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Daryn Colledge

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by arrowgargantuan, Apr 29, 2006.

  1. arrowgargantuan

    arrowgargantuan Cheesehead

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    Daryn Colledge
    Height: 6-4
    Weight: 298
    40 Speed: 5.12*
    Position: Offensive Tackle
    College: Boise State
    Final Grade: I 5.9

    GM JR Scouting LLC Grading Scale/Key

    SUMMARY

    Colledge was a very frustrating player to grade. There's no doubt he has the athletic ability to be a very good starting offensive tackle in the NFL, but until he improves his playing strength and greatly improves his blocking technique, he will struggle to carve out an NFL career. Seeing his frame, there's no doubt that with improved technique and work in an NFL weight room that he can improve his playing strength. He will need to learn to bend his knees so that he can block with a good, wide bas,e and will need to do a much better job of using hands to punch a defensive end. He is a tough kid who does not hesitate to play through pain and has shown a real competitive streak at times, but to succeed in the NFL, he will need to block more aggressively and compete hard on every snap. Overall, Colledge is a very good athlete who very well could get drafted, but after a season or two as a backup (either on the active roster or maybe even the practice squad) he should develop into a good starting tackle or guard, depending on what team drafts him. (The recommendation here is to try him at tackle first because tackles with his athleticism are so hard to find.) For teams that really stress athleticism over size -- like Denver and Indianapolis -- he will start earlier in his career and will be productive.

    STRONG POINTS

    Colledge is a very good athlete with the quick feet to get off the ball and set to block fast. He has the rare ability to get through to the second level in a flash, can deliver a good initial blow to the linebacker, and has the athletic ability to maintain out in space. When he blocks aggressively, he can drive defensive linemen down the line of scrimmage on down/side blocks. His quick feet let him get outside the outside-shaded defensive end and can seal-block him inside on outside runs.

    WEAKNESSES

    Colledge is a "Tweener." He is shorter and lighter than ideal for a tackle, but has the feet and athleticism that are ideal to protect the corner from speed rushers. His size is perfect for a guard, but he blocks up high and lacks the playing strength to handle defensive tackles. He has very bad technique (footwork, blocking position and hand use) and it causes his production to be much worse than his talent level.



    POSITIONAL FACTORS
    Grade Category Comments/Description
    6.5 Foot Agility He has very good foot agility, but needs to bend his knees and block with a wide base to show it consistently.

    6.5 Initial Quickness He consistently gets off the ball and sets to block very fast, but needs to be more aggressive.

    4.5 Play Strength He will struggle at the point of attack until he blocks with leverage and uses his hands more aggressively.

    5.5 Run Block In-Line He flashes an ability to drive a defensive lineman down the line of scrimmage on down/side blocks, but he's inconsistent going straight ahead.

    6.0 Run Block Space He gets out in space and to the second level fast, delivers a good blow and maintains well out in space.

    5.5 Pass Protection He needs to greatly improve his footwork and technique to pass block as well as he is capable.

    6.0 Quick Set-Pass Protection When he quick sets, he does a good job of setting fast and getting his hands on the defensive end.

    5.5 Shuffle & Slide He has the feet and athletic ability to be very good, but needs to block with a wide base to be good.

    4.5 Punch/Hand-Use He very rarely punches and tends to grab outside the defensive end's shoulders.

    5.0 Vs. Power Rush He has the ability to be decent, but will struggle in the NFL until he bulks up and improves his technique.

    5.5 Vs. Speed Rush His technique hinders his ability to slide to the corner, but has the athletic ability and feet to improve.

    5.5 Errors He gets lazy with technique -- he bends at the waist, leans, reaches and over-extends too often.

    ATHLETIC ABILITY

    Colledge's very good athleticism enabled him to be a very productive college tackle. He has tremendous foot quickness to get off the ball and set to block very fast. He can get through to the second level easily to block linebackers and can pull and lead block on outside runs. He has the natural flexibility to bend his knees and block with a wide base, but most of the time he blocks upright with straight legs and lacks leverage. Despite having the foot quickness and agility to change directions very well, he is inconsistently re-directing and changing directions when he pass-blocks upright. Once he makes contact with a linebacker on the second level, his athleticism enables him to stay on the block and maintain well out in space. More than anything, he is a very good athlete who does not play like one, often because of his bad technique and tendency to play upright and bend at the waist to make contact on blocks.

    COMPETITIVENESS

    Colledge is a tough player when it comes to playing through injuries, but he does not consistently block with an aggressive or tough attitude. Although he is not consistently aggressive, on the most important plays he has a knack for stepping up his aggressiveness and consistently eliminates his man from the play. He fires off the ball and can really drive his man down the line of scrimmage on down/side blocks. His overall production is good, but it tends to sway between very good and bad because of his very raw technique. He has the foot quickness to slide out and cut off the edge from the speed/edge rusher, but struggles to do so because his footwork is raw and choppy. He also tends to stop his shuffle too soon and just crosses over and ends up chasing his man around the corner. He's no doubt a team player who usually gives an excellent effort, but does not always block aggressively; at times, he will stop blocking before the whistle thinking he has eliminated his man.

    MENTAL ALERTNESS

    GM Jr's sources say Colledge is a smart young man who learns football easily, but one has to wonder because his blocking technique is so raw -- bad footwork, positioning and hand use. He has very good instincts and begins to react quickly, but because he blocks up high and with straight legs, often he struggles to consistently react fast enough. His concentration/focus really tends to waver during games. When it does, his technique gets really sloppy, he tends to stop his feet at contact, and he ends up bending at the waist and leaning and reaching to maintain his blocks.

    STRENGTH/EXPLOSION

    Colledge is clearly not as big as a tackle should be, but his athleticism is why he might be best suited to stay at tackle in the NFL. He has been a very tough and durable tackle at Boise State, but because of his lack of size and the jump in the level of competition one has to question his ability to stay healthy in the NFL. He naturally is a very explosive athlete, but because he does not fire off the ball consistently, he does not play explosively on every snap. He does show a good burst off the ball through the line of scrimmage to get to the second level to block the linebacker. Considering his lack of size and bad use of hands (he never punches the defensive end, grabs outside the end's shoulders and lets him get into his chest), he can be jolted and knocked backward by bull rushers too easily. Additionally, because he run-blocks up high and without leverage, he usually ends up catching the defensive lineman and struggles to get movement on in-line run blocks.
     
  2. rabidgopher04

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    Sounds like he will be a player we will be developing. Probably won't start for a couple years.
     
  3. tromadz

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    "Some Draft predictions have him going in the First Round, rated as one of the top 3 Tackle prospects for 2006." - scout.scout.com

    "A sure-fire NFL prospect, Daryn has been a Team Captain for 2 seasons.

    Blessed with unheard of strength, speed, and agility for an OLineman, he owns the school record for Clean, Squat, and 40-time for an OLineman. " - scout.scout.com

    Click here for more info on the kid.
     
  4. all about da packers

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    He will start out as a tackle for the Packers, and they view him as a swing lineman. (JS-Online web blog)
     
  5. LambeauEast

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    Just asking here...would that make the O-line...

    LT - Chad Clifton
    LG - Junios Coston
    C - Scott Wells
    RG - Mark Tauscher??
    RT - Daryn Colledge

    I mean, wouldn't the second overall pick be expected to be a starter somewhat quickly? Is the 2nd pick usually a "project"? I truly don't know here, just asking.
     
  6. all about da packers

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    I would think that the Packers shored up the depth at Tackle. But what you purpose could very well be true. Interesting where Barry fits into all of this...
     
  7. kmac

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    Colledge would be moving inside, not Tauscher. At barely 300 pounds, with fantastic athleticism but a lack of strength, Colledge could make a solid NFL guard.
     
  8. SuperRat

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    Most likely see if he can play guard, otherwise have him as a number 2 tackle in place of Barry who they will try as guard.
     
  9. all about da packers

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    Colledge to start at tackle
    Daryn Colledge said the Packers told him that they'd start him out at tackle, but viewed him as a swing lineman.


    Source: http://www.jsonline.com/blog/?id=130 (Christl)
     
  10. rabidgopher04

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    I still hope the Packers can pick up Setterstrom or maybe Eslinger.
     
  11. porky88

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    HE'll start at offensive guard or contend for a spot. He's a reach but a reach for a starter. Good pick.. Green Bay has had a great job. I think Jennings and a pick for Jackson is a good deal. Jennings is very solid.
     
  12. Chamuko

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    Developmental guy form me.....
     
  13. WinnipegPackFan

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    15 47 Green Bay Daryn Colledge OT Boise State

    Gil Brandt's Analysis :

    He is a player from North Pole, Alaska; there's not too many players from there. He is a very athletic tackle who was a four-year starter. His speed and athletic ability are good, but he needs more strength.
     
  14. CaliforniaCheez

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    Dave Thomas Draft Guide has him the "most underrated" OT of the draft.
    He played zone blocking scheme at Boise State.
    If 6' 4"+ is short..........
    I think it is a great pick. He is likely the starting LG for now and OT should injuries hit Tauscher or Clifton.

    OT of the future who will eventually beat out Clifton.
     

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