40             Year:    5Sr

 

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

 

Pos: Powerful, small-area blocker who has displayed outstanding durability.  Stays square, plays with good lean and quickly gets into blocks.  Explosive at the point, turns defenders off the ball and opens holes for the running game.  Anchors in pass protection and controls defenders once engaged in a block.

 

Neg: Does not show much flexibility, lumbers about the field and ineffective on the second level.  Lacks playing balance and falls off blocks.

 

Analysis: A productive collegiate blocker who has flown under the radar screen, Batiste is a limited athlete who does not possess great upside.  His combination of size, strength and durability will get him consideration as an inexpensive utility blocker.

 


Full Name: Josh Beekman         School:  Boston College                    

Ht:  6-1.5      Wt:  315          40:   5.44             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: All-Conference choice the past two seasons and named as an All-American after his senior campaign.  Started extensively at both guard and center last year.

 

Pos: Explosive, thick-bodied blocker who plays with a nasty attitude.  Quick off the snap, gets his hands into defenders and fights hard throughout the action.  Built low to the ground and plays with natural leverage.  Solid position blocker who controls opponents and walls them from the action.  Picks up blitzes, helps out teammates and works hard until the whistle blows.

 

Neg: Not dominant in the middle of the field, and must learn to finish blocks.  Does not play with great balance.

 

Analysis: A durable lineman with the versatility to be used at several interior blocking positions, Beekman offers starting potential at the next level.

 


Full Name: Nathan Bennett      School:  Clemson                             

Ht:  6-4.5      Wt:  316          40:   5.69             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Full-time starter the past three seasons after seeing extensive action with the first team as a freshman.

 

Pos: Durable and nasty blocker who opens big holes for the running game.  Attacks assignments, jolts defenders with his hands and drives them off the line.  Displays explosion at the point, always looks for someone to hit and plays hard until the whistle blows.  Smart, keeps his head on a swivel and works well with teammates.

 

Neg: Lacks adjustment, is not effective in motion and struggles in space.

 

Analysis: An intelligent lineman who annihilates the opposition in confined quarters, Bennett is one of the more underrated blockers in this draft.  Should be a very good fit in a power running offense.

 


Full Name: Stephen Berg         School:  Arizona State                      

Ht:  6-5         Wt:  330          40:   5.32             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who primarily played guard in college, occasionally filling in for duty at right tackle.  Suffered a season-ending knee injury midway through his senior campaign.

 

Pos: Nice-sized small-area blocker who plays with a nasty attitude.  Strong at the point, anchors in pass protection and controls opponents once engaged in a block. Stays square, displays good hand punch and helps out teammates.  Keeps his feet moving throughout the action.

 

Neg: Gets tall as the play proceeds and struggles to adjust.  Lacks footwork and ability in space.

 

Analysis: A well-built blocker coming off a knee injury, Berg is practice squad material who could be an inexpensive backup at the next level.

 


Full Name: Justin Blalock          School:  Texas                                

Ht:  6-3.5      Wt:  320          40:   5.21             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign. Used at both right tackle and right guard last year.

 

Pos: Stout, wide-bodied blocker who dominates the opposition.  Possesses big,

powerful hands, turns defenders off the ball and opens holes for the running game. Quick off the snap, jolts defenders at the point and engulfs them altogether. Stays square, blocks with solid fundamentals and plays with a good degree of intelligence.

 

Neg: Lacks lateral blocking range.  Marginally effective in motion.

 

Analysis: A versatile strong-side blocker, Blalock has immediate starting potential at the next level.  Better off at guard, but offers possibilities at the right tackle position.

 


Full Name: Brian Chacos          School:  North Carolina                     

Ht:  6-4.5      Wt:  301          40:   5.45             Year:    6Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter at left tackle.

 

Pos: Hard-working, small-area blocker with potential as a backup.  Strong at the point, turns defenders off the ball and displays skill as a run-blocker.  Plays with a nasty attitude, jolts opponents and always looks for someone to hit.  Quick in his head and stays with assignments.

 

Neg: Lacks agility and adjustment, and struggles sliding laterally.  Cannot block in motion.

 

Analysis: An efficient prospect who was reasonably effective on the college level, Chacos offers possibilities on the right side at either tackle or guard.

 


Full Name: Kyle Cook              School:  Michigan State                    

Ht:  6-3         Wt:  300          40:   5.31             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter used at both guard and center.

 

Pos: Hard-working interior blocker who is best in a small area.  Patient, explosive at the point and works to play with leverage.  Keeps his feet moving throughout the action and works hard.  Immediately gets his hands into defenders and works them throughout the play.

 

Neg: Lacks footwork and overall ability in space.  Struggles getting to the spot laterally to pick up blitzes.  Not dominant and more of an arm wrestler than leverage blocker.

 

Analysis: A durable college lineman, Cook is a versatile blocker with limited upside.  Likely practice squad material at the next level.

 


 

Full Name: Stanley Daniel        School:  Washington                        

Ht:  6-3         Wt:  322          40:   5.32             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who began his career on the defensive line.

 

Pos: Good-sized interior blocker with natural strength.  Blocks with lean, stays square and stout at the point.  Flashes quickness and the ability to block on the move. Turns defenders off the ball and seals them from the action.

 

Neg: Does not block with much balance and consistently on the ground.  Lacks

adjustment and footwork.

 

Analysis: Possessing a solid build, Daniel improved his game as a senior yet must take it up several more notches to have any chance of making an NFL roster.

 


Full Name: Brian Daniels           School:  Colorado                            

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  298          40:   5.37             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign.  Has lined up at both guard positions.

 

Pos: Hard-working interior blocker with a great work ethic.  Strong at the point, moves opponents off the line and shows ability as a position blocker.  Stays square and anchors in pass protection.  Effectively works his hands throughout the action and displays good punch.

 

Neg: Lacks adjustment ability in space, and is ineffective blocking in motion.  Cannot slide laterally and struggles with his footwork.

 

Analysis: An undersized blocker with marginal athleticism, Daniels’ mental skills and competitiveness will give him an opportunity to make a practice squad.

 


Full Name: Corey Davis            School:  James Madison                    

Ht:  6-3         Wt:  323          40:   5.54             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter who’s been used at both the tackle and guard positions. 

All-Conference selection after his junior and senior campaigns, and was named All-American last year.

 

Pos: Wide-bodied, powerful blocker who works best on the inside.  Stays square, blocks with good lean and displays outstanding overall body strength.  Controls opponents at the point or turns them off the line, and opens holes for the running game.  Solid position blocker who seals defenders from the action.  Works hard until the whistle blows.  Makes effective use of angles, blocks with solid fundamentals and remains alert.

 

Neg: Lacks flexibility, balance and adjustment, which adversely affects his ability to finish blocks.  Marginal footwork in space and does not display top lateral range.

 

Analysis: Possessing the size and strength to play at the next level, Davis must improve the finer points of his position to reach his potential.  Could develop into a starter two or three years down the road.

 


Full Name: Josh Day               School:  Colorado State                    

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  299          40:   5.21             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter at both the guard and tackle positions.

 

Pos: Explosive, small-area blocker who plays with a nasty attitude.  Quickly gets off the line, attacks assignments and plays with good pad level.  Stays square, works his hands throughout the action and is strong at the point.  Anchors in pass protection or gets movement from run blocks.  Keeps his head on a swivel and remains aware.

 

Neg: Struggles in space, is not effective on the second level and has difficulty adjusting to pick up blitzes.  Tends to fall off blocks and is not a true finisher.

 

Analysis: A blue-collar lineman who uses all his assets to their maximum, Day is a marginal athlete with limited upside.

 


Full Name: TJ Downing            School:  Ohio State                          

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  292          40:   5.21             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter at both guard positions.  All-Conference selection as a senior.

 

Pos: Marginally athletic blocker who gets the most out of his abilities.  Quick off the snap, effectively works his hands and stays with assignments.  Blocks with a wide base, jolts opponents at the point of attack and keeps his head on a swivel, remaining alert.

 

Neg: Lacks balance and adjustment, and beaten by speedy opponents.  Late getting his hands into defenders.  Cannot block on the move.

 

Analysis: An overachiever with limited upside, the ability to be used at both guard positions gives Downing an outside chance to make a roster.

 


Full Name: Tim Duckworth        School:  Auburn                               

Ht:  6-3         Wt:  306          40:   5.45             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Former defensive lineman who moved to the offensive line as a sophomore. 

Awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons.

 

Pos: Strong, small-area blocker who works hard.  Explodes into blocks, has a nasty attitude and removes opponents from the action.  Works to play with leverage, stays square and anchors at the point in pass protection.  Keeps his feet moving and turns defenders off the ball.

 

Neg: Struggles blocking on the move.  Not light on his feet and lumbers about the field. Lacks adjustment and footwork in space.

 

Analysis: A tough but heavy-legged blocker limited to confined quarters, Duckworth would be best as a backup in a power running offense.

 


Full Name: Peter Dyakowski      School:  LSU                                   

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  306          40:   5.11             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Former All-Academic performer who moved into a starting role as a senior.

Pos: Hard-working, small-area lineman with limited upside.  Plays with a nasty attitude, jolts defenders with good hand punch and turns them off the ball.  Stays square, gets movement from run blocks and anchors in pass protection.

 

Neg: Lacks lateral blocking range, struggles to adjust and shows virtually no skill blocking in motion.  Lumbers about the field and is not light on his feet.

 

Analysis: Effectively taking over the starting duties at right tackle this season, Dyakowski is a marginal athlete better suited to play in confined space at guard.

 


Full Name: Tala Esera             School:  Hawaii                               

Ht:  6-3.5      Wt:  312          40:   5.22             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter at left tackle awarded All-Conference honors since his

sophomore campaign.

 

Pos: Finesse college tackle who projects to guard at the next level.  Blocks with terrific fundamentals and gets leverage on opponents.  Makes effective use of angles, stays square and jolts opponents with good hand punch.  Patient in pass protection, keeps his head on a swivel and works well with teammates.  Seals defenders from the action with good body positioning and remains mentally alert.

 

Neg: Marginally strong at the point and does not finish blocks.  Did a lot of waist bending and leaning on opponents as a senior.  Does not show top footwork or ability in space.

 

Analysis: A productive and durable college lineman, Esera is fairly athletic prospect and could develop into a utility lineman at the next level.

 


Full Name: Germayle Franklin    School:  Middle Tennessee                

Ht:  6-3         Wt:  311          40:   5.52             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter used primarily at right tackle.  All-Conference selection as a senior.

 

Pos: Big, thick blocker who controls opponents at the line of scrimmage.  Possesses excellent overall body strength, gets movement from run blocks and is explosive at the point.  Patient in pass protection, seals defenders from the action and stays with plays until the whistle blows.  Keeps his feet moving throughout the action.

 

Neg: Over-extends into blocks, lacks balance and bends at the waist.  Marginal footwork sliding out to protect the edge and gets beat by speedy opponents.

 

Analysis: A strong wide-bodied tackle in college, Franklin has potential inside at guard if he learns to play with better fundamentals and improves his balance.

 


Full Name: Brandon Frye          School:  Virginia Tech                       

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  301          40:   5.13             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Former reserve who moved into the starting lineup as a senior.  Began his college career at defensive end.

 

Pos: Athletic prospect with a good degree of upside.  Blocks with leverage, keeps his feet moving throughout the action and is strong at the point of attack.  Gets his hands into opponents, stays square and rides defenders from their angle of attack. Good jolt and pop at the point.  Always working to hit as many defenders as possible.

 

Neg: Stiff and not effective on the second level.  Loses a sense of where he is on the field and must make better use of blocking angles.  Does not finish blocks.

 

Analysis: A developing prospect who was out of position at left tackle last season, Frye offers a lot of possibilities at guard.  Needs time to develop his game, yet is worth the investment of a late-round choice.

 


Full Name: Bo Greer                School:  New Mexico                        

Ht:  6-2.5      Wt:  323          40:   5.65             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Junior college transfer who moved into the starting lineup upon arriving at New Mexico two years ago.

 

Pos: Wide-bodied blocker who works best in a small area.  Explodes off the snap, is strong at the point and easily turns defenders off the ball.  Blocks with good lean, stays square and gets his hands into defenders.  Works well with teammates and always looks for someone to hit.

 

Neg:

Not light on his feet and rumbles around the field.  Lacks blocking balance and is

on the ground too much.

 

Analysis:

Offering outstanding size and NFL playing strength, Greer must improve his

conditioning and balance to have any chance of making it at the next level.

 


Full Name: Ben Grubbs            School:  Auburn                               

Ht:  6-2.5      Wt:  311          40:   5.22             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior.  Began his college

 career playing on the defensive line and at tight end.

 

Pos:

Athletic blocker who displays a lot of skill in motion.  Quick off the snap, fluid

pulling across the line of scrimmage and immediately gets out to the second level,

 removing linebackers from the action.  Jolts opponents with good hand punch,

plays with a large degree of explosion and works hard throughout the action.  Can

adjust to pick up blitzes or when blocking on the move.

 

Neg:

Not a dominant blocker who gets much movement at the point.  Lacks top

fundamentals, which hampers his ability to finish blocks.

 

Analysis:

A natural blocker on the inside who has shown consistent improvement the past

three seasons, Grubbs is a perfect fit in a zone blocking scheme.  Will only get

better as he physically matures, which could help him eventually develop into a

starter at the next level.

 


Full Name: Gabe Hall               School:  Texas Tech                        

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  313          40:   4.94             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Two-year starter who began his college career at tight end.

 

Pos:

Nice-sized blocker who significantly improved his game last year.  Strong,

effective with his hands and controls opponents at the point.  Gets movement from

 run blocks and a solid position blocker who walls opponents from the action. 

 

Neg:

Bends at the waist, ducks his head and falls off blocks.  Not a natural knee bender.

  Lacks overall balance in his play.

 

Analysis:

A college tackle who showed potential the past two years, Hall projects inside at

the next level.  A developmental prospect who could find a home as a utility blocker.

 



Full Name: Brian Johnson         School:  LSU                                   

Ht:  6-3.5      Wt:  312          40:   5.35             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons after seeing significant action with the first

team as a sophomore.  Has been used at both guard positions as well as right tackle.

 

Pos:

Versatile position blocker who works best in a small area.  Quick off the snap,

blocks with good pad level and shows a nasty streak.  Effectively fights with his

hands, jolts defenders at the point and stays square.  Turns defenders off the line then seals them from the action.

 

Neg:

Struggles moving in space, is slow to adjust and does not block with good

balance.  Tends to do too much steering of opponents.

 

Analysis:

A big-bodied lineman with a good degree of potential, Johnson has yet to show a

willingness to take his game to the next level.  Could surprise if he kicks it into gear.

 


 

Full Name: Mike Jones             School:  Iowa                                 

Ht:  6-5         Wt:  309          40:   5.46             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio:

Three-year starter at both tackle and guard.  All-Conference selection after his

senior and sophomore campaigns.

 

Pos:

Strong, durable lineman who could be used at a variety of positions.  Explosive at

the point, stays square and drives defenders off the line, opening holes for the

running game.  Anchors in pass protection, controls defenders and is always

looking for someone to hit.  Quickly picks up stunts or twists and plays within himself.

 

Neg:

Lacks footwork, lateral range and is not effective far off the line of scrimmage. 

Struggles adjusting to pick up the blitz.

 

Analysis:

A hard-working lineman who takes well to coaching, Jones offers the versatility to

 be used as a backup for several blocking positions.

 


Full Name: Ryan Keenan          School:  Northwestern                      

Ht:  6-4.5      Wt:  290          40:   5.19             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Two-year starter at both the right guard and right tackle positions.  Began his

college career on the defensive line.

 

Pos:

Strong, small-area blocker who opens holes for the running game.  Plays with good

 lean, turns opponents off the line, then seals them from the action with good body

positioning.  Blocks with a wide base, keeps his feet moving throughout the action

and displays above-average footwork.

 

Neg:

Lacks playing balance, haphazard in his movement and falls off blocks.

 

Analysis:

An underrated lineman who competes hard, Keenan is coming off a solid senior

campaign.  Possesses size, growth potential and versatility which will be enough

to keep him around as a developmental prospect.

 


Full Name: Dylan Lineberry       School:  North Texas                        

Ht:  6-2         Wt:  306          40:   5.19             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

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

 

Pos:

Strong, small-area blocker who attacks assignments.  Explosive off the snap, jolts

 opponents at the point and gets movement from run blocks.  Stays square, plays

with leverage and uses all his assets to their maximum.  Fights hard and has a nasty streak.

 

Neg:

Marginal athlete, not effective in space or out on the second level.  Over-extends

into blocks, which hurts his balance.

 

Analysis:

A competitive and hard-working blocker, Lineberry could back up for an offense

that minimizes his area responsibilities.

 


Full Name: Palauni Ma Sun       School:  Oregon                              

Ht:  6-5         Wt:  319          40:   5.93             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio:

Junior college transfer who started the past two seasons.  All-Conference

selection as a senior.

 

Pos:

Nice-sized, nasty lineman who gets after blocks.  Explosive at the point, strong,

and jolt opponents with good hand punch.  Keeps his feet moving throughout the

action, works well with teammates and picks up assignments.  Plays with good

lean and works to finish blocks.

 

Neg:

Plays tall and is not a leverage blocker.  Lacks footwork in space and rumbles

around the field.

 

Analysis:

Offering outstanding size, Ma Sun is a solid prospect with an undeveloped game. 

Must learn to play to his size on an every-down level but measurables alone will

get him consideration in the late rounds.

 


Full Name: Derek Markray        School:  Bowling Green                     

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  365          40:   5.42             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Two-year starter who previously was awarded All-Conference honors.

 

Pos:

Large, dominant blocker who controls defenders once engaged.  Quick off the

snap, gets his hands into defenders and seals them from the action.  Jolts

opponents at the point and stays after blocks.  Moves relatively well and works hard to finish.

 

Neg:

Lacks balance and falls off blocks.  At times haphazard with his movement.  Does

not consistently finish blocks and not effective on the second level.

 

Analysis:

A prospect with tremendous size, Markray must do a better job conditioning

himself and improve the details of his position to have any chance at the next level.

 


Full Name: Isaac Morales         School:  Abilene Christian                  

Ht:  6-4.5      Wt:  305          40:   5.36             Year:    6Sr

 

Bio:

Started two years at Wyoming before being declared academically ineligible prior

to the ‘04 season.  Sat out the next two seasons before starting at Abilene Christian last year.

 

Pos:

Strong, small area blocker best in confined quarters.  Quick off the snap, stays

square and anchors at the point.  Turns defenders off the ball.  Works well with his

hands.  Flashes a nasty streak.

 

Neg:

Lacks adjustment and ineffective in space.  Beaten by speedy rushers and has

limited blocking range.

 

Analysis:

A marginal athlete whose flashed ability throughout his college career, Morales

offers nice size which will get him into camp this year.

 


Full Name: Dominic Moran        School:  Western Michigan                

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

 

Bio:

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

 

Pos:

Hard-working, small-area blocker with a strong upper body.  Stays square, blocks

with a wide base and controls opponents at the point.  Solid position blocker who

seals defenders from the action.  Keeps his head on a swivel and helps out teammates.

 

Neg:

Gets tall as the play proceeds and cannot finish blocks.  Lacks footwork,

adjustment and ability in space.

 

Analysis:

A nice-sized lineman who’s been durable on the college level, Moran could be an

inexpensive utility backup for several positions on the offensive line.

 


Full Name: Bob Morton            School:  Notre Dame                        

Ht:  6-3.5      Wt:  304          40:   5.32             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Four-year starter used at both center and guard.

 

Pos:

Underrated, small-area blocker who fights hard throughout the action.  Displays

outstanding hand technique, stays square and anchors at the point of attack. 

Blocks with good lean and turns defenders off the ball.  Flashes the ability to block on the move.

 

Neg:

Lacks adjustment, balance and footwork in space.  Not a true finisher.

 

Analysis:

A durable lineman with the versatility to be used at several blocking positions,

Morton could easily find a home as an inexpensive utility lineman in the NFL.

 


Full Name: Uche Nwaneri         School:  Purdue                               

Ht:  6-3         Wt:  325          40:   5.47             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Two-year starter who came to college as a defensive tackle.  Suspended in ‘05

after breaking the jaw of his teammate during a fight.

 

Pos:

Solid small-area blocker with good strength at the point.  Explosive, jolts

defenders and gets movement from run blocks.  Plays with a wide base and easily

anchors at the point.  Solid position blocker who seals defenders from the action. 

Plays with a nasty attitude and is always looking for someone to hit.

 

Neg:

Lacks adjustment and beaten by athletic opponents.  Over-extends into blocks

and is not effective on the move.

 

Analysis:

After missing a year due to a suspension, Nwaneri made a successful return to

the field last year.  Consistent in all areas of the game and could start at the next

level for a team that keeps his area responsibilities to a minimum.

 


Full Name: Jonathan Palmer      School:  Auburn                               

Ht:  6-4.5      Wt:  317          40:   5.21             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Former reserve guard who moved into the starting lineup at tackle last season.

 

Pos:

Nice-sized blocker who works best in a small area.  Flashes strength at the point

of attack and has the ability to control defenders.

 

Neg:

Lacks blocking balance, adjustments and is constantly on the ground.  Bends at

the waist and cannot finish blocks.  Struggles sliding out to protect the edge.

 

Analysis:

A big, versatile blocker, Palmer is an underachiever who never took advantage of

his opportunities at Auburn.  Offers size as well as growth potential, yet must

quickly turn up the intensity of his game.

 


Full Name: Stephen Parker       School:  Arkansas                            

Ht:  6-3.5      Wt:  320          40:   5.31             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Former walk-on who moved into the starting lineup three years ago.

 

Pos:

Overachieving small-area blocker who makes the most of his abilities.  Blocks

with good lean, keeps his feet moving and anchors at the point.  Immediately gets

his hands into defenders, stays square and rides opponents from their angle of

attack.  Plays with a nasty attitude.

 

Neg:

Lacks balance and agility, and struggles blocking on the move.

 

Analysis:

A limited athlete who plays with great effort and toughness, Parker is a practice

squad player who may struggle making it at the next level.

 


Full Name: Tucker Preston       School:  New Hampshire                    

Ht:  6-2         Wt:  308          40:   5.49             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Four-year starter at both offensive guard and defensive tackle.  All-Conference

award winner the past two years.

 

Pos:

Strong, small-area blocker with marginal upside.  Starts with leverage, stays

square and anchors at the point.  Plays with a nasty attitude, works to finish

assignments and gets movement at point of attack.  Intelligent, picks up stunts or

 twists and a solid position blocker who walls defenders from the action.

 

Neg:

Gets tall as the play proceeds or the more area he is asked to cover.  Lacks

footwork, adjustment and lateral range.  Not a true finisher.

 

Analysis:

Preston is a smart, hard-working lineman yet a limited athlete with marginal upside.

 


Full Name: Kurt Quarterman     School:  Louisville                            

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  339          40:   5.45             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

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

 

Pos:

Wide-bodied blocker who works best in a small area.  Quickly gets into blocks,

fights with his hands and controls defenders at the point of attack.  Seals

opponents from the action and is large enough to engulf them altogether. 

Possesses a thick build, anchors at the point and stays with assignments.

 

Neg:

Not light on his feet, lacks adjustment and struggles against nimble opponents. 

Marginal skills in space and is not effective on the second level.

 

Analysis:

A big, strong blocker with tremendous size, Quarterman offers potential in a

system which allows him to play in confined quarters.

 


Full Name: Manny Ramirez        School:  Texas Tech                        

Ht:  6-3         Wt:  326          40:   5.18             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

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

 

Pos:

Strong, small-area blocker with marginal upside.  Blocks with good lean, anchors

at the point or turns defenders off the ball.  Plays with a nasty attitude and always

looks for someone to hit.  Patient, keeps his feet active and works well with

teammates.  Extends his hands, jolts defenders at the point and keeps them away from the action.

 

Neg:

Lacks skills in motion and footwork in space.  Struggles to adjust, and is not a

true finisher.  Suffered a knee injury during his junior campaign which was

misdiagnosed.  Underwent surgery in January to correct the situation and will not be 100% for some time.

 

Analysis:

Possessing outstanding size, Ramirez offers the strength and attitude to play at

the next level.  He needs to improve his flexibility and learn to consistently get

leverage on opponents yet offers starting potential.

 


Full Name: Steve Rissler          School:  Florida                               

Ht:  6-2.5      Wt:  306          40:   5.32             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior.  Has seen action

with the first team at every offensive line position except left tackle.

 

Pos:

Hard-working, overachieving blocker who works best in a small area.  Quickly

gets into blocks, effectively uses his hands and stays square.  Gets leverage on

opponents, keeps his head on a swivel and effectively quarterbacks the offensive line.

 

Neg:

Struggles in space, does not play with a lot of balance and falls off blocks.  Not

dominant in the middle.

 

Analysis:

A marginal athlete, Rissler gets the most he can out of his game yet has limited

upside potential.  The ability to play any of the three interior blocking positions

will get him consideration as an inexpensive utility lineman.

 


Full Name: Erik Robertson        School:  California                            

Ht:  6-2.5      Wt:  310          40:   5.05             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Two-year starter who has been an All-Academic selection since his sophomore season.

 

Pos:

Strong, small-area blocker who controls opponents at the point of attack.  Plays

with good lean, stays square and jolts opponents with hand punch.  Blocks down

on defenders or rides them from their angle of attack.  Keeps his feet moving

throughout the action and displays quickness in all aspects of his game.

 

Neg:

Inflexible, struggles to adjust and has difficulty finishing blocks.  Lacks footwork in space.

 

Analysis:

An underrated blocker who lacks the great athleticism, Robertson is a tough

lineman who stands out on film.  Likely to be selected in the late rounds or

possibly could go undrafted, yet a sleeper to keep an eye on.

 


Full Name: Cornelius Rogers      School:  UAB                                   

Ht:  6-2         Wt:  317          40:   5.14             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Three-year starter at left tackle.

 

Pos:

Large, wide-bodied blocker who shows ability in motion.  Strong, stays square and

adjusts to oncoming defenders.  Displays good hand punch, knocks rushers from

their angle of attack and anchors in pass protection.  Redirects to linebackers on

the second level and blocks with solid fundamentals.

 

Neg:

Does not display top footwork or lateral blocking range.  Must improve his

balance.  Does not consistently attack assignments.

 

Analysis:

A durable and productive college lineman, Rogers size and the ability to get

consideration in a zone blocking scheme.

 


 


Full Name: Dan Santucci          School:  Notre Dame                        

Ht:  6-3.5      Wt:  301          40:   5.18             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Former defensive end who started at guard the past two seasons.

 

Pos:

Tough, explosive blocker who plays with a nasty attitude.  Quickly gets into

blocks, sets with a wide base and plays with good lean.  Strong at the point, turns

opponents off the line and stays with assignments.  Fundamentally sound and

bends his knees.  Keeps his head on a swivel, works well with teammates and

looks for someone to hit.  Seals defenders from the action with body positioning.

 

Neg:

Marginally effective in motion or on the second level.  Over-extends into blocks,

which adversely affects his balance and ability to finish.

 

Analysis:

Getting the most from his abilities, Santucci is an overachieving lineman with

marginal size and athletic ability.  Does the little things well enough to eventually

develop into a starter at the next level.

 


Full Name: Jeremy Sheffey       School:  West Virginia                       

Ht:  6-2         Wt:  300          40:   5.41             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

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

 

Pos:

Tough, small-area blocker with limited upside.  Turns defenders off the ball, seals

them from the action and displays strength in his upper body.  Jolts opponents

with good hand punch.  Keeps his head on a swivel and works well with teammates.

 

Neg:

Not light on his feet, rumbles about the field and struggles in space.  More of an

arm wrestler and tends to lean on defenders.

 

Analysis:

A nasty blocker who works to finish, Sheffey has marginal size and ability for the

next level.  Could catch on as an inexpensive backup.

 


Full Name: Cameron Stephenson      School: Rutgers                        

Ht:  6-3         Wt:  306          40:   5.47             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Junior college transfer who began his career on the defensive line.  All-Conference

 selection as a senior.

 

Pos:

Quick, explosive blocker who plays with solid fundamentals.  Fights hard

throughout the action, plays with good balance and stays on his toes.  Keeps his

head on a swivel to help out teammates and always looks for someone to hit. 

Effectively fights with his hands throughout the action and adjusts to knock defenders from the action.

 

Neg:

Lacks bulk on the inside and can be pushed around by large defenders.

 

Analysis:

A blocker whose game took off as a senior, Stephenson will develop into a solid

pro once he improves his playing strength.

 


Full Name: Kasey Studdard      School:  Texas                                

Ht:  6-2.5      Wt:  303          40:   5.23             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference honors since his

sophomore campaign.

 

Pos:

Hard-nosed blocker who works best in confined quarters.  Jolts defenders at the

point with good hand punch, turns opponents off the ball and stays with

assignments.  Blocks with good lean, keeps his head on a swivel and works well

with teammates.  Stout, displays a strong base and anchors at the point.

 

Neg:

Over-extends into blocks, lacks balance and is not a true finisher.  Struggles in

space and does not show the ability to slide laterally.

 

Analysis:

Hard-working in all aspects, Studdard is a marginal athlete with poor size.  His

approach to the game could help him find a spot as a backup.
 


 

Full Name: Herbert Taylor        School:  TCU                                  

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  296          40:   5.28             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Four-year starter at left tackle.  Awarded All-Conference honors every year.

 

Pos:

Athletic and durable college tackle who may be best on the inside.  Blocks with

good leverage, keeps his feet moving and can slide out in pass protection.  Makes

 good use of angles, is patient and shows the ability to adjust.  Stays square

getting his hands into defenders, and works hard throughout the action.

 

Neg:

Not strong at the point of attack, gets pushed aside by large defenders and rarely

gets movement from run blocks.

 

Analysis:

A competitive blocker who’s been very productive on the college level, Taylor has

 definite possibilities in a zone blocking scheme.  Needs to add bulk to his frame

and significantly improve his playing strength, yet is worth the investment of a middle round choice.

 


 


Full Name: Tavo Tupola           School:  Utah                                  

Ht:  6-3.5      Wt:  300          40:   5.53             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Three-year starter at left tackle awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons.

 

Pos:

Smart, cognizant lineman who uses all his assets to their maximum.  Blocks with

good lean and keeps his feet moving throughout the action.  Solid position blocker

 who walls defenders from the action.  Strong at the point, works well with his

hands and quick in all aspects.

 

Neg:

Stiff, lacks adjustment and lateral blocking range.  Will be 26 years old at the

start of the NFL season.

 

Analysis:

A college tackle who projects to guard, Tupola offers adequate size and enough

versatility that he could catch on as a backup.

 


Full Name: Robert Turner         School:  New Mexico                        

Ht:  6-3         Wt:  312          40:   5.48             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every season since his

sophomore campaign.

 

Pos:

Strong, consistent blocker who works best in a small area.  Quickly gets into

blocks, fights hard throughout the action and displays outstanding body strength.

 Pushes defenders from their angle of attack and anchors in pass protection. 

Alert lineman who keeps his head on a swivel.

 

Neg:

Not effective in motion and struggles redirecting to linebackers on the second

level.  Lacks adjustment and footwork in space.

 

Analysis:

An overachiever who's been very durable on the college-level, Turner is a

marginal athlete with limited upside.  Plays with a nasty attitude and a coach

could fall in love with his playing style.
 


 

Full Name: Steve Vallos           School:  Wake Forest                       

Ht:  6-3         Wt:  297          40:   5.22             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

Four-year starter who has been used at both tackle spots as well as offensive guard.

 

Pos:

Hard-working, limited-area blocker who is best on the inside.  Patient, effectively

uses angles and seals defenders from the action with body positioning.  Jolts

defenders with his hands, keeps his feet moving and uses all his assets to their

maximum.  Works hard until the whistle blows and plays with a nasty streak.

 

Neg:

Lacks balance, struggles in space and cannot adjust to defenders.

 

Analysis:

A competitive overachiever, Vallos is a marginal athlete with limited upside.  The

versatility to back-up at several positions gives him an advantage.

 


Full Name: Greg Wafford          School:  Kansas State                      

Ht:  6-1.5      Wt:  329          40:   5.46             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio:

Junior college transfer who started the past two seasons at left guard, as well as

both tackle positions.

 

Pos:

Explosive blocker who works best in a small area.  Quick off the snap, stays

square and anchors at the point or seals defenders from the action.  Jolts

defenders with good hand punch, pushing them off the ball or from their angle of

attack.  Built low to the ground and naturally blocks with leverage.  Adequate

skills blocking on the second level and redirecting to linebackers.

 

Neg:

Not a dominant run blocker.  Rumbles about the field and lacks footwork in space.

 

Analysis:

Significantly improving his game as a senior, Wafford is a wide-bodied blocker

who shows a lot of scrappiness to his game.  The versatility to back-up at several

 positions on the line gives him added value.

 


Full Name: Bob Whitaker          School:  Kansas                               

Ht:  6-4.5      Wt:  312          40:   5.71             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio:

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

 

Pos:

Nice-sized small-area blocker who plays with terrific intelligence.  Strong in his

upper body, extends his hands and seals defenders from the play with body

positioning.  Large enough to engulf opponents.  Quick in his head, stays with

assignments and recognizes blitzes.

 

Neg:

Does not play with much balance and falls off blocks.  Not a natural knee bender

and struggles in space.  Lumbers about the field.

 

Analysis:

Very productive on the college level, Whitaker is a marginal athlete with limited

upside.  His understanding of the position could help him make it as a utility lineman.

 


Full Name: Andrew Wicker        School:  Mississippi                          

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  290          40:   5.25             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Former defensive tackle who moved to the offensive side of the ball prior to his junior season.  Starter the past two seasons.

 

Pos: Strong, small-area blocker who stays with assignments.  Quickly gets into blocks, jolts opponents at the point of attack and moves them off the line.  Effectively fights with his hands and displays solid awareness.

 

Neg: Overextends into blocks and struggles the further off the line he is asked to play. Lacks balance and cannot finish blocks.

 

Analysis: A developing blocker who plays with a defender’s attitude, Wicker offers solid size and growth potential, which could help him secure a spot on a practice squad.

 


Full Name: Mansfield Wrotto     School:  Georgia Tech                      

Ht:  6-3         Wt:  316          40:   5.40             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Former defensive lineman who started every game at right tackle as a senior.

 

Pos: Stout, wide-bodied blocker who shows a lot of potential on the offensive line. Quick off the snap, fights with his hands and is strong at the point.  Turns

defenders off the ball, keeps his feet moving and stays with blocks.  Makes terrific use of blocking angles and is patient in pass protection.

 

Neg: Not light on his feet, struggles sliding out to protect the edge and displays minimal skills blocking in motion.  Stands to improve his overall body strength.

 

Analysis: Displaying consistent improvement as the year went on, Wrotto is a

developmental project with good upside.  Played tackle in college, but better off in confined quarters at guard.

 


Full Name: Marshal Yanda        School:  Iowa                                 

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  307          40:   5.11             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Two-year starter at both guard and tackle.  All-Conference selection as a senior.

 

Pos: Strong position blocker coming off a breakout campaign.  Plays with good lean, stays square and turns opponents off the ball with good hand extension. 

Quickly picks up stunts or twists, stays with assignments and keeps his feet moving throughout the action.  Works blocks hard until the whistle blows.

 

Neg: Lacks footwork, struggles to adjust and displays marginal blocking range.

 

Analysis: Displaying major improvement last season, Yanda is a college tackle likely to be used at guard in the NFL.  Needs to fine-tune his game yet offers good potential.

 


 

Full Name: Steve Zehr            School:  Iowa State                         

Ht:  6-5.5      Wt:  298          40:   5.28             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Academic honors throughout his career.

 

Pos: Nice-sized interior blocker with growth potential.  Quickly gets into blocks, plays with good lean and is strong at the point.  Keeps his feet moving and anchors in pass protection.  Works his hands and flashes strength.

 

Neg: Not a knee bender, blocks with a narrow base and lacks balance.

 

Analysis: Possessing the size and smarts to backup at the next level, Zehr must improve his strength and mechanics to be anything other than a practice squad player.

 

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