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TBN Draft Prospect Profile: Ronald Blair

 

Ronald Blair-Defensive End

College: Appalachian State

Height: 6’2

Weight: 284

 

 

(Lance Zierlein via NFL.com)

Strengths

Flashes some polish in his game. Comes out of track stance and fires into blockers with knee bend and good pad level. Uses leverage and tremendous power at the point of attack to rock offensive linemen who let their pads get too high. Able to set a strong edge. Attacks and stresses the seam of double team blocks with power in his legs. His coaches rave about his leadership and work in the film room.

Good lateral quickness with his feet and is very effective as a pass rusher in twists up front. Accelerates down the line to squeeze cutback lanes against the run. Bodies up and drives his legs through his tackles making sure running backs feel it. Has effective arm-­over as his go-­to move. Good length with big hands for his size. Can generate a quality bull rush.

 

Weaknesses

Shorter than teams would like at the defensive end spot. Lacks the overall agility and athleticism to play standing up. Carries some bad weight around the midsection. Could improve his overall conditioning.

Very little edge presence as a pass rusher. Unlikely to become a one­-on-­one winner as a pass rusher on the next level. Despite playing with knee bend out of snap, allows his pads level to get too high at times and can be knocked off balance as pass rusher.

 

 

Combine Numbers

Bench Press: 32 reps                         Vertical Jump: 30

Broad Jump: 9’05                               Shuttle: 4.53

3-cone drill: 7.95

 

Closing thoughts

Blair reminds me a little of Dwight Freeney due to similar size and both players displays of quickness and killer first step and burst coming off the ball. I can see the Dallas Cowboys picking him around the 4th to 5th round of this year’s draft.

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