Scott Quessenberry 2018 NFL Draft Profile

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Scott Quessenberry 2018 NFL Draft Profile
UCLA Bruins offensive lineman Scott Quessenberry (52) lines up for the play during the Cactus Bowl college football game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the UCLA Bruins on December 26, 2017 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.(Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Overview
Position: Center
Height:  6’4”
Weight: 314 pounds
School: UCLA Bruins

Scott Quessenberry 2018 NFL Draft Profile

Scott Quessenberry has been one of the steady components in what has been a very un-steady offensive line for UCLA the last few years. He started every game as a junior (12) and senior (13), after missing all of 2015 with surgery on both shoulders. The Bruins lacked viable depth on the offensive line during much of Jim Mora’s tenure, so consistency at center from Quessenberry was no small thing.

Quessenberry came to UCLA from La Costa Canyon High School in San Diego. He was a three-star recruit according to Scout.com and Rivals.com and played in the Under Armour All-American Game following his senior season in high school. Scout.com ranked him as the nation’s seventh-best center at the time of National Signing Day that year, while Rivals.com had him fifth. He was also a five-time Academic Honor Roll recipient at five times at UCLA. Quessenberry made All Pac-12 First team in 2016 and was honorable mention in 2017. Quessenberry has two older brothers. David played at San Jose State and is an offensive lineman for the Houston Texans. David missed much of the 2015 season while battling Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Paul played for the Naval Academy.

Strengths

  • Good size and frame for an offensive lineman;
  • Compact build despite his size;
  • Decent pass blocker;
  • Very adept at picking out blitzes prior to snap;
  • Good footwork slides;
  • Improved his balance at the point of contact in his last season;
  • Consistent and reliable.

Weaknesses

  • Needs to improve run blocking, (endemic of the entire UCLA front line);
  • Must improve getting to the second level of blocks (linebackers) in the rushing game;
  • Gets beat by defensive linemen with longer arms/reach;
  • Needs a stronger lower body push in initial blocks;
  • Pad level gets too high;
  • Needs to hold blocks longer.

NFL Comparison:  Evan Boehm

Teams With Need At Position:  Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts

Projection: Third round at earliest, fifth round at latest.

Bottom Line

Quessenberry had four different offensive coordinators in his time at UCLA, each with a different scheme or variance. The constant change likely stunted the growth of the offensive linemen and made for some inconsistency in each of them, Quessenberry included. He has the size and the skills as it pertains to the fundamentals.

There is a lot of fine tuning that needs to be done to make him an impactful run blocker. He is strong at the point of contact but still needs to learn to hold a block. His footwork made him effective as a pass blocker. It is a deep draft for centers, so it is viable that Quessenberry is the sixth one taken, which makes him a backup wherever he goes. It is not too wild of a thought that he could go with someone who wants to convert him to a guard. He has the build and agility for it.

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