Sunday, January 1, 2012
By proscoutdan Posted at 1:28 AM
JAKE LONG: Michigan, 6070 313 5.25. A four-year starter that is a physical player who shows quickness, power, and a mauler mentality. Plays with a good base in the run and passing games. Can maintain his power angles in the lower body with little crossover. Drops his hips in pass protection and demonstrates the ability to anchor against power rushers. Has good reach to his kick on pass protection. Better in closed quarters than in the open field. Limited pulling ability. Will struggle with edge speed at times. Michigan mostly slides and gap protects, so you don’t see him singled up a lot. He always has inside help on the slide and outside on gap protection. Could be a feature right tackle like Jon Jansen but will struggle on the left side. Needs to improve his pass protection punch. Will waist bend and overextend at times. Good quickness for his size on backside scoop blocks. Michigan asks their tackles to move lateral and expand defenders. He does a good job with this technique. Long arms. Shows patience in pass protection. Good short area quickness and hand strength. Footwork improved in 2007. Good body control. Plays with good balance. Not as athletic as Joe Thomas, but is very consistent. Hard worker that should be a top tackle for a long time. Excellent Combine workout. OSR:1/42. Early first round. (A-35 3/4, H-11, BP-37, 10-1.76).