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 Post subject: Chris Stewart, OG, Notre Dame
PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:24 pm 
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CHRIS STEWART
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Notre Dame Senior
40: 5.57

PROS:

Has good size which makes him effective in a short area. Has some pop off the snap and his size allows him to get position. Can wall off defender as a run blocker, able to engulf smaller guys. Hard to get around in pass protection, making him somewhat effective on an island. Can get on the second level and shows surprising cut block potential. Finishes his blocks, and occasionally will call out assignments on the line.

CONS:

Is a limited athlete and lacks good feet and is a waist bender. Whiffs on his punch too much and gives up too much ground, indicating he doesn't play with good base. Needs to work on his hand placement and doesn't get inside to lock onto defender. Struggles adjusting in space and won't match up well vs. speed. Can't lock on as a run blocker and doesn't get much push for a player his size. Takes false steps and is limited when he blocks out of a 3-point stance. Struggles pulling and not fluid moving in space. Misses assignments on the second level because of that.

OVERVIEW:

Stewart is effective because he's so big, but is not really that skilled or polished. He started three years at Notre Dame, with his first two at right guard (22 combined starts) before moving to left guard as a senior (13 starts). But he did split snaps with a freshman there and was in the doghouse for a bit of the season. He played nose tackle during the spring of his redshirt freshman year before moving back to offensive line. He graduated with a 3.53 GPA and was enrolled in law school this past fall.

NFL FORECAST:

Stewart has some ability, but he's not as powerful as you want in a player his size. He can get position, but not much push. And he's limited athlete that struggles against speed. His technique needs improvement, and if he can do those things then he stands a chance of sticking as a reserve guard at the next level. But his upside as a starter is very limited. And unless he makes those improvements to his game, then he'll likely be out of the league by his third summer. He often plays out of a two-point stance, which hides some of his flaws with his footwork and hand use, but at the next level playing much moreso out of a two-point stance he'll have to improve his hands, pop, and learn how to play with base. That makes him too much of a project that I think will struggle to stick in the pros. His size can get him in the door and he might make a practice squad because teams like it, but I don't think his future is going to be playing pro football. Instead, he's better off sticking with the law.

ATL FORECAST:

Stewart is a camp body that can push for depth and time, but lacks any strong upside to be developed down the road, even as depth. He is a guy that I would be shocked to see making the practice squad because his upside is just too limited to think that the coaching staff will keep him over more polished players.

VALUE:

Stewart isn't worth a draft pick, but a team can bring him to camp and see if he can do anything.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 3.0
Pass Blocking: 2.0
Run Blocking: 2.5
Footwork: 2.0
Technique: 2.0
Mobility: 2.0
Mean Streak: 2.5

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