A three-year starter for Utah, O-lineman Tony Bergstrom was a steady presence for the Utes during their transition to Pac-12 play, and was awarded with all-conference honors as a result of his work in 2011. He has very good size at 6'6" and 315 pounds, and some football pedigree to boot: He's married to the sister of Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger.
But a couple of considerations that teams must take into account for Bergstrom are his position at the next level and his age. A lack of quickness may prevent him from a sustained career as a left tackle, and he'll be 26 by the time the 2012 regular season commences.
Combine Results: 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.84 seconds. 3-Cone Drill: 7.95 seconds. 40-Yard Dash: 5.19 seconds. Bench Press: 32 reps
What the Experts are Saying:
A big, strong tackle prospect with some short area quickness for his size. But struggles with flexibility in pass protection and looks limited in what he can offer an NFL offense. However, looks more coordinated and plays lower as a guard and looks like that is where his future lies in the NFL. —Wes Bunting, National Football Post
Strengths: "Bergstrom is a very good mover in space. He is not very aggressive in any of his blocks, but when pulling he is very good to chop his feet, gather his weight and settle into a block to put himself into a position to get movement and keep sustained. He is a technically sound player who uses his hands well. He looks natural in his pass set and gets his hands readied early to fight off rushers. He isn't very strong, but relies on feet and technique to work on the line and make reliable blocks." —NFL.com
Bergstrom has the technique and smarts to contribute early on in his NFL career, but a likely position switch will probably prevent him being more than a depth player for 2012-13.
Joining a team like the Raiders with a good amount of offensive line turnover, he could well compete for playing time. And with time and dedication, he has the ceiling to develop into a starting guard, or at least a versatile backup to multiple positions along the line.
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