6-2/307 Oregon State
Pros: A good technician with excellent hand use and sound technique. Has good hand punch and does a nice initiating contact. s a natural knee bender. Gets quickly into his set. Uses strength well and is a capable drive blocker. Has a mean streak. Has good mobility and does a good job pulling and blocking on the second level.
Cons: Has slow feet and short arms and miscast in pass protection. Doesn't get good depth on his pass drops.
Overview: Levitre made a name for himself with how he and his line mates dominated the much ballyhooed USC defensive line in that upset last year. He was driving his man several yards down the ﬁeld and was a major reason why Jacquizz Rodgers had a huge game. And for a guy that physically isn't supposed to be able to match up on the edge, he is an effective pass protector there. He entered school as a 340-pound guard, but slimmed down and has split time at both right and left tackle, with the last 17 starts coming on the left side.
NFL Forecast: Oregon State's line put on a clinic in that USC game, and if you can get Levitre to do the same things at guard each week in the pros, you'll have a solid starter. Because of his lack of ideal size and athleticism, he's not going to be a dominant blocker, but he is an excellent technician. He'll quietly do his job and is one of the few guards in this draft class that could probably start right away with little issues. He'd be a good ﬁt for a team like New England. Levitre has the potential to play multiple positions, and while he isn't the ideal tackle, he might be able to play there in a pinch if there are injuries.
ATL Forecast: The Falcons would love to have a player like Levitre. He's not as big or powerful as Dahl, but could be a nice blocker and technician on that side. He'd be an upgrade, and while he wouldn't wow you, he'd be quietly efﬁcient. He'll have some issues against the bigger defensive tackles, but in time I believe Levitre will be a solid, polished blocker. He should be ﬁxture as a starter for the Falcons and good enough to start right away. But probably would be a backup for a year, readjusting to guard before he made his impact as a starter in 2010.
Value: Levitre doesn't have the physical tools that others have, but his efﬁciency and technique make him a solid late second round pick.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
PASS BLOCKING: 3.5
RUN BLOCKING: 3.5
MEAN STREAK: 4.0
Scouting Reports of centers, guards, and offensive tackles in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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