Prospect: Chris Faulk, OT, LSUChris Faulk

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 331 lb.

Athleticism:

  • 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

Intelligence/Effort:

  • 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

Technique:

  • 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

Overall:

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 DetroitLionsDraft.com: Chris Faulk Scouting Report

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