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Erik Magnuson, OT: Mid round depth for the tackle and guard positions

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2017 Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

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Erik Magnuson, OT
School: Michigan | Conference: BIG-10
College Experience: RS Senior | Age: 23
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 303 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd or 4th Round
NFL Comparison: Mike Remmers

College Statistics

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Player Overview

Erik Magnuson was projected to be the eventual starter at LT after Taylor Lewan was drafted in 2014. Instead, Magnuson was moved to guard and started games at both LG and RG in 2014 and 2015 and then was moved to RT. Magnuson is viewed at one of the better RTs in this draft class but is also viewed as a versatile prospect because he can move back to guard if need be. Magnuson plays with good fundamentals technique and is a capable and effective blocker on the right side. His value lies in his versatility and in that he won't need a ton of work to be NFL ready. Arm length is still a thing with offensive tackle prospects and Magnuson’s arms measured in around 32” that's less than desirable for both tackle positions and may signal his transition back to guard at the next level.

Strengths

  • A versatile player that can play 3 positions on the OL.
  • Good size with power and decent athleticism to match. Has good arm extension to keep rushers at bay and has a decent punch. Is nasty on combo blocks and can make his way to the second level on pitches and stretch plays.
  • Good feet and base that can adjust to oncoming rushers and he understands how to counter. He can reset his position before engaging. Has good fluid kick slide and mirroring ability.

Weaknesses

  • Needs some work sustaining blocks on power runs unassisted.
  • Susceptible to quick rushers who can exploit the gap. Needs to have a quicker counter and reset on his inside shoulder. If speed rushers go outside his technique can also be compromised from waist bending.
  • Will need to add strength at the next level. It's not bad but I think its related to weakness #1. He has room to add strength and more mass to his frame.

Let’s see his work:

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

Erik Magnuson would be a good and cheap option to infuse youth and depth to the Redskins OT/OG positions. I’d like an open competition at the LG position (if the coaches feel he is better at OG than OT) to see if he could win the job over Lauvao and Kouandijo. Even if he doesn’t take over that spot he provides some much needed youth and depth at the tackle position aside from Ty Nsekhe. Looking towards the future Magnuson could be a solid swing tackle option or insurance in case the Redskins don’t bring Morgan Moses back after this year. He definitely needs some work in the weight room and refining his technique but I’d like to see what coach Callahan could do with a kid like this. He could become an eventual starter very quickly.