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2015 NFL DRAFT

Russell Bodine, OG

School: North Carolina  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Scottsville, VA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 310 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
177115-6

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.172.971.8142 299'1"4.668.26
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Possesses squatty powerful frame, with broad shoulders and thick limbs. Good initial quickness. Capable of firing the snap (shotgun or typical) and turning to seal off defenders in one fluid motion. Plays with very good knee bend and on the balls of his feet, helping him anchor against the bull rush and mirror quicker defenders while in pass protection. Latches on and turns with defenders, keeping himself between the defender and the ball.

Surprisingly light on his feet, showing good athleticism to block at the second level. Strong initial punch on defenders when he meets them, showing enough power to knock some off-balance and to the ground. Alert and competitive. Looks for someone to hit on each play. Started one game at left guard in 2013; all others at center over the past two seasons.

WEAKNESSES: Carries a little extra weight around the middle and may not possess ideal arm length. Can get pushed back into the pocket initially (especially when covered up with a powerful nose guard), though to his credit he generally stops the skating and regains momentum to eventually push the defender back. Plays so low that he leaves himself vulnerable to over-arm swim moves.

COMPARES TO: A.Q. Shipley, Baltimore Ravens - Shipley left Penn State in 2008 and has bounced around the NFL since. Scouts love his physicality and tenacity, but short arms have made his emergence as an NFL starter slower than hoped. Bodine has more desirable traits and should have an easier path to latching on. He plays with similar grit and surprising athleticism, projecting as a future starter in the NFL.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Bodine arrived at North Carolina after attending Fort Union Military Academy, where his father is a teacher. He was rated the No. 8 center in the country by Rivals.com and ESPN.com after playing guard and defensive tackle at Fort Union.

Bodine started the past two seasons for the Tar Heels, earning honorable mention All-ACC accolades in 2013. Primarily a center, he also started one game at guard in 2013.

Bodine, a native of Scottsville, Va., decided to forego his senior season to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

"It's been a dream of mine to play in the NFL and I feel I'm ready to take the next step in my playing career," said Bodine. "I have been thinking about this for several weeks, weighing all my options and discussing it with my parents and the coaching staff. I feel it is the right time to move forward.

"I want to thank the coaching staff at North Carolina for helping me become a better player and person. I've had the opportunity to play in both a pro-style offense and a spread offense and I think that will enhance my opportunities at the next level."

The 6-foot-3, 310-pound redshirt junior plays with good initial quickness and power and projects nicely as either a center or guard in the NFL. He is taking advantage of a relatively weak senior center class likely to feature only two centers regarded as top 100 prospects in Arkansas' Travis Swanson and Colorado State's Weston Richburg.

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 4/11 - Russell Bodine, C, 6-3, 310, North Carolina...Bodine is a powerful man who can handle being the big center in the AFC North. The Bengals thought enough of him to trade up for only the third time in franchise history. - The Sports Xchange
 

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