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2015 NFL DRAFT

Billy Turner, OT

School: North Dakota State  |  Conference: GATE
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Shoreview, MN
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 315 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
90103

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.142.971.8225 289'0"4.717.92
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Athletic with good shuffle to protect the edge, staying light on his feet to mirror. Good set up quickness, patience and reflexes with body coordination and bend.

Strong at the point of attack with powerful initial jolt, generating power from his built upper body and long arms. Doesn't slow at contact, showing latch-and-drive quickness and fight through the whistle. Good vision at the second level and the open field to come off initial block and eliminate the LB/DB - looks natural on combo blocks. Has the frame to get stronger.

Looks to punish and plays with a mean, nasty temperament. Easy to appreciate his on-field demeanor. Energetic finisher and plays through the whistle. Football bloodlines as his father played RB at Utah State and was drafted by Minnesota Vikings (1983), brother played LB at BYU and was drafted by NY Giants (2008).

Four-year starter with time at both left and right tackle (56 career starts - 44 left tackle, 12 right tackle) - two-time consensus All-American (2012-13) and part of three straight FCS National Championships.

WEAKNESSES: High cut body type with leaner-than-ideal lower body. Needs to keep his belt and butt low to stay balanced and win with leverage. Needs to keep his pad level low and dig his cleats in the ground, can be knocked off balance in space.

Bad habit of lunging and allowing his upper half to be overextended. Needs to stay under control on the move to better break down. Late to protect the edge at times and looks more comfortable when not asked to cover a large area. Needs to do a better job with hand placement to better redirect rushers and keep defenders from attacking his body.

Level of competition is a question mark - didn't face top-flight talent week-to-week in college. All of his experience is at tackle, not inside at guard.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Turner was a two-star recruit out of high school and didn't receive any FBS scholarship offers, enrolling at North Dakota State where he quickly took over the starting right tackle job.

He moved to left tackle as a sophomore in 2011 where he started 44 straight contests for back-to-back-to-back FCS National Title teams - two-time First-team All-MVC and FCS All-American honors (2012-13).

Turner looks the part with NFL size, length and athleticism, staying light on his feet with natural body control. He needs to learn to consistently sink his hips and not bend so much at the waist, but he has the on-field demeanor and mean attitude to do damage in the NFL.

Turner can play tackle if needed, but is best suited inside and with technique development, he has Pro Bowl potential down the road.

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 3/67 - Billy Turner, T/G, 6-5, 315, North Dakota State...The Dolphins might have reached here. Turner, a two-time All-America, played tackle in college but he'll likely move inside to play guard and contend for a starting job. They traded up to get Turner because they had a conviction about him. - The Sports Xchange
 

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