Pat Elflein-OL-Ohio State
Size: 6’3 300lbs

Pat Elflein

Strengths:

  • High character
  • Leader
  • Versatile
  • Drives feet
  • ‘Finisher’
  • Plus play strength
  • High football IQ

Analysis: The team that drafts Pat Elflein will make their coaching staff, specifically their offensive line coach very happy. He is a coaches dream. He has a thick lower body. Team captain renown for his outrageous work ethic. Strong leadership characteristics both verbally and by example. Looks for work when uncovered. Smartly alters assignment based on flow of the defense. Always under control in his movements. Patient pull blocker who stalks his target rather than rushing the block. Plus play strength and wrestling background gives him a leg up in hand-to-hand combat against big dogs inside. Quick to roll hips into block after first contact. Drives feet through contact and uses strong hands to stick like glue to the block. Recognizes twisting defensive tackles and greets them with aggressiveness. Hand placement is excellent. Strikes with upward blows squarely into the strike zone as run blocker. Pass-pro punch is compact with some heat behind it. Can anchor against bull rush. Winning history on high-caliber team. Versatile; proficient and successful at both center and guard.

Weaknesses:

  • Footwork
  • Reaction time
  • Struggles against more athletic lineman
  • Needs a quicker punch

Analysis: If there is one draw back to Pat Elflein’s game it is his footwork. Definitely not a ballerina on his feet, he has a marginal twitch with short-area reaction time that is just average. A bit of a straight-line player in space. Struggles to come off initial block and body up against delayed, A-gap blitzers. Understands leverage but hip stiffness causes pad level to rise as play rolls along. Anticipates early bull rush and will drop an early anchor. Feet become heavy and limited, allowing athletic opponents to work around his edge and into backfield.

NFL Comparison: Travis Frederick

Draft Projection: Round 1

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