Tag:Andrew Datko
Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:10 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 8:20 pm

Report: Datko ends redshirt pursuit; NFL eligible

Florida State's Andrew Datko entered his senior season among the most highly touted offensive tackle prospects in the country. 

Unfortunately, the Seminoles preseason All-ACC left tackle's 2011 season ended after just four games due to lingering shoulder issues. Datko pursued gaining another year of eligibility with a medical redshirt but was not among the list of several NFL-caliber players initially granted an extra season from the ACC.

According to editor-in-chief John Crist of NoleDigest.com, Datko has elected to end his pursut of a medical redshirt, has signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus and is preparing for the 2012 draft. He's currently rated as the No. 11 offensive tackle for the 2012 draft and the 118th rated prospect, overall by NFLDraftScout.com. Datko was one of two highly athletic tackles to star for the Seminoles over the past four seasons. While he started at left tackle, Zebrie Sanders was the Seminoles' right tackle. Sanders flipped over to the left side and played well once Datko's senior campaign finished early.

The 6-6, 321 pound Datko will obviously have to answer questions about the health of his shoulders but when 100% has proven himself to be a very effective blocker for the Seminoles. Big and athletic, Datko started 40 games for Florida State, all of them at left tackle. The shoulder injury limited his play in 2011 but Datko allowed just three combined sacks in his previous two seasons with the Seminoles despite facing an impressive array of pass rushers in the ACC. Of concern to scouts, however, is that the injury isn't new. As Datko explains in this video he was essentially playing with "just one shoulder" in 2010 and had expected to be fully healthy in 2011. 

The opinion of team doctors will ultimately play a critical role in where (or if) Datko is selected in the 2012 draft.

Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:57 pm

FSU: OT Andrew Datko's surgery "didn't take"

Florida State offensive tackle Andrew Datko, NFLDraftScout.com's top rated senior prospect at the position, was held out of Saturday's upset loss to Wake Forest with a shoulder injury. Even worse, it doesn't sound like he's close to returning despite having undergone surgery on the shoulder early last week.

Seminoles' head coach Jimbo Fisher didn't sound at all optimistic about his senior tackle's chances at seeing the field soon when asked about Datko following the loss.

"It's not good. He can't play. The surgeries didn't take," Fisher said.

Datko underwent surgery over the summer to repair problems with his shoulders. He had separated one of them and tore the labrum in the other during his junior season. Despite the surgeries, Datko has been characterized as "questionable" for much of the early schedule this season and was held out of play Saturday after it was obvious during warmups that he was limited.

In his place the Seminoles started 17-year old true freshman Bobby Hart, who, not surprisingly, struggled.

With a clean bill of health, Datko had been rated by NFLDraftScout.com as a potential first round prospect. With a number of the top rated tackles from the Class of 2012 having left early for the NFL last season, Datko was the leader almost by default, as he ranked only fourth on NFLDraftScout.com's true tackle ratings behind juniors Matt Kalil (USC), Riley Reiff (Iowa) and Jonathan Martin (Stanford).

For my money, Ohio State's Mike Adams, who returned this past week from a five game suspension, is next in line as the best of the senior class tackles. Should Datko's troublesome shoulder(s) continue to be a problem, he could slip significantly down the board.
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