Scott Quessenberry, C
School: UCLA | Conference: PAC 12
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-3 / 310 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 5th Round
NFL Comparison: Ben Jones
Scott Quessenberry comes from a football family. He is the youngest of three boys. His brother David was drafted in the 6th round of the 2013 draft by the Houston Texans as an offensive tackle. David successfully went through a three-year ordeal because of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and was just signed off the Texans practice squad this past December and hopes to play in his first NFL game. His other brother Paul was a defensive lineman for Navy. Scott was a 3-star prospect from Carlsbad, California and chose UCLA over a plethora of other offers he got coming out of high school. Quessenberry has been a starter the past two seasons and a solid one. His technique is average and he has a lot to improve but he is pretty stout and has come up with some impressive performances against some of the better DTs in this draft and in college football. He is built solid and is pretty athletic for the position. He is impressive when asked to pull as he can get to his first level block with relative ease. He plays with good pad level and wins the leverage and control battle more times than not and his footwork is decent and he can finish blocks. He needs to improve his strength and sync up his lower body with his upper body and drive opponents consistently when run blocking. Quessenberry will need time to get coached up and develop but I wouldn't be surprised if he was a starting center for a team at some point during his rookie contract.
- Great size and athleticism for the position.
- Plays with good leverage and balance. Mirrors well and slide is smooth. Base has decent width. l rarely saw him on skates.
- Good pulling lineman and cant get out quickly on runs.
- Hand placement is pretty good and when his hands get into the lineman they get glued on and he can control well.
- Inexplicably bad at blocking the second level given his athletic profile. Simply misses guys in space.
- Lower half is almost like dead weight. Can't drive block effectively because his legs stop moving. Needs a lot of technique work there
- Aligator arms for an interior lineman defenders with length gave him problems.
- Needs to get stronger.
Let's see his work:
#UCLA C Scott Quessenberry looking great today. Absolutely jumps off the line. Showed in his film against Vea/Gaines in Washington game— Michael Peterson (@ChargersLAtely) January 24, 2018
UCLA center Scott Quessenberry, the younger brother of Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry, has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 5, 2018
Glad to see UCLA C Scott Quessenberry get the @seniorbowl invite. Was watching Kolton Miller the other day and kept seeing the man in the middle doing his job.— Chad Reuter (@chad_reuter) January 5, 2018
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
Quessenberry has his fair share to clean up before a team will feel comfortable putting him out there in front of their quarterback. He should provide fine center depth to start off his career and may offer some versatility as guard depth as well he played a few games there during his college career. For teams needing center depth with upside, they could do much worse than Quessenberry on the third day of the draft. He can‘t fix his short arms but footwork and lower body technique can be taught and he can get stronger. What was most frustrating watching him was his inability to reach the second level and bury guys. If he would have don't that I feel that he would be going a round sooner than his projection. Right now he is much better at pass protection than he is as a run blocker. Seeing as the Redskins currently have zero center depth I think if the plan is to roll with Roullier then spending another later round pick on center depth is probably a good idea. The downside to that is that the Redskins would have very little experience at the position with both guys still learning and developing at the same time. The upside is that Quessenberry has potential to develop into a starter just like Roullier as they are both described somewhat similarly in their NFL.com profiles just with their run/pass blocking strengths/weaknesses reversed.