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."
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."
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