Drafted: ROUND: 2 - Pick Number: 36 (LAR)
Draft Profile: BioSteve Avila from South Grand Prairie High School was rated a 4-star prospect by ESPN with a scout's rating of 80 Following high school, Avila decided to stay close to home and opted to join TCU.
In 2019 as a freshman Avila saw action in just 2 games and played a total of 21 snaps for the Horned Frogs.
As a sophomore in 2020 he played in 9 games and a total of 510 snaps. He conceded a solid 6 QB hurries, one QB hit, and 2 sacks while playing the majority of his snaps at center, and the rest at right tackle.
In 2021 as a junior Avila saw action in 12 games, and totaled 746 snaps. He gave up 11 QB hurries, just one QB hit, and 2 sacks after transitioning to center
In 2022 as a senior Avila saw action in 13 games and played a total of 899 snaps for the Horned Frogs. He allowed 8 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and no sacks while playing at left guard.
Honors & awards
- 2021 First-Team AP All-Big 12
- 2021 Second-Team All-Big 12
- 2020 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Coordinated when moving to the second level as a run blocker, capable of landing blocks on the move.
- Shows very good vertical speed - very quick getting to the second level in the run game
- Has a very solid athletic physique and prototypical size for the position standing 6-3 and 332 lbs
- Very versatile prospect who has played all 2022 at left guard and 2020, and 2021 at center
- Shows a good initial burst after the snap, with the ability to sink his hips and generate movement. He’s a heady and savvy pass protector, capable of making calls and setting protections at the line of scrimmage.
- Has the strength and power to handle bull rushes - anchors well
- Avila has elite size and power, firing off the line of scrimmage and capable of creating movement in the run game.
- His hands are outstanding has a super strong grip - latches on and doesn't let go
- In the run game plays with elite power as a drive blocker
- A natural knee bender who stays low and gets nice leverage in pass protection
- Avila plays with good leverage despite his taller frame, and he’s a surprisingly good mover for his size, showing fluidity and flexibility when blocking on the second level.
- Showing some nastiness to his game, Avila will sustain blocks through the whistle, thriving when he’s in the phone booth.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Has a habit of panicking on reach blocks, lunging, and grabbing rather than trusting his athleticism to get him in position, which could lead to flags for holding.
- His lateral movement skills aren't elite as is his overall hip flexibility
- is particularly susceptible to stunts - will need help laterally
- He’ll have some trouble with quickness as a pass protector; Avila needs to make better use of his hands, and he often stops his feet once he makes initial contact as a pass protector.
- Has shown he struggles to pick up speed rushing moves - at times he looks hesitant when facing stunts and twists.
- Avia's quickness is a little limited as is his change of direction skills
Scouting Report: SummarySteve Avila is a solid pro prospect who has the skills to play either guard or center at the next level. He's a monster as an inside power run blocker and is elite as a pass protector in a phone booth where his strength shows through. However, Avila's lateral movement skills are only average which means he'll fit into certain pro schemes.
Expect Avila to be a very effective pro and assuming he is selected by a team with a scheme fit - could start immediately.
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