PROS: A good short area player that initiates contact and locks on in pass protection. Plays low with good base and leverage and hard to bull rush. Gets into his stance quickly. Shows nice mobility and can pull. Shows ability to hit assignments, and has potential as a cut blocker.
CONS: Doesn't have the strength to push the pile or drive defender off the ball. Struggles to adjust to stunts. Lacks ideal quickness and needs to improve his footwork.
OVERVIEW: Plays guard at Arkansas where he lines up on the strong side, which could be the left or right side depending on the play. Sat out last year with a toe injury. As a sophomore he played fullback, and also got work at tight end as a freshman.
NFL FORECAST: Petrus can play either side of the line, and I also think he might project best at center. He has short arms and works well in a short area, which tends to benefit centers more because they aren't asked to block on islands against quick, strong, athletic defensive tackles as much as guards. I think he can be a capable guard, but I'm not sure his playing style allows him to be a top player. But if he can take to playing the center position, and again his playing style indicates he can, then he has greater upside there because he has more size and strength to potentially match up with nose tackles. But at the very least he shoudl be able fill in as a solid backup that can play all three interior positions.
ATL FORECAST: Petrus best shot in Atlanta would probably be at center, since he could be a more physical alternative to McClure. He could also fill depth as a guard initially and sit for a few years learning the center position. He could be a fixture at the pivot for years to come and would give the Falcons a guy that is strong enough to stand up against 3-4 nose tackles.
VALUE: He's worth a fourth round pick mainly because of his potential to play center. Purely as a guard, he would probably only be worth a fifth round pick.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
PASS BLOCKING: 3.0
RUN BLOCKING: 2.5
MEAN STREAK: 3.5
Scouting reports of offensive tackles, guards, and centers in the 2010 draft.
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