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    • Burner's Burning Questions: The Mock Drafts, 2014 (Continual Updates)

      A quick view of the four OL draft prospects the Redskins have interviewed.

      First their combine physical measurements

      Ja'wuan James 6'6"-311 lbs arm length-35" hand size-9 7/8"

      Cyril Richardson 6'5"-329 lbs arm length-34 5/8" hand size-9 1/2"

      Jon Halapio 6'3" -323 lbs arm length-33 5/8" hand size-10 1/4"

      Charles Leno 6'4" -304 lbs arm length-34 3/8" hand size-10 1/8"

      A quick analysis from Walter Football and, if available CBS Sports on these guys.

      Ja'Wuan James

      Walter Football

      "2/15/14: James played well for Tennessee overall in 2013, including versus South Carolina. He got some double-team help when going against Jadeveon Clowney, but James kept Clowney from recording a sack. James is a tough run-blocker and a reliable pass-protector. He is surprisingly athletic for his size. At most colleges, Jones would have been a starting left tackle. Sources have told WalterFootball.com they see James going on Day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft. He could be a nice sleeper pick.

      8/9/13: While other linemen have received more attention, James has been the rock on Tennessee's offensive line. He has started all 37 games of his collegiate career at right tackle. The Volunteers allowed just 18 sacks (1.5 per game) last year, and James had a strong season protecting Tyler Bray.

      James also has some power at the point of attack as a run-blocker. He is a preseason All-SEC selection entering the 2013 season. James is a right-tackle prospect for the NFL, but he could move inside to guard as well."

      CBS Sports

      STRENGTHS: Surprisingly quick off the snap, showing the ability to slide to protect the edge against the variety of speed rushers he has faced in the SEC. Plays on the balls of his feet but with his knees bent and his butt down, putting him good position to shuffle laterally as well as anchor against a quality bull-rush. Surprisingly light feet also stand out while run-blocking, as does his competitive spirit.
      Powerful at the point of attack and can drive defenders off the ball. Not shy about peeling off of them to target would-be tacklers at the second level, as well. A plug and play candidate, James looks like a solid bet to crack the first 100 picks of the 2014 draft.

      WEAKNESSES: Like most blockers with his frame, James occasionally struggles with pad level. When he drops his head, he can be beaten with a swim move over the top. This occurs most often while run blocking.

      --Rob Rang


      It is difficult to be overshadowed at 6-6, 324-pounds but given the high profile talent in Knoxville, James qualifies. The veteran of 37 consecutive starts at right tackle for the Vols entering the 2013 season, James is more fundamentally sound than talented junior left tackle Antonio "Tiny" Richardson and yet offers a similar package of size and athleticism."

      Cyril Richardson-Walter Football only as CBS Sports had no recently written breakdown

      "2/15/14: Richardson was dominant in the early going of 2013 as Baylor has put up some massive point totals against some weak opponents. Running back Lache Seastrunk had a lot of success running behind Richardson. The Bears' schedule got more difficult in the second half of the year, but Richardson still played well. He finished with solid performances against Texas and Central Florida.

      At the Senior Bowl, Richardson really struggled with Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald. He not only beat Richardson routinely with speed rushes, but also dumped the big guard on his backside with some power rushes. It was a rough week for Richardson that really hurt his chances of being a first-round pick.

      8/9/13: Richardson would probably fit best at guard in the NFL, but could maybe pull off right tackle. He played tackle in 2011, but was moved back to guard last year (he was there in 2010). The junior was much better at guard. Richardson opened up a lot of holes and was greatly improved as a pass-blocker. He has good size with a some quickness at guard.

      Richardson could have a huge 2013 season as a run-blocker with a duo of excellent backs in Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin. A strong season could put Richardson in the running as the top guard prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft class.

      Richardson did an overall good job of blocking for quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2011. Richardson also did well opening up holes in the ground game for Terrance Ganaway. There were games in 2011 in which Richardson allowed too much pressure, but he has the potential to develop into a quality prospect. "

      Jon Halapio-no CBS Sports write-up but Walter Football had one.

      "2/15/14: Florida had big hopes for a great season from Halapio, but he missed the first two games of 2013 with an injury. Halapio played well after returning to the lineup. He held his own against LSU. Halapio played through a ton of injuries. He had some good moments at the Senior Bowl, but wasn't always consistent. If Halapio can stay healthy, he could be nice value in the mid-rounds.

      8/8/13: Halapio had a good 2012 season as a run-blocker for Mike Gillislee. Halapio is strong at the point of attack and pushes defensive linemen around. The senior needs to improve his pass protection and his ability to handle speed-rushers. Halapio allowed too much pressure as a sophomore."

      Charles Leno-(I couldn't find a write-up on him on Walter Football but found one at CBS Sports)


      STRENGTHS: Long arms with a wide stance and nimble feet, staying light with his lateral shuffle. Coordinated athlete with good lean, balance and knee bend in his blocks. Nice job squaring his shoulders with proper eye use to track and mirror. Understands body angles with good patience and eye discipline. Shoots his hands and engages well with his length at the point of attack, riding rushers around the perimeter of the pocket. Positive attitude on and off the field. Tough and durable with versatile starting experience at both left and right tackle, starting every game the past three seasons (36 consecutive starts).
      WEAKNESSES: Gives up ground at the point of attack and needs to develop his anchor and strengthen his lower body, too often rocked backwards. Needs to do a better job using his hands once engaged to better sustain. Needs to keep his hands inside to avoid holding calls and improve his placement. Lacks overwhelming strength in the run game and would like to see more of a killer attitude.

      Needs to do a better job with his limbs to fend off rush moves. Will play undisciplined at times and needs to stay patient to win proper positioning.

      --Dane Brugler


      A two-star high school recruit, Leno arrived in Boise as a little-known 265-pound tackle/tight end, but he quickly developed into a valuable cog on the Broncos? offensive line. He started at right tackle as a sophomore before taking over for Nate Potter at left tackle where he started every game as a junior and senior. He is looking to follow Ryan Clady, Daryn Colledge and Potter as the next Boise State left tackle to kickstart a NFL career. Leno has good athleticism, balance and mobility to move and mirror, but lacks ideal lower body power and base to dig his cleats in the ground and the limb strength to control blocks. He isn?t the most physical, but he has the traits to survive at the NFL level and projects as a down-the-road pro starter."

      One thing I noticed, and it's something NFL scouts and coaches look for, most of these guys have over 30 consecutive game starts which is a pretty good indicator for durability.

      Baylor, Boise State and as of the 2013 season Tennessee incorporate zone blocking to some extent-large or small or variations thereof-in their offense scheme so that may be something to keep in mind about the apparent interest shown by the Redskins coaching staff.

      I don't have free time right now to try to get into a deep stat-collecting analysis of how their respective teams compared on pass/run scheme comparisons but looking at the physical attributes and write-ups on these guys may give insights as to why Jay G. and the staff are showing such interest and perhaps hints as to what they have in mind for the Redskins offense this upcoming season.

      One more thing, I found a site that aggregates draft prospect videos and allows you to select them by various criteria, such as player position...etc. Thought I'd pass that along in case others might want to eyeball some of these guys.

      Players | Draft Breakdown

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Burner's Burning Questions: The Mock Drafts, 2014 (Continual Updates) started by Burgundy Burner View original post
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