Joel Bitonio, OG

School: Nevada  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 302 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.972.90-22 32-4.447.37
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.922.801.6922 329'6"4.447.37

Player Overview

Bitonio chose Nevada over offers from Fresno State and San Jose State, and saw action as a reserve in all 14 games in 2010 following his redshirt year.

Bitonio took over a starting tackle job as a sophomore that he would never relinquish. He started 14 games in 2011 and earned honorable mention All-Mountain West honors the following season while starting opposite fellow tackle Jeff Nady.

With Nady off to the NFL, Bitonio emerged as a first-team all-conference tackle in 2013.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Highly effective collegiate left tackle who combines good quickness, strength and tenacity. More athletic than he looks, demonstrating light feet and balance to quickly fan outside to handle speed rushers. Plays on the balls of his feet and shows good lateral agility to mirror edge rushers.

Strong hands to latch onto defenders and usually contains them throughout the play. Good quickness for the down block and in getting to the second level in the running game. Shows impressive power to drive defenders off the line and will knock them to the ground when he feels them off-balance.

Competitive. Doesn't give up on the play, even if beaten initially. Handled top competition when given the opportunity, including in one-on-one matchups against UCLA's Anthony Barr.

WEAKNESSES: Doesn't possess the ideal length or build to remain at left tackle in the NFL and may be best served moving inside to guard - a position he never played at Nevada. Appears to have shorter-than-ideal arms, an issue that explains why Bitonio occasionally falls off blocks or is beaten with an effective over-arm swim move. Can get fundamentally lazy and stop moving his feet, allowing himself to get over-extended.

COMPARES TO: Marshall Newhouse, Green Bay Packers - Like the 6-4, 319-pound Newhouse, Bitonio's size looks better on paper than it does on tape, where his less-than-ideal arm length and thick middle seem to project best to guard. Also like Newhouse, however, Bitonio is surprisingly athletic and a savvy, competitive football player, who'll carve out a niche somewhere.

--Rob Rang (12/26/13)

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