Plays with a very good mean streak and beyond the whistle, looking for defenders to mix it up with. Does a good job finishing his blocks. Shows some pop off the snap and can get leverage and redirect defender as a run blocker. Has a decent punch and can initiate contact on the edge. Does a nice job on the second level getting the seal against the linebacker. Shows ability to pull on the outside and can hit the cut block in space.
Has raw technique and feet. Opens up his stance and struggles to match up with speed on the edge. Plays with poor base and gets bull-rushed off the edge because he doesn't have a good punch and can't consistently initiate contact. Struggles adjusting in space to the blitzer off the corner. Can't lock on as a run blocker and needs to improve his hand placement. Takes a false step off the snap trying to gear up to deliver a punch and limits his pop and ability to get position as a straight-ahead run blocker. Is limited in short-yardage for similar reasons. Misses some assignments on the second level because he doesn't adjust well in space to moving targets and doesn't consistently initiate contact with the linebacker.
Habben is a decent right tackle that probably projects best moving inside in a zone blocking scheme. He is somewhat effective in a short-area, but lacks the feet and ability to match up with quality rushers on the edge. A three-year starter that started 36 games at right tackle and 1 on the left side.
Habben doesn't have the athleticism or size to really like his chances at the next level. But his mean streak can make up for it at times. So you like to think if he can polish up his footwork and technique, he stands a chance. The main thing is going to be improving his hands and technique. If he can develop a more consistent punch, then he can be an effective short-area player inside. If he improves in those areas, he might be an OK emergency fill-in at right tackle in a zone blocking scheme. But he'll be most effective playing inside. He doesn't have the size and ability to get a lot of push, but he can be effective getting position in a zone blocking scheme. He's a guy that will likely have to play on the practice squad early on, and if he can improve with coaching he might make an acceptable reserve in that scheme. But his upside is limited, and he's at best a below average stopgap starter even if he develops. But a coach might fall in love with his toughness and mean streak, which might give him more opportunities. If he can improve, he can be a poor man's Harvey Dahl and add some depth.
The Falcons might give Habben a chance because his mean streak can potentially rival that of Harvey Dahl. But he's limited in the Falcons blocking scheme, and needs time to bulk up and develop. If he gets two years on the practice squad, he might be able to fill a reserve role down the line. But he's just depth in Atlanta, and probably not even good depth at that.
Habben isn't worth drafting, but some team should give him a shot in a camp as an undrafted free agent.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Pass Blocking: 2.0
Run Blocking: 2.5
Mean Streak: 4.0
Scouting reports of the centers, guards, and tackles in the 2011 Draft.
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