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 Post subject: Patrick DiMarco, FB, South Carolina
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:07 pm 
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PATRICK DiMARCO
6-1/240
South Carolina Senior
40: 4.75 (estimated)

PROS:

Effective when he lines up at lead blocker, H-back, or inline tight end. Scrappy blocker that gives good effort. Shows some pop as an inline blocker. Hits most of his assignments as a lead blocker, able to cut defender in the hole or linebacker on the second level. Has decent hands and an effective outlet receiver in the flat or over the middle.

CONS:

Will body catch at times. Lacks size as an inline blocker and struggles to lock on. Doesn't really square up defenders as a lead blocker, constantly looking to cut them. Not explosive into his blocks or assignments there.

OVERVIEW:

DiMarco moved to tight end this year in place of suspended Weslye Saunders after playing predominantly as a fullback the previous two years. Limited usage as a runner, with only 11 carries for 34 yards in his career. Caught 29 passes the past two years however, including 15 as a senior with 3 touchdowns.

NFL FORECAST:

He offers versatility and experience to play fullback, H-back, or tight end at the next level. Although his brightest future is at the former position. He has potential to develop there as a lead blocker, but he probably isn't as physical as you'd want him to be. But he can be a nice finesse blocker, and if he can bulk up and do a better job squaring up defenders you think he can become more of a power blocker down the road. He's an effective receiver, but he's not going to be a guy that is more than outlet guy in the flat for most NFL offenses, and isn't good enough to impact on the occasions he does line up at tight end. He's a versatile asset that can stick right away on special teams, and be an effective blocker in a variety of ways. An offense that craves versatility in multiple ways of attacking you will be happy with him. He'll never be a star, but a solid role player.

ATL FORECAST:

DiMarco could be a nice heir apparent to Mughelli at fullback. And while he's not the power blocker that Mughelli is, Ovie wasn't exactly a dominant force when he was coming out of Wake Forest either, so that can be developed. He can fit well in the Falcons offense because of his ability to play tight end as well, but he's not going to be more than a situational asset that will be used predominantly as a blocker rather than an option in the passing game. If he had more than 5-10 catches in a season, I would be shocked. He probably isn't a great bet to make the roster right away, but a nice practice squad guy that the Falcons can develop for the future.

VALUE:

His versatility down the road might make him worth a nice seventh round pick, but because he has limited potential on offense he shouldn't go higher than that. And truthfully, teams might get better value trying to snag him in the undrafted market.

SKILLS:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 2.5
Power: 3.0
Hands: 2.5
Vision: 3.0
Blocking: 3.5

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