Al Netter, OG/OT, Northwestern

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Al Netter, OG/OT, Northwestern

Postby Pudge » Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:36 pm

Northwestern Senior
40: 5.30e


Has decent technique and is comfortable setting up in pass protection and keeps his hands fairly high, ready to initiate contact and deliver a punch on the edge to knock an end off his rush. Shows ability to get position on the kick-out block and can redirect defenders to open up running lanes. Shows decent feet to mirror speed. Does a decent job defending stunts. Shows some ability to get on the second level and lock onto a linebacker there. Works to finish his blocks.


Opens up his stance way too early because he doesn't have the quick feet to stay square against speed. Gets overextended too often and is a waist bender when trying to deliver his punch. Doesn't have a strong punch, and will get jolted back by the defender even at times when he initiates the contact. Gives up too much ground on the edge and needs to play with better base. Will slide his feet too much when dealing with speed. Not that much of an athlete that it shows when he's trying to pull or block downfield, getting overextended there. Whiffs on too many blocks, and is penalized more than his fair share. Needs to improve his hands as a run blocker as he struggles to lock on and needs to work on getting better placement when blocking on the move.


Netter is a player that is a competitor that can get by at the college level, but was exposed too often when he faced top-notch competition. He's a player that plays left tackle in Northwestern's predominantly zone-blocking scheme, but he'll likely have to move inside at the next level. He's got a lot of experience under his belt, and subsequently his technique is probably a bit more polished than your typical college tackle


(9/3) at Boston College: 1 key block, 1 penalty (false start)
(10/22) vs. Penn State: 0.5 sacks, 1 penalty (holding), Cut: 0/1; Downfield: 2/2
(12/31) vs. Texas A&M: 1 pressure, 1 sack, Downfield: 0/1; Cut: 0/1


2011: 13 GP/13 GS, left tackle
2010: 13/13, left tackle
2009: 13/13, left tackle
2008: 13/13, left tackle
2007: redshirt


Netter I think potentially can add depth at the next level. I think he'll be overmatched as an offensvie tackle, particularly if he gets extended reps there. But for a game or two here or there, I think he could be adequate. That will depend on him really polishing up his technique a bit more to overcome his lack of athleticism and ideal strength. But more than likely, I think Netter could find a home inside at guard. He'll probably work best in a zone-blocking scheme since he's not a guy that is asked to really move the pile and I don't think he would be all that effective if asked to be. He has some ability to develop as a utility reserve that can add some depth, that if he polishes up his game might make an adequate swing tackle and backup guard. But it's hard seeing him stick long-term in the pros. The best thing for him is going to be going to a practice squad early, and then maybe after a year or two there he can make a roster and then start to make his way up a depth chart. He's a good guy that will work, but there's nothing about his game that makes you think he's going to get a lot better than where he is now. Offensive line, moreso than probably any other spot on a football team is one of those spots that you can essentially outwork others and earn a roster spot. Netter could be one of those players. But there are a lot of guys that are like that that come into the league every year, and Netter does not really stand out from that group. More than likely, he's out of the league in three years.


Netter can add a body for the Falcons in camp, but it's hard seeing him being more than that. If he impresses in camp, he might be able to push for a practice squad spot and then you hope that a few years down the line he can be a guy like Jose Valdez and in a position to earn a more permanent roster spot. But he's not the athlete that Valdez was, and thus his upside is much less. So that would be a major longshot. As a guard, there are just bigger, stronger, and/or meaner guys out there that will come along and make him expendable.


Netter is not worth a draft pick because of his limited athleticism, but he can compete for a roster spot and thus makes him a priority undrafted pickup for a team looking to bolster competition and depth in camp.

1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite

Strength: 4.5
Pass Blocking: 4.5
Run Blocking: 4.0
Footwork: 4.5
Technique:6 .0
Mobility: 4.0
Mean Streak: 5.5
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