HawkeyeGameFilm has spent time analyzing prospects for college and NFL teams. He takes a look at Iowa’s 2012 NFL Draft prospects in the continuation of our ‘Draft Stock’ series.
Prospect Profile: Tough nosed guard prospect who improved greatly as his career progressed. Shows good in-line power for size when handling DTs in Iowa’s zone scheme. Powerful hands, keeps them inside. Moves guys up as well as over and takes good angles to second level targets. Will occasionally under/over cut on 2nd level targets. Shows solid athleticism and gets off the line quickly. Has some finesse to his game and knows how use defenders momentum against him. Effective at getting a guy going down the line and has good feel for the zone scheme.
Really played at a high level down the stretch in ‘11 & played very consistently. Can get heavy footed in pass protection at times and quicker DTs were tough for him to deal with at times. Gave ground at times when it wasn’t necessary as well, needs to be appropriately aggressive. Handled power moves very well and reset his feet wider when DTs tried to bull rush him. Issues in pass protection look fixable with coaching. Is a pretty good athlete and rarely puts himself in poor position. Level of play in 2011 was at least equivalent to Iowa OG Julian Vandervelde (2010) who went in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL draft. Should be an excellent value in the mid-later rounds.
Notes: A bit undersized at present, could use 10 or so pounds of solid bulk. Arm: 33 ⅛
Hand: 9 ½
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Pro Day: Did only positional drills and looked very good. Fluid and smooth footwork.
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Grade: 4th Round
Prospect Profile: A somewhat undersized DT prospect who has excellent strength and burst. Great motor, relentless effort type of guy. Rarely find him standing static on tape. Shows excellent first step quickness and plays with excellent leverage, partly due to height. Will look like a pinball at times inside and rarely stays blocked by a single man. Struggles to anchor against double teams at times and can get shoved around if his initial surge doesn’t get him free. Shows good range and will chase down the line on outside runs. Powerful violent hands get him free as a pass rusher often. Could use a little more variety in pass rush and mostly relies on speed with an arm over.
Pretty decent awareness on where QB is in the pocket. Size makes it difficult to be a consistently effective bull rusher, but his leverage and power allow him to move bigger blockers off the ball. Doesn’t appear to be a guy who can play in a two gap system. At his best when he can penetrate and disrupt. Does very well attacking one gap and wins with speed & leverage. Looks to be a good fit as a rotation/platoon guy who can provide a spark.Looks like a guy a 4-3 team could plug into their rotation right away, similar to ‘11 Iowa DT Karl Klug.
Notes: Played much of his Senior season with injuries(both ankles sprained at different times, and torn labrum).
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Combine: Didn’t participate due to a recovering from shoulder surgery. Definitely gained some attention with “chip on his shoulder” talk.
Pro day: Didn’t participate due to a recovering from shoulder surgery. Scheduled to workout Apr 4th.
Grade: 4th-5th Round