Played tuba in the band before taking up football his senior season in Alabama. As a true freshman in 2007, started 7-of-11 games at left tackle. Was academically ineligible in ’08. Started all 24 games at left tackle in 2009 and ’10. Made 11 starts at left tackle in ’11, missing only the UCF game because of an illness.
Looks the part — tall with a lean, projectable frame, room for added bulk and vines for arms (big wingspan). Has length and stature to snare and control defenders. Steers rushers wide with ease. Can pop and recoil. Fluid straight-line movement shows in space. Climbs to the second level in two steps and pulls with explosion — can lead through the hole and blow it out (see Southern Miss). Flashes some nasty. Has upside.
Needs to bulk up and get stronger (short on finishing strength). Carries his hands low and too often lands high and wide of the target. Needs to learn to bend at the knees and play with a better base. Soft drive blocker. Average body control. Can be impatient — lunges and whiffs. Struggles adjusting to counters and is slow to recover. Opens the gate and lets rushers cross his face. Inconsistent sustain. Short on instincts, intelligence and awareness. Slow eyes — not alert to stunts and blitzes. Technique needs work.
Left the band to join the football team and is physically talented, but raw, inconsistent and still growing into being a football player — physically and mentally. Looks like a starting left tackle in flashes, but is a developmental project at this stage of his career. Is most ideally suited for a zone-slide protection scheme.