29 DAYS UNTIL THE DRAFT...
As we gear up for the draft and are now just a month away, that means just 29 more players to look at. I am extremely anxious to see how things shake out for the 49ers in this years draft. With that said, let's take a look at Rodger Saffold.
Saffold was one of the better offensive tackles in college football this past season but because he played at a school that isn't really known as a power house, he didn't receive the same type of credit as one who would have. And that being said, he held his own against some of the top defensive talent in the nation. He followed that up with a great performance at the East-West Shrine Game and a very good Combine which catapulted his stock status considerably.
Saffold was a team captain this past season and anchored a line that allowed just 16 sacks on the year which was second in the Big 10 and 28th in the nation. His freshman and sophomore years, Saffold had decent seasons but his junior year suffered injuries to his back and his knee. Being that he did suffer the injuries, he still managed to persevere the following year and have an excellent season summing up a exceptional college career.
Below the jump, we'll look at some of the Indiana Tackle's highlights and projections.
In this video, you will see Saffold (#76) handle one of the best defensive ends in the nation in Brandon Graham (#55) quite well. He was beat a couple times but overall was pretty solid.
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SUMMARY AND PROJECTION:
I expect that Saffold will start as either a right tackle or guard somewhere in the NFL even though he played at the left tackle position for three years. His frame is not as wide as the prototypical left tackle. For the NFL, he seems to be a perfect fit at the right tackle position. However, It's uncertain if he'll ever be able to play left tackle at the pro level.