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B.J. Finney, C

School: Kansas State  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Andale, KS
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 318 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 248'3"4.76-

Player Overview

Receive little attention out of high school and decided to walk on at Kansas State, redshirting in 2010. He quickly advanced through the ranks, was awarded a scholarship and earned a starting job in 2011 as a redshirt freshman, starting one game at right guard before starting 51 straight at center. Finney earned All-Big 12 honorable mention as a freshman and sophomore, followed by All-Big 12 first team as a junior and senior, earning the conference Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year award in 2014.

Finney almost gave up football when his father (and football coach) died of a heart attack in 2004, but he decided to dedicate his play to his dad, which might explain the strong-willed, non-stop effort on every snap. As a former walk-on, he has the toughness, competitive appetite and strong intangibles NFL coaches covet. Finney has quick feet and gets every ounce of power out of his body, rarely making mistakes, but he also doesn't have a lot of physical traits to get excited about. Surpassed expectations at every level he's played and that likely won't stop once he gets to the NFL.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Quick snap and set-up with smooth lateral movements off the ball. Moves his feet well to generate movement in the run game. Above-average awareness and vision, sensing and anticipating the action well. Plays like a veteran and isn't surprised by much. Uses proper mechanics and body angles, playing within himself. Tough in the trenches with a stout body type. Not an easy guy to move from his spot and wrestling background shows. Quick and lively hand usage. Can pull and get to the outside, staying light on his feet with enough mobility to get the job done at the second level. High character individual with strong leadership skills and a resilient attitude. Likeable teammate with a positive presence in the locker room and huddle (voted a three year captain by his teammates). Durable and tough, starting 52 straight games in college. Four-year all-conference honoree and finalist for the Rimington Award in 2014.

WEAKNESSES: Average body type at best, playing too high and straight-legged off the snap. Plays top heavy with poor length. Limited athleticism can be exposed in space. Shows shades of tightness and struggles with his flexibility. Relies too much on his upper body to get the job done, sacrificing leverage and pad level. Not overwhelming as a power player and doesn't have a mean streak to routinely bury defenders. Inconsistent punch and placement, often getting tossed aside when his hands land outside.

--Dane Brugler

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08/11/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: BJ Finney, C, Sr. - Kansas State...K-State's first offensive lineman to serve as a team captain three times, Finney is a three-time All-Big 12 performer who earned first-team honors in both 2012 and 2013. The Andale, Kansas, product has started all 39 career games, including the last 38 at center, as he has helped the Wildcats accumulate a 29-10 record over the last three seasons. - Kansas State football


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