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Interior OL (C / OG) Scouting Reports - 2023

Bird’s Eye View: Positional Analysis

The 2023 IOL class offers quite a bit of intriguing talent, including top center prospects, John Michael Schmitz (Minnesota), Olusegun Oluwatimi (Michigan), and Jarrett Patterson (Notre Dame) and offensive guards, O’Cyrus Torrence (Florida), Emil Ekiyor (Alabama), and Andrew Vorhees (USC). Starters will be found late into day 3, and even, into free agency. Solid class.

Positional Grade: B

John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota

6035 / 301 / 32.5” Arms

NFL-sized pivotman who offers good size for the position. Strong and can move virtually any NT in the running game. Handles games and stunts well. Struggles at time with leverage due to height. Responsible for the line calls and is the leader of the offensive line. Extensive injury history and will need to pass NFL teams’ physicals. Moves up and down the line effectively and is athletic enough to lead on pulls and screens.

John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota

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Creed Humphrey, Kansas City

Jarrett Patterson, Notre Dame

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Frank Ragnow, Detroit

Jarrett Patterson, Notre Dame

6050 / 306 / 31.3” Arms

Good sized pivot. Plays with excellent knee bend, base, and balance. Strong and plays with a solid base. Intelligent and makes the line calls. Experienced and productive multi-year starter. Can handle size on his nose. Athletic and adjusts to games and stunts well. Versatile enough to man any IOL spot. Controlled and disciplined in his movements.

Emil Ekiyor, Alabama

6025 / 314 / 33.7” Arms

Excellent size – thick build with excellent arm length for an IOL. Quick off the snap. Fundamentally solid. Athletic and can pull and play in space effectively. Strong and powerful. Plays with great leverage. Looked natural at center at the Senior Bowl. Plays with a low center of gravity and gets excellent leverage, especially in the running game.

Emil Ekiyor, Alabama

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Gabe Jackson, Free Agent

Jaxson Kirkland, Washington

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Mike McGlinchey, Denver

Jaxson Kirkland, Washington

6064 / 322 / 33.3” Arms

Excellent size. Looks the part. Good arm length. Played OLT for first three years at UW but slid inside to OLG in 2022. Missed time at the beginning of the 2022 season recovering from off season surgery. Strong and powerful drive blocker. Plays with good leverage. Can lock out and control the defender in the run game – very effective hand use. Has difficulty with speed on the edge (see 2021 Michigan game) which may have prompted the UW coaching staff to move Kirkland to guard for the 2022 season.

Olusegun Oluwatimi, Michigan

6025 / 309 / 32.6” Arms

Transfer from Virginia. Excellent size – looks the part. Plays with good natural leverage and moves smoothly in space. Responsible for the line calls, Oluwatimi adds leadership to the team. Plays with excellent leverage and a wide base. Very good balance. Effectively uses hands to latch on and control the defender. Handles bull rushes well. Fights throughout the block and handles both speed and power well. Won the Outland and Rimington Award in 2022.

Olusegun Oluwatimi, Michigan

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Jason Kelce, Philadelphia

McClendon Curtis / UT-Chattanooga

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McClendon Curtis / UT-Chattanooga

6060 / 324 / 35” Arms

Large man with a huge reach and wingspan. Quick off the snap. Plays balanced with a wide base and good knee bend. Good ability to anchor and deny the bull rush. Active with his hands but inconsistent placement. Struggles the farther he is required to move – lined up at ORT at the Senior Bowl and acquitted himself well overall but was torched for a sack by LSU Edge Ali Gaye. Best suited to playing IOL.

Andrew Vorhees / USC

6060 / 310 / 32.1” Arms

Very good size and adequate length. Very experienced with more than 30 games starting experience at OG for the Trojans. Aggressively initiates contact in the run game, shoots his hands with ferocity and accurate placement, and controls the defender through the whistle. Displays a mean streak and a finishing temperament ideal for the run game. Effective pulling and getting out to the second level. Fundamentally solid technique in pass protection. Alert and aware to stunts, blitzes, and games and is a smart football player. Missed the PAC-12 Championship Game and the Cotton Bowl to rehab in preparation for April’s draft.

Andrew Vorhees / USC

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Elgton Jenkins, Green Bay

O’Cyrus Torrence / Florida

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Player Comparison:

Kevin Zeitler, Baltimore

O’Cyrus Torrence / Florida

6050 / 330 / 33.7” Arms

Massive man with size, length, and girth. Athletic enough to adjust to moving targets at the second level. Sinks his hips and plays with excellent leverage. Displays quick twitch at the snap and explodes off the ball. Athletic enough to get to the second level and clean up LBs. Plays with a nasty demeanor and is a physical force, especially in the run game. Torrence should be a Top 25 pick in April.

Adonis Boone, Louisville

6050 / 296 / 34” Arms

Excellent size – long arms. Plays with leverage. Nice punch and locks out and controls the defender. Powerful, especially as a run blocker. Effective blocking on the move or in space at the second level. Team runs behind him in critical short yardage situations. Cardinals moved him to OT during 2022 season and did not look out of place with the length and movement skills to project outside in the NFL.

Adonis Boone, Louisville

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Mekhi Becton, NY Jets

Asim Richards, North Carolina

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Ed Ingram, Minnesota

Asim Richards, North Carolina

6040 / 309 / 34” Arms

Very good size and overall length. Big and strong and is an effective run blocker. Plays with good balance but is limited athletically and may need to slide inside. Can mirror and slide but footwork is not overly clean or quick and he has trouble handling speed on the edge. Tenacious and tough. Strong. Drops hips, latches on, and neutralizes power. Plays with a wide base and anchors well against the bull rush. Has a narrow kick slide which allows speed to beat him to the corner.

Dillan Gibbons, Florida State

6034 / 333 / 10.7” Hands / 33.3” Arms

Transfer from Notre Dame. Nice size with good height, length, and well-distributed mass. Sets extremely low and maintains that leverage throughout the block. Plays with a good base and exhibits good balance. Needs to improve punch power and placement – sometimes allows the defender to get into his body. Athletic enough to pull. Fundamentally solid and plays with good technique.

Dillan Gibbons, Florida State

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Austin Deculus, Houston

Samuel Jackson, UCF

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Cesar Ruiz, New Orleans

Samuel Jackson, UCF

6050 / 331 / 32.7” Arms

Excellent size with long arms, overall length, and solid mass throughout his body. Displays quick twitch at the snap and typically initiates contact. Athletic enough to be used as a puller in short yardage situations. Plays with good pad level and moves the defender out of the play with technique, pad level, and power. Very good run blocker. Alert and aware and looks for work when unoccupied. Nature of this RPO-based offense requires short sets by the OL to support the option game and OL are not normally deployed in a more pro-ready system. There will be a period of adjustment, but Jackson seems to have the athleticism to play a more traditional system.

Jake Andrews, Troy

6030 / 305 / 32.7” Arms

Very good balance – needs to keep hands inside or risk penalties. Is challenged by speed across his face. Good leverage - sinks hips and handles power well – threw down CCU’s Clark (343 lb) on a bull rush attempt. When latches on, displays impressive power. When hands are inside the OL pads, Andrews competes and gives up ground with significant resistance. Looks like an NFL center.

Jake Andrews, Troy

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Sam Ehlinger, Indianapolis

Anthony Bradford, LSU

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La'el Collins, Cincinnati

Anthony Bradford, LSU

6040 / 332 / 33.4” Arms

Massive OL prospect with height, length, and mass to line up at either OG or OT – has starting experience all along the OL playing in 29 career games with 17 starts in Baton Rouge (at ORG and OLT). Carries a little too much weight in his midsection and conditioning needs improvement. Strong and physical with substantial natural power – when he locks out, he typically wins. Plays with good knee bend and his balance is very good. Effectively punches, resets, and battles throughout the rep, although his punches lack power and you seldom see him rock the defender with his hands. Is alert and aware to games and blitzes in his area of responsibility. Possesses good short area lateral agility but struggles the farther he is required to move – athletic enough to man ORT but seems best suited to OG. Struggles with speed on the outside and is more effective as a run blocker than as a pass protector. A little too passive in his approach and receives more contact than he delivers – lacks some desired nastiness and finishing ability.

Brent Laing / Minnesota-Duluth

6040 / 304 / 32.3” Arms

Good height and solid build for an IOL. Has experience at OT and OG. Fires out of his stance with good pad level, a wide base, and a nasty disposition in the run game. Rag dolls Division 2 DL with strength, technique, and a mean streak – dominates his opposition. Effective on short pulls in the running game. Footwork is a bit choppy on the outside in pass protection but he plays balanced with a wide base. Displays promising athletic ability to get out to the second level in the screen game.

Brent Laing / Minnesota-Duluth

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Ali Marpet, retired NFL player

Ricky Stromberg / Arkansas

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David Andrews, New England

Ricky Stromberg / Arkansas

6030 / 306 / 33.2” Arms

Very good size with the mass and length desired for the center position. Has started 44 games during his career in Fayetteville, including 25 straight games to end his career. Plays with good knee bend and a wide base – technique is fundamentally solid. Physical in the run game. Initiates contact and finishes blocks with a nasty edge. Drives legs on contact and can uproot DTs off the line. Handles size on his nose well. Alert to games and stunts up front. Anchors well against the bull rush and holds his own in pass protection.

Alex Forsyth / Oregon

6040 / 303 / 32.6” Arms

Good sized center for the Ducks with solid mass and good overall length. Very smart and alert player. Quick into his blocks. Plays with great knee bend, shoots hands quickly, and engages the block aggressively. Has some difficulty with size and power lined up on his nose. Plays with good base and works hard to finish the block. Athletic enough to pull or adjust to stunts and blitzes across his face. Used effectively in the screen game and gets out to the second level with urgency. Responsible for the line calls and offensive blocking adjustments.

Alex Forsyth / Oregon

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Brian Allen, LA Rams

Mark Evans / Arkansas-Pine Bluff

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Quinn Meinerz, Denver

Mark Evans / Arkansas-Pine Bluff

6025 / 303 / 32.3” Arms

Solid size and mass for an IOL but lacks the length desired at OT. Has spent the majority of his career at OLT but will most likely need to slide inside in the NFL. Quick out of his stance and initiates contacts in the running game. Better in a small area and struggles in pass protection the farther he is required to move. Sometimes gets flat-footed and then beaten around the edge. Strong and he can control the defender in the run game. Athletic and can get out to the second level and lead on screens and sweeps.

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