Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Chargers Draft Prospects: Kevin Zeitler

Next up is Wisconsin's All-American guard Kevin Zeitler. While he played right guard in college, he has the strength and power to play either side.

Positon: G
Weight: 314 lbs.
Height: 6' 4''

Pros: What is not to like about this guy? He is a physical mauler who is a beast in the trenches. he played in a zone scheme at Wisconsin, but I see him as a fit in any system. He spends a lot of time studying film and is a relentless worker on the field and in the weight room. He pays attention to all the details and does things by the book. He has great strength to move defenders out of the way and seeks out contact at the second level. He comes out of his stance strong and can maintain outside leverage well. He also can handle doubling up on the NT and is great at using his hands in pass blocking to reset and keep defenders at bay.

Cons: There really isn't much that this guy does bad. He isn't the fastest lineman and doesn't have the greatest agility. Most of his other issues seem to be things that can easily be changed with coaching. He has a tendency to push smaller defenders away instead of wrapping them up. This can allow those defenders to come free and make a play. The other big issue is that he tends to duck his head at times. If he can fix these technique issues, he should be fine.

I know that he played right guard, but I can see him playing both sides. He is a perfectionist who plays mean and should be a great pickup for any team. He is projected as high as a late 1st rounder to a 3rd round prospect.

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