David Quessenberry Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for San Jose St. OL

Ryan Riddle@@Ryan_RiddleCorrespondent IApril 23, 2013

David Quessenberry

Houston Texans

Sixth Round: 176th Pick

David Quessenberry was able to display his true potential as a top-tier lineman in Mobile, Ala. as the “First San Jose State offensive lineman to play in a Senior Bowl.” (Team Bio)

Quessenberry started 37 games for the San Jose State Spartans and is a two-time All-WAC offensive lineman, according to his bio.

This physically gifted tactician should be highly valued at the next level for his athleticism and versatility. He projects favorably at either tackle position and can also move inside to guard if necessary, which he demonstrated successfully during Senior Bowl week.

Quessenberry is not necessarily a finisher or a mauler, but he is one of the better technicians available in this draft class. He will need to learn how to bend his knees when attacking his targets in space, but his solid base and sturdy anchor gives him a promising foundation of tools with which to work with at the next level.

His upside is incredibly high considering his capacity to work hard and maximize his elite physical tools. Though he likely will not be a top-50 selection, he should however provide some team with excellent value in the third round. He has all the ingredients necessary to establish himself as a longtime starter in the NFL.



Perhaps his biggest strength is his rare combination of speed, quickness, power and size. He delivers a powerful punch that often lands exactly where it needs to be to control his opponent.

He has good movement and is an impressive athlete for a man of his size, though he sometimes compromises this strength by playing too high, especially when he's forced to move around in the open field.

Quessenberry is a natural pass-protector with his quick feet, sound technique and lead-heavy anchoring ability. His best attributes shine when he can kick-slide back to a good drop angle, which then allows him to wait until the defender comes to him. When this happens, it’s extremely difficult for the rusher to run through, or around, him.



Quessenberry struggles when trying to attack in the open field because he compromises his leverage and loses the solid base he often plays with. This undermines his usually reliable functional strength and body control. Defenders can often be seen tossing him around from that point, making him an easy blocker to shed.  

This also ties into his inability at times to hold his blocks and latch till his target is fully neutralized. Sticking to this theme, his lack of aggression and finishing mentality shows up mostly while run blocking. Typically, he prefers to punch and push his targets rather than driving them back with his legs and creating pancake blocks.

When playing guard, he seems to forget about patience and tends to overset rather than wait for the defender to come to him.

The most common method by which Quessenberry was beat in pass-protection was on hard inside moves by speedy pass-rushers who had just enough strength to avoid being washed down the line.


Draft Projection

San Francisco 49ers: (Third round, 74th, 93rd)

Miami Dolphins: (Third round, 77th, 82nd)

Dallas Cowboys: (Third round, 80th)

Green Bay Packers: (Third round, 88th)


Tools (+)

Standing 6’5” and 302 pounds with 34-inch arms, David Quessenberry has the necessary length to play tackle at the next level. Surprisingly, Quessenberry’s measurables at the NFL Combine are right on par with Eric Fisher’s. Fisher, who some believe could be the best tackle in the draft, has the slight edge with two additional inches in height and an extra inch in arm length.  Other than that, their speed and explosion results are nearly identical.

Quessenberry’s athletic versatility is further demonstrated by his lacrosse background in high school, where he lettered in two sports, according to his team bio.

All in all, David has a really nice combination of length, size, speed and power and is one of the most physically gifted offensive lineman in this draft.  



Quessenberry is not overly aggressive with his leg drive or tenacity. He tends to give just enough energy with his run blocking and rarely finishes blocks with aggression or “pancakes.”
Due to his dominant play on the field, excellent practice habits and hard work in the weight room, Quessenberry was, “One of four players named team captain for 2012.” (Team Bio)

This honor serves as evidence to his character and work ethic, making it safe to assume his influence in a locker room will be a positive one. 



The ideal system for David Quessenberry appears to be a zone-blocking scheme where his athleticism and outstanding lateral movement can serve him well. This type of scheme is also best suited for his lack of both leg-drive and aggression. Any system which asks Quessenberry to wall-off opponents laterally while building to the second-level is playing favorably into his natural strengths.

He also translates well into an offense that passes frequently and plays with a high tempo. He plays with high energy and never looks winded or sluggish.


Pass Blocking

He has good arm extension which comes in the form of a powerful and accurate punch.

He also keeps a nice, wide base and plays under his feet in pass-sets. Quessenberry shows great patience, body control, core strength, balance and lateral movement. He has a good angle of approach more often than not which helps make him such a good pass protector. However, he can kick-slide back too far at times, leaving his inside shoulder vulnerable and open for the defender to take it up and under.

When playing inside at guard, he tends to overset rather aggressively, making him vulnerable to spin moves and other quick jab steps, this showed up in one-on-ones during the Senior Bowl week.

Run Blocking

When run blocking, he tends to come at his targets too high, thus compromising leverage and allowing the defender to control him and toss him around. 

He does a decent job on combo blocks but needs to stick with his initial block a little longer to allow his help to come in and take over the defender’s play-side shoulder. But his footwork and quickness in climbing to the second level is very impressive.

Quessenberry moves extremely well as a lead blocker in screens and looked natural as a puller in the Senior Bowl despite having very limited reps at this facet of the game.

Latching onto his targets longer and reestablishing his leverage at the point of attack seems to be his greatest needs for improvement in regards to run blocking.


Blocking in Space/Recovery

As mentioned, he does struggle a bit sustaining his blocks in space as he tends to get a bit high and off-balance in those situations. His natural strength gets compromised in those moments as he’s forced to run and attack his targets. If he can learn to break down more and establish a base, he should be able to thrive given his athletic ability.


Hand Fighting/Technique

Quessenberry is one of the most technically sound linemen with his hands. He keeps them tight and inside the player’s chest while showing impressive ability to quickly reset with accuracy. This skill helps in his pass blocking and helps him to consistently win the battle for inside hand placement.

He has a strong punch which he uses effectively and with great accuracy. David’s blocking style is absolutely defined more as a puncher rather than a grabber or hugger. Guys who can punch and get their hands inside a defender’s chest are what coaches teach and look for.

He’s a very controlled blocker who does not play with a mean streak or noticeable aggression. However, he does have solid hustle and gives good effort in his game.  


Future Role/Versatility

David can potentially play any position on the offensive line, aside from center, at the next level.

He’s not entirely comfortable playing inside at guard when it comes to identifying which rusher poses the greatest threat to the quarterback, but this appears to be an adjustment he’s fully capable of adhering to should the need arise.

His most natural position in the NFL seems to be at right tackle due to his favorable length, quick feet and exceptional athleticism. In time, he may be able to move to left tackle once he fully develops into his body and improves technique.


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