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PFF scouting report: Ethan Pocic, C, LSU

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 22: during the first half of a game at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Name: Ethan Pocic

School: LSU

Position fit: Center

Stats to know: No. 3 grade among Power-5 centers in 2016. Played 16 snaps at left tackle and 44 snaps at right tackle in 2016.

What he does best:

  • Uses size and strength to control blocks.
  • Fires low off the ball, especially for a 6-foot-7 center. Puts him in good position for reach blocks and makes him a good fit for a zone-blocking scheme.
  • Good balance getting to the second level and has the ability to lock onto blocks.
  • Made some nice plays on pull blocks and screens, good angles on plays.
  • Good awareness and understanding of center position.
  • Showed ability to block man on man in pass protection from center position. Rarely beaten cleanly right off the snap.
  • Held his own during his limited time playing tackle, adding some position versatility to the mix.

Biggest concern:

  • Quickness and athletic ability an issue; not great at changing directions.
  • Allows defenders to get into his chest from time to time, can get thrown off of block.
  • While he’s quick to get into position on his reach blocks, does have some issues sustaining and that led to a few holding penalties.

Bottom line: Pocic does a lot of things well and his ability to make difficult reach blocks make him a fit in any scheme. He’s sound in pass protection and even dabbled at offensive tackle to add some versatility, though he’ll get a shot to stick at center where he looks like one of the best the draft has to offer.

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