Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois #73

6061, 320, 5.29

Notes: From Green Bay, WI. Started 53 consecutive games, every game of his career from 2015-18, and played every offensive snap (998 plays) in 2018. Redshirted in 2014. Started all 14 games in 2015, mostly at right tackle, but moved to right guard for a few games due to injuries along the offensive line. Appeared in all 12 games, with 7 starts at right guard and 5 at right tackle, in 2016. Moved to left tackle and started every game in 2017, recording a pass block efficiency of 99.0 according to PFF with just 6 pressures allowed on 458 pass-block attempts. Earned his undergraduate degree with a 3.99 GPA in kinesiology and completed his master’s degree in December 2018.

Positives: Nice size and strength. Highly intelligent, stable and mature. Knows how to utilize his size as a blocker. Overpowers defenders at current level of competition. Good strength and overall technique. Can control defenders with his arms. Good reach and length. Good knee bend. Can turn his opponent and seal off. Proficient pass blocker. Very good base and anchor strength. Does a consistent job with his footwork on pass sets. Shows nice balance and keeps his body square with the defender. Will respond to coaching and continue to refine his craft.

Negatives: Somewhat heavy feet. Doesn’t have elite natural foot quickness and needs to adapt to pro level speed on pass protection. Has some limitations on reach blocks. Hand placement a bit wide occasionally. Could show a bit more nastiness.

Summary: High football IQ. Solid overall prospect who should be able to start right away at right tackle in the NFL.

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