Drew Boylhart February 2008
Jeff Otah   OT   Pittsburgh
Jeff is a big human being.  He has decent athletic talent to go along with those long arms that the scouts love to see for playing the left tackle position at the next level.  Jeff does a good job against the stronger and slower pass rushing DEís at the college level.  He does a solid job blocking for the run game and when he gets his hands on you, he can nullify a pass rush very easily.  Jeff has the talent to play at the next level, but not as a left tackle in the NFL.
Other than the fact that Jeff is out of shape, does not move his feet well, cannot redirect, does not play with consistency from one game to the next, is not quick enough off the snap and hasnít played football very long, heís ready for the NFL and Iím sure some team will draft him because of his size and the fact that he has long arms.  That should be good enough, right?!
Just because a former NFL coach tells everybody that he is coaching the best offensive linemen ever in his coaching career does not mean it is true.  Coaches lie or are certainly capable of making mistakes!  After looking at Jeff on film I know this for a fact.  If Jeff is the best O-lineman that Dave Weinstadt has ever coached, then I now understand why Dave is no longer a head coach in the NFL.  Maybe he just convinces himself, I donít know!  Maybe he was misquoted and what he really said  was that Jeff could be one of the best O-linemen that he has coached.  If he said that statement, then I have no problem.  Itís possible that Jeff could be that type of player, but right now, for the purposes of this draft, he is nowhere near being a potential starter in the NFL and if he is, then the coach that is starting him is lying to himself also.  Dave and him need to get a room together in the same mental ward.  Jeff Otah in the future -- some time down the road -- could turn into a solid RT or RG, but he is not a LT.  His LTI is a long ways away, but if Jeff gets in better shape, he could cut his LTI in half and I think in about two or three years he could become a starting O-lineman in the NFL.  However, he has to lose weight and get in better shape and then learn all over again how to play with less weight.