Rodger Saffold: No. 76, OT (6-5, 318)
Saffold is a good athlete in the run game who has the ability to reach defenders at the second level and break down in space. But he struggles to generate power from his lower half and doesn’t exhibit much of a punch on contact. He does a much better job off the snap uncoiling into blocks and using his upper body to create a push and seal opposing DEs from the play. He isn’t explosive off the snap, and I can’t see him staying with speed rushers off the edge. Saffold doesn’t redirect well in space and struggles to keep his base down and remain balanced. He does a nice job using his long arms and length to get into pass rushers off the edge, but he isn’t heavy-handed. He struggles to stay on blocks in all areas of the game and is too easily disengaged from in the pass game (Michigan DE Brandon Graham had his way with Saffold, shedding blocks all game). He isn’t instinctive and will miss blocks and assignments in the pass game, a bad trait as the guy protecting the QB’s blind side.
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