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Mackenzy Bernadeau

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 298 | College: Bentley
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The two-time team captain came into his own midway through his junior year after the coaching staff moved him from the demanding left offensive tackle position to left guard. The change was rather significant. No longer having to deal with speedy edge rushers, he used his drive blocking skills to greatly improve his blocking consistency (graded 75 percent as a tackle, but had an 85 percent grade as a guard in 2006).

His banner senior campaign was sidetracked by a torn meniscus in his left knee during the sixth game of the 2007 season, but he made such an impression on opposing coaches that the AFCA awarded him with All-American honors. Now he hopes to become the first player in school history (began playing organized football in 1972) to play in the National Football League. In the program's 35-year history, only one player has even attended an NFL training camp (safety Ryan Ferguson was in New England's 2004 camp).

At Waltham High School, Bernadeau earned 2003 Daily News Tribune Player of the Year and team MVP honors while serving as squad captain. He played for former Bentley assistant coach Paul Mayberry that year and also participated in Shriners All-Star game. He added four letters in track and one in basketball, receiving the Unsung Hero Award for track and was that unit's team captain. He was the Greater Boston League champion in the discus and served as senior class vice president.

Bernadeau decided to stay close to home so his disabled mother and family could see him play without having to travel long distances. He took over left tackle duties as soon as he arrived on Bentley's campus as a freshman. He posted 58 knockdowns and six touchdown-resulting blocks, as the offense averaged 458.2 yards per game.

As a sophomore, Bernadeau earned first-team All-Northeast 10 Conference and All-Northeast Region honors. He again started all season at left tackle, collecting 61 knock-downs to help pave the way for the Falcons to average 440.7 yards per game.

Bernadeau was a New England Division II/III All-Star. He was also named All-Northeast 10 Conference first-team and Offensive Lineman of the Year. He started five games at left tackle and six at left guard, as the team managed just 262.5 yards per game.

As a senior, the AFCA awarded Bernadeau All-American honors. He also earned Northeast 10 Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year honors again. He graded 84.17 percent for blocking consistency and had 48 knockdowns in the six games he played before his knee injury sidelined him for the final four contests.


Positives: Has a developing frame with good bone structure, adequate muscle definition, thick calves and thighs, V-shaped upper body and muscular biceps … Has shorter than ideal arm length, but displays large hands to lock on and control (just needs to develop better hand usage) … Lacks explosion off the line of scrimmage, but has shown good agility to pull and trap in the short area … Has good knee bend and body torque angling to locate second-level defenders … Smart player with the vision to quickly pick up stunts and knows enough about everybody's responsibilities to call blocking assignments up front … Lacks aggression and has failed to dominate at this low level, but does work to finish … Has good balance and pulling speed and is quick to recover and bounce up when knocked down … Has some quick twitch in him on drive blocks, showing the light feet and body movement to react well to movement … Lacks the thud to jolt defenders with his hands, but shows good body lean to occupy the defender … Needs to cover more ground in his pass movements when playing tackle, but stays on his feet with better agility when setting up in pass protection at guard … Has started developing a better feel for using his momentum to wash out the defender when attempting to position and sustain … Does not fire off the line, but has the feet to get in front on the short sweeps, showing good lower body flexibility when shuffling his feet to push the pile … Does a good job of getting on the linebackers when pulling, but is more comfortable as a position-and-turn type … Will look defenders up working downfield, but does struggle vs. quicker opponents, especially when playing on the edge … Needs to be more physical using his hands when he's engaged, but when he sinks his pads and anchors, he can get through trash and stalemate the bull rusher … Will sometimes get his weight too much forward, causing him to lunge and over-extend, but has the balance to recover … More of a grabber than puncher at this time, but has the weight room figures to indicate that strength won't be an issue (just needs to learn hand technique) … Has just adequate change of direction agility, but has decent body control in his kick slide (still not as smooth as his athletic ability would suggest when crossing over at the X's).

Negatives: Gets a marginal drive off the line of scrimmage and needs to do a better job of using and placing his hands in pass protection (short-arms quite a bit, which lets slippery defenders bounce off his reach blocks) … Showed improvement with his aggression as a senior, but at his level of play, he should have played with a nastier streak and dominated the action better … Good on short pulls and traps, but when he narrows his base, he struggles to adjust moving to the second level … Must generate a stronger punch and keep his hands more active to fend off the defender, as he absorbs too many hits on the top part of the body, despite his good reach (must keep his hands inside the frame better) … Fails to generate much pop or explosion with his hand punch … Best playing inside, as he struggled with speed moves on the edge because he struggled to position and adjust in space … Gets put back on his heels vs. a strong bull rush, as he lacks the upper body strength to adjust once engaged … Still a work in progress with his lateral slide, but he has shown better ability for taking proper angles … His adequate footwork is exposed when he has to handle the quicker three-tech types … Will need time to develop proper hand technique and will need at least a year in the training room to improve his overall bulk, strength and flexibility … Made good progress with his rehab, but is coming off a left knee injury that sidelined him for his last four games.

Compares To: BRIAN WATERS-Kansas City … Like Waters, a team will need to patiently develop Bernadeau, who is coming from a small college program and has never faced top-level competition. As a tackle, he would have big problems even getting into a training camp, mostly due to marginal strength and a lack of aggression in his pass set. He needs to start taking on a mauler's mentality, but he at least showed better aggression as a trap blocking guard than he did as a finesse-type tackle. Late in the draft, a team can find a very capable player who just needs someone to teach him the proper way to play the game.

Career Notes

In 37 games, Bernadeau started 25 times at left tackle and 12 times at left guard … Registered 240 knockdowns with 26 touchdown-resulting blocks during his career.

2007 Season

Little All-American selection by the American Football Coaches Association and The NFL Draft Report … Daktronics All-Northeast Region first-team choice … Named All-Northeast 10 Conference first-team and league Offensive Lineman of the Year for the second-straight season … Served as team captain, starting the first six games at left offensive guard before missing the final four contests with a left knee meniscus tear suffered in the C.W. Post clash … Helped the team average 334.8 yards per game … The offense averaged 349.33 yards per game with Bernadeau in the lineup, but only averaged 311.5 yards with him on the sidelines … The passing game suffered the most with him out of the lineup, averaging 173.75 yards per game compared to 251.0 yards when the left guard played … Allowed two assisted sacks and three quarterback pressures on 383 pass plays.

2007 Game Analysis

Southern Connecticut … Bernadeau struggled in the season opener, as he saw defensive tackle Angel Capo and rush end Jaliem Cuttino sack QB John White on the third play of the game, good for a 9-yard loss that forced the Falcons to punt … Capo also produced three QB pressures over the left guard/center gap … Bernadeau made up for those miscues by taking down defensive end Eric Holter on a third-&-goal 1-yard scoring burst by White to cap a 12-play, 48-yard second quarter series … In the third quarter, the left guard recovered a fumble after White was sacked for a 15-yard loss at the Bentley 31 on a third-&-9 snap … Head to Head Competition-DT#53-Angel Capo-Seven tackles (one solo), 0.5 sack for minus 5 yards, three pressures.

American International … Bernadeau bounced back from his season opening performance by delivering ten knockdowns with two touchdown-resulting blocks and a career-high 95% grade, as the offense generated 447 yards … Flipped defensive tackle Jean Simeon to the ground on J.J. Sullivan's second-&-goal 2-yard touchdown run that capped a 62-yard, 10-play game-opening series … Later in the second quarter, he widened a rush lane used by QB John White for a 9-yard scoring scamper … Head to Head Competition-DT#90-Jean Simeon-No tackles.

Merrimack … The left guard registered nine knockdowns as the Falcons piled up 452 yards … Upended defensive end Jon Herook on a 2-yard scoring lob from John White to Kevin Doherty at the start of the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-DT#90-Bernard Cooper-Five assisted tackles.

Assumption … Bernadeau was in on eight knockdowns as the team gained 315 yards … Head to Head Competition-DT#99-Mike Foley-Two assisted tackles.

Pace … Defensive tackle Daniel Ward and linebacker Ernst Turner came over left guard to sack QB John White for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter, but Ward was also leveled by Bernadeau on the game-opening series, giving White time to flip a 10-yard touchdown toss to Jon Kaczka … Head to Head Competition-DT#50-Daniel Ward-Three tackles (one solo), 0.5 sack for minus 5 yards.

C.W. Post … Bernadeau left the game after suffering a left knee meniscus tear, but he also brought down linebacker Matt Bright, as the left guard killed the blitz on John White's 49-yard scoring strike to Jon Kaczka in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-DT#78-Peter Corrigan-One assisted tackle.

2006 Season

The team captain earned All-Northeast 10 Conference first-team and league Offensive Lineman of the Year honors … Was his team's offensive MVP, adding ECAC Division II All-Star accolades … Consensus first-team All-Northeast Region, being selected by Daktronics, d2football.com and Football Gazette … Named to the New England Football Writers Division II-III All-Star squad … Started the team's first four games and C.W. Post contest at left tackle and the rest of the schedule at left guard … Graded 85% for blocking consistency at guard, but managed just a 75% grade at tackle … Delivered 73 knockdowns with seven touch-down-resulting blocks (team had just fifteen touchdowns for the season), as the Falcons generated 262.5 yards per game … Allowed five sacks (all at tackle) and three pressures (two at tackle) on 368 pass plays.

2006 Game Analysis

Merrimack … Posted eight knockdowns as the team totaled 284 yards, taking down linebacker Shane Brown near the goal line on a 10-yard scoring run by J.J. Sullivan that ended an 85-yard, 8-play third quarter drive … Head to Head Competition-DE#96-Chuck Manthei-Five tackles (3 solos), one forced fumble.

Pace … Credited with seven knockdowns in his second career start at left guard … Took down defensive end Mike Coleman as J.J. Sullivan bounced left for a 1-yard touchdown run at the start of the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition-DT#78-Nick Liguori-Six tackles (one solo), one stop for a 2-yard loss.

Stonehill … Had nine knockdowns and graded a season-high 92%, as the offense totaled 283 yards … Pushed linebacker Mike DeBye out of the way on QB John White's 36-yard scoring strike to Kyle Goodwin in the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition-DT#50-Jon Penning-No tackles.

Saint Anselm … Followed with an 89% grade and eight knockdowns, including two down field, as the Falcon piled up 384 yards … Cleared a rush lane used by J.J. Sullivan for a 9-yard touchdown run in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-DT#95-Bill Fletcher-Two tackles (one solo).

2005 Season

All-Northeast 10 Conference first-team selection, adding third-team All-Northeast Region honors from Football Gazette … ECAC Division II All-Star … Started all ten games at left offensive tackle … Registered 61 knockdowns and seven touchdown-resulting blocks … Helped the Falcons average 440.7 yards per game, including 258.8 yards passing.

2004 Season

Took over left offensive tackle chores as a true freshman, posting six touchdown-resulting blocks and 58 knockdowns in ten contests … Led the way as the offense averaged 458.2 yards per game, registering 341.4 aerial yards.

Injury Report

2007: Suffered a left knee meniscus tear vs. C.W. Post (10/12), missing the team's final four games vs. Stonehill, Saint Anselm, Millersville and Bryant after undergoing surgery to repair.

Agility Tests

5.25 in the 40-yard dash … 1.76 10-yard dash … 2.99 20-yard dash … 4.56 20-yard shuttle …

7.47 three-cone drill … 28.5-inch vertical jump … 9'1" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times … 360-pound bench press … 560-pound squat … 315-pound power clean …

32 1/4-inch arm length … 10 5/8-inch hands … Right-handed … Wears contacts … 19/28 Wonderlic score.

Combine: Did not receive an invitation.

High School

Attended Waltham (Mass.) High School, playing football for head coach Paul Mayberry, a former assistant coach at Bentley College … Earned 2003 Daily News Tribune Player of the Year and team MVP honors while serving as squad captain … Participated in Shriners All-Star game … Added four letters in track and one in basketball, receiving the Unsung Hero Award for track and was that unit's team captain … Was the Greater Boston League champion in the discus and served as senior class vice president.


Management major … Active in Bentley's SAAC and the Residence Hall Association Men's Forum … Son of Marie and Max Bernadeau … Brother, Scott, played football at Nichols College (Mass.) … Born 1/03/86 … Resides in Waltham, Massachusetts.


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