A better than expected athlete who steadily improved in pass protection. Stout at the point of attack and maintains a wide base.
Anchors well and plays with the low center of gravity and natural bend to seal the inside lanes. Has violent hands with hustle to close off bubble screens and lead to flatten linebackers. Nasty demeanor and highly coachable.
Plays with appropriate wide base and intelligence, instincts and agility to seal the edge. Aggressive extending with power to punch and looks comfortable in space.
Adequate foot quickness to remain outside. Can get to the second level with surprising agility when adjusting to moving defenders. Underrated athleticism, agility, balance, and even straight-line speed to contribute.
Finishes and doesn't quit; competitor with a positive attitude and leadership traits that coaches admire.
Attacks when necessary, though he won't consistently dominate and can lose balance overextending.
Finesse blocker with average arm length who doesn't use his hands well to win at the point of attack.
Needs to work on his technique in pass protection, using more consistent leverage and continuing to move his feet.
Needs to prove his worth in a straight-ahead running game.
Not physically imposing and has average overall strength. Upper body gets over his feet too often and he easily loses his balance.
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