Kristofer O'Dowd   OC   USC

TALENT BOARD

 Round 3


STRENGTHS

Kristofer is a technically sound, athletic center.  He shows good leadership skills and does a nice job working with his QB to address possible blitzes and changes in blocking assignments.  Kristofer is great when going to the next level and blocking linebackers.  He can be used in a pulling system because of his athleticism.  Kristofer shows on film good lateral agility, has a solid punch and is quick out of his stance when pass blocking.  This kid is going to be a quality football player, a core favorite and a QB's best friend in the near future. 

 

CONCERNS

I don't like to downgrade a player because of injuries, but in this case, the number of injuries have affected Kristopher's lower body strength.  He struggles with a man right on him and will struggle and need help anchoring against nose tackles in a 3-4 defense.  Also, his lack of lower body strength will also add to the possibility of future leg injuries if he can't get any stronger than he is right now.  His injuries and lack of strength have affected his ability to lead by example right now, but all of this can be corrected if he is given time to strengthen his overall body.  

   

BOTTOM LINE

The perfect scenario for Kristofer is to be drafted and not start right away until he can build himself up and get stronger.  As I said, he is a technically sound center with excellent athletic abilities.  I'm not sure if he will ever be that great against a 3-4 defense because he is tall for a center.  If Kristofer wants to play any position on the offensive line he will have to get stronger and, once he does, he should be an excellent offensive lineman for the team that drafts him.  USC has Kristofer listed at 6'5", which, if that holds true, Kristofer might be used as a guard instead of a center.  Look closely at what happens in the Senior Bowl.  That will give you a good feel for the position the NFL wants Kristofer to play.  It would not surprise me at all if they work him out guard and only look at him in passing as a center because of his size.  The NFL does not like tall centers and just about anyone over 6'3" or 6'4" winds up being a guard.  There are exceptions, but not many.  Any way you look at it, Kristofer should be a solid NFL offensive lineman given the time to get stronger especially in his lower body. 

 

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  Drew Boylhart   Jan/11