Gridiron Gab 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report – C Kristoffer O’Dowd

KRISTOFER O’DOWD, C, USC

Triangle Numbers: 6-5, 300, 5.2

Scouting Reports:

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Strengths:
• Good height and bulk with a relatively large frame
• Intelligent with outstanding instincts and awareness
• Technically sound and understands positioning / angles
• Relatively stout at the point of attack and can anchor
• Uses hands well, showing ability to lock on and sustain
• Mature, tough and competitive with a great work ethic
• Has a lot of experience against top-notch competition

Weaknesses:
• Limited athletically and not a natural knee bender
• Heavy feet to slide and mirror with average range
• Not very strong or powerful and lacks explosiveness
• Tends to get caught reaching and leaning at times
• Doesn’t get big push in run game and not a mauler
• Is too inconsistent when it comes to using leverage
• Dealt with injuries and durability is a major concern

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Versatile, could get some looks at Guard… Heady, good instincts for the position… Explosive… Good pass blocker, quick first step… Quick pass set… Uses his hands well… Good footwork, good lateral movement and slide… Blocks with solid leverage in pass protection… Does a nice job redirecting… Gets in front of stunts and blitzes… Very solid run blocker… Adequate strength at POA, reasonably good anchor when he stays low… Can generate solid power… Plays with a solid base… Very good contact balance… Gets to the second level and seals linebackers okay… Brings his feet along with him… Solid flexibility and body control but not good… Carries his pads well… Plays with good technique… Good mental toughness… Aggressive, gives a good effort… Reminds me of San Francisco’s Eric Heitmann.

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