Billy Turner Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for North Dakota State OT

From Bleacher Report - NFL
February 26, 2014 - 10:05am

Billy Turner, LT, North Dakota State, (HT: 6'5", WT: 315 lbs)   Positives Looked extremely well-­put-­together physically at the National Scouting Weigh-­in during the 2014 Senior Bowl. Very tight and sprung musculature throughout.   Possesses a terrific upfield motor in the run game. Uses a very long 81-­inch wingspan to push and shove and reach block as necessary. Displays outstanding toughness and a clear desire for contact. Played in mostly man-­power concepts at NDSU but appears to have the agility, power and reach to adapt well in a more zone­-based scheme. Excellent hand placement when engaging. Punches up into the armpit, then shoves up and through as opposed to out and away.   Was able to put a great sample of work on tape in 2013 against a non­-FCS-level opponent in Kansas State, where he racked up a ridiculous 10 knockdowns and graded out at a near­-perfect "96 percent" by the Bison coaching staff. Did not allow one sack through the 2013 season. Comes from an NFL family. Showed evidence of good explosiveness at the NFL combine, registering the 12th-best vertical leap among offensive linemen.   Negatives Requires major work on kick slide in pass protection; evaluators will view this as an issue that needs immediate resolution. Technically sloppy in numerous lower-body and core movements out of stance into kick and lateral power steps. Inconsistent in technique when kicking backward. Stood out in Day 1 of Senior Bowl practices wearing shorts and shoulder pads but failed to consistently flash through the week once pads went on. Clearly played against an inferior level of competition in college. Needs work and refinement of technique in knee bend to aid in leg drive and general athletic balance. Will tend to drift into periods of half­-speed play against inferior competition. Depends on natural skills versus technique to execute assignments. Clearly needs to become more focused on pad level and general use of leverage in numerous aspects of both run-­blocking and pass-protection schemes.   Personal Notes: (via NDSU Athletic Department) Born October 17, 1991. Son of Maurice and Keren Johnson Turner. Father played running back at Utah State, drafted by Minnesota Vikings in 1983 and played five years in NFL (Vikings, Green Bay and NY Jets). Has two brothers, Maurice Turner, who plays at UNI, and Bryan Kehl, who played at BYU and was drafted by the NY Giants in 2008. College major is communications. Shares same birth date as teammate Colten Heagle.   Overall Turner is another offensive tackle prospect in the 2014 NFL draft who numerous evaluators project as a possible option at guard as well. Turner truly looks the part anatomically. There are numerous flaws in his technique, none of which seem insurmountable given the level of athleticism Turner has displayed throughout his college career. Turner's frame is just right for filling out in good ways. His quick upfield surge coupled with his light—if unrefined—feet will lead evaluators to project in Turner athletic upside with versatility to contribute at four possible positions along the offensive line.   Draft Projection: Late Round 2 to Round 3 Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com


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