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Bryan Stork NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Patriots C
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Bryan Stork, C, Florida State, (Height: 6'4"; Weight: 315 lbs.)

New England Patriots (Patriots trade 93rd pick to Jaguars for 105th and 179th pick)

Fourth Round: 105th Pick

Combine Weigh-In
Height Weight Arm Hand
6'4" 315 lbs 32.5" 10.5"

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Combine Workout
40-yard Dash 10-yd split Bench Vert Broad 3-cone Shuttle
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

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Positives

  • Winner of the 2013 Rimington Trophy, which is given to the best college center in the nation annually. He was a first-team All-ACC selection. 
  • Clear leader of a championship FSU offensive line that opened things up again and again for Jameis Winston and a versatile platoon of running backs. 
  • Seems like a natural zone-blocker, taking good angles and utilizing smart positioning to keep leverage through battles. 
  • Burly and imposing center prospect who operates with a good motor. 
  • Great recognition and diagnosis skills through the play; adept at identifying late-developing blitzes and redirecting responsibility against delayed stunts. 
  • Despite appearing more substantial through the upper body than the lower body, he appears to possess above-average leg drive and power in run-block situations. 
  • Smart, communicative prospect who seems on the surface to have an "A-plus" personality for leadership in the locker room and among teammates. 
  • Has extremely large hands and a great amount of strength in his grabs, reaches, punches and delivery. 
  • Generally excellent hand placement and adherence to technical aspects of the game; a very fundamentally sound prospect. 
  • Good burst off the line and general quickness to the second level.
  • Shines as a pass-blocker in numerous circumstances; seems like a pesky menace that truly frustrates interior defensive linemen who can't get off him. 
  • Has a knack for getting powerful defensive linemen moving from side-to-side and laterally. 

 

Negatives

  • Did not work out at the NFL combine and put up a fairly disappointing 21 bench reps at his Florida State pro day, according to Natalie Pierre of the Tallahassee Democrat
  • Feet appeared a bit sloppy during bag drills at pro day; seemed top-heavy and somewhat off-balance at times through agility drills—at one point he took a pretty hard fall. 
  • Balance can be an issue in run-block situations due to an occasionally overzealous nature in getting to his spot. 
  • Does not possess great enough length to "close the gate" naturally between his uncovered half and the back-side guard in pass protection. 
  • Will occasionally struggle with pad level. 
  • When failing to gain favorable initial positioning on inside-zone run calls, will often get beaten badly and give up damaging penetration. 
  • Body appears to be maxed-out physically, and it's unclear how much more bulk he'll be able to add within an NFL training regimen. 
  • Does not always engage well at the second level and will sometimes lose his feet or appear flailing in last-ditch attempts to cut scraping linebackers. 
  • Could do a much better job of sticking on blocks when engaging in free space; seems to consistently give defenders ample opportunities to shed off him in this circumstance. 
  • Generally seems much more balanced and "at home" in pass protection than in the run game. 
  • Lacks general toughness as a run-blocker. 

 

Personal Notes (via FSU Athletic Department)

  • A tight end in high school, he had the frame and the tenacity to make the move to offensive line.
  • Primarily a blocker in a run-based high school offense, where he registered 43 pancake blocks.
  • Chose the Seminoles over Maryland.

 

Ratings Chart

Grades by Alex Dunlap

 

Overall 

Stork is a prospect whom evaluators will recognize as having versatility to compete for immediate playing time in either a zone-blocking or man-power scheme at the NFL level. Questions will persist about his overall power and ability to face NFL-caliber nose guards head up in solo assignments, however. 

While his technique and fundamentals are above-average along with his motor, he does not have great feet, possesses below-average agility and struggles with balance in the run game. His strength as a pass-blocker will be his saving grace in the minds of evaluators.

It is not too optimistic to project Stork as a player who is capable of making an impact and providing sustenance to NFL teams with wide-open offenses such as the Eagles or the Broncos who thrive on getting the ball quickly to playmakers in free space. In these situations—with less loaded boxes—he could truly be in position to thrive, given his skill set. 

He will need to continue to develop strength as an NFL professional. This is an obstacle that many teams will see as being a non-issue, given where he is likely to be drafted and his obvious dedication to honing his craft. College athletes do not get named the best at their position nationally by not having great attributes to build upon. 

 

Draft Projection: Fifth Round

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