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Washington Redskins Draft Profiles: A.J. Cann, G

Hogs Haven takes a look at NFL prospects heading into the 2015 draft.

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A.J. Cann


Height: 6'3"

Weight: 313 lbs.

South Carolina

Strengths: He's a big, bulky man and certainly has the size that Gruden, Callahan, and McCloughan prefer in their OL.  He's incredibly powerful and strong and uses that ability quite well to move DL and LB's.  Powerful core and hips with a very flexible, quick lower body.  Finishes his blocks well.  Tries to bury his opponent.  Uses length/arms well and does a good job not letting defenders get into his pads.  Has good instincts and seems to be a very cerebral player, as well.  Excellent ability to get reset if he has time if he gets initially knocked off his spot.  Known as a winner with a great attitude.  Coachable.  Team captain at SC the past two years and started all four of his years (51 starts) at school (in the SEC).  Ideally suited for a power-scheme.

Weaknesses: Doesn't quite possess the necessary agility to be great in a zone-blocking scheme.  Lacks speed and quickness.  Needs to improve his quickness when recovering after getting initially beat.  Struggles in space.  Cann does not come as a versatile player.  He's strictly been a LG his entire career.  Bit of a specialist with no chance at being a successful OT in the NFL.

Bottom Line: Very well-rounded G with no major weaknesses but also no single elite trait that really jumps out at you.  Steady and consistent.  He's a good balance of power and athleticism (especially for a power scheme).  Great at using his super wide body and aggressive hands to seal off running lanes and does a decent job in pass protection.  Not perfect, but no major red flags.  Should be able to start right away.

Projected Round: 2

Team He Fits Best On: Titans, Jets, Eagles, Patriots