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Prospect Profiles: Kristofer O’Dowd


Triangle Numbers: 6-5, 300, 5.2

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

• Good height and bulk with a relatively large frame
• Intelligent with outstanding instincts and awareness
• Technically sound and understands positioning / angles
• Relatively stout at the point of attack and can anchor
• Uses hands well, showing ability to lock on and sustain
• Mature, tough and competitive with a great work ethic
• Has a lot of experience against top-notch competition

• Limited athletically and not a natural knee bender
• Heavy feet to slide and mirror with average range
• Not very strong or powerful and lacks explosiveness
• Tends to get caught reaching and leaning at times
• Doesn’t get big push in run game and not a mauler
• Is too inconsistent when it comes to using leverage
• Dealt with injuries and durability is a major concern

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Versatile, could get some looks at Guard… Heady, good instincts for the position… Explosive… Good pass blocker, quick first step… Quick pass set… Uses his hands well… Good footwork, good lateral movement and slide… Blocks with solid leverage in pass protection… Does a nice job redirecting… Gets in front of stunts and blitzes… Very solid run blocker… Adequate strength at POA, reasonably good anchor when he stays low… Can generate solid power… Plays with a solid base… Very good contact balance… Gets to the second level and seals linebackers okay… Brings his feet along with him… Solid flexibility and body control but not good… Carries his pads well… Plays with good technique… Good mental toughness… Aggressive, gives a good effort… Reminds me of San Francisco’s Eric Heitmann.

Negatives: Plays a little high at times, rises up in pass protection, allows defender under his pads… High cut, long lower body makes it difficult to maintain pad level… Loses a lot of battles for leverage… Needs to get stronger and show a little more consistency at POA… Doesn’t anchor well against bull rushers, can be moved off the point… Not a big time pile mover, doesn’t get a lot of movement… Doesn’t get much leverage drive blocking… Hands are quick but arms are shorter than ideal but lack much pop, little violence to his game… Doesn’t look very fluid in space, will overextend, reach and lunge… Doesn’t do an especially good job bringing his feet with him… Struggles to hit moving targets… Not a great finisher… His durability (inability to stay healthy) will hurt his draft stock

FF Toolbox:

Center is one of the most difficult positions to project in any draft and the 2011 edition is no different. Few centers are drafted in the early rounds of the draft. One has to show a special quality others lack; that quality factor surrounds USC’s big Kristofer O’Dowd. Especially because in college football rarely does a true freshman becomes a starter at C in one of the most dominant units in the nation). But O’Dowd did just that, starting three (he saw significant time in four more) games in 2007. Named a full time starter before spring practice 2008, the Tucson, Arizona product started all 14 games for the Trojans. His play earned him All PAC-10 team honors.

O’Dowd is smart and competitive and consistently maximized his talent. He has shown the flexibility to pass block with good leverage against straight-line rushers and can use his hands to lock up defenders. His great awareness and instinct for the position will impress any scout.

He spent his senior year improving his strength, but can still struggle to hold off against explosive, power rushers. O’Dowd is limited some athletically and can have trouble moving in traffic. O’Dowd had good intangibles and the athletic talent to warrant some consideration in the early part of Day 2. If he is able to show more strength, he could move up.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Kristofer O’Dowd is an oft-injured center prospect who’s been mocked to the Giants many times. 5th or 6th rounder, O’Dowd is a solid, technically sound center. Smart, athletic. Not overly strong, but he will be once he gets into a NFL weight program. Needs to get stronger and needs to stay healthy. Still, the Giants need a center, and behind Stefen Wisnewski, O’Dowd is the best. You can get him in the 6th. Can he start right away? Probably not. But, after a year of gaining strength, he could be a long term starter, provided he stays healthy.


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4 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Kristofer O’Dowd”

  1. sam says:

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