John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin

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John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin

Postby Pudge » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:35 pm

Wisconsin Senior
40: 5.55


Solid run blocker that plays with good pop and is able to get position. Has good hand placement as a run blocker and is able to get some push up front. Is an effective puller and does a good job hitting his assignments the majority of the time. Does a good job getting into his pass set quickly and will initiate contact with defender. Can lock on in pass protection and has a good, strong punch. Is able to redirect defender and wall him off, doing a good job in a short area. Finishes his blocks and keeps working downfield. Shows ability to cut a defender in space and can engulf the linebacker at the second level.


Limited athlete and it shows when he's matching up against quicker interior defenders. Limited footwork and lateral quickness. Not as effective when you force him to play on his heels in pass protection because of it. Doesn't show good leg drive when trying blocker, tending to rely on getting position rather than driving his assignment downfield. Not always able to lock on and maintain his block against the defender in the hole when he pulls.


Moffitt is a solid run blocker in Wisconsin's system that runs a bunch of off-tackles. Their bread and butter play usually is a the power O that has him pulling and leading the Badger running back into the hole, and it's very effective. He's not a great pass protector, but makes up for his lack of ideal footwork and athleticism with solid technique and hand use. He started 42 games in his career at Wisconsin, mostly at left guard. He was the full-time starter at center during his sophomore year, and started the last two games of his junior year there due to injuries elsewhere. Logged total of 15 starts at center, and 27 at left guard.


Moffitt is a good fit at left guard on a team that runs a lot of man blocking and will try to pull him. He's not great in pass protection and probably will struggle defending against the top defensive tackles at the next level, but he does his job and should be at least above average because of his polished hand use. He is a good run blocker, but could get better, particularly when it comes to using his legs to drive defenders down the field. But he should be a good run blocker and above average pass protector. He may not be a Pro Bowl guard, but should be overall a good one that is trusted in that role. He's the type of player that can start upwards to a decade in the league. The fact that he can also play center also means he gives a team good depth and if he struggles in pass protection, then he can kick inside where that issue evaporates. His hand use and technique means he should be very effective there and coupled with his size he has the potential to be the caliber of center that can play and start in the AFC and be effective against those big 3-4 nose tackles. He could wind up playing fifteen years in the league, playing most of the first decade as a quality guard, and then when his age begins to catch up with him and his skills start to deteriorate he can move inside to center.


Moffitt is a similar prospect to Mike Johnson, although his technique is probably a bit more polished, but Johnson is probably a better drive blocker. He probably wouldn't be a starter as a rookie, but could certainly push Johnson or Blalock for the role if he can hit the ground running early in camp. The Falcons have a similar blocking scheme as Wisconsin runs and he would be a potential upgrade over Blalock at left guard because of his ability to pull and his more consistent hand use in pass protection. He'd likely split reps as a rookie working at guard and center, and then could potentially challenge for a starting spot at either left guard or center his second summer, whichever area is more glaring. Eventually he'll land a starting gig in Atlanta at one of the interior positions by the end of his rookie contract and could be a fixture there for the better part of a decade. He's not likely to be a Pro Bowler at any position, but can be an above average to good starter like the Falcons seem to like.


Moffitt is a solid third round pick because he's a fairly consistent if not flashy guard that can also play some center.

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

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