Draft Profile: BioSeth McLaughlin from Buford High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, McLaughlin opted to join Alabama.
In 2020 as a freshman McLaughlin saw action in just 2 games and played a total of 11 snaps for the Crimson Tide. He allowed no QB hurries, no QB hits, and no sacks while playing sparingly.
As a sophomore in 2021 he played in 10 games and a total of 354 snaps. He conceded 6 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and no sacks while playing at center.
In 2022 as a junior McLaughlin saw action in 10 games and totaled 563 snaps. He gave up 9 QB hurries, one QB hit, and no sacks while playing at center.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Outstanding on reach blocks, showing good initial quickness and flexibility to seal the backside. He’s a heady player who is quick to recognize and react to twists and stunts up front, and McLaughlin shows a good sense of timing on combo blocks.
- Has the football IQ to handle setting protections at the line of scrimmage, and he displays excellent instincts and awareness after the snap, effectively adjusting to twists and stunts
- Has good footwork and technique. Balanced and agile pass protection set with excellent hand placement.
- McLaughlin has a high football IQ, handling protection calls at the line of scrimmage.
- At his best mauling in the run game, playing with a nasty demeanor and consistently keeping it going through the whistle.
- Above-average football smarts and general intelligence. Plays with a nasty streak. Solid character and work ethic.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- McLaughlin often sets too tall, which will be problematic against NFL speed-to-power rushers. He’s a bit underpowered in the run game, often coming off the ball too high and failing to play with proper leverage.
- Flashes the ability to move his man with his hands, but is not yet consistent in this area.
- As a pass protector, McLaughlin gets caught reaching and lunging when matched up against quickness.
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