Prospect Profiles: Joseph Barksdale

JOSEPH BARKSDALE, OT, LSU

Triangle Numbers: 6-4, 325, 5.38

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Good overall size and length… Very solid pass protector… Long arms… Reasonably good athlete… Patient… Very solid initial quickness and pass set… Good arm extension, uses his hands well… Solid anchor… Reasonably good kick step… Flashes good lateral movement and slide… Very solid lateral range… Solid knee bend… Very solid run blocker… Good strength, can control defenders at POA… Can get movement in the running game… Does a nice job getting to the second level… Solid flexibility and body control… Can seal linebackers from the action… Generally keeps his feet moving throughout the play.

Negatives: Inconsistent technique… Lacks good explosion or suddenness to his game… Marginal hand punch, lacks any real pop… Can struggle with edge speed, will overextend and lunge… On the ground too much… Rises up too early and is too upright in his slide… Bends at the waist… Is a little heavy footed and allows his base to get too narrow… Can be awkward changing direction, loses his balance too easy… Lacks good awareness, doesn’t keep head on a swivel, lose game focus… Appears to lack mental toughness… Lacks a mean streak, plays relatively passive with little sense of urgency… Not an especially good finisher… Has talent but may never play to his potential… Similar to Arizona Cardinal Levi Brown.

National Football Post:

Possesses good overall size for the position and looks natural when asked to sit into his stance off the line. Is an above-average athlete who exhibits a good first step off the football in the run game and has the ability to quickly get around defenders and seal. Looks pretty athletic at the second level, can reach linebackers off his frame and initially push them past the play. However, doesn’t seem to really understand angles. Consistently seems to overstep in tight areas and give defensive linemen space to side step his block and get up the field. Isn’t a real compact or explosive puncher either. Takes far too long for him to uncoil his arms and is easily swatted at the point. However, has some natural flexibility in his lower half, can fire off the football low as an in-line guy, generate leverage for himself can create some push off the line.

Exhibits a good initial step off the football in the pass game and displays above-average range toward the corner. However, needs to do a better job getting off the snap count on time. Too often is late out of his stance and gives up the edge too easily at times because of it. Stays compact with his footwork initially even vs. speed toward the corner and can keep his base down through his kick-slide. But when asked to redirect he gets too overextended with his footwork, doesn’t generate any power on his punch and loses his balance easily on contact, allowing defenders to slip his block and/or overpower him at the point.

Impression: Is a good athlete with some natural bend and power to his game. However, lacks ideal awareness, isn’t real clean when asked to redirect and needs to be a more effective puncher. Has some raw talent with some upside, but I don’t know if he will ever put it all together

FF Toolbox:

Barksdale was a standout defensive tackle in high school, but he was asked to switch over to the offensive side of the ball prior to his freshman season at LSU. He obliged, and the move has paid off for both Barksdale and the Tigers. He played in all 14 games as a freshman in 2007, backing up right tackle Carnell Stewart. Barksdale started all 13 games in 2008, and he started all 12 regular-season contests in his current junior campaign. LSU’s rushing attack gained more than 166 yards per outing last year (fourth in the SEC) behind a stellar offensive line, and although the Tiger offense has not exactly taken off in 2009, Barksdale could be the most improved player on the team. He has been instrumental in opening up running lanes for Charles Scott (4.7 yards per carry) and Keiland Williams (5.3 ypc), as well as pass-blocking for Jordan Jefferson. Although mostly overshadowed by heralded left tackle Ciron Black, you can bet Barksdale will be making a name for himself as the 2010 NFL Draft approaches (assuming he leaves Baton Rouge early rather than return for a senior season). It would not be unfair to argue that Barksdale has been LSU’s best offensive lineman in 2009, nor would it be unfair to say that Barksdale is a better pro prospect than Black (who is a potential first-round pick in his own right). While Black is a massive run-blocker, Barksdale is more versatile and better at protecting the quarterback. He stands at 6’5” and 315 pounds, and he runs under 5.0 in the 40-yard dash. He has even been clocked as low as 4.86 at that distance; some impressive speed for a man of his size. Barksdale does not project as a franchise left tackle at the moment, but he has the tools to potentially switch to that more prestigious position at some point down the road. Look for Barksdale to go off the board in the second round of the draft, and a first-round selection is not out of the question if he performs well at the combine.

GiantsGab Thoughts:

Joseph Barksdale is a talented right tackle prospect who hasn’t really put it together yet. Seems to have some concentration and effort issues. Not tall enough to play left tackle. Has potential to be a solid right tackle and a 3rd round pick. You keep seeing that he will never play to potential because of work ethic issues, and that is never good to see. Giants tend to stay away from guys like that. Besides, he really needs to end up in Baltimore. It’s just too perfect. A Barksdale back in B-More? And if you get this reference, I will be over the moon. Giants need to stay away from, because of the character issues, and because we can’t let him not end up in Baltimore.

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3 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Joseph Barksdale”

  1. Eric says:

    Bodie barksdale!

  2. matcohen says:

    The Wire is such an esoteric reference.

  3. MrIncredible says:

    Barksdale in Baltimore is only right lol

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