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.