Jake Kirkpatrick 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Notes

The 2011 NFL Draft is right around the corner and the staff at Mocking the Draft is working hard to bring you the most in depth information possible.  We have spent countless hours reviewing college games in an attempt to produce scouting reports for each of the prospects. However, time is running out so we decided to release some scouting notes in order to cover a wider range of prospects.

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Jake Kirkpatrick
6'3, 305 pounds | Center | TCU

Final Word: Kirkpatrick does not look like a draftable prospect.  He is very athletically limited and struggles in both the passing and running games.  He doesn't possess a natural bend which impacts his balance, strength, and leverage.  In pass protection, he is unable to absorb the initial contact and often gets pushed back into the pocket.  He also struggles to reach defenders off his frame and mirror.  Kirkpatrick's limited strength makes it tough for him to generate a powerful punch and move defenders off the football.  He doesn't possesses the heavy hands need to be a velco player which limits versatility.

Best case scenario, Kirkpatrick gets selected at the back end of the draft with hopes of catching on as a practice squad player.  There was nothing I saw that lead me to believe that Kirkpatrick has a future in the NFL.

Jake Kirkpatrick
6'3, 305 pounds | Center | TCU

Notes:

  • He is a limited athlete with very stiff motions
  • There is no explosion off the football and takes awhile to go from stance to set
  • Kirkpatrick doesn't have the ability to mirror defender or reach people off his frame due to slow feet
  • He really allows a lot of gap penetration
  • His limited athletic ability gives him no shot a pulling and effectively climbing 2nd level
  • Kirkpatrick is not a natural bender and plays with a high pad level
  • His high pad level is exacerbates his short arms which allows defenders to get into his body
  • He doesn't possess a strong anchor and is often driven into the backfield
  • Strength is a concern as he doesn't absorb contact, velcro, or get a push off the line
  • Kirkpatrick does a good job of snapping the ball and getting to his set all in one motion
  • When he is able to get into a defender he does a good job at maintain inside hands
  • In pass pro, he keeps his head up and on a swivel looking for rushers
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