Draft Profile: BioJalen Rivers from Oakleaf High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Rivers opted to join Miami.
In 2020 as a freshman Rivers saw action in just 3 games and played a total of 31 snaps for the Hurricanes. He allowed no QB hurries, no QB hits, and no sacks while playing the majority of his snaps at tight tackle, and the rest at left tackle.
As a sophomore in 2021 he played in just 3 games and a total of 159 snaps. He conceded just 3 QB hurries, no QB hits, and one sack while playing at left guard.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Attacks his man, playing with a wide base and the lateral agility to mirror, sustain and shuffle to help inside. Has the size, strength and quick feet to be effective as a position run-blocker.
- Showing some nastiness to his game, Rivers will sustain blocks through the whistle, thriving when he’s in the phone booth.
- In the run game, he plays with a mean streak and does a nice job generating a push at the initial point of attack. Rivers can get outside and does a decent job landing blocks in space.
- He’s a coordinated athlete who can win at the point of attack in the run game, and he can also move to consistently land blocks at the second level.
- Rivers has long arms that allow him to survive as a pass protector on the edge, and he typically plays with good balance.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Heavy footed and lacks elite lateral ability- will struggle with speed rushers and footwork is a work in progress. Bends too much at the waist and overextends himself- often caught lunging and leaning.
- Flashes the ability to move his man with his hands, but is not yet consistent in this area.
- Can look a little shaky in pass protection against speed-to-power, as his upper and lower body aren’t always coordinated.
- Has a bad habit of panicking on reach blocks, lunging, and grabbing rather than trusting his athleticism to get him in position, which could lead to frequent flags for holding.
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