Conner Dyer scouting report: Guard or tackle in college?

Conner Dyer - Student Sports

The highly recruited offensive lineman has offers from some of the top programs in the country.

Conner Dyer is one of the top offensive linemen in the nation, and the big man has offers from some highly impressive programs.

Dyer attends Mesquite (Texas) Horn High School, and is projected to play either offensive tackle or offensive guard at the next level. He is listed at 6'4 and weighs in at 276 pounds.

Dyer is considered a consensus four-star recruit, given the mark by Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and ESPN. Rivals and 247Sports consider him a tackle, while Scout and ESPN project him as a guard. Scout is highest on him, ranking him as the eighth-best guard in the nation. The 247Sports Composite, which aggregates the ratings of all four scouting services, considers him a four-star, ranking him as the 146th-best player in the nation, the 14th-best offensive tackle and the 21st-best prospect in the state of Texas in the class of 2015.

Dyer holds offers from Baylor, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas A&M, LSU, UCLA and Arizona State, among others.

Since there are differing projections on Dyer, the first order of business is determining the likely future position for him in college. At 6'4, Dyer is on the short side for a college offensive tackle, as most coaches prefer prospects to be 6'5 or taller or have extremely long arms. Since he has been measured at a Nike event, at least the 6'4 is legitimate.

The other consideration in projecting Dyer involves his overall athleticism and body quickness, two other necessary attributes to remain outside in college.

In that regard, the Mesquite Horn product also comes up a little bit lacking, as he doesn't have the high-level movement abilities possessed by good collegiate tackles and physically looks like a guard.

He can do a nice job in outside zone of creating knockdowns, normally a difficult task with the lateral steps taken in that particular blocking scheme, and he can bend well enough to allow his lower-body strength to tell when coming downhill to create displacement.

At the second level, Dyer does a nice job of acquiring defenders by keeping his base wide and allowing the athleticism that he does have to change direction when necessary.

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