Possible Late-Round Draft Targets: Offensive Line

By Peter Thompson
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Sep 21, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators offensive linesman Jon Halapio (67) works out prior to the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Halapio, Florida – G – 4th to 7th Round:

Halapio should be rated higher, but he has battled through some injuries, including missing two games at the beginning of 2012 with a torn pectoral muscle. The Tongan-American played well after returning, and plays through his injuries, which shows grit. In fact, he had torn 80 percent of that pectoral muscle, and still played through the season! Talk about being tough! He is best suited to play right guard, stands 6’3″ / 323 lbs., and was a highly respected team captain. He is seen as going as high as the 4th round, due to his intangibles, but might slide to the 6th or 7th round. Depending on where he is selected, he could be a great value pick.

He caught the eye of the Chargers at the Senior Bowl, after he had a really good performance, and stood out over a lot of other offensive linemen. His combine performance left a lot to be desired, but he had a much better pro-day. He is intelligent, and would be great for any NFL locker room. He is already pretty big, and sturdy, but there is still room for him to put on more mass. At Florida, he put in 43 starts in the SEC, so he has experience facing tougher competition. Despite the pectoral injury, he STILL managed to put up 32 bench press reps at his pro-day.

You wouldn’t describe him as agile, or graceful. He had the worst three cone drill of all o-linemen at the combine, and was top ten lowest of all players in the shuttle. But, if Joe D thinks he can work with him, this would be one big, and nasty warrior to plug in next to Fluker!