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Everything you Need to Know About: Fifth Round Offensive Linemen

Time for round five, a round featuring some steals (Brandon Frye and Cameron Stepheson) and one player I doubt is long for this league (Clint Oldenburg).

Uche Nwaneri

Body
Height: 6' 3.1"
Weight: 325
Frame: +
Arm Length:

Strength
Burst: 409.13
Thrust: 1726.60
225: 24
Misc:

Agility
Shuttle:
3 Cone:
Top Speed: 8.77

Technique
Quick off the Snap: 0
Hip/Knee Bend: +
2nd Level: +
Hand Punch: -
Footwork: 0

Character
Effort: 0
Personality: --

Nwaneri is a big guy who generates a lot of force off the line, but a number things have to worry you: Paramount of which is that he missed a year for breaking a teammates jaw his junior season. I'm not naive enough to think that football players, especially linemen, are big cuddly Teddy bears--let's face it the majority of these guys are big, mean and violent for a living. But something must be said about impulse control. Nwaneri has poor footwork, inadequate upper-body strength coupled with a weak hand-punch and may have maxed out his frame. Despite all that, his Burst is elite and justifies this pick.

Cameron Stephenson

Body
Height: 6' 3.2"
Weight: 306
Frame: 0
Arm Length:

Strength
Burst: 376.41
Thrust: 1746.13
225: 33
Misc:

Agility
Shuttle: 4.81
3 Cone: 7.72
Top Speed: 8.66

Technique
Quick off the Snap: +
Hip/Knee Bend: 0
2nd Level: -
Hand Punch: +
Footwork: -

Character
Effort: ++
Personality: +

Stephenson looks like a very good prospect. He has the kind of explosive strength in his upper body and lower body you look for. His effort is considered top notch, but his technique, especially his footwork (something I think is extra important) is not great. He'll more than likely max out as an in-line blocker. The biggest question for Stephenson, though, is whether he's maxed out his frame. 306 and top heavy is not an ideal combination for an NFL linemen. Stephenson has great tools, but his projectability is questionable.

Brandon Frye

Body
Height: 6'4.1"
Weight: 302
Frame: +
Arm Length: 32 5/8"

Strength
Burst: 369.95
Thrust: 2,240.89
225: 34

Agility
Shuttle: 4.40
3 Cone: 7.50
Top Speed: 9.30

Technique
Quick off the Snap: +
Hip/Knee Bend: +
2nd Level: +
Hand Punch: 0
Footwork: 0

Character
Effort: +
Personality: ++

The biggest problem with Frye is lack of experience, as he only started 11 games. He looks a little light for a guard position, but could make a very capable right tackle. The "0" in this instance are of the "incomplete" variety. I expect Frye to need a little seasoning on the practice squad, but he could be an impact player in a couple years--this is a good value pick for the Texans that might take a couple of years to pan out. Believe it or not, with a scary talented defensive line and with a steadily improving offense, Houston could be a contender in a few years.

Clint Oldenburg

Body
Height: 6' 5.1"
Weight: 300
Frame: +
Arm Length:

Strength
Burst: 335.66
Thrust: 1,896.71
225:
Misc:

Agility
Shuttle: 4.74
3 Cone:8.19
Top Speed: 8.69 YPS

Technique
Quick off the Snap: 0  
Hip/Knee Bend: -
2nd Level: +
Hand Punch: 0
Footwork: - -

Character
Effort: +
Personality: +

Oldenburg, I've waited a long time for you. Creating this system I wasn't sure what would turn out to be a good score or what would turn out to be a bad score. I.e. how clear it would be that one player is a top prospect and another a likely bust, but Oldenburg is nearly the full buffet of crappy. His Burst is one of the worst in the draft, meaning he has very little explosion off the snap and will be consistently outmatched by larger defenders. He has very poor footwork, meaning quicker defenders will put him off balance before blowing past him or simply knocking him down. He gets high in his stance, possibly because he can't get any leverage after his pop-gun Burst. His hand punch is considered mediocre and he refused to allow scouts to measure his explosive upper-body strength at the 225. Oldenburg has one tool and that's size, but if this guy ever makes it off the practice squad I'll be amazed.