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PFF scouting report: Daniel Brunskill, T, SDSU

BERKELEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Tight end Daniel Brunskill #89 of the San Diego State Aztecs rushes up field after a pass reception for a touchdown against the California Golden Bears during the first quarter at California Memorial Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Berkeley, California. The California Golden Bears defeated the San Diego State Aztecs 35-7. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Name: Daniel Brunskill

School: SDSU

Position fit: Tackle, he’s undersized for most schemes. Some teams may look for him to return to tight end in a pure blocking role.

Stats to know: Surrendered fewer than three pressures in all but three games in 2016.

What he does best:

  • Good feet and moves well in space.
  • Very smooth working to second level in zone-blocking scheme.
  • Good at generating movement in run blocks.
  • Good understanding of angles to blocks.
  • Had excellent run-blocking grades in 2015 as a tight end before moving to right tackle in 2016 and finishing ninth in the nation with a run-blocking grade of 81.3.
  • Eighth-highest percentage of positively graded plays among draft class tackles.

Biggest concern:

  • Lighter frame and is susceptible to bull rushes. 20 percent of his surrendered pressures came from bull rushes, above the NCAA average of 10 percent.
  • Can get thrown off of blocks.
  • Does not have natural position fit in the NFL.
  • May not be able to hold up physically vs. NFL defensive lineman.
  • Had an average pass blocking efficiency amongst tackles in all of FBS.

Bottom line: Brunskill is a tackle who played tight end and then came back to tackle for the 2016 season. Brunskill graded really well as a run-blocker and studying his game film it is easy to see why. Brunskill is good in space and solid at finishing blocks. Brunskill is at his best on outside zone plays and his chances of playing in the NFL may depend on going to a team that is outside zone heavy in their running game. If Brunskill can bump inside and play guard in a scheme like the Atlanta Falcons to utilize his athleticism and run blocking ability he becomes an even more intriguing prospect. The biggest downside in Brunskill’s game is his light frame and he is susceptible to being bull rushed in pass protection and does not have great experience playing offensive line in general. Brunskill has an uphill climb to be an NFL lineman but his productivity in PFF grades can’t be ignored as to his potential.

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