Ethan Pocic, OG/C
School: LSU | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6-6 / 310 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Clint Boling
Ethan Pocic was a highly recruited offensive lineman coming out of high school. Pocic wound up as LSU and started playing his freshman year. Part of what make’s Pocic so valuable is his versatility. Pocic has played RG, C, and even RT for the Tigers during his career. Most recently Pocic’s protection skills shined playing center. He helped pave the way for Leonard Fournette through the middle of the line. Pocic plays with a solid base and good arm extension and is a grinder and finisher in the run game. At his best, he can neutralize a defensive lineman and then make his way up to the second level to take on another block. His technique is solid and he also offers decent mobility when executing pull blocks. Pocic is very tall for a center which has some thinking he is better suited to play guard in the NFL or even move back outside to tackle for teams who think he can play there.
- Versatility and flexibility. Some think he can play any position on the offensive line.
- Good technique with really good hand placement. He can latch onto defensive linemen and get in their chest neutralizing their movement using his strength to control them.
- Has reasonably smooth lateral movement and plays with good awareness. If his assignment has bailed to another area or dropped back he can navigate around the pocket and he is looking around for how he can help out.
- Consistent in his ability to get to the second level and find a block.
- Leadership ability and football intelligence. Made calls at the line and understand protections and blitz recognition.
- Tallness leads to inconsistent in pad level issues. Can get caught with the speed rush while too upright and lose all power and leverage.
- Would like to see him become stouter. While he’s far from letting the flood gates open he can get pushed back a significant amount at times creating panic for his quarterback.
- Struggles with 0 tech linemen showed on tape and at the senior bowl.
- Decent size and body type but has plenty of room to add a few pounds on his frame.
Let’s see his work:
Ethan Pocic is a beast. Can't go wrong with he or Elflein. pic.twitter.com/lELYIt9RPR— Bring Brownie back (@Cleveland_elf) February 25, 2017
Speaking more about Ethan Pocic. He's played all along the offensive line. If he's drafted it's not as a C but as a OL. Let him compete. pic.twitter.com/vt3rspBKeN— Robbie Duncan (@DeadeyeDunkan) February 21, 2017
Evaluating Pat Elflein and Ethan Pocic back-to-back made it hard for me to really like Pocic's center projection. Pocic might be a better OT— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) February 4, 2017
Ethan Pocic played every offensive snap in the Senior Bowl. A guard got hurt earlier in the week. He rotated between guard and center. #LSU— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) January 28, 2017
LSU C/G Ethan Pocic is nasty in the trenches. Best interior OL for me this week.— Shane Alexander (@Alexander1Great) January 28, 2017
Montravius Adams gets an excellent jump here and simply manhandles Ethan Pocic into a big TFL on Leonard Fournette. pic.twitter.com/3uhSIWyDOI— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) September 25, 2016
C Ethan Pocic watches LG get destroyed, then cleans up pic.twitter.com/yPvLA7VH1o— Rolo (@RoloEdits) May 3, 2016
A rarity for Smith, who gets pancaked by LSU Center, Ethan Pocic on this 89 yard TD run. https://t.co/OXZh2xNqoO— josh houtz (@Houtz) February 17, 2016
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
The Redskins should still be looking to upgrade the LG position either in free agency or through the draft. I think Pocic at LG for the Skins would open up a few more possibilities that aren't available to the team currently especially in the run game. For one Pocic would bring much needed athleticism to the position. While he isn't the most athletic OL prospect in the draft he moves better than Shawn Lauvao and Arie Kuandijo and potentially can provide the ability to anchor more effectively as well as execute reach blocks with more consistency. In close quarters Pocic has the potential to be just as good as Lauvao without falling to his knees all the time. Pocic shows he can play with consistent leverage and wall off defenders creating running lanes. In pass protection, Pocic would probably better served to play guard as he wouldn't have to go up against the powerful 0-tech defenders in the NFL. He and Spencer long could execute combo blocks on blitzes all day long.
Pocic is one of the most NFL-ready prospects in an overall weak OL class. His draft stock will likely be boosted because of his preparedness, lack of talent at the position, and his versatility. For the Redskins he would provide immediate competition at the LG spot and has a good shot at winning it I think. At worst provide good depth at both the OG and C positions for the Redskins where they currently have little.