However, struggles with balance and body control through the play. At his best when asked to block down in Penn State’s zone scheme, unleashing his powerful punch and finishing through contact sealing inside. However, rolls his hips and gets upright as an in-line guy, will allow defenders to get into his frame, takes a jolt on contact and struggles with his balance to stick through the play.
Likes to have his hands on defenders and too often gets caught lunging into contact. For a big guy looks like an above-average athlete on the move. Has the range to pull from the backside, can breakdown with good success and seal on the play. However, isn’t overly powerful on contact because he struggles to drop hips and unleash a powerful thrust from his lower half.
Will struggle to reach explosive defensive tackles inside off his frame in the pass game because of initial first movement from the waist. Displays only average anchor strength for his size because he struggles with leverage and hand placement, often getting his hands outside the frame of defenders.
However, has a naturally strong lower half, is quick to re-set his feet and does try to sink his hips once he re-sets his feet through contact. Can keep base down much better from two-point stance in pass protection, but again will lunge into contact. Displays some good lateral quickness for his size vs. the pass game and can mirror with some success even in space. But, isn’t a real balanced/compact puncher at this stage.
Impression: He’s a big, thick kid with a naturally strong lower and upper half allowing him to rag doll/control blocks at times even with poor technique. Needs to continue to improve balance and wasted motion off snap in run game, but his combo of size/athleticism is enough at this stage to warrant a shot late in the draft."
Weight-room warrior with exceptional strength, but doesn’t get off the snap all that quickly and tends to lean on target rather than driving upfield; decent pass protector who is a long way around and can anchor against the bull rush; has been dinged at times as he missed much of his senior year in high school with a knee injury and three games in 2009 with a strained calf."