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2015 NFL DRAFT

Chris Faulk, OT

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Slidell, LA
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 331 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
257217-FA
LATEST NEWS
04/30/2013 - Browns sign 18 undrafted free agents...Chris Faulk - Appeared in 26 games at LSU (2009, 2011-12) with 16 starts... Spent time at both left and right tackle... Appeared in just one game as a junior (2012) after suffering a knee injury in practice... Attended Northshore High School in Slidell, Louisiana. - ClevelandBrowns.com

04/29/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: TOP 10 UNDRAFTED UNDERCLASSMEN: 8. OT Chris Faulk, LSU (6-5, 331, 5.08)...Faulk became the full-time starter at left tackle as a sophomore but started just one game in 2012 after a knee injury that required separate surgeries on his MCL and ACL. Despite missing almost all of his junior year, he decided to skip his final season and go pro. The questions about his knee were likly a large factor as to why he went undrafted. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/29/2013 - 2013 LSU Pro Day: Chris Faulk, OT (6-5 7/8, 327) - He had knee surgery last fall and only did positional drills. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

02/23/2013 - The first group of offensive linemen have finished running the 40-yard dash and all but two of the athletes participated, each due to recovering from injuries. LSU junior left tackle Chris Faulk was unable to participate as he continues to recover from surgery to repair a torn ACL. West Texas A&M left tackle Manase Foketi suffered a strained calf at the East-West Shrine Game practices and hasn't sufficiently recovered enough to do the drill. He will, however, compete in the other offensive line drills in Indianapolis and plans to run the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day.

Prior to sustaining the ACL tear, the 6-5, 331-pound Faulk ranked among the top offensive tackles in the country. He earned Second Team All-SEC honors in his first season as the Tigers' starting left tackle and had demonstrated surprisingly light feet and overall athleticism despite a less-than-impressive build. Should he prove he is recovering from the injury, Faulk warrants second to third round consideration. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Tale of the tape: With scouts having seen most of the top prospects "on the hoof" over the fall and getting a second look at them on the "catwalk" prior to senior all-star games, the official measuring of heights, weight, hand and arms conducted during the Combine is only occasionally newsworthy ... except when it comes to underclassmen, whom scouts often haven't seen up close yet. As such Colorado's David Bakhtiari and LSU's Faulk have a lot riding on how they measure up in Indianapolis.

Faulk, listed at 6-6, 323, on the other hand, has shown remarkably light feet while protecting the edge against SEC speed. He has carried more weight across his middle, however, than one normally sees in today's left tackles, so his overall fitness will be evaluated by scouts. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/10/2013 - For very different reasons, Colorado left tackle David Bakhtiari and LSU left tackle Chris Faulk are among the more surprising underclassmen to declare early for the NFL Draft. Each, however, possesses the size, talent and success against high-caliber competition to warrant their respective decisions.

Faulk will obviously have to prove his health to talent evaluators to warrant his leap but he'd reportedly been ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation. Besides just his health, however, scouts will also want to make sure Faulk is in shape, as the 6-6, 335-pounder has carried more weight across his middle than most of today's relatively svelte offensive tackles.

Despite his less-than-ideal frame, Faulk has demontrated surprising agility and the length necessary to perform well in the SEC, earning second-team all-conference honors in his first season at left tackle. His play, in fact, was so impressive that he ranked No. 24 on my personal Big Board entering the season. Although neither Bakhtiari nor Faulk is likely to challenge Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel as the top pass blocker in the 2013 draft, their surprising leaps make the offensive tackle class one of this year's top position groups. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/07/2012 - It won't generate the kind of headlines or hyperbole that followed the departure of the Honey Badger last month, but the latest hit to LSU's lineup may turn out to be just as big - literally and figuratively: According to the Times-Picayune, 6-foot-6, 325-pound left tackle Chris Faulk has been ruled out for the season with a "major knee injury" that will likely require surgery and extensive rehab. With that, the Tigers lose arguably the strongest piece of arguably the strongest offensive line in college football. LSU has not confirmed Faulk's prognosis, though he had already been ruled out of Saturday's game against Washington after going down in practice on Wednesday. "It looks like Faulk's got a bit of an injury, we don't know exactly how bad," coach Les Miles told reporters after that session. "We hope to return him to the game sometime soon." Sorry, coach. Opinions varied wildly on Faulk as a recruit out of Slidell, La., in 2009, the more optimistic of which pegged him as a borderline five-star due mainly to his colossal size. Last year, he started 13 of LSU's 14 games as a redshirt sophomore, including the SEC and BCS championship games, and came in for a second-team all-conference nod by the Associated Press. (It may be impossible to measure a left tackle statistically, but for what it's worth, LSU's line as a whole allowed fewer sacks in 2011 than any other team in the SEC, and the Tigers led the nation in fewest giveaways.) NFL draftniks, also enamored with his size, overwhelmingly projected Faulk as a likely first-round pick if he decided to put his name in the draft next spring. - Matt Hinton, CBSSports.com

09/06/2012 - During his Wednesday press conference, Miles indicated that three players -- current starting left guard La'el Collins, current starting right tackle Alex Hurst and backup guard Josh Dworaczyk could all see time at left tackle in an attempt to fill Faulk's massive shoes. Dworaczak, a sixth year player who himself is coming off a knee injury that caused him to miss all of last season, is LSU's most talented offensive lineman, having started 26 games and appearing in 38 contests over his career. All of his playing time, however, has come at guard. Starting all 14 games a season ago for the Tigers, Faulk proved to be a star. While significantly larger than typical for the "blindside" position, Faulk demonstrated excellent lateral agility and long, strong arms to rank as one of the top offensive linemen in the SEC and a potential first round pick. He was the third of LSU's elite five prospects highlighted in our preseason preview of the Tigers' 2012 season. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/06/2012 - LSU left tackle Chris Faulk was injured in Wednesday's practice and is out for Saturday's game with Washington, Coach Les Miles said Wednesday. "It looks like Faulk's got a bit of an injury, we don't know exactly how bad," Miles said in his post practice media briefing. "We hope to return him to the game sometime soon." Miles said Faulk's replacement will be either sixth year senior Josh Dworaczyk, or that he will shuffle the offensive line by moving sophomore left guard La'el Collins or right tackle Alex Hurst into Faulk's spot. If Collins moves, Dworaczyk would likely step in at his old left guard position. If Hurst moves, freshman Vadal Alexander will move up. "We're kind operating with the idea that we're moving guys around to give them a multiple feel for the position," Miles said. "No decision is going to be made right now as to how we'll go Saturday. We feel pretty comfortable we'll be good there." Miles indicated Dworaczyk and Hurst would be the first choices and added Collins because he played tackle in high school and is comfortable in the left-handed stance. He said he wants to give Hurst snaps there in case the injury is long term and that the staff likes Alexander at right tackle in that eventuality. Faulk, a 6-feet-6, 323-pound junior from Slidell, was one of the top rated college tackles coming into the season and was tabbed by some NFL draft experts as a first round pick. Miles said he didn't know how long Faulk might be out. "Certainly this week is as long term as we'd like to see it," Miles said. "We'd like to see it end quickly. But we're going to be prepared to handle whatever length of injury it is." - Jim Kleinpeter, The Times Picayune

09/06/2012 - LSU head coach Les Miles informed the media that his star left tackle Chris Faulk was injured during Wednesday's practice in preparation for Saturday's game against the Washington Huskies. According to a report this evening from LSU beat writer Randy Rosetta of The Times-Picayune, the 6-5, 323 pound junior rated by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 24 overall prospect in the country, suffered a significant knee injury which could cause him to miss the rest of the 2012 season. Rosetta cites three anonymous sources in his report but LSU hasn't confirmed the severity of Faulk's injury. Miles seemed to indicate that the injury could potentially be serious yesterday, however, by beginning the press conference with the announcement that "We've had a little bit of bad news." If Faulk is indeed out for an extended amount of time, the loss would be a significant one for the No. 3 rated Tigers (AP, Coaches Poll). LSU is as talented as any team in the country but this is a team that struggled to protect new quarterback Zach Mettenberger last week in their opener against North Texas. Mettenberger was only sacked twice but he was hit on multiple occasions and was actually knocked out of the game for a brief time in the second quarter after taking a monster hit on a cornerback blitz by Hilbert Jackson. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 22. - The Sports XchangeChris Faulk, OT, LSU: With so much praise heaped upon the LSU defense a season ago, Faulk's spectacular first season starting at left tackle for the Tigers didn't get the national attention it warranted. The 6-5, 325-pound Faulk boasts surprising flexibility to go along with the quickness, balance and power necessary to help an NFL team at virtually any spot along the offensive line. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): OL Chris Faulk (59), LSU, Jr., ... Faulk, a junior, enters his second season as the starting left tackle for the Tigers. In 2011, he posted 73.5 knockdowns on 768 total snaps. - LSU football

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL - Chris Faulk, LSU, ... Faulk, a junior, enters his second season as the starting left tackle for the Tigers. In 2011, he posted 73.5 knockdowns on 768 total snaps. - LSU football

07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chris Faulk, OT, LSU, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Hurst and Faulk will team up to form one of the top offensive tackle tandems this season. Hurst was a first-team All-SEC selection as a junior and recorded 71.5 knockdowns on the year. Faulk ranked third on the team in 2011 with 73.5 knockdowns. - LSU football

07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chris Faulk, LSU, OT, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Faulk, a junior, enters his second season as the starting left tackle for the Tigers. In 2011, he posted 73.5 knockdowns on 768 total snaps. - LSU football

05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 7. *Chris Faulk, OT, LSU: With so much attention heaped upon their defense a season ago, Faulk's spectacular first season starting at left tackle for the Tigers didn't get the national attention it warranted. If the baby-faced 6-6, 325-pound Faulk performs as well on the blind side again, he'll get plenty of attention, too. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

 
LATEST NEWS
04/30/2013 - Browns sign 18 undrafted free agents...Chris Faulk - Appeared in 26 games at LSU (2009, 2011-12) with 16 starts... Spent time at both left and right tackle... Appeared in just one game as a junior (2012) after suffering a knee injury in practice... Attended Northshore High School in Slidell, Louisiana. - ClevelandBrowns.com

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