|Player, Pos, Team||Height||Weight||Draft Grade|
|11||Anthony Steen OG, Alabama||6'3"||303||B||6.4||Full Scouting Report|
Anthony Steen – Guard
Steen is another 5th year senior and three year starter at right guard. He doesn’t impress you form a physical standpoint. He has a very average frame and is maxed out as far as size. He has short legs and a long torso and looks to have just average arm length. He isn’t overly quick and lacks speed, but he is efficient, productive, and is seldom off his feet. At the end of the game, you count up the plusses and minuses and he has an awful lot of plusses.
Steen has good snap reaction along with good initial quickness. He gets to his block with quickness. While he isn’t what I would call an explosive athlete, he is strong and consistently works to finish every block. He is an all-out competitor. He gets to the 2nd level and makes productive blocks because he always takes good angles. He knows how to play the game. In this game he wasn’t used to pull. In pass protection he can set fairly quickly and knows how to use his hands. He has a compact punch and can mirror his opponent. He is an alert player who is good at seeing and picking up stunts and blitzes.
This is the type of player that I would try at center. If he can play both positions, he carries more value. While he isn’t a “trait” athlete, he is a competitor and doesn’t make mistakes. Guys like that find a way to play in the league and eventually start. They may not be pretty but they get the job done.
|12||Brandon Linder OG, Miami (FL)||6'5"||312||B||6.4||Full Scouting Report|
Brandon Linder – Guard/Tackle – Miami
Size – 6053v – 316v – 5.40e
Note: “v” stands for “verified,” while “e” stands for “estimated.”
Strong Points –
Plays both guard and tackle in every game, very productive, run block, pass block, hand use
Weak Points –
He’s an average athlete, has limitations when playing in space, does not play with top bend
Brandon is a fourth-year senior and a 3.5-year starter for the Miami Hurricanes. In the games I viewed, Linder split time at both right guard and right tackle. He is a big, productive overachiever who knows how to play within himself. He is very tough and competitive and tried to be physical on every play. Linder is an average athlete, does not have much speed and looks to be a bit tight in the knees, but still plays well at the line of scrimmage. When he has to play in space, Linder can have some trouble because of his athletic limitations.
Linder started 13 games for the Hurricanes last season.
Linder is very strong, but not overly explosive. He has good snap reaction and initial quickness and gets to his blocks in a hurry. While he doesn’t have a lot of “snap” on contact, he is powerful and will run his feet to get movement and finish most blocks. He is good with drive blocks and angle blocks and also productive with combo blocks in tight space. When Linder gets into space he’s a bit inconsistent and doesn’t always adjust well on the move when playing at the second level. He can do a fairly good job with short pulls, but is not consistently able to get to his block on longer pulls.
In pass protection, Linder has a quick set. He displays good hand use and more times than not gets his hands on his opponent first. He has a good punch and can keep his hands inside. While Linder isn’t a natural knee bender, he does play with some bend. He plays with a wide base and keeps good position on his opponent. He anchors well because of hand use and strength. When he was playing at tackle, I saw him get beat wide only a couple of times. While Linder doesn’t have great lateral quickness, he does take good angles. He knows his limitations and plays hard to offset them.
Overall, Brandon is more suited to play guard instead of tackle at the next level. In saying that, he may be able to get by at right tackle for a few games if he has to play there. He may also be able to play center and that may ultimately function as his best position. I see Linder as a backup during his rookie year, but he will dress on Sundays because of his position versatility. He should be a productive starter by year two. You don’t like this player much when you first watch him, but the more tape you study, the more you begin to appreciate Linder’s talent and competitive nature.
Grade: B 6.5
|13||John Urschel OG, Penn State||6'3"||308||C||6.4||Full Scouting Report|
John Urschel – Guard
Urschel is a 5th year senior and a 3 year starter at right guard. He has adequate size at about 6’2 ½ - 302. He has adequate athleticism with good balance. I would not call him an overpowering player. He has adequate strength and power. His best traits are he stays on his feet and plays hard every down. He has good snap reaction and initial quickness but is not explosive on contact. He will consistently work to finish.
While he will work to get movement he can get stalemated at times but he won’t get knocked back. He does a good job with angle blocks and takes good angles to the 2nd level. I did not see him used on pulls. In pass protection he can set quickly and use his hands. He gets his hands out on his opponent very quickly and can keep them inside. He plays with bend and shows adequate anchor. He is not the most quick footed guy and can lose his man to a quick change of direction. He gave up a sack in the 3rd quarter when this happened. Overall, I see Urschel as a C level type player (rounds 5-7). His best chance to contribute early at the next level would be to learn the center position and be able to play both center and guard. He has a center’s type of body and that may eventually be his best position in the NFL.
|14||Kadeem Edwards OG, Tennessee State||6'3"||318||C||6.3||Stats|
|15||Blake Treadwell OG, Michigan State||6'3"||300||C||6.3||Stats|