Brian O’Neill Draft Profile

Brian O'Neill draft profile

Strengths:

  • Good arm length
  • Athletic and fluid as a move blocker
  • Stays connected to his blocks for the long haul
  • Has ability to slide and mirror defender around the arc when technique is right
  • Fires out of his stance into initial kick-slide
  • Accelerates into down blocks and runs feet through contact
  • Understands zone blocking scheme

Analysis: Brian O’Neill is a fantastic athlete for his size and turned in the fastest 40-time (4.82) for all offensive lineman at the combine. He possesses elite arm length for the position and has strong hands that do not let go easily. Once he has his hands on defenders he is in it for the long haul, staying connected until the whistle blows. His acceleration through down blocks is fierce and he keeps his feet moving throughout. When his technique is on-point (something that doesn’t happen often) he can slide and mirror defenders, rarely getting beaten to the outside. Pittsburgh ran a zone blocking scheme and he understands the system and how to block in it. He will not be drafted by a team that doesn’t use this system.

Weaknesses:

  • More of a grabber than puncher
  • Lack of play strength could be debilitating on the next level
  • Technique is inconsistent
  • Panics and forgets his footwork
  • Struggled during Senior Bowl reps to maintain his pass pro posture

Analysis: Brian O’Neill has good length and is a terrific athlete, but his inconsistencies at the Senior Bowl practices will be hard for teams to get out of their minds. What might be even more troubling is the way he seemed to panic and lose technique in certain matchups. O’Neill is a classic zone scheme blocker, but teams may take a look at him as a move guard with tackle potential rather than locking in with him as a blind-side tackle. O’Neill needs to get thicker and stronger or swing tackle could be his ceiling. His tape leaves you wanting more–when he is on, he looks like a future starter in the NFL–when he loses his technique, he looks undraftable. He knows who is lined up in front of him and if they possess edge speed or power O’Neill panics, forgetting his footwork and technique that go with it. He NEEDS to get stronger to hang with the big boys at the next level.

Size: 6’7 305lbs

Draft Grade: 5th Round

NFL Comparison: Julien Davenport

Draft Projection: Round 3-4

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