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The Falcons worked out Boise State T Charles Leno Jr. on campus, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Leno Jr. was the best offensive lineman, along with Dakota Dozier, at the East-West Shrine game in the eyes of Rotoworld's Josh Norris. Leno also passed Norris' short shuttle threshold at the Combine, which has projected future success well since 2006. He likely projects as a third-round left tackle selection

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STRENGTHS: Long arms with a wide stance and nimble feet, staying light with his lateral shuffle. Coordinated athlete with good lean, balance and knee bend in his blocks. Nice job squaring his shoulders with proper eye use to track and mirror. Understands body angles with good patience and eye discipline. Shoots his hands and engages well with his length at the point of attack, riding rushers around the perimeter of the pocket. Positive attitude on and off the field. Tough and durable with versatile starting experience at both left and right tackle, starting every game the past three seasons (36 consecutive starts).

WEAKNESSES: Gives up ground at the point of attack and needs to develop his anchor and strengthen his lower body, too often rocked backwards. Needs to do a better job using his hands once engaged to better sustain. Needs to keep his hands inside to avoid holding calls and improve his placement. Lacks overwhelming strength in the run game and would like to see more of a killer attitude. Needs to do a better job with his limbs to fend off rush moves. Will play undisciplined at times and needs to stay patient to win proper positioning.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

A two-star high school recruit, Leno arrived in Boise as a little-known 265-pound tackle/tight end, but he quickly developed into a valuable cog on the Broncos? offensive line. He started at right tackle as a sophomore before taking over for Nate Potter at left tackle where he started every game as a junior and senior. He is looking to follow Ryan Clady, Daryn Colledge and Potter as the next Boise State left tackle to kickstart a NFL career. Leno has good athleticism, balance and mobility to move and mirror, but lacks ideal lower body power and base to dig his cleats in the ground and the limb strength to control blocks. He isn?t the most physical, but he has the traits to survive at the NFL level and projects as a down-the-road pro starter.

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STRENGTHS: Long arms with a wide stance and nimble feet, staying light with his lateral shuffle. Coordinated athlete with good lean, balance and knee bend in his blocks. Nice job squaring his shoulders with proper eye use to track and mirror. Understands body angles with good patience and eye discipline. Shoots his hands and engages well with his length at the point of attack, riding rushers around the perimeter of the pocket. Positive attitude on and off the field. Tough and durable with versatile starting experience at both left and right tackle, starting every game the past three seasons (36 consecutive starts).

WEAKNESSES: Gives up ground at the point of attack and needs to develop his anchor and strengthen his lower body, too often rocked backwards. Needs to do a better job using his hands once engaged to better sustain. Needs to keep his hands inside to avoid holding calls and improve his placement. Lacks overwhelming strength in the run game and would like to see more of a killer attitude. Needs to do a better job with his limbs to fend off rush moves. Will play undisciplined at times and needs to stay patient to win proper positioning.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

A two-star high school recruit, Leno arrived in Boise as a little-known 265-pound tackle/tight end, but he quickly developed into a valuable cog on the Broncos? offensive line. He started at right tackle as a sophomore before taking over for Nate Potter at left tackle where he started every game as a junior and senior. He is looking to follow Ryan Clady, Daryn Colledge and Potter as the next Boise State left tackle to kickstart a NFL career. Leno has good athleticism, balance and mobility to move and mirror, but lacks ideal lower body power and base to dig his cleats in the ground and the limb strength to control blocks. He isn?t the most physical, but he has the traits to survive at the NFL level and projects as a down-the-road pro starter.

Sounds like a majority of his flaws can easily be worked on.

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If we pass on the top OTs in the 1st and 2nd and end up drafting this guy in the 3rd I'm starting a riot at Flowery Branch. Who's with me?

The question is what to do if Matthews/Robinson are gone. I would take this guy and Mack over Lewan and a 4th round rusher. I'm fine with trading down for Martin though.

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Holmes was an 'East-West Shrine' game guy as well.

Color me less than impressed.

what does one have to do with the other? Apparently from now on every Free Asgent DE we try to sign is the next Ray Edwards and every OT is the next Holmes. Secret for ya, Holmes aint done here yetwink.png
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Big Boise State fan here(season ticket holder) Leno is a very good football player. Has all the ability in the world to be a good tackle in the NFL. Excels in pass blocking and an efficient run blocker. I don't think he is a day 1 starter. Given a couple of years to learn and and prepare then yes he then would be a starter. Worth a flyer in the later rounds. 5-7 round

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