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2017 NFL DRAFT

John Theus, OT

School: Georgia  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 313 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
154144-5

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
5.153.001.80- 288'7"4.787.90

Player Overview

Theus is a versatile lineman who has played right tackle and left tackle while starting 48 games and playing in all 53 during his career at Georgia. He accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl following the 2015 season.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Possesses a naturally large frame with broad shoulders, long arms (34 1/8") and a relatively trim middle. Offers some positional versatility after splitting time between left and right tackle over four years as starter in a pro-style scheme.

Gets a good initial pop on defenders and has the balance and lateral agility to slide in pass protection. Keeps his knees (rather than his waist) bent, helping him absorb bull rushes. Competitive. Looks for opponents to hit and helps teammates.

Durable. Started 48 of 53 possible games for the Bulldogs and played in the other five. Has no known serious injuries over his career and despite his experience, opted to participate in the Senior Bowl.

WEAKNESSES: Doesn't possess ideal initial quickness or the agility to recover if beaten off the snap, making Theus a liability against speed rushers.

Overly reliant on an initial shove and fails to sustain blocks. Too often plays flat-footed or even on his heels (rather than on the balls of his feet) at the moment of contact, leaving him off-balance and vulnerable to quickness, including counter moves.

A bit of a plodder when blocking on the move, struggling to consistently reach opponents at the second level.

IN OUR VIEW: Given that he is a four-year starter against SEC competition, Theus is relatively "proven," but he doesn't possess ideal athleticism for blocking on the perimeter and may be too tall to move inside to guard. He's experienced enough to be thrown into the fire early in his NFL career, but there is some concern that he's already maxed out.

Theus has the build, strength and experience to make an NFL roster and has proven his positional versatility. His ceiling may be as a swingman for depth purposes who doesn't necessarily project as a future starter.

--Rob Rang (2/3/16)

 
 
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Player News
12/09/2015 - 2015 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL John Theus, Georgia...Has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference for the 2015 college football season by the Conference Head Coaches. - SEC Football
 

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