Virginia Tech Senior
PROS: Is a good athlete that has quick feet and can match up with speed. Moves fluidly in space and is quick to block on the second level. Has some pop off the snap and can lock on. Does a nice job on the backside cutback and is a capable cut blocker.
CONS: Needs to improve his footwork and technique. Tends to slide feet, which causes him to lose base and be susceptible to bull rush. Will give up the inside move and needs to do a better job adjusting in space. Needs to get stronger and not going to get much push as a drive blocker. Not as effective when working out of the three-point stance. Lacks mean streak and needs to do a better job finishing his blocks. Will whiff on some blocks on the second level and needs to take better angles to the ball.
OVERVIEW: Wang fits very well in a zone-blocking scheme. He's a former tight end which is where he gets his athleticism from. HIs sophomore year was plagued by injuries (broken leg), but started the final 8 games at right tackle. Moved to left side as a junior, where he started ever since.
NFL FORECAST: Wang can be a successful NFL starter playing in a scheme like Alex Gibbs. There he can be a good zone-blocker and be used as a cut blocker, which is his best skillset. He's athletic, but his footwork is fairly raw and he gets by because he's athletic. That won't cut it on the next level, and until he polishes that up he won't be able to compete as a starter. I think with coaching in a few years he'll be able to polish up his skills enough that he can be a fairly reliable and consistent starter. He won't be a star, but in the right scheme he can be an effective player on par with what Shaffer was here in Atlanta.
ATL FORECAST: Wang could be a nice backup in Atlanta because his athleticism will allow him to backup Baker. But he's not a guy that fits perfectly in the Falcons scheme, and despite his athleticism, doesn't have the skillset that would allow him to excel in Atlanta. He is a potential upgrade over any of the current options on the Falcons roster, but unlikely to contribute early in his Falcon career because he's fairly raw. If Baker were to get hurt in the next year or two, he wouldn't be the ideal option to replace him.
VALUE: For a team that runs a Gibbs-like scheme, Wang could be taken as high as the late third or fourth round. For most zone-blocking teams, however, he's probably a safer bet in the fifth or sixth round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
PASS BLOCKING: 3.5
RUN BLOCKING: 3.0
MEAN STREAK: 2.5
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