- NFL Draft-Eligible prospects from the American Athletic Conference to watch in 2014: 2. OT Eric Lefeld, Cincinnati, RS Senior...After starting his career at right tackle, Eric Lefeld has been a mainstay for the Bearcats at left tackle the past few years, earning First Team All-AAC honors last season. He enters his senior season with 32 starts under his belt and NFL eyes will be watching him closely in 2014. Lefeld has the size to play the position at the next level with a quick, effortless kickslide off the snap. He shows the vision of a veteran on tape, seeing the field well with proper awareness and the effort to finish each block. While those are the positives, Lefeld also has his share of negatives and areas needing improvement.
He bends well at the knees, but is often caught lunging and lacks an overpowering demeanor with suspect anchor and upper body strength. Lefeld's hand technique is often sloppy, passive and late and his punch can be frustrating to watch when matched up against fierce pass rushers (see Lefeld vs. North Carolina DE Kareem Martin last season). He has a lot of tools for the NFL, but he needs to improve his functional strength and aggressive nature to maximize his potential as a draft pick and player at the next level. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com