Joe Barksdale 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Notes

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Joe Barksdale
6'4, 325 pounds | Offensive line | LSU

Final Word: Barksdale's future is either at guard or right tackle.  He doesn't possess the foot speed and balance necessary to protect a quarterback's blindside.  Combined his limited quickness with his inability to go from stance to set quickly and you have a recipe for disaster.  A move to guard will help mask his struggles protecting in space.  It will also allow him to utilize his good base and strength to create running lanes.  Overall, Barksdale looks like a late round prospect with some upside due to his size and strength.



Joe Barksdale
6'4, 325 pounds | Offensive line | LSU

Notes:

  • Barksdale is a decent athlete but will struggle to hold up on the left side
  • He possesses below average foot speed with impacts his ability to set the edge
  • He is typically balanced but still struggles to adjust to counter moves due to poor change of direction
  • It takes him awhile to go from stance to set which gives an advantage to the defense
  • Barksdale has slow hands that hinder his ability to get inside and control
  • He will struggle to reach the edge against speed rushers
  • Barksdale fires off the ball low and delivers a nice jolt
  • He does keep his pad level low but needs to do so more consistently
  • At times, he gets overextend on his punch and becomes off balanced
  • Barksdale typically gets his hands inside the defender which allows him to control and velcro
  • In pass protection, he avoids wasted motions by keeping his hands out in front
  • After he is engaged, Barksdale does a good job of taking balanced steps as he moves defenders off the ball
  • He has a good strong anchor and leg drive
  • Barksdale really struggles to reset after initial contact and plays to flat footed
  • He is doesn't have a nasty streak and doesn't until the whistle
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