Brad North Draft Profile
Brad North Draft Profile
- Experience: three-year starter
- Quarterbacked the offensive line
- Solid pulling center
- Works well with teammates on combo blocks, getting to the second level
- Quick snap to first step
- Solid blocker in space
- Understands blocking angles
Analysis: Brad North is an experienced offensive lineman who was a three-year starter for the Wildcats, consistently opening up holes for Justin Jackson who ran for 1,000+ yards in four straight seasons. He quarterbacked the line for Northwestern, making the necessary reads pre-snap. SB Nation ranked North the most consistent Northwestern offensive lineman this past season, “North, a senior in 2017, had the most career starts of anyone on the line and had been through plenty of Big Ten games. He started every game in 2017 and never looked fazed. There aren’t many offensive line stats, but I feel like North’s protections were usually pretty solid. You also have to factor in his leadership when discussing this unit’s impressive second half turnaround.” North was used as a pulling center often for the Wildcats and despite his lack of athleticism for a man his size, he did a solid job getting to defenders in space. Cut blocks are well done. Northwestern’s blocking scheme, allowed North to work with teammates on combo blocks, working their way up to the second level–impressive on tape. Snap-to-step quickness is there. Brad North could be used as a guard at the next level, offering NFL teams versatility along the offensive front. North was a member of the Rimington Watch list this past season.
- Struggles with anchor–can get ‘big-boyed’ by more powerful lineman
- Would like to see hands utilized more
- Decent strength (23 bench reps at pro day), but play strength is lacking on tape
- A little stiff throughout his body
- Needs better knee bend
Analysis: Brad North may have been one of the most consistent offensive lineman Northwestern has had in quite some time, but he is not guaranteed a spot on an NFL roster. His pro day was solid, running an average 40-time (5.34) and putting up 23 reps on the bench, but his play strength leaves a lot to be desired. For the most part, North holds his own up front, but he can get ‘big-boyed’ at times by more powerful lineman, losing his leverage. Hand usage will be key for North’s success at the next level–at times, he struggles to use his hands to keep defenders from getting into his body. More consistent hand usage will allow for greater success in pass protection. Knee bend needs improvement to handle the power at the next level.
Final thoughts on Brad North: I was not familiar with North leading up to the draft, but a tip led me to find some tape on this experienced center. North may not have the athletic traits you look for in a high draft pick, but he is solid in every area. With hard work, he has the chance not only to make an NFL roster but be a solid role player at the next level.
Size: 6’2 305lbs
Draft Grade: 5th Round
NFL Comparison: Ben Jones
Draft Projection: Round 7