Doesn’t exhibit a great first step off the snap in the run game either. Has a tendency to allow defenders to get into his frame initially and lacks the type of pad level to get under opposing linemen and consistently drive them off the football. Consistently is just forced to turn defenders from the play on contact and ends up on the ground routinely because of it. Looks athletic enough to get out to the second level in the run game and has average range when asked to pull, but really struggles to break down and consistently hit/seal a moving target.
Impression: Wasn’t the type of in-line run blocker I expected and needs to play in tighter quarters in order to be effective. Doesn’t look like much more than a reserve type in the NFL."
He won't blow you away, but Moffitt will be a solid pro.
Moffitt made an impact even as a true freshman, where he would earn scout team honors in practices. As a redshirt freshman, he managed to finish the season as the starting left guard next to Gabe Carimi, and he wouldn’t move from that spot in the next four years.
Moffitt is a compact, strong athlete who doesn’t give up much ground, and actually becomes a force in the run game. He is strong at the point of attack, and he is a smart player that uses defenders weaknesses against them as he identifies them. His agility is above average, and he does well in anchoring down and mirroring his defenders as well. Moffitt has excellent intangibles and has been a four year starter at Wisconsin.
Moffitt won’t “wow” anybody with superior athleticism. His footwork could use an upgrade, and he needs to learn to extend his arms more. He will want to be more aggressive with his initial punch, and not let defenders get in on his shoulder pads so easily at times. He tends to lose his awareness in space and panics, sometimes giving up a play, but at least recovers well. His feet are quick enough for the college level, but will need to be a bit faster in the NFL.
I see Moffitt being drafted in the late 3rd round at the earliest. He’s a special player, but the guards are top heavy in this 2011 NFL Draft, and he may fall a bit lower than perhaps he deserves. Look for Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Carolina, Cleveland, and San Diego to take a hard look at Moffitt between picks 80-110.
NFL Comparison: Shawn Andrews "
Positive: Strong, small-area blocker with both size and growth potential. Plays with decent quickness, explosive at the point, and blocks with a nasty attitude. Anchors in pass protection, turns defenders off the ball as a run blocker, and opens up running lanes. Sets with a wide base, jolts defenders with good hand punch, and works hard until the whistle blows. Keeps his head on a swivel and works well with teammates.
Negative: Stiff, struggles to adjust, and ineffective blocking in motion. Lacks a truly dominant base.
Analysis: Moffitt was a solid college lineman for Wisconsin and has the ability to start at either center or guard for a power running offense in the NFL."
Negatives: Doesn't always breakdown well in space... More of a get in the way type than actual contact maker in space... On the ground a little too much... Struggles to maintain good hand placement, hands get too wide and high... Allows defenders inside his pads and will occasionally lose battle for leverage... Can be walked back into pocket... Not very explosive, doesn't really fire out of his stance."
Weaknesses: When he fails to get out of his stance quickly, defenders are able to get into his pads and get movement. Will often get his hands outside of the player and can be called for holding. Ends up on the ground too much for my liking.
Projection: Had one of the best weeks of the interior lineman at the Senior Bowl. Handled assignments at OG and the pivot effectively, although he was much better in team drills than individual drills. Stock is rising and looks to be a solid NFL starter with a 2nd-3rd round grade for the 2011 NFL Draft."
Moffitt displays average technique with his hands and feet, two key components to maintaining position during pass plays and creating running lanes on run plays. Technique and consistency aren't big problems for NFL scouts as these things can be coached and improved upon.
Currently, there are quite a few quality prospects who can play interior positions in the NFL in this draft. Moffitt loses some of the luster due to playing beside highly-touted offensive tackle prospect Gabe Carimi. These two factors will likely see him slip in the draft a little bit when in another year, he could be a late second round pick.
Wisconsin's John Moffitt currently projects as a third or fourth round pick."
John Moffitt may have a tough time making it: He's a pretty good Croucher, but his Launch Speed is slow, his Power to Drive the Run Game is lacking, his Strength to Anchor in the Pass Game is sketchy, and he's got dubious Lateral Agility and Flanking Speed. I actually like the guy, but I just don't like his chances.
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