Looks tight in the lower half, he really struggles to keep his base under him when trying to fire off the ball low, and gets upright into contact.
Isn't a guy who can routinely gain leverage off the snap and create a snap inside, but he does take good angles off the ball, extends his arms well and does a solid job sealing defenders away from the football. Gets upright into contact routinely, but is a tough, gritty kid with somewhat heavy hands who works hard to stick through contact.
Isn't a real natural move player, but works hard to get out to the second level. To his credit, he breaks down well and can drop his pad level and cut down defenders off his frame and likes to finish. He will block till the whistle.
Exhibits a solid first step off the ball in pass protection and can initially reach defenders threatening gaps off his frame. However, he plays straight-legged, isn't real fluid when trying to mirror and can easily be shed inside. He needs to work in tandem in order to keep the interior of the pocket cleanly.
He struggles with balance, doesn't exhibit much shuffle-and-slide ability and can easily be overpowered/disengaged from because of his locked knees through contact. More of a linear player only who isn't going to be able to hold his own laterally at the next level.
He'll struggle with power routinely as well because of his inability to block with leverage, sink his hips and keep his base under him vs. the bull rush. He extends his arms well and is heavy handed, working his feet to try to stick somewhat through the play, but eventually is slipped on contact.
Impression: Is a try-hard kid, but it's tough to give a draftable grade to a center who struggles to bend and plays straight-legged in pass protection."
However, he is short on athletic ability and does not possess exceptional traits to be viewed as a potential starter.
Is tightly wound, plays too tall, and falls off blocks.
Struggled matching up with the quickness of Michigan DT Mike Martin."
Not very big, but built low to the ground with good strength; is very quick off the snap and can pull and get to the second level; smart player who has started 39 straight games since stepping on campus;
Has good awareness and does a nice job slidig around the pocket picking off blitzers, but can be bull-rushed when asked to go one-on-one with bigger DTs; older player turns 26 before the next draft."