2016 NFL Draft Denver Broncos Scheme related positional review: OT


Hello fellow Broncos fans,

This is the fourth chapter of my 2016 draft positional review of prospects that in my opinion are really good fit for what the Broncos look for and the skills required at the position.

Today position of focus is OT

Thanks for reading.

P.S: CFA to me are College Free Agents.

2016 NFL Draft OT class evaluation:

Very good at the top end for LT or developmental LT, I think the Broncos won’t have the chance to get to any of those prospects. Maybe a couple of interesting players will still be there at the end of round 1 but no one will be there at the end of round 2. After this “clouster” there is some developmental talent that the Broncos could select at the end of the 3rd round because it will be gone at the end of 4th. The good note is that there are a lot of developmental RT/OGs later in the draft, from the 4th round on and deep until CFA.

What the Broncos look for:

Athletic skills and versatility, quickness, lateral movements and explosion. Power is important but does not have to be elite, size still matters.

Type of player the Broncos look for:

Smart prospect that could combine a mix of the following skills: toughness, athletic skills, power, explosion and size.

Best prospects related to team scheme and required skills

  1. Germain Ifedi (Texas A&M, rJr, 6’6”, 324 lbs): Best prospect related to scheme and skills required.
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
2nd 1st – 2nd

General Overview: has kind of heavy feet that he moves quickly but that affect somehow his body balance and his quick reaction to the defender. Has great size and thick body. Has the look of a powerful inside Olineman and he could start his Pro career there. Has some serious athleticism for a man of his size. Has good enough technique in pass block, he stays low with his huge body and moves well his feet. Has very good awareness.

My Broncos Evaluation: he is athletic enough to play in the Broncos’ zone blocking scheme. He can play RT as rookie for a number of teams and he could develop into being a reliable swing OT that could start and do well at LT in case of  no better option and surely in case of need. Also he could play inside, at G: he’s powerful and looks to have long arms, I think the Broncos could like his versatility, if they envision him as Guard too. He won’t be there at 63rd and overall and the Broncos, if interested could select him at 31st overall, depending who is still on the board, or if possible trade down in the top 5 selections of the 2nd round and take him there, where I think he belongs.

 

  1. Connor McGovern (Missouri, rJr, 6’4”, 306 lbs):
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
3rd – 4th 3rd

General Overview: underrated prospect that has very good athleticism, very good strength and good footwork. He moves well on the field, has good drive and pulls well in the running game. Has some experience in zone blocking and played both G and LT. Lacks elite explosion and quickness which indicates that he could have trouble blocking speed and quick rushers in the NFL. It looks that may have trouble at times picking up complex defensive audibles and blitzes.

My Broncos Evaluation: I really do like what I saw in his videos. He has the athletic skills the Broncos look for and the versatility too. Plus he looks to be very strong, having good footwork and awareness capability to execute zone schemes. I think that he could be targeted in the 3rd round by the Broncos, if they will get him at the end of the 4th or beginning of 5th round I will be shocked.

 

  1. Parker Ehinger (Cincinnati, rSr, 6’6”, 310 lbs):
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
6th – 7th 5th – 6th

General Overview: he is quick at the snap, has good lateral movement, acceptable footwork; lacks a bit of strength and does not bend naturally. Has surprisingly good body balance for a guy of his size. Shows more power when he anchors well on the field. Use well his body and his length to shield the defender away, has the short area quickness to  pick up quick pass rush movements and change of directions. At times he’s a  bit erratic at engaging the block. Shows unsuspected agility running to the second level of the defenders and very good body balance to place the block on the move. Versatile, played RG as rJr in 2014 and LT as rSr in 2015.

My Broncos Evaluation: the Broncos interviewed him at the Shrine game. Wow the Bronco scouting is getting it done. For what the Broncos look for, they really find the best fits. Ehinger IMO could need one year or two to get ready for NFL power and speed but he could be a very effective RT and G on Denver zone blocking scheme. Even at being the swing T. He’s fluid and natural, will need to become more powerful and getting more functional strength but he’s quick and fast and moves well. He has great size to top it all. A 5th to 6th rounder because I don’t think he will be ready after only one year. But really a great fit for the Broncos.

 

  1. Kyle Murphy (Stanford, Sr, 6’6”, 305 lbs):
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
3rd 3rd – 4th

General Overview: lacks a bit of quickness in his footwork, still is a polished blocker that knows how to move at the LOS and to get to the second level of defenders to place his blocks in the running game. Looks to be strong but has the frame to become even more powerful. Could anchor better at times and lacks elite athleticism. He could become a very good RT in the NFL, given time and patience to adapt to the speed and power of the Pros.

My Broncos Evaluation: He’s not the most athletic prospect at all, but is really a polished blocker and few times looks out of place: he always have clear who is his assignment and tries to stay with it until the whistle. Could have fits with speed rushers and when not anchoring well he has issues with powerful bull rusher. Anyhow does a good enough job in the preparation of the block to be able to recover and place a block when beaten. I think he has room to become more powerful and could become a great fit as G or RT in the zone blocking scheme of Denver.

 

  1. Avery Young (Auburn, rJr, 6’5”, 328 lbs):
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
6th 6th

General Overview: has good size and moves well enough to get his block in the run. Has a bit of heavy foot and will need to double his knee a bit more in order to have much better body balance. Does a very good job in the running game, quick and fast coming to the second level of defenders and open field. Have good awareness shifting his block assignment well when needed. He played both G and RT at Auburn.

My Broncos Evaluation: I think he could be a good developmental G in the zone blocking scheme and could also be used as RT if needed. Brings versatility and played at a high level in college. Has very good run blocking skills and is able to get in the open field and blow away defenders.

 

  1. Pearce Slater (San Diego State, Sr, 6’7”, 329 lbs):
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
6th – 7th 6th – 7th

General Overview: great size, raw but has effective footwork, great drive and body balance in running protection. Physical and aggressive in the run game, able to move his opponent using well the hands. Played in a pro-football based offense. Has problems with quick or speed rushers in the pass protection. When able to put the hands on his assignment is doing a much better job in pass protection.

My Broncos Evaluation: he’s a project but I really do like his physical style of play and his aggressiveness. I think he should play G in the NFL until his footwork won’t improve allowing him to keep better body balance and lateral movement to face NFL outside speed rushers.

  1. Stephane Nembot (Colorado, rSr, 6’7”, 322 lbs):
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
CFA 7th  – CFA

General Overview : huge size makes him attractive. Does good athletic things for a guy of his size. His footwork has to be review but is not horrible. Moves quite well for his size in pass protection. Looks very strong in the run game, pulling well and playing very physically. Has problem in pass protection especially with the quick pass rusher and more in general with the speed rush.

My Broncos Evaluation: I think he could definitely be developed into a RT/G hybrid in the NFL. He is in the category of the draftable prospects IMO and if the Broncos are looking for developmental player with size they will for sure try to get him into training camp. His performance at the combine won’t help him during the draft, I think there is a good chance that in the 7th round he could be there so that Denver could decide if to select him or wait and see if he falls into CFA.

  1. Wes Schweitzer (San Jose State, rSr, 6’4’’’, 300 lbs):
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
5th – 6th 6th

General Overview : good athleticism, runs well in open field to get to his blocks and has quite a good footwork. Lacks ideal size for an OT in the NFL. Has good strength. Does a good job also against bull rushers. He’s inconsistent and will have to get ready to play at a different speed and against more powerful players but he looks like a competitor to me.

My Broncos Evaluation: to me he shows flashes and has good potential. Might never be the best Olineman in the NFL but could become a starter, especially if moved at G. Has the athleticism and the blue collar style of play to be successful in the zone blocking scheme.

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