John Sullen: Things You Need to Know About the Auburn Guard

Bryn Swartz@eaglescentralSenior Writer IIIApril 27, 2013

John Sullen: Things You Need to Know About the Auburn Guard

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    With the NFL draft finally playing out, hundreds of players are anticipating a selection in one of the remaining six rounds, allowing an opportunity to pursue a career in the National Football League.

    Auburn guard John Sullen is not one of the more well-known players, but on draft day, there's a very good chance that he hears his name called in one of the middle-to-late rounds. 


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    Full Name: John Sullen

    Hometown: Auburn, Ala.

    High School: Auburn

    Major: History

    Year: Senior

    You literally cannot find a more homegrown player than offensive guard John Sullen, who was born and raised in Auburn. He attended high school in Auburn and went to college no more than a few miles from his hometown. 

Statistics and Analysis

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    John Sullen is a massive offensive lineman, standing 6'6'' and weighing more than 335 pounds. That puts him among the biggest players in the National Football League. He has tremendous strength and is particularly impressive in short-yardage situations. Sullen has experience playing both guard positions.

    His weakness, however, lies with the quicker defenders as is customary for massive linemen. He's also not very effective pulling, making it very unlikely that Sullen could ever succeed as an offensive tackle. 

Draft Process

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    Height: 6'6''

    Weight: 332 pounds

    Arm Length: 33.37"

    Hand Size: 10"

    Pro Day Results

    40-yard dash: 5.78 seconds

    Broad jump: 7'9''

    Vertical Jump: 26.5"

    3-Cone Drill: 8.25 seconds

    20-yard dash: 3.33 seconds

    10-yard dash: 2.00 seconds

    Sullen's height and weight shows that he is one of the bigger offensive linemen entering the draft. He has large arms and hands. As expected, he is also extremely slow, turning in a 5.78 in the 40-yard dash. 

Interesting Facts

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    Sullen was touted as the 63rd-ranked offensive tackle in the nation as a high schooler, according to Inc.

    He collected 55 pancakes blocks during his high school career.

    According to Rob Rang of, Sullen is most similar to Chicago Bears' offensive guard Chilo Rachal, for his ability to dominate the power run game and struggle against high-speed pass-rushers. Rachal was a second-round draft choice of the San Francisco 49ers in 2008 and has started 46 of the 64 games he has played over the past five seasons.