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The good: He is a tough, nasty, smart, scrappy, blue-collar lineman who works well in a short area where he uses good power and leverage. He gives it his all from the snap to the whistle, and is very capable of quickly getting good position in his blocks and sustaining until the play is finished. He has good balance, the agility to slide laterally, does well at mirroring the defender and is seldom on the ground. He has a relentless attitude that allows him to finish despite marginal physical talent.
The bad: He is only adequate on the perimeter at pulling. He has only marginal speed and striking ability at the second level. His hand punch is acceptable, but could be more forceful to stop the initial charge better. He lacks flexibility and the agility to recover if beaten on a play. He has short arms, which add to the problem.
Outlook: He ran a 5.47 time in the 40-yard dash with 34 bench press reps at the Combine, but sat out the rest of the workout with a pulled quad. He has definite NFL starting ability - maybe sooner than most think. He combines all the tools to become a fine NFL interior lineman with enough athleticism to also spot start at guard. He's an excellent value on the second day of the draft.
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