STRENGTHS - Baca has experience at RG and RT. He is able to sustain blocks when he is aggressive off the snap and gets a strong inside fit. He demonstrates an effective initial punch, which allows him to jolt his man off his line and lock out with his hands inside. In pass protection he keeps his head on a swivel and does a solid job of peeling off his initial target to help his other linemen on double teams.
WEAKNESSES - Although he has experience at RT Baca is clearly an OG at the next level, as he lacks the foot quickness to protect the edge and the speed, agility and COD ability to get out in space effectively. He relies too much on his upper body to execute blocks, as he demonstrates poor lower body flexibility and quickness. He struggles to get a strong push off the LOS on run blocks, and tends to get upright at the snap, which limits his leverage and leaves his chest exposed to quick, aggressive defenders. He has a bad habit of stopping his feet on contact, which causes him to reach to sustain blocks and fall off too early.
SUMMARY - Jeff Baca flashes the strength and hands to play at the NFL level, but does not consistently play up to this level because of his inconsistent leverage. His poor knee bend and flexibility limits his ability to drive block in the run game as well as sustain blocks against moving targets. He also struggles operating in space because of his poor speed and inability to change directions fluidly. While he doesn't appear to possess the athleticism needed to start in the NFL, his strong hands and ability to get a consistent, inside fit will make him an enticing developmental backup for NFL teams. He is likely to be selected late on day three by a team looking for interior depth and willing to play him exclusively in-line.