2015 NFL DRAFT

Trai Turner, OG

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Sophomore  |  Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 310 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
8853

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.912.811.7325 27 1/2---
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---- -08'06"4.778.16

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Naturally large man with a square frame and long arms. Possesses good initial quickness off the snap for a man of his size, showing the ability to pull as well as release to find linebackers at the second level.

Latches on to his opponent with strong hands and can be overpowering, driving defenders backward and occasionally to the turf for the emphatic pancake block. Shows some lateral agility when he keeps his shoulders square, mirroring defenders in pass protection.

Some coachable flaws to his game which could be improved upon, giving him some legitimate developmental upside.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal lateral agility, too often giving up penetration to quick defensive tackles. Panics when this occurs, turning his shoulders and reaching out in a failing attempt to grab hold of opponents and slow them down. Carries too much weight around his middle, making him a bit top-heavy and off-balance. While surprisingly quick off the ball given his size, Turner struggles changing directions and defenders too often can elude him in space.

COMPARES TO: Ronald Leary, Dallas Cowboys - Powerful run blocking will get Turner a chance in the NFL, but like Leary (who signed with Dallas an undrafted free agent) struggles in pass protection may make Turner's conversion to the quickness and precision of the NFL difficult.

--Rob Rang (2/3/14)

Player Overview

Turner's powerful blocking at right guard played a key role in the progress LSU made in its first season under offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in 2013. For his play, Turner earned Second Team All-SEC honors in his first full season as a starter.

Rather than return to build upon his success, however, Turner made the surprising decision to forgo his final two years of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2014 draft.

Turner is a powerful drive blocker who can dominate in the phone booth. His girth and long arms make him difficult to get around in pass protection, but a lack of balance and lateral agility make him susceptible to quick defensive tackles. Turner could have used more refining before making the jump to the NFL, but the traits to develop are in place.

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 3/92 -- Trai Turner, G, 6-3, 310, Louisiana State...Turner is young and raw, but the 20-year-old has a good chance to start come September. Before adding Turner, all the Panthers really had at guard were a few guys coming off injuries. - The Sports Xchange
 

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