A consistent blocker that does a good job locating and squaring up his assignments. Does a good job using his hands and will lock onto defenders to get position. Does a good job driving his feet after initial contact to push defender off the block. Does a good job finishing his blocks, even if he gets stood up on initial contact. Can adjust in space to an oncoming defender in the hole. Does a good job on the kick-out block on the edge or can make the cut in space. Can filter through traffic to locate assignments on the second level. Contributes in pass protection and willing to pick up the blitzer off the edge. Has nice hands and an able receiver when he releases into the flat. Does a nice job turning upfield after the catch and lowering the shoulder to run over a defender.
Lacks power and pop as a lead blocker. Won't deliver much of a blow against the defender, and not a guy that is going to clear the hole up the middle. Doesn't even have the power to pancake a corner of smaller defensive back when he gets him one on one. Linebackers can shed him at times at the point of attack. Doesn't do a great job locking on when he's on the second level. Will whiff on some cut blocks in space. Can get overextended and whiff on some assignments in pass protection.
Ewing is a capable lead blocker that consistently hits his assignments in Wisconsin's power-running game. But he's not the sort of powerful hole-clearing lead blocker that NFL teams prefer. If he can add or develop that aspect of his game, he can be a solid NFL fullback. But at this point he's more of a finesse guy that doesn't offer a lot more on offense besides the occasional outlet pass in the flat. He can be a solid role player, with the upside to be one of the better lead blockers in the NFL if he can become more physical.
2011 GAMES WATCHED:
(9/1) vs. UNLV: 1 key block
(10/1) vs. Nebraska: 2 key blocks, Lead Block: 12/14
(12/3) vs. Michigan St: 2 key blocks, Lead Block: 10/14; 3 tgt., 3 rec., 16 yds (5.3 avg), 3 YAC (1.0 avg), 0 TDs
(1/2) vs. Oregon: Lead Block: 9/14; 1 pressure; 1 tgt., 1 rec., 5 yds (5.0 avg), 0 YAC, 0 TDs
2011: 14 GP/8 GS, 0 rush att., 0 yds, 0.0 avg, 0 TDs; 20 rec., 246 yds, 12.3 avg, 0 TDs; 1 PR, 4.0 avg, 0 TDs
2010: 13/3-3-19-6.3-1; 8-82-10.3-2; 3 KR, 19.0 avg, 0 TDs
2009: 13/0-0-0-0.0-0; 0-0-0.0-0; 4-19.5-0
2008: 12/0-4-14-3.5-1; 0-0-0.0-0; 1-4.0-0
The good thing for Ewing is that he's a capable special teams player. He's a guy that can probably come in and be an effective starting fullback as a rookie, but he's probably not going to wow anyone. If he does come in, contributes on special teams, then he might be able to get the time he needs to add some more muscle and learn to be a bit more physical and powerful at the point of attack. But in truth, he's probably never going to be one of those smashmouth lead blockers. And thus, he'll probably never be considered a top-end lead blocker. He still should be a good player that at the very least can get the job done, and at the most can be one of the upper-level lead blockers. But in truth, the type of situation where he'll work best in is probably on a team that makes on sporadic use of the fullback rather than him being a full-time player. Ideally, that's a team that is going to use him around 15 snaps per game. But he's not quite ready to be a guy that is going to be one of those upper-end fullbacks that is a regular part of an offense that is getting twice as many reps. He can contribute somewhat as a short-yardage back, but he'll rarely touch the ball. He is a capable receiver, but probably only the type of guy that can catch 10 or so passes a year. Ewing is one of those players that is likely going to be described as solid but nothing special. For that reason, he might be a guy that may be hard-pressed to stick long-term with the team that drafts him. The best thing for him is that he proves himself to be a valuable enough commodity on special teams that teams may be more willing to overlook some of his offensive limitations.
Ewing is probably a similar player at this point as Mike Cox, which means he's probably good enough to be a competent lead blocker for the Falcons fairly early on. But his primary value to the Falcons early on would be on special teams. If he would stick long-term in Atlanta, it would likely be because of that special teams ability coupled with the fact that the fullback position becomes marginalized under Koetter. if that is the case, then the team won't need to have a pile-clearing guy like Mughelli is, and could settle on Ewing and use more two-tight end looks to offset it. Long-term, unless he really became a special teams ace, or did start to develop that more physical disposition to his game down the road, he probably would not last beyond his rookie contract in Atlanta. He could be a nice role player, but that's probably all he'd ever be.
Ewing is a solid fullback that is worth a draft pick because he can probably contribute immediately. But because he may never develop into an elite lead blocker and be more valued as a role/special teams player, he'd be a good seventh round choice. But he would not be a reach in the late part of the fifth round for a team desperate for a body at fullback.
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