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Prospect Profiles: Andrew Datko


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-6, 321, 5.32



A tall, athletic looking offensive tackle prospect with a long set of arms. However, despite his weight, looks a bit lean through the lower half and will struggle with power. Is a natural bender who coils up into his stance well, keeps his base under him and is quick off the ball. Looks very coordinated on his kick-slide, remains compact toward the edge, possesses good range toward the corner vs. speed and possesses the athleticism to handle NFL caliber speed rushers. However, into contact he has a tendency to get bent over at the waist and will get bent over a bit on his kick slide as well, as he needs to do a better job keeping his back straight. Will get caught lunging a bit when trying to anchor vs. power and can be susceptible to the bull rush and get walked into the backfield on an outside club because he doesn’t have ideal balance. However, for the most part does a good job extending his long arms, displays good hand placement on his punch and sticks well through contact. Is a very good mirror player with the recovery speed to reach defenders even if he loses a step. He slides his feet well through contact and is tough to disengage from.

Doesn’t waste much motion off the ball in the run game. He snaps at the hips, extends his arms and is quickly able to get into the body of blockers. Gets a bit high off the ball and isn’t a dominate in-line guy, but he works his hands well through contact, gains inside leverage, works his legs and can create a push off the ball. Nevertheless, he’s very quick off the snap, exhibits the coordination/athleticism to get around on reach blocks and will seal on the perimeter. Is an excellent move player who has the range to consistently get out to the second level, break down and hit his target. Also, he does great job on slide down blocks, where he engages quickly, gains proper hand placement and his combo of strength/athleticism allows him to stay on his man and finish.

Missed three games in 2010 due to a shoulder injury suffered vs. Oklahoma.

Impression: He’s a solid athlete who can bend, re-direct and block in space. However, he’s had some struggles with power when trying to stay engaged and hasn’t been able to stay healthy throughout his career. Nevertheless, in a weak offensive tackle class, he’s one of the few prospects that possess the skill set to start in the NFL.



• Quick out of his stance
• Athletic and light on his feet
• Shuffles, slides and pushes rushers wide
• Places his hands inside and can pop and recoil
• Flexible hips to scoop and seal
• Understands positioning, angles
• Terrific character


• Underdeveloped body
• Limited core strength (not stout to anchor vs. bull rush)
• Outmuscled at the point
• Not explosive on contact
• Lunges and slips off blocks
• Long-term durability is a concern
• Medical issues are serious — has a history of shoulder problems

The Way We See It:

An underpowered, intelligent, competitive, hardworking technician, Datko is a hunchbacked zone blocker who played left tackle at FSU, but is better suited to play the right side in the pros. Durability is a major concern and will drop draft standing.

FF Toolbox:

Datko has been a huge part of the Florida State offense (literally) ever since stepping foot on campus in 2008. As a freshman he started the last dozen games of the season and earned Freshman All-American honors from a host of media outlets. In 2009, he started every game at left tackle and allowed a mere two sacks despite going up against future NFL defensive end after future NFL defensive end.

Datko might have gone pro after his junior campaign, but a shoulder injury slightly derailed his progress. The shoulder issue is back in 2011 and there is a chance Datko’s career could be over in Tallahassee. Simply put, almost nothing has gone right for the highly-touted Seminoles this season.

When healthy, Datko is a force to be reckoned with. He stands at 6’6” and has done well to add bulk to his big frame (he now registers at 321 pounds). However, more impressive than his size is his brute strength. Datko uses that strength very well up front and is sound in both run and pass protection. Scouts will also love his work ethic and the fact that he comes with no off-the-field concerns. If Datko can solve his injury problems, a first-round selection in 2012 is not out of the question.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Andrew Datko is a big offensive tackle prospect. Athletic. Quick. Needs to bulk up. Better against speed than power. The big issue with him is medical. Shoulder issues. Hard to know if he’s really healthy. Only teams will know. He has a 2nd round skill set, 7th round medical. If he checks out, he could be a steal, because he could play at right tackle right away. If not, then he might not get drafted. Datko is a risk. But he has talent and I think teams would be foolish to not spend a 5th or 6th round pick on him and hope for the best.



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