Top 10 Talents
Hroniss Grasu, Oregon
Where He Wins: Very rarely see him lose immediately on first contact, either with a quick lateral move off the snap or a power move to his chest. Straight-line anchor is there. Can stick with most lateral moves and keep the fabric of the pocket intact. Displays strength in both hips to work two gaps. Can get to Mike LB when peeling off to the second level. Has active eyes when uncovered and is always in a ready position.
Where He Fits: He’s definitely not Jason Kelce in terms of movement skills, but played in a high tempo offense that put weapons in space. Might be best sticking within one gap. Has plenty of C experience, but I could also see him playing G if it is a better roster fit.
Pro Comparison: Mike Pouncey
Arie Kouandjio, Alabama
Where He Wins: Can really create some push on double teams. A top heavy blocker, but he has plenty of functional strength. Bends at the waist, but he is obviously athletic enough to stick with blocks against counters and second efforts. Again, his functional strength is exactly what you want, especially when considering it compensating for “technique.” Flashes some real patience and awareness in pass protection, extends inside arm against threat of blitz while shuffling to pick up the 3 tech DT.
Where He Fits: Lateral foot quickness to recover might be an issue if he takes false steps. Occasionally loses immediately off the snap when late to react. Not a smooth mover out in space. Seems to hobble after a few steps. Because of sluggish movements in space RG might be best spot, since many teams seem to be putting the more athletic G on the left side.
Pro Comparison: Larry Warford
Josue Matias, FSU
Where He Wins: Plays with a strong, wide base with the defender in close quarters. Does not wait for his opponent in pass protection. He attacks and drives when many work in a defensive stance. Strong grip and upper body to take his opponent to the ground. Mirrors in pass protection with active hands. Posture is what you want: face up, bends at the knees.
Where He Fits: Can be fooled by twists and stunts, sticking with the first DL too far. Does the same on doubles, misses blitz pickup. He is a G at the next level.
Pro Comparison: Jon Asamoah
Reese Dismukes, Auburn
Where He Wins: A squatty blocker who uses strong armbar to slow momentum against upfield rushers and doesn't mind chipping with shoulder to contact two at once. Understands helping his Gs. Lacks length but does not mind fighting in tight spaces. FSU and Missouri (SEC championship) show two different players, with the former being better. Experience against face up nose tackles and one techniques.
Where He Fits: Occasionally overcompensates so much to one side to seal that he can lose balance and go to a knee. Needs to improve his grip to sustain. Is on the ground too often, usually on counter moves/efforts.
Pro Comparison: Kyle Cook
Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M (likely transitioning to RT)
Where He Wins: Tremendous length for an interior offensive lineman. Finds contact with arms extended. His forward push can be difficult to anchor or slow down once momentum starts. Definitely has the strides to cut LBs off at the second level, but could do a better job of anticipating. Frequently blocks until the whistle in the running game.
Where He Fits: Struggles against lateral moves after first contact. Moves upper body before lower body when attempting to mirror. Plays high, gets driven back in pass protection against two gap DTs. Transitioning to RT in 2014.
Pro Comparison: Nate Chandler
Max Tuerk, USC
Where He Wins: Lean for the position, but frequently asked to pull out in front of edge runs. Carries his body well and locates moving targets. Doesn’t just move laterally, as he can seal defenders in a straight-line quickly. Stretches the double team from the line of scrimmage to the second level, where he peels and seals. He isn't powerful, but he rarely ends up on the ground.
Where He Fits: If he sticks at G, likely fits on heavy zone blocking team. Can get to his assignment and occupy.
Pro Comparison: Geoff Schwartz
Jamil Douglas, Arizona State
Where He Wins: Creates plenty of stalemates at the line of scrimmage in pass protection and when run blocking. Is active and aggressive. Shorter stature might help with leverage. Finds and hits his assignments when asked to pull and lead block. Has enough toughness at the point of attack when picking up blitzes.
Where He Fits: Aggression can lead to being out of position after a lateral step. Also can be driven back in pass pro.
Pro Comparison: Shawn Lauvao