2019 INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINEMAN PROSPECTS

  1. Garrett Bradbury OG/C 6’3 300 NC State Wolfpack (SR)

STRENGTHS: Garrett Bradbury is an absolute beast…Bradburry is a very versatile prospect that could transition successfully to the NFL game at the Center or either Offensive Guard positions…Bradburry is is another one of our pure technicians in the draft…plays with proper leverage and proper angles…excels in pass blocking as well as run blocking…wants to finish every play in a dominating fashion…great feet that defy a prospect his size…

WEAKNESSES: Garrett Bradbury does not have the high-level strength that you prefer to see from your high end interior offensive lineman prospects…will he be neutralized by stronger, run stuffing defensive tackles at the NFL level…has shown struggles against top end athletes who convert speed to power….

COMP: Jason Kelce

OVERALL: Garrett Bradbury is gaining as much positive momentum as of late, as any interior offensive lineman prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft…he is ready to step in and make an impact immediately…to be a complete prospect—he will have to get more physical and develop as a run blocker…at this point I would be surprised if Garrett Bradbury was not a mid-late 1st round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

2) Chris Lindstrom OG 6’4 305 Boston College Eagles (SR)

STRENGTHS: Chris Lindstrom is one of the more athletic interior offensive lineman in the 2019 NFL Draft…he is a very savvy and aware player that can succeed in virtually any offense…has strong, quick hands that plays well in countering pass rush moves…suddenly quick off of the line of scrimmage…able to counter the quickness of speed rushers…a tough football player that plays through the whistle…a technican…

WEAKNESSES: Like several of his contemporaries at the position, Chris Lindstrom does not have the ideal length that you look for in your offensive lineman…may develop issues with longer athletes in the NFL…Chris Lindstrom will need to continue to work on his functional strength…he tends to depend on his quickness more so than strength—will he be overpowered at the next level..?

COMP: Jonathan Cooper

OVERALL: Chris Lindstrom is one of the cleaner prospects heading into the 2019 draft. A plug and play starter, you know exactly what you are getting in Lindstrom. Has the versatility to play either offensive guard position, and could potentially play Right Tackle if you are in a bind…length could pose a problem, but for the most part—if he can still get stronger, you have a relatively safe prospect. I would expect Chris Lindstrom to be selected late in the 1st round in the 2019 NFL Draft.

3) Michael Deiter 6’6 320 Wisconsin Badgers (SR)

STRENGTHS: Michael Deiter is an experienced and versatile offensive lineman…Deiter has played offensive tackle, guard, and center throughout his time at Wisconsin…good mobility…can advance to the next level and pick up a secondary block…what you’ll notice is Michael Dieter possesses fantastic agility and his ‘pulling’ game is sublime…hard worker…high football IQ

WEAKNESSES: Michael Deiter has a lack of length that limits his options at the NFL level…given his physical limitations and the fact that he struggled at times on the offensive tackle position—he’s best suited inside at offensive guard…has issues with speed rushers…at times he can become a bit unbalanced in his sets…

COMP: Marshal Yanda

OVERALL: Michael Deiter is yet another one of our prospects who were developed at Offensive Lineman University—Wisconsin. You know what you are getting in Michael Deiter, he is a plug and play offensive guard who can be a benefit to your team in the run game and pass blocking. He may not have the ceiling of some of his contemporaries, but he has a very high floor. I would expect to hear Michael Deiter’s name called during the 2nd round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

4) Erik McCoy 6’3 310 Texas A&M Aggies (SR)

STRENGTHS: You have to love the high level of experience, playing in the SEC, that Erik McCoy has on his resume—predominantly at the Center position…a solid prospect who plays with excellent technique and fundamental footwork…his best film is in pass blocking…very rarely is beaten off the line of scrimmage…quick off the snap…gets his hands on the opposition before they can reach him…solid frame…plays with good leverage at the line of scrimmage…a very consistent prospect who brings it every single snap…

WEAKNESSES: One ominous detail that lingers is that Erik McCoy tends to struggle against bigger, stronger athletes—which he will face every week once he arrives in the NFL…not the road grader type of run blocker…when McCoy advances to the 2nd level—he has a tendency to lose his leverage and play too high—which allows for would be defenders to absorb the contact and get off the block…lack of ideal length and athleticism will be concerning to the scouting community…

COMP: Ryan Kalili

OVERALL: Erik McCoy is just now garnering the attention that he deserves and on some level, he still is not receiving the pub that matches his film…fundamentally sound, Erik McCoy is an experienced Center prospect and is plug and play ready…I don’t think that a 1st round selection is out of the question…ultimately I see him being an early-mid 2nd round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

5) Dru Samia 6’5 300 Oklahoma Sooners (SR)

STRENGTHS: Dru Samia is a powerful offensive guard who has a good initial punch that drives defenders back off the line of scrimmage…good mobility beyond the line of scrimmage allows him to reach the second level and pick up additional blocks…great ability to pull and lead the play…plays with a good base…good, strong hands…Dru Samia has that nasty streak that teams covet…

WEAKNESSES: Dru Samia struggles when he has to move side to side to pick up key blocks…questionable role in pass blocking…struggles a great deal against speed rushers…plays off-balance at times due to lack of lateral agility…does not have the length that the NFL looks for in their offensive lineman…

COMP: Dan Feeney

OVERALL: Dru Samia is a very good athlete still learning to play the offensive guard position. Despite starting three seasons on the inside, Samia will need to adapt his game to the NFL. Dru Samia is going to need to go through some growing pains with bigger, longer athletes at the NFL level. There is a high level of upside here, but this upside does come with it’s level of concerns. Knowing how the NFL believes they can coach up talents like Dru Samia, I would expect to see Samia drafted somewhere in the 2nd-3rd round range in the 2019 NFL Draft.

6) Connor McGovern 6’5 320 Penn State Nitney Lions (SR)

STRENGTHS: The first thing that pops on the film is how athletic Connor McGovern is…for a prospect 6’5 320—he can really move and his mobility is off the charts…you like his ability to engage at the line of scrimmage and then move up and pick up additional blocks down the field…strong, functional strength at the point of contact…very fluid hips that has shown the ability to shift to the left or the right with ease…plays with an edge and a nastiness that teams love to see…plays to the whistle…

WEAKNESSES: You have to question Connor McGovern’s ability to audible and call the plays at the line of scrimmage from the Center position…too many times, it appears that he gets caught off guard…he is going to need some refinement on his work in the ‘phonebooth’ if you would…finds himself on the defensive due to inconsistent hands…needs to work with better leverage…a bit concerned with Connor McGovern’s length…has had issues with this at the collegiate level, and it will only get worse at the NFL level as he’ll be consistently facing bigger, stronger athletes…

COMP: Forrest Lamp

OVERALL: Connor McGovern has been one of the more underrated interior offensive lineman prospects so far in the draft process…I like how Connor McGovern’s game will adapt to the NFL style of play…he is super athletic and mobile…for teams looking for Center’s to get up and beyond the line of scrimmage, Connor McGovern is your guy…he is struggling a bit at the point of contact…he needs some high-level coaching and to improve his use of his length…his deficiencies can be improved…I like the upside of Connor McGovern, and like him more than most…I have him in the 2nd round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

7) Ben Powers 6’4 315 Oklahoma Sooners (SR)

STRENGTHS: Ben Powers wins off the line of scrimmage…his hand placement is spot on…he works well in controlling defenders right off of the line of scrimmage…Powers plays with proper leverage while pass blocking and ultimately can guide defenders away from the pocket…a very touch, nasty offensive guard…

WEAKNESSES: Ben Powers lacks the athleticism to handle quicker, longer athletes…where others in this class strive to get to the second level—Powers struggles with this, likely due to his less athletic profile and quickness…his footwork can get a bit choppy and that allows him to get beaten by counter moves…a little stiff, not as fluid as you would like to see…

COMP: Dion Dawkins

OVERALL: The issues with Ben Powers is that he profiles as a good, not great offensive guard, who struggles with high end athletes with length…unfortunately, this will be what Ben Powers runs into on a consistent basis at the NFL level…Ben Powers is not the high-impact athlete…his weaknesses on tape are glaring and will need a lot of refinement in order to develop into a reliable starter…not the prospect that some of his fellow Oklahoma Sooner offensive lineman are, I would expect Ben Powers to be selected in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

8) Elgton Jenkins 6’4 315 Mississippi State Bulldogs (SR)

STRENGTHS: Elgton Jenkins is the type of interior lineman prospect that you can anchor your entire line around…a very reliable and savvy prospect…Jenkins has shown the ability to push would be defenders off the line of scrimmage…Elgton Jenkins is just scratching the surface of his potential…there Is additional room for growth here…

WEAKNESSES: Elgton Jenkins needs to develop more physicality and a nastiness…I would like to see his aggressiveness take an uptick…can be blown back into the backfield by more physical, powerful defenders…Elgton Jenkins has inconsistent feet…will allow for him to get off balance and loses his base…Jenkins has a tendency to play too high and loses his leverage…

COMP: Billy Price

OVERALL: Elgton Jenkins has all the looks of a prospect who is ready to take his game to the next level…Jenkins has the mental acumen and the physical stature to continue to improve…there are some things to work on—most importantly getting a little edgier and being more consistent with his technique…Elgton Jenkins feels like he would be a better schematic fit on a team that utilizes a zone-blocking scheme…Jenkins will have his supporters and his critics as his film is up and down…I would place Elgton Jenkins value in the 2nd-3rd round territory in the 2019 NFL Draft.

9) Beau Benzschawel 6’5 325 Wisconsin Badgers (SR)

STRENGTHS: Beau Benzschawel is a high IQ football player…works very well as a part of a group in communicating assignments and proper pickups…Benzschawel is very strong at the point of contact…can engage a defender and drive him back…projects to be a plus player in run blocking…has good length to counter bigger, stronger NFL athletes…

WEAKNESSES: Beau Benzschawel needs a ton of work on his fundamentals…his footwork seems sloppy and allows for him to get beaten by defenders…he gets off balanced and finds himself on the ground far too often…plays too tight—you would like to see more fluidity…does not play with great leverage—gets too high with his pad level…Beau Benzschawel has proper length, but does not extend the way you would like and gets bottled up too often…

COMP: Larry Warford

OVERALL: Beau Benzschawel is yet another lineman who hails from Offensive Lineman University, Wisconsin…ironically, the negative aspects of Benzschawel’s projection are his fundamentals…he also brings some physical limitations to the overall analysis of his value…he does seem to give you a nastiness in your run game…given the inconsistencies—the best projection we can make for Beau Benzschawel is the 3rd-4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

10) Nate Davis 6’3 310 Charlotte (SR)

STRENGTHS: Nate Davis has the potential to develop into a dynamic run blocking offensive guard at the next level…Davis plays with a strong, solid base most of the time…good, strong hands…once Nate Davis latches on to you, rarely can you get away…moves better than you would think…has the ability to get to the 2nd level…very strong blocker…plays with a nastiness you like to see…

WEAKNESSES: Nate Davis has shown poor, sloppy footwork far too often…needs a lot of work to develop consistency…occasionally, allows himself to get too narrow…when he does, he gets beat with counter moves…Davis also has a tendency as a waist bender and gets his weight over his feet—another fundamental that needs to be cleaned up…

COMP: Josh Garnett

OVERALL: Nate Davis has found a home in the interior offensive line after initially struggling to find success at the offensive tackle position…Davis has a variety of skills and traits that are appealing to the scouting community—just need to mold them all together into one prospect…that being said, Nate Davis is far from a finished product and will need a great deal of refinement at the NFL level. My expectation is that Nate Davis is a third day prospect, and will be drafted somewhere around the 4th-5th rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.

10) Ross Pierschbacher 6’3 305 Alabama Crimson Tide (SR)

STRENGTHS: Ross Pierschbacher plays extremely well off the snap of the football…although he isn’t the best athlete, Pierschbacher is explosive off the ball, at the line of scrimmage…good, strong hands that gets in on his opponent rapidly…plays with good leverage as a run blocker and good pad level…has good length and uses it to his advantage…

WEAKNESSES: The biggest knock on Ross Pierschbacher is his lack of athleticism…as a run blocker, he has good leverage, but for whatever reason, as a pass blocker, his tendency is to elevate his pad level and plays too high…quicker, faster athletes give him a ton of trouble….his lack of athleticism restricts his effectiveness to along the line of scrimmage…has shown little ability to extend to the 2nd level…does not generate much push…engages the defender, but does not blow him off of the ball…

COMP: Corey Linsley

OVERALL: Ross Pierschbacher is the epitome of a solid, yet unspectacular draft prospect…he’s good at a few key elements of the position, but does not excel in anything in particular. Quick off the ball, but not strong enough to drive the opposition backwards. That being said, the vast majority of the time he is fundamentally sound, and can develop into a NFL starter. A third day prospect, the anticipation is Ross Pierschbacher is a 4th-5th round prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft.