Is also very coordinated when asked to scoop block inside, gets his feet around his target and can seal defenders away from the play. Is natural on the move, possess above-average range and can consistently reach/seal or simply cut down a moving target at the second level. Exhibits impressive body control into contact.
Now, is comfortable in pass protection when asked to slide his feet laterally. Covers good ground when asked to quickly redirect and pick up blitzing backers and stunting linemen inside, but needs to continue to improve his overall anchor. Consistently can be overwhelmed on contact. Doesn’t do a good job of extending his arms and creating a pop at the point, and too often allows defensive linemen to get into his frame.
Will get doubled over at the waist out of his stance, as well, causing him to struggle to generate much power on contact. However, works well in tandem with his center inside and the athletic ability is there for him to mirror one-on-one. He just needs to continue to improve his ability to sit into his stance and use his length to keep defenders from easily getting into his frame.
Nevertheless, he did make the move inside to guard last year from tackle for the first time and looked to still be adjusting to the position. But he should take a bit step forward in 2010.
Impression: An impressive run blocker who is still learning the finer points of pass blocking as a guard. However, the skill set is there for him to mature into one of the draft’s better guard prospects with continued development, which I expect he will.
Schilling is better in pass protection rather than being a prototypical big, bruising guard who excels at run blocking. This may actually work in his favor as there are many teams who pass more than they run the ball in the NFL these days. Schilling possesses above-average footwork and an ability to engage his man with his hands.
There is still plenty of room on his frame to bulk up for the NFL. He has ideal height and with an added year of development (which would allow him to strengthen his upper body), Schilling can be a versatile lineman who can play multiple positions on the line depending upon the team.
He needs to continue to bulk up, add weight and develop his run-blocking techniques. Schilling often plays with poor leverage when run-blocking since he often plays a bit too upright.
Stephen Schilling projects as a late third to fourth round prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft."
He is already ready to rock and roll on a Zone Blocking team, and with very little time could become an exceptional Smash Mouth Guard, as well. However, as a Zone Blocker, he should forge an outstanding career, and in any case would be a flat out STEAL, if he goes in the 3rd Round, which is his current projection.
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