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18 Apr 2012

Scouting the Draft: Offensive Tackles

Former Steelers offensive line coach Larry Zierlein documents some scouting thoughts on the top offensive tackles in this year's draft. He's also covered a few guards and Ohio State center Michael Brewster.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 18 Apr 2012

3 comments, Last at 19 Apr 2012, 10:21pm by BaronFoobarstein


by Mr Shush :: Thu, 04/19/2012 - 7:31am

He makes Massie sound quite a bit like Duane Brown. If so, some zone-blocking team (the Raiders?) could end up being very happy with him.

For those who don't know, Zierlein's son Lance also writes for the Sideline View and Houston Chronicle online, and his stuff is almost always excellent - one of the rare journalists who really knows the game well enough to talk intelligently about it (especially from a scouting/play breakdown perspective) off his own back.

by Karl Cuba :: Thu, 04/19/2012 - 11:52am

I am in no means an expert on line play, I'll make that clear to start but what's the deal with Kalil's run blocking? He looks outstanding in pass protection where he displays fantastic agility for a man of his size, little expertise is needed to recognise that he has the potential to be an elite pass blocking left tackle. However he seems to lunge quite a lot when he is run blocking and this is accentuated by him not bending his knees. He gets away with it because of his agility and driving with his good foot quickness. However, I wonder is this a technical flaw and if so could it hurt him at the next level where someone like Justin Smith is just going to knock him over?

by BaronFoobarstein :: Thu, 04/19/2012 - 10:21pm

Just a guess, but maybe he lunges a lot because he gets away with it with his athleticism. Can he continue to get away with it at the next level? My guess would be no. Will he be able to correct it? Maybe.