NFL Draft Profile: Illinois C Graham Pocic

Reid Compton-US PRESSWIRE

A look at Illinois center Graham Pocic who has a chance to be selected in the later rounds of this week's NFL Draft.

Basics

Position: Center
Height: 6'7
Weight: 310 pounds

Strengths

Stays low while blocking, which is necessary given his height. Has good enough footwork to move on to second level to take on middle linebacker or for pulling. Plays angry and plays through the whistle. One of better pass-blockers on offensive line, as he uses a wide base and good footwork to keep himself between the defender and the quarterback. Durability is not a question.

Weaknesses

His height is a disadvantage at center, as 6'7 could be "too tall' for the position. While he has the size to block in the NFL he doesn't have the strength to match his attitude at times.

Anything Else?

Has spent some time at guard, which is a position that may end up being the best spot for him on the next level. Is the older brother of LSU lineman Ethan Pocic.

Summary

Pocic is a player that deserves a spot in an NFL camp this summer as he has the potential to be a starter in the NFL. He needs to get stronger, but his mobility and durability along with his ability to read a defense works in his favor. May not be ready-made for the NFL in 2013, but could be groomed as a starter for the future. A team with a zone-blocking scheme would be the best fit.

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