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Prospect Profiles: Alex Linnenkohl

ALEX LINNENKOHL, C, OREGON STATE

Triangle Numbers: 6-1, 304, 5.37

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Athletic… Heady, intelligent, good football IQ… Reasonably good pass blocker… Good lateral blocking range… Sets up quickly, gets into his blocks quickly… Good knee bend… Good arm extension and hand placement… Good lateral movement and slide… Does a nice job staying in front of defender… Maintains good position, good wall-off blocker… Very solid anchor, does an adequate job holding his ground… Carries his pads reasonably well… Seldom lunges into his blocks… Very solid run blocker… Gets into his run blocks reasonably quick… Solid drive blocker… Gets a good push… Stays low, plays with good leverage… Can pull and seal inside on the corner… Can get to the second level… Good flexibility and body control… Breaks down reasonably well and does a nice job blocking in space… Plays with a mean streak… Good mental toughness… Hard worker, tenacious, plays with passion… Will get looks at Guard as well… This kid will make a team that employs a ZBS and eventually compete for a starting spot.

Negatives: Shorter than ideal arms and small hands… Not a particularly good finisher, needs to stay on blocks longer… Needs to get stronger at POA… Can be pushed back into the pocket… Light hands, doesn’t have much force in his punch… Doesn’t generate much power.

National Football Post:

He’s on the shorter side, but his lack of ideal height allows him to play with consistent leverage on contact. Snaps and steps quickly off the line in the run game and showcases the ability to consistently get his hands inside the chest plate of opposing defenders. Isn’t real physical on contact, but has the ability to get his feet around blocks and seal from the football. Lacks ideal upper body strength and isn’t a real velcro player, but can create initial creases inside off the ball. Is an impressive athlete when asked to pivot out of his stance, pull and reach defenders on the move. Showcases good range, gets up to speed quickly and has the body control to consistently chop down his targets in space.

Displays above-average athletic ability in the pass game. Isn’t a real natural bender but, slides his feet in space and extend his arms into contact. Doesn’t generate much power on his punch, lacks ideal base strength and struggles to stick to blocks through the play. Relies on his lateral agility to mirror inside, but he can be overwhelmed by more physical linemen one-on-on.

Impression: I love his range, body control and violence when asked to pull and cut down defenders in space. Lacks ideal size and looks limited to a zone-blocking scheme at the next level, but has a good chance of making an NFL roster and could eventually fight for some paying time down the line if he continues to add strength.

FF Toolbox:

Oregon State had an up and down season. The team knocked off strong squads like Arizona, California and USC, but lost to the likes of Washington, Washington State and UCLA. That inconsistency (and a tough non-conference schedule) halted any hope the Beavers had of reaching a bowl game. One player who was more consistent than the team as a whole was center Alex Linnenkohl. The 6-2, 303 pound offensive lineman has been the anchor of the line, for better or worse, during the last three seasons.

After redshirting in 2006 and playing in just two games as a freshman in 2007, Linnenkohl moved into a starting role and never gave it up. For his efforts he earned Pac-10 Conference Honorable Mention accolades in 2008 and 2009 and never missed a start during those two seasons. Linnenkohl moved up in the conference’s pecking order during his senior season and was named to the All-Conference Second-Team.

The poor 2010 season for the Beavers has diminished Linnenkohl’s draft status. However, Linnenkohl can separate himself from some other centers during some of the pre-draft workouts. He has solid instincts and is strong and athletic enough to be a solid player at the next level. Right now there is not much buzz about Linnenkohl, but he has some time to change that and emerge as a mid-round selection by April.

GiantsGab Thoughts:

Alex Linnenkohl seems like a solid option as a mid round center. The Giants need a center, long term. Linnenkohl is a bit short, but he’s very smart, very tough. After a year of gaining some strength and learning the pro game, he could be very good. 4th round pick. Not a bad option. He doesn’t have to start right away. Can take some time to learn. I think in a year or so, he’ll be a very solid center.

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One Response to “Prospect Profiles: Alex Linnenkohl”

  1. Chris says:

    I know we have predraft meetings with Justin Houston and pouncy any others?

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