Hazard's Huddle: OG Shawn Lauvao vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

An All-22 film breakdown of Shawn Lauvao vs the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Washington Redskins made a concentrated effort to get former Cleveland Browns OG Shawn Lauvao under contract early into the Free Agency period. But who is he? He wasn't a name that anyone tied to the Redskins organization in the months leading up to Free Agency yet there he was after inking a 4-year, $17 million deal. Bruce Allen and Morocco Brown are running personnel decisions but that doesn't mean Jay Gruden can't influence decisions. Gruden's Bengals faced off against Lauvao and the Browns twice a year so I looked at film from one of their games last year. These are the results:

The Good

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#1. Shawn Lauvao is blocking Domata Peko on this run up the middle.

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Lauvao makes good contact and controls him but doesn't have control of Peko's inside shoulder.

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Lauvao is able to shuffle his feet and gain control of that inside shoulder, cutting off any angle Peko had at the ball carrier.

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#2. This is Shawn Lauvao in pass protection.

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Lauvao does a great job of getting hands extended and controlling defender. The defender then knocks his hands down.

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But Lauvao shows athletic feet to shuffle, reset, and stay in front of the defender.

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Not only does he stay in front of the defender, but he drives him all the way across the formation.

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#2. Here's another play in pass protection.

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After Lauvao shoves the defender and goes outside, Shawn looks back inside for someone to hit.

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Lauvao goes all the way across formation and hits Vontaze Burfict.

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#4. Once again, Lavao in pass protection.

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Shawn does a good job getting his hands up and controlling the defender.

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The defender does everything he can but Lauvao controls him for a solid 5 seconds.

The Bad

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#1. Shawn Lauvao is blocking DT Brandon Thompson on this run.

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You can't hit what you can't see. Lauvao needs to keep his head up here. Instead, his head is down, Brandon Thompson uses a swim move and Lauvao ends up on the ground.

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#2. Lauvao is in pass protection here against Carlos Dunlap.

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Dunlap gives an outside head fake and Lauvao opens up outside. Dunlap then crosses his face to the inside.

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He is able to trip up Dunalp but Dunlap is around the QBs ankles as the ball comes out.

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#3. Here's another play in pass protection.

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The DT gets a good burst off the line. See how Lauvao doesn't get arms extended? Lauvao lets DT get into his pads.

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The DT is then able to walk him right back into the QB. We saw far too much of that last year.

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#4. Here is one last play in pass protection.

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The DT takes an outside step. Lauvao once again doesn't use his arms efficiently. When a defender gets into your pads, its easier to control you and get by you.

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This makes it easy for the defender to chuck Lauvao to the side and get a free run at Jason Campbell. Luckily for Campbell, Alex Mack sees the defender and is able to block him.

When watching Lauvao, you certainly get a mixed bag. He's good one play and poor the next. He needs to work on his consistency. At this point, hes a better pass blocker than he is a run blocker but is that a surprise? Gruden likes to throw the ball a lot and keeping Robert Griffin III healthy is his main priority. It seems like a lot of money for what Lauvao has put on the field so far, but he's young and plays with a mean streak. Shawn Lauvao has not hit his ceiling yet and it looks like Bruce Allen and company are banking on the coaches to get the most out of him.

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