Atlanta Falcons

2012 Possible Atlanta Falcons Draft Pick Profile: OT Donald Stephenson

Stephenson (59) is a good candidate to play left tackle long term
Stephenson (59) is a good candidate to play left tackle long term
Scott CarasikContributor IIApril 11, 2012

Donald Stephenson

Left Tackle

Oklahoma University


Combine Measurements

Height: 6'5-1/2". Weight: 312 pounds.  

Arm length: 34-7/8". Hand measurement: 9-7/8".

40-yard dash: 4.94 sec. 20-yard split: 2.83 sec. 10-yard split: 1.68 sec.

20-yard shuttle: 4.78 sec. Three-cone Drill: 7.52 sec. Bench reps: 19 reps

Vertical jump: 35.5" Broad jump: 9'6"

 

Stats

2007 - Redshirted

2008 - 7 games, 0 games started

2009 - 0 games, 0 games started

Donald Stephenson dominating in a run situation.
Donald Stephenson dominating in a run situation.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

2010 - 14 games, 10 games started

2011 - 13 games, 13 games started

 

Scouting Report

Strengths

Stephenson has unparalleled athleticism to go with ideal size for the pro game at 6’6” and weighing in 312 pounds. His first step off the ball is extremely quick and he can use his bulk to overpower players in the running game.

He looks good popping out of his stance and is quick off the line in pass protection. He gets good punch and has great speed in his kick-step. His main issue is technique and inexperience, though, as he would do well to learn behind a true pro in a good scheme.

Weaknesses

He has trouble maintaining leverage in the running game. He has massive technique issues and needs to truly understand the game before he can be promoted to a starting player. His best bet would be to learn behind a technical genius for a year or two.

Overview

He wasn’t the best student and lost a year of football due to academic eligibility concerns. He is, however, a two-year starter at left tackle and looks like he could be an excellent player on the field with proper coaching.

How he would fit into the Falcons' plans

Stephenson is a quick, strong offensive tackle who fits in best as a left tackle. He’s a project and wouldn’t start right away but he would be someone who could surprise as he has first-round athleticism with fifth-round production.

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