Prospect: Chris Faulk, OT, LSUChris Faulk

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 331 lb.


  • Gets to the second level efficiently, impressive mover going north and south
  • Carries weight commendably, impressive suddenness to his upper body, light feet
  • Inconsistent get-off on the snap, flashes of elite acceleration skills
  • Long-striding in his kickslide, feet are relatively infrequent
  • Textbook build for an offensive tackle, extremely thick lower half with adequate arm length
  • Powerful lower half with drive block ability, sufficient power in the upper half


  • Shows understanding of gap discipline with a smart first step, works inside out or outside in depending on the call
  • Is a strong presence in the huddle and often communicates with other blockers pre and post-snap
  • Doesn’t take plays off as a backside blocker, always assignment conscious
  • Inexperienced for an offensive line prospect, only 15 career starts, two at right tackle and 13 at left
  • Lacks the nastiness preferred in the running game, can be a bit of a finesse blocker

Pass Blocking:

  • Sits on his heels a bit in pass protection, not the attacking type, can give too much ground pre-contact as a result
  • Stout anchor against a bullrush but not immovable, will give ground on initial contact before resetting
  • Forced to come out of his kickslide quickly against speed rushers around the corner, overextends and becomes prone to getting beat by up and under moves
  • Extends arms to keep his frame clean with precise hand placement
  • Light feet to mirror quick-footed pass rushers at the point of attack
  • Pre-snap identifying of blitzers needs work, should come with experience

Run Blocking:

  • Proficient leg driver in the running game, can drop pads and generate movement up front
  • Tendency to lunge into blocks occasionally and struggles to come to balance as a result, limits ability to sustain blocks
  • Very technically sound blocker downfield, keeps pads low and knees bent, hits linebackers square
  • Proficient combo blocker who keeps his head up and identifies targets well
  • Doesn’t often sustain run blocks for long lengths of time, too much of an instant impact blocker who lets up after


  • Sink hips and sits low in his stance, allows him to absorb contact and keep his balance with low pad level
  • Lacks strength in his hands to control or lock up defenders, even lazy with his hands occasionally, doesn’t give repeated blows
  • Guilty of stopping his feet while engaged on occasion, allows defenders to slide off too easily


Chris Faulk’s decision to declare for the draft in January was surprising to most, considering he only really has a single season of starting experience under his belt.  Faulk showed a ton of promise as a sophomore starter on the left side.  Unfortunately, his junior campaign was cut short to a torn ACL after only one game.  Questions about how the injury may have stunted his development are ones that coaching staffs and front offices will be asking themselves.  His long-term outlook for the knee will be important as well, though ACL injuries are becoming more and more routine in football.  Faulk is a very skilled blocker who is a sufficient athlete with the body you look for in a bookend tackle.  His game is far from a finished product, which makes him somewhat of a boom or bust kind of prospect.  If he can get back on track after losing a year to injury, his ceiling is quite high.  The way things are today, he’s a developmental right tackle prospect who can contribute once he’s 100% healthy.  Time at left tackle isn’t out of the question, but I don’t think it’s his best fit long-term.  As far as draft slot goes, Chris Faulk should be a prospect that a team with an aging offensive line or other offensive tackle questions should eye in the third round.

Originally published at Chris Faulk Scouting Report