Isn't real fluid when asked to quickly change directions and lacks ideal lateral range. Tends to lunge into blocks off his frame instead of sliding his feet and doesn't generate much power on his punch. Possesses average range off the edge for his size, but doesn't play with proper leverage and is routinely susceptible to the bull rush.
Doesn't display much of a burst off the line as a run blocker. Fails to generate a real snap through his hips and really uncoil his punch into defenders. Has the initial body control and footwork to get his feet around and seal, but isn't athletic/physical enough to consistently win as an in-line guy or on slide-down blocks.
Impression: An undersized offensive tackle who lacks the flexibility to consistently gain leverage and win on contact in all areas of the game."
Positive: Hardworking college lineman with limited upside for the next level. Sets with a wide base, patient in pass protection and stays square. Keeps his feet moving throughout the action, keeps his head on a swivel, and immediately picks up stunts or twists thrown by the opposition. Shows quickness off the snap and makes good use of angles.
Negative: Not a natural knee bender. Lumbers about the field. Must do a better job correctly placing his hands into defenders. Lacks footwork in space.
Analysis: Thran did a good job at Oregon the past three years but is a limited athlete with minimal NFL potential and will struggle to make it off a practice squad."
2009 — Named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention (Pac-10 coaches) • Oregon’s starting left tackle in 12 games • Started at left guard against USC due to Mark Asper’s injury • Earned offensive player of the week honors twice from coaching staff following USC and Purdue wins • Named first-team All-Pac-10 by Phil Steele Publications• Selected for the Moshofsky Award (Most Outstanding Lineman) and Officer Award (Playing Through Physical Adversity) at team’s postseason banquet • Played season-high 88 snaps in OT win at Arizona and 83 snaps against USC • Tallied 44 pancake blocks in the regular season, third most on the team.
2008 — Broke into the starting lineup at left guard for the final four games of the season after making his starting debut earlier in the year against UCLA at right tackle • Made his way onto the field for 12 outings, including a career-high 73 snaps against Oklahoma State in the Holiday Bowl, following up his 71-play effort in the regular season finale at Oregon State • Part of an offensive line that blocked and opened holes for the top rushing offense in school history.
2007 — Injuries derailed any chance of securing meaningful playing time • Saw the field once for three plays vs. Fresno State.
2006 — Redshirt season • Cited as scout team’s offensive player of the week for aiding preparations heading into the Stanford and USC games.
HIGH SCHOOL — The first-team all-state honoree on both offense and defense (The Oregonian) ranked as the fourth-best recruit in the state by Rivals.com as well as earned PrepStar all-region accolades • Proved to be a steadying influence for the two-time Mt. Hood Conference champions, who finished 2005 with an 11-1 record and were unbeaten in league play • His hard work did not go unrewarded as he garnered first-team all-conference honors his junior and senior seasons for a team that averaged 305 of its 395 yards of total offense on the ground • The Bruins’ lone 2005 loss occurred to eventual state champion Jesuit in the second round of the playoffs • The three-sport letterman also earned all-league honors in basketball and baseball as a junior while repeating honors on the basketball court in 2006 • Proved to be key factor in prep teams claiming no fewer than five conference crowns during his tenure.
Strengths: Good athlete for an offensive lineman. Good lateral quickness and can slide out with a quick kick slide step. Good initial quickness to get into position to make blocks. Seals off defenders well to creates creases for ball carriers to run through.
Weaknesses: Lack of strength at the POA. Slow punch in pass pro. Struggles to redirect feet inside on movement. Shows a lack of awareness in picking up blitzes and stunts.