Displays good technique and bend in all areas of his game and can really sit into his base and anchor inside. Continues to rework his hands and fight for inside leverage and is really tough to disengage from in the run game. Now, gets a bit ahead of himself on slide down blocks at times and will lose his balance trying to stay on defenders down the line. However, he's a better in-line run blocker than given credit for, quickly firing off the football, pumping his legs through contact and creating a bit of surge inside while maintaining his balance through the play.
Snaps and steps quickly and showcases natural lateral ability, smoothly changing directions and keeping his base down when asked to mirror in space. Is surprisingly heavy handed, consistently is able to get under the pad level of defenders and does a nice job moving his feet and sliding with opponents through contact. Occasionally gets caught overextending into blocks from his upper body and can be slipped at times, but for the most part is very patient and technically sound into contact.
Impression: You can tell he comes from a family of former NFL linemen. He's technically sound, moves well through contact, sticks to blocks and looks like a guy capable of starting from day one at the next level."
Wisniewski was the first true freshman to start on the offensive line -- at right guard vs. Indiana -- for coach Joe Paterno in nearly a decade. He played in eight games, including the final seven in 2007 and then garnered second-team All-Big Ten honors by starting every game in 2008 (11 at right guard, the other on the left side). Stefen started every game as a junior in 2009, earning first-team All-Big Ten accolades, despite moving inside to center.
The western Pennsylvania product was an All-American and repeat first-team all-conference pick in 2010 as a starter at right guard, but most NFL scouts believe his best pro position is center. Given his genetic makeup, durability, strength and athleticism, expect Wisniewski to be a top-50 selection who could follow in his uncle Steve's footsteps as a long-term starter and potential Pro Bowl-caliber lineman.
Pass Blocking: Solid pass protector with very good athleticism. Quick pass set after shotgun or traditional snap. Moves well enough laterally to slide to help either guard. Good knee-bend and leverage against strong defenders. Does not overextend, staying balanced in pass protection. Aware and picks up inside blitzers after giving help to either side. Good punch to shock oncoming rushers, recoils quickly to deliver another if needed. Can be slow to recover if he takes a hand punch before delivering one. Loses his balance when reaching, on occasion.
Run Blocking: Positional blocker with better technique than brute strength; does whatever is necessary to get the job done. Does not turn defenders to create holes, but latches on with strong hands and uses momentum to take players out of the gap. Moves feet to get to either shoulder of his assignment to shield defenders from the running lane. Fair anchor at the point of attack. He's not bowled over easily. Can put his man on the ground and keep him there, as he does not quit on blocks or plays until the whistle blows. Good leg drive and gets low quickly in short-yardage situations, though he won't always hit a defender before landing on the ground. Takes defenders out of the play and puts them to the ground when they try to go low near the goal line.
Pulling/Trapping: Good quickness to the second level with the lateral and forward movement to attack and drive back linebackers once engaged. Good movement behind the line on pulls and adjusts to inside defenders and usually negates linebackers or safeties in his path. Aware enough to stop assigned pull to knock out chasing backside defenders if there is no obvious target in the hole. Could improve his ability to get out in front of running backs on the move.
Initial Quickness: Does not get out-quicked on run plays or in pass protection, usually getting his hands into the defender immediately to control him. Good set in pass protection. Quick first step to the second level.
Downfield: Effective downfield on screens and run blocks, though he does not have elite quickness to the second or third level. Usually finds a target when on the move and sustains using full effort, solid footwork and balance. Maintains proper blocking angle to free ballcarriers for extra yardage. Can hit multiple targets if needed. Will lose his balance when bending to square up and hit smaller defenders.
Intangibles: Is the type of intelligent, high-character, durable, hard-working, strong lineman all NFL offensive line coaches want leading their groups. Exceptional student-athlete, earning first-team Academic All-American honors in 2008, '09 and '10. Student teacher in 10th grade English at State College Area High School in 2009. Very involved in the community on issues from autism to Habitat for Humanity. Went on multiple mission trips to the Dominican Republic with father, Leo, and uncle, Steve, who both played for the Nittany Lions and in the NFL."
Stefen was a four start recruit out of Central Catholic High School who always had a desire to play for the Nittany Lions of Penn State. He was one of only two true freshman to earn playing time in 2007, and he started every game since his sophomore season for Penn State. He played both guard and center during his four year career, and was an All Big-Ten performer.
Wisniewski is one of the most technically sound offensive lineman in this draft. He has a very high football IQ, and does an excellent job of leading on the offensive line, which is one big reason he made the transition to center from guard as a junior. Wisniewski has great footwork, and does a nice job of anchoring down in pass protection and keeping his defender in front of him. He has quick feet and can be utilized in a zone blocking scheme and on pulls and traps. He does a nice job as a finesse lineman in the run game, and getting to the second level.
Wisniewski isn’t extremely athletic, or very physical. His athleticism is above average at best, and he makes up for it with excellent fundamentals and technique. He will need to get stronger to play effectively at the next level, and bulking up just a touch would be a big help for him. He doesn’t always finish blocks, and doesn’t have a mean streak. He lacks a great initial punch in pass protection, and may struggle against bigger, more powerful defensive tackles.
The demand for a center/guard isn’t extremely high, and the 2011 NFL Draft class isn’t very strong for centers. Still, he’s a second round talent who will most likely be off the board between picks 40 and 60. Houston, Washington, Detroit and Denver will all take a look at him in the second. His ability to play guard will help his stock a bit. The very latest I see Wisniewski falling is to pick 59 for the Atlanta Falcons who could groom in to start in a year or two.
NFL Comparison: Jeff Saturday"
Positive: Adequately sized lineman with a good head for the position. Blocks with good lean, gets leverage on opponents, and effectively uses his hands to keep defenders away. Keeps his feet moving, is quick out to the second level, and shows the ability to hit a moving target. Displays terrific vision and helps out his teammates. Stays square and is a solid position blocker who rides defenders from their angle of attack.
Negative: Lacks a dominant base, gets pushed off the line by larger opponents, and struggles to finish blocks. Not a natural knee bender.
Analysis: Wisniewski has been productive on the college level and shows the versatility to line up at several positions. He's a workman type player who would be effective in a zone blocking system that puts him in motion."
Negatives: Narrow base... Will lunge into some blocks... Inconsistent balance... Not especially strong at POA... Lacks ideal size at Guard, will need to add some bulk... Has some past injury concerns."
Strengths: Wisniewski is a very experienced player who has proven to be durable during his four years at Penn State. He's a versatile player who has started at both guard positions and also an entire season (2009) at the pivot. He's a supremely intelligent and hard-working player with excellent bloodlines. He has decent size and athleticism, but what sets him apart is his technical proficiency. He understands leverage and does an excellent job of bending at the knee and uses his arms and hands exceptionally well. He uses angles well and is always in position to make a play. Smart player who understands the blocking schemes and can recognize defensive fronts and make line calls. He gets out of his stance quickly and sets up well. He's able to move well laterally and can slide to the second level effectively. He's a very capable blocker in space as well, showing good balance and ability to sustain blocks while moving. He's a worker who always finishes his blocks. Outstanding character and student-athlete who has good football instincts as well.
Weaknesses: Wisniewski is on the small side to play OG in the NFL and might be limited to a ZBS. He has decent upper body strength, but needs some more sand in his pants to really hold up well at the POA. Doesn't anchor well and can be walked into the backfield by better DTs.
Projection: Wisniewski has the experience, technical skills, versatility, pedigree, intelligence, and character that teams are looking for. He'll need to convince teams that he can add some functional lower body strength. He looks like a guy who could go anywhere in the first 20-40 picks in the 2011 NFL Draft in April."
As for his skills on the field, Wisniewski is very technical and fundamentally sound. Stays low with a good center of gravity, using his feet and body lean to maintain leverage and position. Not particularly strong and lacks a quick twitch for that initial burst. Very intelligent player who understands how to hold his ground. Needs to gain upper body strength and not overextend his arms.
A hard-worker who understands the commitment necessary to be a professional football player. Obvious strong pedigree with close family being NFL players. Must bulk up to play guard in the NFL. Likely a good fit in a zone blocking scheme, which utilizes his talents and doesn't rely on athleticism.
Wisniewski projects as a second round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft."
This senior is already one of the most pro-ready prospects in the 2011 draft class. Wisniewski is blessed with excellent physical skills for an interior lineman, possessing quick feet, good burst out of his stance, wide shoulders, great knee bend, and an excellent upper body strength. The Penn State product is extremely adept at pulling and reaching the second level due to his nimble feet and once he gets his hands on defensive linemen, he finishes his blocks with aplomb. Where Wisniewski really shines though is in the mental aspects of the game, which have allowed him to be a first team All-Big Ten performer as both a center and a guard for the Nittany Lions.
There is very little lacking in terms of technique as the Penn State product’s refinement in this department is beyond his years. Standing at 6’3” Wisniewski has more than enough length to line up on Sundays at either center of guard. However, the fact that he tips the scales at merely 297 pounds could limit him to the center position and make him useful in only certain pro schemes. He may be a master technician, but when he faces 340-pound nose tackles in the NFL his current frame simply won’t be enough to handle the situation one on one. It is indisputable that Wisniewski needs to add weight to his frame, especially in his lower body, if he is going to make it big in the league where they play for pay. It appears he is headed back to the guard position as a senior after starting at center in 2009 but things could change depending on how the other PSU linemen perform."
Steve Wisniewski is a very cerebral and Agile Grizzly, perfect for a Zone Blocking scheme.
He commands exceptional Launch Speed, getting Out of the Blocks as fast as anyone, giving him an advantage on most of his Snaps. Neither his Power to move other Grizzlies in the Run Game, nor his Strength to thwart their attempts to move him, in the Pass Game, are exceptional, but they are good enough.
He's a natural Squatter, and Squatters win stay in virtually every play. That and his Lateral Agility produce an high level of Viscosity: He sticks to his man. Very good Flanking Speed on Pulls + Traps, as well. Furthermore, his Mechanics are exceptional: He's a thinking man's Center, and that should go a long way towards forging a successfull career at Pivot. Again, though: He needs to be in a Zone Blocking scheme to maximize his strengths.
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