Needs to do a better job keeping his base down off the snap, has a tendency to come off the ball a bit high and will struggle with leverage. Gets ahead of himself as well and will lose balance through contact. Isn’t tight hipped however, displays natural athleticism, just struggles with balance through contact. Gets his head over his feet and can be shed.
Nevertheless, displays good initial quickness when asked to step and seal, is very coordinated on the outside and looks natural on the move. Will struggle to recognize who to hit and awareness is a slight concern, but it should improve with some experience.
Again, pops upright off the snap in the pass game when asked to reach speed off the edge. Displays natural range however, uses his length well to run speedy defenders past the quarterback and displays some natural power in his lower half when asked to anchor. His initial kick-step gets overextended and gets upright at the waist. However, settles his feet quickly and showcases natural balance and stays compact toward the edge.
Showcases “plus” re-direction skills, is fluid in the hips and can mirror with consistency through the play. Improved as the year went on with his pad level, did a much better job toward end of the season keeping base down through his kick-slide.
Possesses only average range to the edge vs. speed, will chicken wing his arms and expose his chest in order to create momentum toward the corner. However, exhibits good recovery ability and makes consistent contact on his punch. Isn’t real heavy handed and would like to see him do a better job sticking to blocks better in both the run/pass game.
Impression: Raw, but a good athlete who can bend, stays compact with his footwork, and possesses good lateral quickness. Needs some time and might be better suited to play inside, but the upside is there for this guy to move up draft boards in 2011."
Shows composure and body control adjusting to counters and stunts.
Uses his arms to keep defenders at bay, though he carries his hands low and could stand to strike with more force and aim.
Heavy-footed and tight-hipped with limited blocking range — stiff kickslide and can be a step late cutting off linebackers.
Not yet a finisher, but could fill a role as a swing backup in a slide-protection scheme, and has some upside."