2014 NFL Draft: Corey Linsley Scouting Report

Corey Linsley

Ohio State, C
Height: 6.3
Weight: 296
Age: 23












Pass Blocking: C-

Has his share of struggles in pass pro. Anchor is not great and neither is his lateral agility. Can get put on skates by stronger defenders and can be shed laterally by quicker defenders. Has trouble recovering once he gets beat laterally. Did not see as many chances in pass pro as he did run blocking with the Buckeyes and would benefit from more reps.

Run Blocking: C+

Snap-to-step quickness is merely adequate. Neither quick nor explosive, but is strong to get movement in the run game. Identifies a target and is able to get good positioning and can push defenders backwards. Can hold up against nose tackles, but does not have much range to pull. Adequate getting to the second level, but is better off in a phone booth.

Technique: B+

Strong, heavy hands that are always working and are effective in spite of the short arms they are attached to. Keeps his pad level down and stays low off the snap. Could work on the accuracy of his shotgun snaps. Moves his feet and contact and is an excellent technician.

Intangibles: A-

Lacks a nasty demeanor, but is always playing at full effort and plays bigger and harder than the man lined up across from him. Plays through minor injuries and has the toughness desired in an interior lineman. Intelligent and dedicated player who plays more advanced than his two years of starting experience would indicate.

Red Flags: None

Bottom Line: While Linsley has his limitations and does not possess the physical gifts of a clear-cut starter at the next level, he makes up for it with grit and a desirable mentality for a lineman. Linsley has the intangibles to become the anchor of an offensive line, though you will never confuse him for a Pro-Bowler. Would fit in any blocking scheme, but best bet would be in a man-power scheme.

Comparison: Barrett Jones

Grade: 7.7 (4th Round)

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