2017 NFL DRAFT

Johnny Caspers, OG

School: Stanford  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL
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Player Overview

The iconic dancing tree which serves as Stanford's mascot is one of the more recognizable in all of college football. But given the frequency with which the Cardinal produce high caliber offensive linemen, a dancing bear with a XXXL jersey and an NFL logo might be more appropriate.

Seven former Stanford offensive linemen have been drafted into the NFL over just the past five years, including four top 50 picks. Caspers, who earned Honorable Mention honors at right guard (and center) in 2015, will be joining the list next spring.

Caspers redshirted his first season in Palo Alto after signing with the Cardinal as a highly regarded prep out of the state of Illinois. He played in all 14 games a year later and emerged as a starter at right guard in 2014. Caspers went on to start all 14 games in 2015, as well, earning Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 honors.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: At "just" 6-3, 298 pounds, Caspers is not as fearsome on the hoof as his former linemates Andrus Peat (6-7, 315) or Joshua Garnett (6-4, 312). His quickness, power and versatility, however, certainly stand out on tape.

Among offensive linemen, Caspers sports a relatively compact, athletic frame with broad shoulders, a trim middle and thick, powerful limbs. He is quick off the ball, showing not only the initial forward burst to generate movement in Stanford's downhill running attack but the agility and balance to pull.

Caspers understands leverage and uses it effectively to move out opponents, bending at the knees and bowing his back to uproot defenders. Caspers is tenacious, latching onto the chest of opponents and driving his legs through contact to consistently eliminate his assignment from the play. He shows good lateral agility and balance to slide in pass protection and is alert and aggressive. Asked to slide over to center in jumbo packages in 2015, Caspers is also quite comfortable snapping the ball, which only enhances his value at the next level.

Because of his lack of elite size (including arm length), Caspers' future in the NFL may indeed lie at center. Stanford coaches have touted Caspers' leadership before and with Garnett, Kyle Murphy and last year's starting center Graham Shuler now gone, he'll have a chance to prove it, perhaps even taking over the line-calling duties though he is expected to remain at right guard.

WEAKNESSES: Regardless of which interior line position he plays in 2016, scouts want to see greater consistency from Caspers, especially in pass protection. Average size and arm length make it critical that Caspers keeps his feet sliding laterally to mirror opponents. At times, he'll duck his head on impact, leaving himself vulnerable to swim moves while at the line or when blocking at the second level.

Too often when blocking on the move, Caspers lunges at nearby opponents rather than remaining balanced on the balls of his feet and with his knees bent and therefore able to re-direct without over-committing.

IN OUR VIEW: Caspers does not possess the physical traits to wow scouts like some of his former teammates. Stanford's track record for producing quality lineman and the fact that Caspers will again be blocking for a human highlight reel like Christian McCaffrey, however, will have plenty of scouts watching him. With another solid campaign, Caspers is expected to be prove one of this year's top interior blockers, likely earning interest from the Senior Bowl and a top 100 selection next spring.

--Rob Rang, @robrang (8/21/16)

 
 
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