Ryan McMahon, OC, Florida State

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Ryan McMahon, OC, Florida State

Postby Pudge » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:36 pm

Florida State Senior
40: 5.15


Has quick hands and gets into his stance quickly to initiate contact in pass protection. Shows ability to lock on in a short area and fiesty there. Plays with pop and is able to get position as a run blocker. Can lock on as a drive blocker and gets some push. Plays with nice, wide base and not as susceptible as you would think with his size. Does a very good job getting out on the second level and taking out the linebacker on the stretch play.


Undersized and gets pushed around at times in pass protection. Gives up ground and can get bulldozed at times by bull rusher. Doesn't show great lateral footwork in pass protection and can lose his balance. Not going to push the pile. Occasionally will miss some line calls when facing the zone blitz.


McMahon is your classic, undersized zone-blocking center. He is short with short arms, which makes it tough for him to match up. But has a thick build, is consistent with his technique, and rarely misses assignment at the college level. Very consistent that started 53 games at center, never missing a starter in four years. Played mostly defensive line in high school before making the move to center before his redshirt freshman year.


For a zone blocking team looking for a physical center that can get position and take out middle linebackers, McMahon is a very good fit. He's not a great fit physically because of his short stature and short arms, but he's very good in a short area. He just needs to polish up his footwork a bit more to be more consistent there. He'll never be a guy that you want facing someone like Vince Wilfork or Casey Hampton, but on a zone blocking NFC team like Washington, Green Bay, or Seattle, then you have a very good fit and he can be a solid center. Because of his size limitations, he's never going to be considered an elite center. But can be very effective and like a Todd McClure, he can start for the better part of a decade because while limited, he's consistent and will hit most of his assignments.


McMahon can work in Atlanta as a possible McClure replacement, but is not the ideal fit because of the Falcons playing more man blocking. McMahon can get position, but he's not likely to beat Hawley in a fair battle because Hawley is bigger, and stronger and should thus be a more effective run blocker. But he could make a nice insurance policy in case Hawley struggles as a starter in 2012 and beyond. The problem is that he doesn't also play guard, which means that he's not an ideal reserve because of that lack of versatility. He's mostly an insurance policy in Atlanta rather than a real upgrade.


McMahon is a nice fifth or sixth round pick as a center because of his solid future as a zone blocking center.

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

Strength: 3.0
Pass Blocking: 3.0
Run Blocking: 3.5
Footwork: 2.5
Technique: 3.5
Mobility: 3.0
Mean Streak: 4.0
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