John Urschel, OG

School: Penn State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Williamsville, NY
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 313 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.272.941.8430 298'6"4.477.55

Player Overview

A two-star OL recruit, Urschel was born in Canada, but grew up in western New York and wasn?t a well-known recruit, committing to Penn State shortly after they offered. After redshirting in 2009, he saw limited playing time over his first two seasons before taking over the RG duties in 2012, starting every game there as a junior and senior.

Urschel was a solid player in college, but may be better known for his impressive classroom intelligence with a 4.0 GPA and multiple math degrees and even taught three math classes (Geometry, Trigonometry and Vector Calculus) in 2013 ? can clearly balance his on and off field responsibilities.

He is a short-area blocker who does his best work in a phone booth due to his limited range and athleticism, but he competes on each snap and understands body placement to seal and finish. Urschel probably isn?t a next level starter, but he should be able to hold onto a roster spot.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Well-strapped together with proportioned bulk on his squared frame?fires off the snap with accurate snap anticipation, shooting his hands at the POA?excellent awareness pre- and post-snap, understanding where pressure is coming from and rarely looking surprised?strong hands to grip and control, looking to finish with the competitive drive needed for the position ? tough-minded?gets his hips and body turned to wall off run lanes, keeping his butt low with consistent knee bend?efficient operator and always looking for someone to block.

Extremely book and football smart as the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy (Academic Heisman) and two-time Academic All-American ? 4.0 GPA as a math undergrad, one Master?s degree finished with another almost complete?works hard in the weight room to develop is core strength?durable two-year starter (25 career starts).

WEAKNESSES: Shorter-than-ideal arms and allows rushers into his body?not an explosive player with limited range ? not a blocker who will consistently be able to help out on the perimeter or second level?lacks overpowering strength and won?t bully defenders?suspect anchor and will be rocked backwards on his heels too easily.

Has some body tightness and struggles to recover after false steps?ends up on the ground too much and needs to stay balanced once engaged?hand placement needs work, allowing his mitts and elbows to get too wide?extremely smart and will have options other than football ? is he fully committed to the daily grind of the NFL?

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 5/175 -- John Urschel, G, 6-3, 313, Penn State...A technically sound blocker with quick feet, Urschel is an academic star who had a 4.0 grade point average and earned a master's degree. - The Sports Xchange


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