Name: Eduardo Middleton
School: Washington State
Position fit: Guard
Stats to know: Three years of good grades, but played in as offensive line-friendly scheme as possible. Allowed two sacks, three QB hits, and nine hurries in 2016.
What he does best:
- Solid mirror in pass protection. Possesses lateral agility required for guard.
- Adequate size for the position.
- As many reps in pass protection as any tackle in the class. 2,432 over last three seasons.
- Did not allow a pressure on 3-step (quick game) drops in 2016.
- Engages with head and on toes in pass protection. Impatient.
- Gets caught flat-footed far too often and gets stuck.
- Pass protection technique will have to be rebuilt from the ground up and taught the kick slide.
- Aided by favorable quick passing scheme and coaching to match.
- Never asked to execute many difficult blocks in the run game.
- Serious issues finding linebackers in space.
- Ranked 71st among draft-class guards with a run-block success percentage of 86.0 percent.
Bottom line: Middleton’s strong production grades stem largely from a favorable system at Washington State. His frame, movement skills, and athleticism are below-average among guards, and finding a spot at the next level will be a battle.