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PFF scouting report: Eduardo Middleton, G, Washington State

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Eduardo Middleton #73 of the Washington State Cougars and Kenny Clark #97 of the UCLA Bruins await the snap as Luke Falk #4 of the Washington State Cougars calls plays at the line of scrimmage during a game at the Rose Bowl on November 14, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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.

Biggest concern:

  • 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.

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