Jon Halapio – Guard – Florida
Size – 6034 – 323 – 5.34
Strong Points – Highly respected team leader, tough, played with painful pectoral injury, strength, run block
Weak Points – Marginal overall athleticism, can have trouble playing in space, has trouble with athletic pass rushers
Summation – Jon is a fifth-year senior and has been a starter at right guard since midway through his redshirt freshman year. He missed two games in 2013 with a pectoral tear and played much of the year with the injury.
Halapio is naturally strong but not explosive. He is an average athlete for the position. His lack of top speed and agility were evident at the combine. He ran the 40 in 5.34, his three-cone and short shuttle were very average (8.26, 4.83), and he showed no explosion with his jumps (21.5’. 8’4”).
He is best as a run blocker with his opponent head-up or in the gap. He has good initial quickness, and he is able to gain movement with his strength and power. He stays low and keeps his legs moving on contact. He is a physical run blocker who consistently looks to finish. He can struggle trying to get to the second level because of his lack of top quickness. On pulls, he is more effective on the shorter pulls, as he lacks the speed to consistently get to blocks on the perimeter.
In the pass game, he sets with good quickness and has a good punch. He has adequate feet to mirror through moves and can have trouble with athletic defensive linemen. He has bend and does a good job with the bull rush. He is an alert player and does a good job with stunts and blitzes.
It’s hard giving this player a fair grade because he was playing injured. While he has athletic limitations, he is a strong and tough competitor. He may be best off at center where he can be very effective versus the bigger nose tackles in the league. Despite his limitations, there are a lot of players like this starting in the league, and I see Jon as an eventual starter at guard or center.
Grade – B 6.5x