Possible Late-Round Draft Targets: Offensive Line

By Peter Thompson
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John Urschel, Penn State – G – 4th to 7th Round:

Urshel started all of his games at right guard in 2012 & 2013. He’s an inch shorter than Dozier, but carries the same weight. With Clary & Ohrnberger’s contracts up next season, Urschel could compete for a depth position. He was a team captain, and a winner of the Campbell Trophy as the nation’s premier college football scholar athlete (“Academic Heisman”). He also mastered in mathematics. Quite honestly, this guy is extremely intelligent. He’s a scrappy player in the trenches, but can get pushed back, and is a little undersized. But, he is smart, competitive, good for the zone blocking scheme, and might actually work best at center. If he can play center, his intelligence would be a huge asset for Philip Rivers. Houston’s new head coach (Bill O’Brien) thought enough of Urshel to take him off the bench at Penn State, and have him play right guard for his final two years. The Texans have shown interest in reuniting the duo.