James Brewer, OT, Indiana

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James Brewer, OT, Indiana

Postby Pudge » Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:54 pm

JAMES BREWER
6-6/323
Indiana Senior
40: 5.30 (estimated)

PROS:

Has good size and does a nice job locking onto defenders. Can get on 2nd level, lock on, and drive defender down the field. Does a nice job on the kick out block, getting good position. Shows enough athleticism to pull outside. Plays with good mean streak. Does a decent job getting into his set and shows good technique.

CONS:

Doesn't have great feet and struggles matching up against speed. Needs to do a better job adjusting in space. Gets beat by swim move and the quick inside move much too easily. Sets up with his hands too low to deliver proper punch at times. Needs to improve his hand use as a run blocker. Lacks ideal pop for a player his size and blocks too high at times. Doesn't get much push in short-yardage situations. Misses too many assignments. Durability is a concern.

OVERVIEW:

Brewer is a nice developmental right tackle with good size. A two-year starter at right tackle, starting 21 games over his final two seasons. Missed time in 3 of his 4 years with foot and ankle injuries. Missed 3 games this past year due to an ankle injury. His sophomore year ended prematurely with an ankle injury, missing final 4 games, and missed all of his freshman year with a foot injury.

NFL FORECAST:

You see flashes of potential from Brewer that makes you think if he can get NFL coaching, he can be a decent starter down the road. But he's a long-term developmental guy that the best you can probably hope for is with three or four years on the bench, he can become a decent starter. But more than likely he's a career backup that really needs to get better as a run blocker if he wants to stick long-term in the pros. He's just not as good there as you'd want a player with his size. He's more of a technician than athletic/physical specimen, but his technique isn't as sound as you'd like. He'll have to be covered up by a tight end frequently to get by against speed rushers at the next level. He's a guy that I think can compete for a reserve spot, but ultimately I don't see him sticking beyond four or five years unless he takes well to NFL coaching and really polishes up his technique.

ATL FORECAST:

Brewer can compete as a reserve here in Atlanta, but because he's a limited run blocker, he doesn't really offer an upgrade over Svitek. He could stick around for some time and add some depth, but he doesn't really have the upside to think he's a good heir apparent and successor to Clabo on the right side down the road, and doesn't have the athleticism you want to see in a swing tackle. He's more of a body than a legit prospect for the Falcons.

VALUE:

Because he does have some upside to be a quality reserve and OK starter down the road, Brewer is a nice late round pick that could come off the board in the fifth or sixth round.

SKILLS:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 3.0
Pass Blocking: 2.0
Run Blocking: 2.5
Footwork: 2.0
Technique: 2.5
Mobility: 2.5
Mean Streak: 3.5
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