5 Small School Steals: Offensive Line Edition

Every year there are Offensive Linemen that experts overlook, that go on to have great careers.  Removing players like Bucknell’s Julien Davenport and Kutztown’s Jordan Morgan, who are starting to receive their deserved hype, we’ll take a look at some sleeper picks.

 

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Corey Levin (OG, UT Chattanooga)

Ht: 6’4

Wt: 307

Analysis:

Levin is an athletic interior prospect, that moves well in space and would fit well with a zone blocking scheme. He has solid footwork and a nice punch. Realistically, Levin has the frame to add more functional weight and strength. He has played both Tackle and Guard at UT Chattanooga, which makes him a versatile swing player.

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Joe Loschiavo (Center, Slippery Rock)

Ht: 6’2

Wt: 312

Analysis:

Loschiavo is next in line for the Division II Offensive Line factory, that produced names like Viking’s Brandon Fusco and Packer’s Cory Tucker. He is a well balanced interior player that’s fundamentally sound. He has a well placed punch that has some pop. While, he underwhelms athletically his blue collar approach to the position will earn him some respect where ever he goes.

 

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Matt Frank (OG, James Madison)

Ht: 6’2

Wt: 307

Analysis:

Frank is the definition of perseverance. He was told he didn’t have the size to play Guard at the Division II level, so he walked on to FCS James Madison. He added over 50 pounds en route to his Senior year’s National Championship and Second Team All-CAA honors. He was part of a Offensive Line that only gave up one sack in the last seven games of the season. He is a good well rounded blocker, and looks for work when uncovered.

 

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Mitchell Kirsch (OT/OG, James Madison)

Ht: 6’4

Wt: 306

Analysis:

Kirsch was an anchor for the Dukes during his time at James Madison. Though average in space, Kirsch could have a high ceiling with a kick inside to Guard. He’s a powerful blocker that could excel brawling inside. He has adequate footwork, and a nasty punch. He lost a good portion of his Senior campaign to an injury, but will look to bounce back.

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Erik Austell (OG, Charleston Southern)

Ht: 6’3

Wt: 301

Analysis:

Austell is an a 2x FCS First Team All-American. He is athletic and moves well. At the second level, Austell does well choosing targets and making contact. He has potential to do very well as an interior Offensive Lineman, but needs to add some weight and functional strength. He would do well to land on a team that utilizes a zone blocking scheme.

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