A finesse blocker that can get position at times. Takes decent angles at times and can redirect the defensive tackle. Can be effective making the lateral block and get position as a zone block. Does a nice job releasing downfield and can locate moving targets on the second level. Tends to hit his assignments. Will deliver blow when pulling and does a decent job using his hands to get position on the second level against the linebacker. Initiates contact in pass protection and does a decent job setting up to deliver a punch. Flashes mean streak, and does a nice job finishing his blocks. WIll throw defender to the ground and play beyond the whistle at times.
Undersized and is limited trying to get push as a straight-ahead run blocker. Plays too high and struggles to get leverage in short-yardage. Lacks pop when he works out of the three-point stance. Tends to duck his head, bending waist and get overextended when trying to get push in a short-area. Struggles to drive feet when he does get leverage with his hands. Doesn't have a good punch in pass protection even when he does initiate contact. Gets overextended and has a tendency to grab. Struggles when matched up against a power rusher and gets worked back by the bull rush. Has slow feet and can't match up with speed on the interior. Not a very fluid athlete when he does pull or get out in space, and struggles at times to adjust to moving targets. Needs to do a better job squaring up the defender when he pulls, looking to lower shoulder and deliver blow rather than use his hands. Misses too many assignments when facing the blitz or stunts.
Snow played all three interior positions during his career at Texas, which should help him project at the next level. But the position he's most likely to fare best at in the pros is moving back to center where he started as a junior. He just lacks the size, athleticism, and strength to really hold up at guard at the next level. He fits best as a zone-blocking player that does a nice job blocking on the second level but is generally overmatched against the bigger and better interior players he faced this past year.
2011 GAMES WATCHED:
(9/10) vs. BYU: 2 key blocks, 2 missed blocks; 1 penalty (false start); Downfield: 4/5; Pull: 2/2; Screen: 1/1
(10/8) vs. Oklahoma: 2 sacks, 1 pressure; Downfield: 1/1; Pull: 0/3
(11/12) at Missouri: 1 pressure; Downfield: 2/2; Pull: 2/3; Cut: 0/2; Screen: 0/1
(11/24) at Texas A&M: 0.5 pressures; Downfield: 1/2; Pull: 1/5
(12/3) at Baylor: 1 key block, 0.5 sacks, 1 missed block; 1 penalty (holding); Downfield: 2/2, Pull: 3/10; Cut: 3/4; Screen: 1/2
(12/28) vs. California: Downfield: 0/1; Pull: 1/2, Screen: 1/1
2011: 13 GP/13 GS, left guard
2010: 12/12, center
2009: 14/5, right guard
2008: 13/2, center
Snow can add value because of his experience playing both guard and center. His skillset projects best at center where he won't be matched up as much on an island against bigger and more athletic defensive tackles. He'll work best in a scheme that often likes its center to get downfield and take out the middle linebacker, which is often a hallmark of zone-blocking. That's what he'll do best. But he'll probably be overmatched in most other regards of playing the position at the next level. He uses his hands fairly well, but not to a degree where it makes up for his lack of strength, power, and below average footwork. If he can improve his hand use, he might make an acceptable stopgap starter down the road. But more than likely, he's going to be a career backup for a zone-blocking team. His ability to play guard will give him his best chance of making a roster, but he'll be hard-pressed to stick long-term because of his limited upside. If he was to start a game or two down the road, he could be a serviceable fill-in starter. But no team is likely to hitch their wagon to him, and there eventually will be bigger, better, or more athletic centers worth keeping on the roster. He'll likely be a journeyman that is good enough to get looks on the practice squad for some teams, but I'd be hard-pressed to see him still around by the end of his rookie contract.
Snow can add a body in the Falcons camp and potentially push for a practice squad spot if the team likes his toughness and hope he can be a decent insurance policy and reserve at center down the line. If he can prove himself, after Todd McClure retires presumably next year, he might make a decent No. 2 center behind Joe Hawley where he can fill a similar niche as Brett Romberg. But he doesn't have much upside to think he'll be a significant challenge for a player like Hawley and thus eventually the team will likely look at better options.
Snow is not worth drafting, but he could be a worthwhile camp body for a zone-blocking team looking for a reserve/practice squad player.
1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite
Pass Blocking: 3.5
Run Blocking: 4.0
Mean Streak: 6.5
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