Donovan is a big, powerful, athletic offensive lineman who can play more than
one position on the offensive line for the team that selects him. He shows quick
feet and the quickness to get out of his stance if moved inside as a guard. He
is excellent at pulling and going to the second level to make his blocks.
Donovan has the ďfunctionalĒ strength you look for in an offensive lineman. He
has strength and power in his lower body and the strength in his hands and arms
to change the direction of a pass rusher. Donovan has quick feet that will help
him recover when he gets beat and push defensive lineman up the field so that
his quarterback can slide in the pocket and extend plays. He looks on film to be
very smart and works well picking up stunts with his teammates. He does an
excellent job pulling and getting out in front of sweeps and screens because
this kid, in spite of his size, has the athletic talent and quick feet that make
it all seem easy. Donovan has the talent, size, foot quickness and strength to
be a potential all pro offensive lineman at the tackle or guard position if he
can step up to the challenge.
As with most athletic players, Donovan has more faith and confidence in his
athletic ability, relying more on this and less on using the correct techniques.
The next level will be the first time this kid will be challenged athletically
so using techniques consistently will be new for him. When he fires out and
blocks in the running game, he doesnít bring his feet and gets off balance
often. When he is passing blocking, he gets lazy using his punch and setting up
with balance. In short, this kid better grow up real fast because the challenge
for him at the next level is real.
Donovan almost seems bored when he plays. I donít think he is lazy, I just feel
that he is not challenged and, so far, his athletic ability has been enough to
get him to where he is right now, but it wonít be enough at the next level. He
has to get serious about football. Iím told Donovan has already reached his
goals in school, so Iím giving him the benefit of the doubt that football was
his second priority instead of his first, which tells me this kidís character is
right where it should be. But now itís time to get in better football shape,
hone his craft and become the potential Pro Bowl offensive lineman I think he
can become. Passing on this kid in the draft for very long will be a big mistake
because he can play left or right tackle and may also play left or right guard.
If someone is smart, they will give him a real challenge and see if he can make
the snaps at the center position. If he can, then Iím not sure you should wait
too long before you select him because this kid could be a special offensive
lineman. Letís just hope he starts to take playing football seriously from now
on because he will learn fast that it takes more than talent to play at the NFL