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 Post subject: Byron Stingily, OT, Louisville
PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 3:37 pm 
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BYRON STINGILY
6-5/313
Louisville Senior
40: 4.98

PROS:

Has good athleticism with long arms and good size. Plays with pop off the snap as a run blocker, allows him to get position. Does a nice job finishing his blocks. Flashes potential as a drive blocker with pretty good leg drive. Can get out on the second level and moves well there. Can get the seal on the backside or against the linebacker. Sets up well in pass protection with the footwork and technique to match up against speed. Can deliver a punch on the edge.

CONS:

Needs to improve his hand use and get stronger. Can get off-balanced when trying to deliver his punch, which isn't strong. Allows defender to beat him with the inside move. Needs to do a better job initiating contact on the edge. Doesn't get much push as a run blocker and needs to take better angles. Needs to improve his hand placement there as well and struggles to lock on as a drive blocker. Misses assignments when he pulls and needs work adjusting in space. At times will slide his feet on the edge, losing balance.

OVERVIEW:

Stingily has the size and athleticism to play left tackle at the next level. He's a developmental prospect, but flashes all the tools that NFL teams want in a starting left tackle. He just needs more polish to his game. Started 24 games during the past two years at Louisville at left tackle after transferring from Joliet JC after his freshman year. He played predominantly defensive end in high school.

NFL FORECAST:

Stingily is the type of player that sits for a few seasons and then by his third or fourth season, he might emerge as a starting left tackle. But he's going to need time to develop. The player he compares most favorably to is Jermon Bushrod. Bushrod came into the league, similarly raw, and sat for two years in New Orleans. Then injuries hit and he became the starter during their Super Bowl run. He was clearly the weakest link of their starting five the past five years, but he had enough skills and athleticism to get the job done and match up with some of the better pass rushers in the league. Stingily can potentially do the same. The biggest area of improvement he needs to make is improving his hands. He's solid from the waist down, but from the waist up, he needs to improve. If he can, then he should be a pretty good NFL starting left tackle. He's probably not going to be elite, but can be a guy that is an effective pass protector and potentially a good run blocker depending on how much stronger he can get. I think like Bushrod, there will be times where he'll be exposed and struggle, but I think for the most part you can expect him to get the job done. And if he performs well then he can land a second lucrative contract with an NFL team after his initial rookie one and be a capable starter. He'd probably be most effective in a zone blocking scheme early on, but with development can fit into a man blocking scheme.

ATL FORECAST:

Stingily is a developmental option to play behind Sam Baker. Baker has two more years left on his contract, which are years that Stingily likely will need to develop. If he shows improvement, then he can be a candidate to replace Baker in his third year. Or if Baker improves, then you can keep him because he adds good depth and potentially try him at right tackle. Stingily is an athletic upgrade over Svitek as far as having a nice swing tackle goes, but he's probably not going to be as capable as Svitek is off the bat. But because of his upside down the road, he would likely make the roster, but probably be inactive most weeks because he's at least a year away from being ready to play in a reserve role, and three years away from probably being able to challenge for a starting job. In Atlanta, Stingily is mostly depth and insurance.

VALUE:

Stingily's potential to be a starter but long length to impact means that he shouldn't be picked higher than the fourth or fifth round.

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

Strength: 3.0
Pass Blocking: 3.0
Run Blocking: 3.0
Footwork: 3.5
Technique: 3.0
Mobility: 3.0
Mean Streak: 3.0

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