Showcases good quickness off the line in the pass game and has the ability to cleanly redirect, drop his pad level and pick up blitzing backers and stunts inside with ease. However, he isn't real long-armed and can be rocked at the point of attack and struggles to consistently stay engaged on blocks. Works his feet well in order to stay on/mirror opposing linemen through the play, but simply lacks the girth and lower body strength to anchor consistently.
Impression: Exhibits some natural body control and athleticism in both the run and pass game. But struggles to play with any kind of power and looks like a zone-blocking scheme guy only who needs to improve his overall strength to have a chance of sticking to a roster."
He nine games at center and guard, and also made three special teams tackles on the year. Kelce then stepped into the starting spot for the next 26 games at left guard, helping build one of the more prolific offenses in the country, before moving to center as a senior and earning his second straight selection as a second-team all-conference pick.
There's little not to like about Kelce's toughness, footwork and leadership. There are scouts who won't like his relatively svelte build, limiting his value to the teams using zone-blocking schemes. But it only takes one team to appreciate his Tom Nalen-like skills for him to end up a late-round pick.
Strengths: Plays with real attitude, attacking defenders, delivering a strong punch and blocking through the whistle. Resets hands multiple times in pass protection and run blocking. Mirrors defenders with lateral quickness and good knee bend. Better anchor than expected given his size. Sustains and puts his man to the ground. Fair quickness to the second level, runs to defenders and extends arms to knock them backward. Gets the angle when blocking on bootlegs and stretch plays, even when engaged. Comes off double-team to reach linebackers coming into the hole. Willing downfield blocker, hits multiple targets without missing. Cleans up piles. Reliable shotgun snapper.
Weaknesses: His relatively slight frame means he must widen his base to be effective against strong defensive tackles. Drive-blocking is not his strong suit. Must be more aware of guards needing help instead of standing around. Does not have elite straight-line speed for the position. Needs to work on picking up twists inside."
Positive: Strong run blocker moving up draft boards. Blocks with good lean, fights hard throughout the action, and anchors in pass protection. Stays square, gets his hands into defenders, and strong at the point of attack. Blocks with a nasty attitude and moves defenders off the line of scrimmage, opening up the running lanes. Flashes the ability to get out to the second level and hit a moving target.
Negative: Overextends and lunges into blocks, which adversely affects his balance. Lacks great footwork in space.
Analysis: Kelce has been durable and productive on the college level and added the dimension of effectively playing another position last season. He lacks true NFL size yet is a solid developmental prospect who can make a depth chart at several offensive line positions."
Negatives: Undersized... Doesn't appear to have the frame for much additional weight... Not strong at POA... Can be knocked off his base... Marginal anchor at best, can be pushed back into the quarterback's lap... Will play too high trying to establish leverage... Gets little movement in the running game... Lacks any real power."
Once again starting at guard, Kelce was a huge part of Cincinnati's dynamic offense. The team ranked sixth in the nation with 464.3 yards per game. Certainly the skill players deserve a lot of the credit, but the line, led by Second Team All-Big East honoree Kelce, did a superb job giving quarterbacks Tony Pike and Zach Collaros a ton of time to make plays. Kelce moved to center for his senior season, but the line struggled mightily early in the year. After allowing just 15 sacks in 2009, that number skyrocketed in 2010.
Kelce did lead the line to a much better end of the 2010 season and even paved the way for UC's first 1,000 yard rusher since 2004. Kelce will not be the most sought after interior lineman in this draft, but he is a solid all-around player who has experience at the guard and center spots."
Jason Kelce brings exceptional Launch Speed and Lateral Agility to the table, as well as Flanking Speed on Pulls + Traps, but he's a bad Croucher who lacks Power in the Run Game and Strength in the Pass Game.
He looks like a Late Round Fringe Dude who might stick on a Zone Blocking team, with some work.
Late Round Project.
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