Sets quickly in pass protection and does a nice job keeping his base down, extending his arms and creating a jolt with his punch on contact. Possesses good anchor strength and consistently is able to get his hands under the chest plate of defenders and initially hold the point of attack. However, isn't a real Velcro player, has a tendency to let go of his blocks and isn't the type of athlete who is real rangy in space. Displays the ability to quickly redirect in a phone booth and initially get into one-gapers off his frame, but lacks ideal fluidity in space.
Impression: He's a strong, powerful interior lineman who has the ability to anchor inside vs. the pass and move defenders off the line in the run. Isn't the greatest of athletes, but has enough lateral agility to hold up in tighter areas and be a proficient pass blocker."
As a true freshman at Michigan, Boren played in five games and made one start at right guard. He started every game as a sophomore, with eight starts at center and five at left guard. After transferring to OSU he redshirted in his first year at Columbus. Boren started 11 games in his first year as a Buckeye and was named first-team All-Big Ten, then started every game at left guard while earning second-team all-conference honors.
Boren has been known to play with the nasty demeanor offensive line coaches like and was a welcome addition to an OSU line having some protection problems prior to his arrival. But while his decision to transfer alone does not raise character concerns, he must still answer questions about the way he handled himself after making that decision. He is a likely late-round pick for a team that appreciates his strength and competitive attitude.
Strengths: Very explosive with his initial punch into the defender. Keeps his head on a swivel and has good awareness. Gets a good push in the run game. Angles his body well and can turn the defender out of the hole. Fights well with his hands. Has a strong enough upper body to knock pass rushers off their path. Moves his feet well when pass protecting. Gets good leverage. Has a knack for putting the defender on the turf. Handles spin moves well. Gets around the line in a hurry when pulling. Good awareness coming around the edge and finds the most dangerous defender. Squares up well at the second level.
Weaknesses: Doesn't always sustain the block after initial contact. Has poor agility and is stiff moving laterally. Fails to get a push in short-yardage situations. Can be beat off the snap by a bull rush. Tends to stand straight up when pulling and trap blocking. Does not sustain blocks when pulling. Can be slow to accelerate off the line. Does not hustle to get to extra defenders."
Positive: One-time highly rated prospect who never improved on the dominance he once displayed. Blocks with terrific fundamentals, stays square, and anchors at the point of attack. Displays terrific awareness and blocking vision and keeps his head on a swivel. Plays with a nasty attitude and hits several defenders during a single play. Keeps his feet moving throughout the action, jolts defenders at the point of attack, and blocks with leverage.
Negative: Occasionally late setting his hands. Rarely finishes blocks and lacks balance.
Analysis: Boren looked like a top center prospect as a sophomore with Michigan then showed signs of potential at guard after transferring to Ohio State. He comes off a very disappointing senior campaign and is likely to fall out of the draft."
Negatives: Limited lateral mobility, quickness and range... Arms appear shorter than ideal... Best in confined space... Rises up when in pass protection... Doesn't redirect well... Allows defenders to slide off some blocks... Doesn't finish initial block before moving on... Will leave combination blocks too early... Doesn't finish initial block before moving on... Will leave combination blocks too early... Needs to improve strength at POA... While he can, he doesn't always lockup his man and control him throughout the play."
Interior linemen are becoming a more prized possession in drafts as some teams would rather bolster their offensive line rather than dump a ton of money in a more developmental position. Boren started the year a bit under the radar, but with the prominence of the Ohio State program has steadily been inching up draft boards.
Boren transferred to the Buckeyes in 2008 from Purdue, sat out that season and returned to play in 2009. He must continue to impress to maintain the hype surrounding him.
Ohio State's Justin Boren projects as a late-second round pick who could climb higher."
He looks like a mid to late Pick, right now, and a good value.
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