STRENGTHS: Long arms with a wide stance and nimble feet, staying light with his lateral shuffle. Coordinated athlete with good lean, balance and knee bend in his blocks. Nice job squaring his shoulders with proper eye use to track and mirror. Understands body angles with good patience and eye discipline. Shoots his hands and engages well with his length at the point of attack, riding rushers around the perimeter of the pocket. Positive attitude on and off the field. Tough and durable with versatile starting experience at both left and right tackle, starting every game the past three seasons (36 consecutive starts).
WEAKNESSES: Gives up ground at the point of attack and needs to develop his anchor and strengthen his lower body, too often rocked backwards. Needs to do a better job using his hands once engaged to better sustain. Needs to keep his hands inside to avoid holding calls and improve his placement. Lacks overwhelming strength in the run game and would like to see more of a killer attitude. Needs to do a better job with his limbs to fend off rush moves. Will play undisciplined at times and needs to stay patient to win proper positioning.
A two-star high school recruit, Leno arrived in Boise as a little-known 265-pound tackle/tight end, but he quickly developed into a valuable cog on the Broncos? offensive line. He started at right tackle as a sophomore before taking over for Nate Potter at left tackle where he started every game as a junior and senior. He is looking to follow Ryan Clady, Daryn Colledge and Potter as the next Boise State left tackle to kickstart a NFL career. Leno has good athleticism, balance and mobility to move and mirror, but lacks ideal lower body power and base to dig his cleats in the ground and the limb strength to control blocks. He isn?t the most physical, but he has the traits to survive at the NFL level and projects as a down-the-road pro starter.
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 7/246 -- Charles Leno Jr., T, 6-4, 302, Boise State...Started every game his final three seasons, the last two at left tackle. He is regarded by many personnel people as a guard candidate, not a tackle, but he does have the arm length of a tackle at 34 1/2 inches. He has decent speed out of his stance when pulling to block. The aim will be to develop him. Emery said he will be immediate competition for backup left tackle. Also, Jordan Mills struggled as a pass blocker at right tackle and frequently got help from extra tackle Eben Britton in a six-lineman formation. So if he learns quickly, it's not unreasonable for him to challenge for a starting spot. Leno also has guard experience. - The Sports Xchange