STRENGTHS - Kline has prototype size for the position in the NFL as he has the natural bulk and power that teams look for at the guard position. He shows good ability as an in-line blocker when he can keep his head up through contact. Kline gets into blocking position and set up quickly, and he looks to have good snap quickness. When he gets his hands on a defender he seems to get a good fit and can stay locked on his man. When he plays with a good, strong base he can neutralize players with power because of good leverage. Kline appears to be a good competitor as he doesn't quit on plays and will play through the whistle.
WEAKNESSES - Kline does not appear to have very good footwork and it shows immediately on tape. He doesn't play with good balance and fails to stay on his feet. Kline is at best an average run blocker as he struggles to stay over his feet and maintain balance. He is constantly on the ground as he is always overextended over his pads and off balance. He is not reliable out in space as he looks to hurry himself and can lunge to contact and miss. He doesn't have good lateral quickness and struggles to keep his man in front of him. He does not possess the foot quickness to adjust side to side in pass protection or seal the hole on run plays as he often stops his feet on contact and gets caught reaching. At times he gets too high out of his stance and exposes his frame to the defender, allowing them get into his chest which hurts his ability to play up to his level of natural strength. He misses his punch frequently and whiffs on initial contact.
SUMMARY - Kline was a very disappointing player to evaluate on film because he simply finds his way to the gound far too often. He projects to guard only as he does not possess the length and foot quickness needed to stay on the edge at the next level. He struggles to change direction against players who are active, and he will actually whiff and completely miss on a target. When in run blocking, he has a bad habit of bending at the waist and falling off blocks to the ground. He can sink his hips and anchor against the bull rush, but only when he plays with good knee bend and leverage. Kline needs to improve his footwork dramatically if he wants to find himself on a roster, even as a practice squad player. He fails too much in the simplest of areas of the game and is generally not reliable at times because of how much he misses defenders at the line of scrimmage. He will drop his head and lunge into contact, missing his target and creating havoc in the backfield. Kline is practice squad material unless he can get certain areas worked out, and even then he is at best a career backup. He should be considered a priority free agent simply because of his size and willingness to compete.