PROS: Shows good mean streak, driving defender to the ground and does a nice job finishing his blocks. Shows some pop as a run blocker and can get position in the running game. Flashes potential to be a drive blocker. Shows mobility, can pull and block on the second level. Shows some ability to adjust in space when he's blocking on the move. Initiates contact with defender in pass protection.
CONS: Has poor feet and technique in pass protection. Slow off snap and struggles matching up with speed on the edge, and is too easily beat by inside counter move because he doesn't adjust well in space. Opens up his stance too early, is a waist bender and overextends trying to deliver punch. Needs to get his hands up more quickly into his set and improve his handplacement. Needs to get stronger as a run blocker and can't consistently lock on and get push.
OVERVIEW: Spent the past two years as a starter at left tackle, after startin 16 games his first two seasons on the right side. He fits well in Texas zone-blocking scheme, and he's never asked to hold his blocks all that long because of Colt McCoy's ability to get the ball out quickly.
NFL FORECAST: Ulatoski doesn't stand a chance on the left side at the next level, at least not as a starter. He could fare much better if he moves back to right tackle. He needs to bulk up to be a better fit there, but if he was to add 10-15 pounds I think he could be a nice option in a zone-blocking line. He's limited as a starter, but his mean streak is good enough where I think he can make an NFL roster as a reserve. As he adds strength, he shoudl be able to improve. His experience playing both tackle spots mean he can be a decent reserve option in a pinch. And I think he'll have the time to add mass and improve his technique where he won't be completely lost on the left side in a pinch. BUt if he's asked to start more than a game or two there, he'll be exposed. He could also potentially play guard if he was to bulk up, as he does flash some ability to work in a short-area, and his athletic limitations will be less exposed there. I can see him playing several years in the pros as a backup, but would be limited as a starter.
ATL FORECAST: I think he has enough mean streak where he could potentially make the Falcons roster as a rookie, or at least their practice squad. And if he were to bulk up with that year under his belt, has a chance to earning a reserve spot in his second summer, especially since the Falcons don't seem married to any of their reserve tackles long-term. He could be an option as a long-term depth to play both guard and tackle spots, which I'm sure will help him with the coaching staff as they like cross-trained players. He's not a threat to start, but who knows in four or five years he might be developed enough where he is a decent stopgap starter at guard.
VALUE: He's good enough to make an NFL roster, so a team could take a flyer on him in the seventh round, but he's not a lock so it's better if they were to get him as an undrafted free agent.
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