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Joel Bitonio - 6'4" 315 Lbs


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To add to that:

- Plays fairly upright and isn't a natural knee bender.

- Can sometimes lunge when trying to run block.

- A little inconsistent with technique and footwork.

- Can get beat with speed moves, but is not often and not a major concern.

- Needs a little improvement in run blocking.

+ Athletic for his size.

+ Gets downfield in a hurry and is able to dismantle linebackers with ease.

+ Enganges defenders and usually goes to the whistle.

+ Can play with a mean streak.

+ Solid ability to anchor and reset his feet.

+ Rarely gets beat with power moves.

+ Doesn't really get pushed around.

+ Very good initial punch.

+ Can seal off defenders.

+ Has ability to open holes in the run game.

I don't see him as a LT, maybe with some proper training but I like him better as a RT. Jusy my opinion.

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To add to that:

- Plays fairly upright and isn't a natural knee bender.

- Can sometimes lunge when trying to run block.

- A little inconsistent with technique and footwork.

- Can get beat with speed moves, but is not often and not a major concern.

- Needs a little improvement in run blocking.

+ Athletic for his size.

+ Gets downfield in a hurry and is able to dismantle linebackers with ease.

+ Enganges defenders and usually goes to the whistle.

+ Can play with a mean streak.

+ Solid ability to anchor and reset his feet.

+ Rarely gets beat with power moves.

+ Doesn't really get pushed around.

+ Very good initial punch.

+ Can seal off defenders.

+ Has ability to open holes in the run game.

I don't see him as a LT, maybe with some proper training but I like him better as a RT. Jusy my opinion.

Good descriptions. I see a potential solid RT that has the movement ability to work well in a ZBS as well as strength to work in a Man Base.

I am wondering just how good he might work out as a RG for us once properly coached and he learned to play there. His biggest flaw "as is" currently... and this is common for Tackles v. Guards in general due to the differences in technique required more than anything, is the knee bend issue. Tackles have to cover a lot of ground for edge rushers and tend to play relatively straight legged compared to a G because of it. I think I see with Bitonio the ability to become a stud RG if he masters that component of it; he seems to have everything else already IMO.

He is the right height... IMO, for the position in the NFL and has the mass as a youngster I look for. I tend to look at college Tackles to see where they might be NFL Guards in many cases and I see that possibility with Bitonio. Some college tackles are too tall IMO and/or lack the proper mass and physical bodystyle to readily convert over (ie, Garret Reynolds).

I want some OL that have a reasonable amount of "attitude" in their play... we don't have that in even one of our OL right now. I'm not saying I want them to be Harvey Dahls or Conrad Doblers (old school reference) but goodness... this group is a bunch of pansies! I watched Iowa v. Nebraska on Friday and loved watching Scherff FINISH people at times, as well as get down field to hit another defender. I see that same play from guys like Billy Turner (North Dakota State) at LT, and I miss seeing much of that from our Falcons.

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