Joel Bitonio OT Nevada #70
Size/Athleticism: Lacks ideal height and overall frame. He’s little on the light side and doesn’t have the dominant strength to overpower anyone. Arm length isn’t great but perfectly adequate, especially for his size (same length as Taylor Lewan). Impressive quickness. Tested well in agility/speed drills at the combine. Some teams may view him as a better fit at guard.
Pass Protection: Elite footwork and quickness allows him to slide outside with faster edge-rushers. Uses leverage to his advantage to hold his ground against bull-rushers. Shows great awareness on the field. Quick to react to the movement around him. Once he’s engaged, he’s already won. Very tough to shed his blocks once he’s locked in.
Run Blocking: Does a nice job working to the second level. Shows good awareness in terms of locating his assignments and gets there quickly. Quick enough that he can adjust to the movement of the linebackers at the second level. Plays with a nasty demeanor, always fighting through the whistle which helps him overcome his modest strength and power.
Intangibles: Played extremely well against his toughest competition (faced Florida State and UCLA in 2013). Clearly a tough competitor who gives his all on the field every play.
Durability: No known issues.
Comments: Bitonio doesn’t have the elite measurables, but he does everything necessary to make up for his modest size and physical tolls. He’s an impressive athlete, which could attract certain teams to him (Chip Kelly’s offense would be a great fit). Any team willing to overlook his height and focus on the total package may get a steal.
Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee #74
Size/Athleticism: Massive frame and has the ability to swallow up defenders. Surprising quickness for his size and is capable of getting to the second level.
Pass Protection: Fundamentally sound. Quick out of his stance and his impressively quick footwork when sliding outside considering his size. Has long, strong arms and can lunge after an edge-rusher who gains a step on him and still throw him off balance enough to recover. Shows impressive awareness and seems to diagnose blitzes before the snap. Adjusts quickly to stunts on the line and delayed blitzes from the second level. Struggles to stop the second effort if the lineman is able to disengage from the block.
Run Blocking: Quick out of his stance and delivers a devastating initial punch. Easily drives his man back and finishes off blocks. Takes proper angles and shows good awareness when getting to the second level, but lacks the mobility to react in space. If he isn’t beat off the first step, he’ll win the battle but he does get beat by the elite athletes (Clowney had a few plays where he was simply too quick off the snap for Richardson to handle).
Intangibles: Two-year starter at left tackle. Transferred high schools due to academic reasons.
Durability: Underweight knee surgery in 2013.
Comments: Richardson has all the tools that you can’t teach. It’s easy to notice his size, but his quick footwork and balance is just as important and impressive considering his size. He definitely has some flaws in technique and may be a risky starter as a rookie, but his flaws are coachable.
Ja’Wuan James OT Tennessee #70
Size/Athleticism: Good height, but that’s about it. Appears a little soft and clearly lacks the dominant strength to win simply by overpowering. Mobility is below average. Doesn’t have the speed to get downfield and agility on the line is shaky.
Pass Protection: Inconsistent awareness. Seems to still be learning how to read the defense and anticipate when/where the pass-rush is coming. Late to react and doesn’t always put himself in the best position to be effective. Slow off the snap—consistently beat by more athletic edge-rushers. Reasonably quick feet and can slide outside smoothly, but gets choppy when trying to stay with the most athletic edge-rushers. Extremely inconsistent hand placement. Strong power body gives him a sturdy base to hold his ground against bull rushers, but he isn’t a true finisher.
Run Blocking: Flashes a mean streak as a run blocker and can finish off blocks when he gets proper hand placement and stays balanced. But he struggles with consistent hand placement and pad level and will slide off blocks. More experienced and technically sound linemen can easily take advantage of his lack of technique and shed blocks. Takes poor angles and struggles to quickly diagnose his assignment.
Intangibles: Four-year starter.
Durability: Sprained knee during senior bowl practices.
Comments: James has decent physical tools but his lack of fundamentals and awareness on the field raises some serious red flags considering the fact that he’s a four-year starter. With so much experience, how does a player continue to make the same technique mistakes? How does he fail to develop on-field awareness? I worry about his ability to handle the complex defenses he’ll see in the NFL. Too many NFL teams do a great job disguising blitzes and making late adjustments which will throw him off.
Taylor Lewan OT Michigan #77
Size/Athleticism: Prototypical height. Arm length is only average but shouldn’t be a concern. Shows quick footwork on the line and moves very well when getting to the second level. Has experience at left and right tackle—primarily played on the left side, but would occasionally rotate to the right for certain plays/matchups.
Pass Protection: Swallows up defenders once he get his hands on them. Rarely gives up ground once he’s fully engaged with a pass-rusher. Strong lower body allows him to anchor against bull rushers. Quick off the snap and does a nice job sliding outside to stay with faster edge-rushers. Does tend to lunge at edge-rushers when they get a step on him and will fall off balance occasionally.
Run Blocking: Powerful run blocker who, at worst, holds his ground and is often capable of driving his assignment back to create gaping holes. Impressive mobility for his size. He moves smoothly to the second level, quickly diagnosing his assignment and taking efficient angles to get there. Explodes off the snap and gives a quick, powerful initial punch. Great footwork when working to slide over to see seal an edge.
Intangibles: Character needs to be investigated by teams. Arrested for his role in an altercations after the 2013 Ohio State game. Also allegedly threatened to rape a girl who had accused teammate Brendan Gibbons of raping her. Public reports certainly shouldn’t be taken as gospel, but with multiple accusations against a player, teams will dig deep to learn as much as they can about his personality and character.
Durability: Four year starter with no significant injury concerns.
Comments: Lewan’s character concerns need to be looked into, but from a talent standpoint he’s close to a can’t miss prospect. In pass protection, once he locks onto a defender, it’s over. And he’s strong enough to consistently clear space in the run game and finish off his blocks. He has the prototypical blend of size and athleticism and should be a quality starter from day one.
Morgan Moses OT Virginia #78
Size/Athleticism: Prototypical height. Long arms. Could benefit from adding some strength, especially in the lower body. Athleticism is adequate but not at the elite level of the game’s best left tackles.
Pass Protection: Gets beat off the snap a lot against faster edge-rushers and has to recover. He doesn’t shut down Does a nice job using the pass-rushers momentum to his advantage and directing them away. Impressive initial punch and can throw a small edge-rusher off his path with one pop. Seems to lack ideal lower body strength and it shows up in his struggles against the bull rush. Plays too upright at takes and gets knock off balance by the bull rushers who gain leverage on him.
Run Blocking: Mobility is average adequate but he doesn’t always move with a purpose. He has the speed to get to the second level, but gets lost in space and doesn’t always take the angles necessary to meet his assignments. Gets the job done but isn’t a mauler in the run game. Lacks the power to drive defenders backward and finish them off. Typically quick off the snap and gets into position to initially win the battle, but will lose balance and slide off his blocks.
Intangibles: Struggled with weight issues in college.
Durability: Three-year starter. Missed one game in 2012 with an undisclosed injury.
Comments: Moses has the tools to start at the next level but he’s inconsistent and doesn’t dominate as often as you’d like to see for a guy of his size at the college level. There seems to be a combination of lack of power and lack of a desire to dominate, which could really hold him back at the next level. His issues with controlling his weight in college also raise some concern about his work ethic, although he seemed to have this under control in 2013.