POS: Left tackle
School: Florida State
Arm length: 35 inches
40-yard dash: 5.41 seconds
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio.
Key stats: He had 37 knockdown blocks as a junior. Made 50 career starts.
Here’s the next installment of the DRAFT SPOTLIGHT feature, which we’ll run periodically up to the NFL draft April 26-28 in New York.
With most of you all concerned about the left tackle position, I asked ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay to evaluate who might be available when the Falcons pick in the second round.
Rarely, will you find a NFL-ready left tackle in the second round, so it’s not reasonable for them to take one with the 55th overall pick.
“At that point, I just did this two round mock draft. There was still (Zebrie) Sanders from Florida State who is still on the board, Mitchell Schwartz from Cal, kind of that third tier of offensive tackle at that point,” McShay said.
If Mississippi’s Bobby Massie slips, he could be available.
“Bobby Massie would probably be the best available and maybe best case scenario coming out of Mississippi,” McShay said. “I don’t know that he’s going to fall all the way there, but if he does it’s a possibility.
“Zebrie Sanders from Florida State, there is a good chance he’ll be there. He kind of fits what they want to do. He fits that Florida State zone blocking scheme, and I think he has the athleticism to play left tackle, but I’m not necessarily convinced of it. It’s always hard to plug your left tackle, and it’s not going to be easy to do.”
Here’s a Q&A with Sanders:
Q: Where do you see yourself fitting in?
A: I’m just happy enough to make one team happy with me . . . right, left, I feel more natural at left but wherever they want me to play is fine.
Q: How was your Senior Bowl experience?
A: It was good playing against the top talent in the country, going up against Quinton Coples and Melvin Ingram, it helped me a lot.
Q: What are you strengths technique wise?
A: I probably need to work on my hand placement, being more technically sound, and just keeping my feet low and keep moving, finishing a little bit.
Q: How’d you end up at FSU?
A: I grew up in Dayton, Ohio. Coach (Rick) Trickett and the warm weather down there. I had to get away a little bit, the snow was getting a little too crazy.
Q: You played Violin as a kid?A: Actually Viola.
Q: When was the last time you played?
A: When I graduated (from) high school. I’m done with that now. It was a good childhood memory. My mom made me do it. It was cool though.
Q: Why viola, not violin?
A: It’s bigger for a bigger person.
Q: What chair did you get to in the orchestra?
A: Second chair, I was pretty good.
Q: What sets you apart from the other offensive tackles?
A: I think just my will to get better. I’m always picking up little pointers on my opponents. . . I’m always trying to fine-tune things, and I think that will help me out.
Q: Is there a lineman that you pattern your game after?
A: Definitely Jason peters, and then Tra Thomas, of course an alumni. He went to the Philadelphia Eagles. That’s my favorite team.
Here are some of the other DRAFT SPOTLIGHTS:
Players that the Atlanta Falcons reportedly held a workout with, visited the team facility or both.
Alabama defensive tackle Josh Chapman.
Vanderbilt defensive end Tim Fugger.
Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Ladarius Green.
Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward.
South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram.
Montana defensive back Trumaine Johnson. Click here for STORY.
Cincinnati tight end Adrien Robinson.
California offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz.
Virginia Tech running back David Wilson.
Illinois safety Tavon Wilson.
The Falcons traded away their first and fourth round picks of the 2012 draft as part of the Julio Jones trade with the Cleveland Browns.
2nd Round (No. 55 overall)
3rd Round (No. 84 overall)
5th Round (No. 157 overall)
6th Round (No. 192 overall)
7th Round (No. 229 overall)
7th Round (Compensatory Selection, No. 249 overall)
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog