Pros: Has good size and strength. Has good pop off the snap and has the strength to push the pile. Is a good drive blocker. Uses his strength well against power pass rushers. Does a nice job initiating contact against defenders. Shows potential as a puller and cut blocker.
Cons: Doesn't have a great mean streak and doesn't really go after guys. Needs to improve his footwork and technique as has trouble when left on an island, particularly against quicker defensive tackles. Can be a little stiff. Will miss on some blocks on the second level and doesn't have great athleticism to block in space.
Overview: Canfield is really a one-dimensional blocker that gets by in pass protection because of his superior strength. But he'll need to improve his footwork for the next level. Predominantly started at right guard, but did start 4 games at left guard as a junior. Prior to his senior year was suspended by the team after he was charged with assault for hitting a man with a bottle. But the charges were later dropped and he was reinstated.
NFL Forecast: Canfield has the potential to be a solid starter, but he's going to have to refine his footwork and technique in pass protection. He can get by with strength at the college level, but most NFL defensive tackles are both big and quick. He'll work best in a zone blocking scheme, since he isn't great when he's left on an island. He has good ability as a run blocker and that isn't really going to be an issue transitioning to the next level. I believe he'll improve and be a capable starter at the next level. While he's a very good run blocker with good strength, doesn't really possess the mean streak you see in most players like him. It's not a major issue, but it'll probably keep him from being a dominant blocker at the next level.
ATL Forecast: Canfield could challenge Dahl right away for a starting job, and has more upside. He could beat him out if he shows that he can be an effective in pass protection. But a better plan would be to sit Canfield for a year and let him develop more with the intention of him starting in 2010. Canfield will probably be a starter for the Falcons, but the issue is going to be how much improvement he shows in future years. Whether he'll really become a better pass protector than he is now remains to be seen. And if he doesn't improve, he could be replaced by the time his contract runs out.
Value: Canfield has first day potential, but is too one-dimensional which drops him to the fourth round.
Scouting Reports of centers, guards, and offensive tackles in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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