Jason Fox, OT, Miami

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Jason Fox, OT, Miami

Postby Pudge » Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:38 pm

Miami Senior

PROS: Has nice feet and athleticism. Can stay in front of speed rushers and hard to beat around the edge. Moves well in space and does a nice job getting out quickly on the second level. Blocks well on the move and can get the seal. Shows ability to lock on and get position as a run blocker.
CONS: Needs to improve his technique and do a better job initiating contact. Gets too deep in his sets and opens himself up for the counter move. Is susceptible to the bull rush. Doesn't have good pop off the snap as a run blocker. Lacks the strength to really push the pile.
OVERVIEW: Fixture at left tackle for Miami who generally did well when he faced top pass rushers during his career from what I could see. Missed final two games with a left knee injury, which he is still recovering from (missed Combine). Finished career with 47 starts, including 8 at right tackle as a freshman.
NFL FORECAST: Fox has the athleticism and ability to be able to match up in the pros at left tackle. The biggest flaw in his game is the lack of strength and ability to really impact as a run blocker. He needs to refine his technique as well. He's not a good option to start as a rookie but give him a year in an NFL weight room and to develop and polish up his technique, you should be have a decent starter by his second year. He wouldn't be my ideal choice to solidify the left side, and I don't think he's giong to be a top left tackle. But he's a guy that can get the job done. And I think he'll work best in a zone-blocking scheme rather than a man blocking scheme like in Houston.
ATL FORECAST: Fox could make a good backup in Atlanta behind Baker. Their skillset is similar int hat like Baker, Fox won't be a good NFL run blocker, but shoudl be able to handle himself in pass protection. He's a better athlete than Baker, but not quite as polished and technically sound. He wouldn't replace Baker, unless the Falcons decided to go in a new direction because of Baker's inability to stay healthy. He would be a nice backup that could function as a swing tackle, but that's about it.
VALUE: He should go in the third or fourth round for a team looking for a nice zone-blocking left tackle.

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