With the 2013 NFL draft only a few days away, teams that separate themselves as elite drafters find prospects of great value in the late rounds of the draft.
One of those prospects could be J.C. Tretter, an offensive guard out of Cornell who has also shown versatility at other positions.
While there aren't many prospects that come out of the Ivy League every season, many of them have proven to sustain long careers. The most notable lineman was Matt Birk, who announced his retirement this year after 15 seasons.
Here are five things you need to know about Tretter.
Note: Tretter was selected in the fourth round by the Green Bay Packers.
Full Name: Joseph Carl Tretter Jr.
Hometown: Akron, N.Y.
High School: Akron Central
Tretter's background shows a good indication of how his hard work has paid off. Coming from a small town in New York, Tretter managed to make the most of his opportunity and earned a scholarship from one of the elite academic universities in the country.
His hard work also translated to the football field as well.
Tretter is an intriguing prospect due to how he has emerged as a quality lineman in a short period of time. He began his career at Cornell as a tight end, where his athleticism eventually allowed him to transition to the offensive line. As a left tackle, he anchored an offensive line that protected quarterback Jeff Matthews very well, as Cornell managed to have the third-best passing attack last season.
2011 and 2012: Started at left tackle for the Big Red.
2010: Started as a tight end, where he caught four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Weight: 307 lbs
Arm Length: 33 3/8"
Hand Size: 10 1/8"
40-Yard Dash: 5.09 seconds
Broad Jump: 109"
Vertical Jump: 29.5"
Tretter's combine results wasn't necessarily overwhelming, but his overall performance was in line for an offensive lineman coming from a low-tier football program. In a quick glance, Tretter also managed to show off his skills at his pro day.
As I had mentioned previously, Tretter made an impressive transition while playing collegiate football. He began his career as a tight end and quickly developed into a talented pass protector.
He was named a unanimous all-Ivy League first-team selection, becoming the first lineman to earn such accolades since Kevin Boothe in 2005.
Ultimately, his transition as lineman proved to pay off dividends. He started his last 20 games at left tackle and dominated against Ivy League defenses.
Tretter was an intriguing enough of a prospect that he garnered plenty interest from scouts, according to Buffalo News columnist Jay Skurski:
"An Akron High School graduate, Tretter is the lone Western New Yorker among 333 NFL hopefuls who have received an invitation to this week’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He’s one of just 24 players from a Football Championship Subdivision school to earn an invite after a decorated senior season at Cornell" .
Tretter's combine performance was very impressive, and stood out among the top half of offensive lineman at the draft, according to BuffaloBills.com's John Murphy:
"Tretter did well in virtually all of the on field workouts in Indianapolis. He was 14th among offensive linemen in the 40-yard dash, with a time of 5.09. He was 12th in the bench press, with 29 reps. He was 8th in the vertical jump, and 8th in the three-cone drill".