Showcases natural flexibility in his lower half and has the ability to sit into his stance, fire off the football without much wasted motion and create a real jolt on contact in the run game. Blocks with leverage despite his size initially off the football, can get under defenders and is really heavy handed through contact. Exhibits a good, balanced punch off the ball, extends his long arms well into contact and can create a jolt at the point.
But, he doesn’t play with a consistent mean streak and at times will get a bit upright through contact and be content to just seal. But when TCU needs a yard he definitely has the ability to routinely drive defenders off the football and finish. However, needs to do a better job getting off the snap count on time. Too often is the last lineman moving off the snap and will initially allow opposing defenders to get under and into his frame, forcing him to play from behind instead of consistently being the aggressor.
Showcases good range off the edge in the pass game for his size, but isn’t real coordinated on his kick-slide. Has a tendency to lose balance easily in his footwork, gets overextended easily and is forced to open up his hips in order to reach defenders flattening out around the corner. Now, he does have the length, power and coordination to unleash a nasty punch on contact and is a Velcro guy who is at his best when asked to anchor and move his feet through contact, but will struggle with athleticism and burst off the edge.
Impression: A massive, strong body with some bend and natural athleticism for his size. Lacks the range to play left tackle in the NFL, but I could see him starting at either a right tackle or guard and becoming a very good player at either spot."
Run Blocking: Owns prototypical size to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage. Uses his size to seal the edge and wall off inside rushing lanes, but does not consistently get his hands up to manhandle smaller players. Strong enough to anchor against bull rushes from bigger defensive linemen and turn them out of the hole. Needs to get out of three-point stance more quickly, but might be more explosive when lined up closer to the ball inside.
Pulling/Trapping: His relatively quick feet may allow him to create holes when trapping inside, but his ability to pull around the line is limited. Tough to shed once latched on, but a lack of flexibility prevents him from hitting targets in space or reacting quickly to inside defenders.
Initial Quickness: Only adequate in his initial quickness, often comes off the snap last among the linemen. Quicker defensive ends can beat him outside, especially if the quarterback takes a deep drop. Can land a strong punch, but is a bit slow to get his hands on the numbers to control his opponent.
Downfield: Once out of his stance, he can reach linebackers. Fails to hit targets, however, only getting a hand on them instead of dominating with his size. Allows defenders to bounce off his blocks to make plays.
Intangibles: Solid player with good character and work ethic. Added 50 pounds since arriving at TCU. Only missed two contests with an ankle injury in 2008."
Cannon is one of the most versatile linemen in the draft.
Still, despite being first team all-district, he was only a three star recruit and wasn’t even ranked in the Top 50 for offensive lineman. He went on to redshirt as a freshman, and was a limited participant in all 13 games for TCU as a redshirt freshman.
But he quickly got in the groove as a sophomore starting at right tackle for the next two seasons. His name started to be heard around the nation as he was a punishing run blocker who mauled defensive lineman and also didn’t give up a sack. He made the switch to left side for his senior season, a move which Andy Dalton was ever so thankful for.
The greatest thing Cannon ever did was stay for his senior season and play left tackle. He got to show off his athleticism even more, despite being a monster physically. It’s not often that you see 350 pound lineman showing nimble feet and having an ability to keep up with speedy edge rushers. But Cannon excelled on the left side of the line, displaying excellent athleticism, as well as still making a name for himself as a mauling tackle. Cannon has been said to be a genuine character that wouldn’t harm a fly. But on the football field it’s no holds barred, and he will run you over. He’s a smart player, recognizing defensive lineman strengths and weaknesses only to use those weaknesses against the opposing player.
Despite his athleticism, his weight is still a slight concern. He may be asked to drop a bit of weight if he truly wants to play on the left side of the line. He may have to switch to the ride side permanently or even make the transition inside to guard because of his wide frame and punishing run blocking skills. His size also limits his ability to get a good knee bend at times as he is known to come out of his stance too high. It hasn’t been exposed as much since there aren’t many great pass rushers in the Mountain West Conference. But bullying pass rushers may take advantage of that at the next level, which is why a move to the inside could be good for him.
Cannon is a special talent who should go in the first round, and is a mid-second round pick at the very least. Teams like Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Green Bay will take a look at him in the first, and his floor is around pick 40 with the Dallas Cowboys who are sure to jump on him if he falls.
NFL Comparison: Leonard Davis"
Positive: Large, athletic blocker who easily controls defenders once engaged the point of attack. Blocks with good lean, shows the ability to adjust, and stays square. Quickly gets his hands into defenders, rides opponents from their angle of attack, and keeps his feet moving. Gets movement run blocking and effectively blocks with his legs. Solid footwork sliding out off the edge. Large enough to engulf opponents. Moves well on his feet.
Negative: Must properly condition himself, as he E(TM)s too big. Played upwards of 375 pounds as a senior.
Analysis: At the top of his game, Cannon is a blocking prospect who can be a dominant force at several positions up front. He comes with starting potential once he smoothes out the rough edges of his game and commits himself to proper conditioning off the field."
Negatives: Can be a little slow getting into his pass set... Gets too upright in his slide to the outside edge... Slow to recognize delayed blitzes and stunts... Doesn't breakdown especially well on the move... Doesn't always get his hands on linebackers in space... Will throw his body into defenders when blocking on the move... Lacks good lateral blocking range... Struggles with speed rushers... Bends at the waist, leans and overextends into blocks on the edge... Doesn't always play with passion, appears to occasionally play down to his opponent... Too heavy, needs to play at 330-335 lbs."
Weaknesses: Initial quickness off the snap is a question, as is his lateral agility in pass protection. Elite athletes will be able to beat him around the edge. Struggles to pick up stunts and blitzes in pass pro. His weight will need to be monitored.
Projection: Third rounder. Cannon could become an immediate starter at guard next season, and he might be a better guard prospect than tackle prospect because of his weight and lack of lateral quickness."
After serving as a backup as a redshirt freshman in 2007, Cannon stepped into a starting role at right tackle in 2008. He was often a very dominant player and saved his best outing for the Poinsettia Bowl against Boise State. By 2009, Cannon took over just about every game; he did not allow a sack all season and went up against some very good defensive ends. Cannon made the move to left tackle in 2010 and he could play either spot at the next level.
At 6-6 and 350 pounds, Cannon is a big lineman who has enough athleticism to move his feet and stop the more nimble ends. Cannon could sneak into the first round, but he is more likely a second or third round selection at this point. Yet, for a second or third rounder, he is a very polished blocker who has the ability to immediately help any NFL team."
His size may be ripe for a move inside, but whether inside or outside, he must show that he can do a better job of sinking his hips and playing with more consistent knee bend. Late in the season, he began to show more aggression in his play, but there are times it appears the light bulb is flickering. It may take a year or two for him to feel comfortable in the pros, but coaches and scouts will salivate when he finishes testing. He does possess first-round physical talent."
Marcus Cannon plays with exceptional Crouch, excellent Power to drive the Run Game, and very good Power to Anchor against the Pass Rush. His Lateral Agility isn't bad at all, for a Beast of his massiveness, although his Range, naturally, leaves something to be desired.
He's clearly suited to play Right Tackle in the Pros, and should be a very good one.
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