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Strength And Attitude Could Propel Wyatt Teller From Depth Pick To Starter For The Redskins

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2018 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

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Wyatt Teller, OG
School: Virginia Tech | Conference: ACC
College Experience: rSr | Age: 23
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 311 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 4th Round or 5th Round
NFL Comparison: T.J. Lang

College Statistics

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Player Overview

Wyatt Teller was a 4-star recruit from Bealeton, Virginia who was originally recruited as a strong side defensive end. Teller moved to tackle during the preseason of his redshirt freshman season. He eventually moved to left guard during his redshirt junior year. Outside of Quenton Nelson Teller may be runner-up for most body beautiful guard in the class. You can tell that physically that he's kept his defensive lineman roots both in his build and arguably in his aggressive demeanor. Wyatt is a phonebooth player. He can maul his opponents in close quarters and will finish guys into the ground. His technique is decent but his hand placement and arm extension are above average. He leverage is surprisingly decent too for a guy that plays upright - his strength plays a huge factor in that I bet. Teller will have to work on his footwork and movement ability in general. He is tight and outside of short area pull block struggles to make contact on the move much less get to the second level. Still, Teller offers pretty good value later in the draft especially for teams operating a pure power run scheme that features a good number of interior runs.

Strengths

  • Great size, build and strength for the position.
  • Stout in his protection upper body and core strength compensates for a lack of technique. Punch is devastating and his arm extension locks defenders out. Rarely thrown off his mark.
  • Hand placement is probably his best technical trait. He consistently gets hands into defenders chest and can maintain control.
  • Aggressive nasty player that will drive his opponent into the ground.

Weaknesses

  • Tight-hipped with feet like bricks. Lower half does not keep up with upper. Major props to his workout regimen because I am shocked he wasn't beat more often.
  • Lateral movement and contact on the second level are below average. More athletic players on the second level are simply faster and can avoid him.
  • A tad bit selfish? Passive at times and content with passing blocks off to his center and tackle. Will not look to finish guys together with them. On occasions where he has no direct assignment, he doesn't look for guys to block.

Let’s see his work:

More Wyatt Teller videos

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

Teller may be the last of the remaining guard options on day 3 of the draft that actually has a projection of becoming a possible starter down the road. He has some outstanding technique issues to work on regarding his footwork and movement outside of short areas. If not for his excellent strength and good hand placement and ability to control his opponent he wouldn't be much of an upgrade from what the Redskins have had at the left guard position. He won't be an upgrade in terms of pulling and movement skills but I think he will fare much better in short yardage run situations and his pass protection should be a push. I really enjoy his finishing quality and I think that's something that has been missing from that side of the offensive line. I also think while he has gotten away with his strength against college players he will have to upgrade his footwork and other technique issues to become a starter in the league. A strong and agile guy like Fletcher Cox would eat him. Who knows what the Redskins plans for the position are but if they are looking for a late rounder with starter potential or a guy that could provide depth on the line Teller could be a solid option at the beginning of day 3.