Jason Kelce, OC, Cincinnati

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Jason Kelce, OC, Cincinnati

Postby Pudge » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:05 pm

Cincinnati Senior
40: 4.93


Shows some pop as a run blocker and able to get position against the nose tackle. Shows ability to get out on the second level and hit his assignments against the linebacker. Finishes his blocks and plays with a lot of mean streak. Flashes quick hands to initiate contact and redirect pass rusher.


Inconsistent pop off the snap and doesn't consistently initiate contact. Has short arms and struggles to get extension and lock on both in the passing game and as a run blocker. Lacks ideal size and strength and doesn't get much push in the ground game. Lacks ideal footwork and struggles at times when asked to move laterally. Gets overextended and loses balance when trying to adjust in space and on the second level.


Kelce lacks size, but has the toughness and mean streak to make up for lacking footwork, strength, and polish. If he can be developed a bit more and add some bulk, he stands a decent shot at landing a reserve spot. He came to Cincinnati as a walk-on 240-pound linebacker before moving to center as a redshirt freshman. He became the starting left guard for his sophomore and junior years (26 total starts), and then moved to center this past year, starting all 12 games there.


He's still a raw blocker, and if he can get the opportunity to develop some more on the next level, he can be a decent backup. The main thing he'll have to improve is his footwork and technique, using his hands better. But teams will like his athleticism and mean streak. He'll probably be limited to being a practice squad player at least early on as he needs the time to add weight. He was supposed to be up to 300 pounds, going into his junior year, but struggled to maintain that weight. He's going to need to be around 290-295 at least. Because of his lack of ideal size, he'll work best as a position blocker in a zone-blockign scheme, although he doesn't have the ideal footwork to project too well in that scheme. But he can improve there. He has the ability to play either guard or center, but will struggle matching up against bigger defenders at the next level.


Kelce doesn't project too well here because he's undersized. He could be a body in camp because of his ability to play either guard or center, but other than his mean streak, there isn't a lot to like about him now. If Boudreau really fell in love with his mean streak, he might keep him around on the practice squad, hoping a year or two there he can bulk up and be a decent reserve option. But he lacks upside as a starter, and is just a career backup. So eventually, you would think the team would move on with a better prospect down the road.


Kelce isn't worth drafting because there is too much time he needs to continue developing, but he's worth a look in camp.

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

Strength: 2.0
Pass Blocking: 2.0
Run Blocking: 2.5
Footwork: 2.5
Technique: 2.5
Mobility: 2.5
Mean Streak: 4.0
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