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Instant Analysis: Mitch Petrus

The Giants selected guard Mitch Petrus from Arkansas. He’s a big, strong tough guard, with a lot of experience. Had 45 reps at the bench press at the combine! 45!  That ties a combine record. Really strong. Played a lot of different positions (tight end, fullback). Better run blocker than pass blocker at this point, but has potential in the passing game.

Here’s what NFP had to say about him:

A coordinated athlete who pivots out of his stance well, Petrus is very natural pulling around the line of scrimmage and reaching the second level. Possesses great body control and does a nice job breaking down in space and eliminating a moving target. Is a violent cut blocker who does a great job getting into opponents’ bodies and eliminating them from the play. Showcases natural balance on slide-down blocks and makes it difficult for opposing defensive linemen to disengage. Displays the flexibility to drop his pad level in pass protection and gain initial leverage on contact. Relies on his technique and quickness in all areas of his game and lacks the overall girth and base strength to overpower defenders on contact. But Petrus looks like an ideal starting guard in a zone-blocking scheme at the next level.

And here is what CBS had to say about him:

Pass blocking: Rare overall athleticism for the position. Can mirror the pass rusher due to his balance and lateral agility. Is improving hand punch and upper-body strength. Quicker, more powerful hands as a senior. Natural knee bend and balance help him anchor surprisingly well for his lack of bulk, but this is an area of concern. Will struggle against powerful DTs’ bull rushes.

Run blocking: Needs to add strength, especially in his lower body, to be a drive blocker. Relies on turning the defender away from the hole and sealing him off, as he struggles to physically uproot the defender. Marginal hand placement and will allow his hands to get outside the frame as a run blocker.

Pulling/trapping: Best attribute might be his quickness and agility to pull and get to the second level as a run blocker. Good straight-line speed to get around the tackle and out into the open field. Can break down and adjust on the fly to hit the moving target.

Initial Quickness: Good-to-very good quickness off the snap. Often the first off the line of scrimmage and gets good initial movement as a run blocker.

Downfield: Good effort to block downfield. Not a dominator, but consistently gets to the next level to block linebackers and even defensive backs.

Intangibles: Suspended for the 2008 season due to academics. Allowed to practice with the team last season despite the suspension and had time to acclimate to the new offense. Spent some of his time learning to box, improving his hand speed and strength. Impressed with his ability to adjust from the run-heavy offense Houston Nutt used to the pass-heavy attack favored by Bobby Petrino. Looks lighter on film than listed. Some feel he is maxed out at this weight and doesn’t have the frame to add the weight and strength to be an effective guard in the NFL.

NFL Comparison: Eric Steinbach

I really like this pick. He’ll be a nice backup this season with a chance to start really soon. Good pick.

This is the video of Petrus doing 45 reps. It’s impressive

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4 Responses to “Instant Analysis: Mitch Petrus”

  1. Steve B. says:

    An offensive pick? Did Jerry Reese step outside? lol

    I do like the pick, and they needed to address the OL depth. Although, jets did release faneca

  2. Yeah Jets did Release Alan Faneca that’d be interesting.

    I like the Pietrus pick. He can pull and trap well and he’s insanely srong in the weight room.

  3. jeremy P. says:

    Looks like Diehl will be a RT if he’s not a LT, and not a guard like previously thought.

    • Steve B. says:

      Well I think Diehl could still be moved to guard because I believe Petrus is a little raw and needs a year or so to develop. Plus I dont believe we drafter a 5th round OT to start.

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