Plays with good pop and is able to get position at the point of attack. Shows ability to redirect the defender. Has nice knee bend and is able to get leverage and play with base. Shows quick hands and does a nice job initiating contact to redirect pass rusher. Shows ability to pull and does a nice job hitting his assignments. Can adjust in space to hit a mobile target. Does a good job finishing his blocks and flashes mean streak.
Can struggle at times against speed. Will get overextended and does too much waist bending at times. Loses his balance when he gets overextend and spends a bit too much time on the ground. Needs to be more consistent with his hand placement and isn't a guy that is going to get a lot of push at the point of attack. Doesn't have great lateral footwork both in pass protection and as a run blocker.
Huey was a player that really impressed in their game vs. Nebraska where he went toe to toe against Jared Crick and contained him fairly well. Wound up starting 8 games this past year at left guard. Tore his meniscus and MCL in his knee. Started 9 games as a junior at right guard, and 3 games on the left side as an injury fill-in as a sophomore.
Huey has talent, and showed it against Nebraska. He's not the biggest guy, but has good strength and is effective in a short area because of it. He can get position and probably projects best as a guard or center in a zone-blocking scheme. He has little experience at the pivot, but with his quick hands and ability to be effective in a short area, he could probably work there and develop. He's not the biggest or stronger guy, and isn't a guy that is going to be an impact blocker. But he's the type of guy that can fill a reserve role and work his way into a starting role down the road with development. He needs more polish and probably should try and get bigger. He's a player that I think will be a backup his first two or three years, and then a guy ahead of him goes down. He then comes in and fills in ably. He may not be a guy that sticks long-term as a starter on most teams, but can be an effective journeyman role player that can add depth on most teams, particularly
Huey can add depth here in Atlanta, particularly if he can develop as a center. There he can work as a swing player inside able to backup at all three positions. He's not going to be a great option in the Falcons man-heavy blocking scheme because of his ability to get push. But he's a nice position player that could develop into a capable spot starter. But unless the Falcons really like him as a potential center prospect, they can find better guards and it'll be hard for him to stick long-term as a reserve at guard.
Huey is a nice late round pick. For a zone-blocking team they might take him in the fifth or sixth round. A man-blocking scheme probably should stay away in the draft because of his lack of ideal upside.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Pass Blocking: 2.5
Run Blocking: 2.5
Mean Streak: 3.5
Scouting reports of the centers, guards, and tackles in the 2011 Draft.
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