Jaron Baston, DT, Missouri

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Jaron Baston, DT, Missouri

Postby Pudge » Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:32 pm

Missouri Senior

PROS: Gives good effort and has a good motor and good size.
CONS: Lacks quickness, range, and burst. Doesn't have a first step that can beat the blocker. Plays with minimal technique and doesn't use his hands either as a pass rusher or to get off blocks vs. the run.
OVERVIEW: Baston is an effort player that just doesn't have the ability to make plays. He was routinely handled by Navy's guards and centers even when they weren't cut blocking in their bowl game. He was productive as a junior with 8 tackles for loss, but only had 2.5 as a senior.
NFL FORECAST: Baston is mainly a body teams bring to camp for a look, but I'm not sure he has any real upside to be able to stick in the league beyond a few summers. Some 3-4 teams might give him a look in the middle if he can add some more weight. But he's a short-area player that just doesn't get off blocks or hold the line of scrimmage. He could impress coaches enough with his effort and motor to stick on a practice squad, but he has almost no upside to be a significant contributor even as a fourth guy in a rotation.
ATL FORECAST: Baston could play in the Falcons scheme because he can play both the nose or 3-technique. But he's not going to be a disruptive presence like the Falcons like. He probably wouldn't even make the practice squad because while he has good size, he's less explosive player than guys like Vance Walker and Trey Lewis. So he's essentially a body in Atlanta that has limited upside.
VALUE: Baston is worth a look in camp for some teams, but he'd be a wasted draft pick.
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