Gabe Ikard, OC, Oklahoma (HT: 6'3⅝"; WT: 304 lbs)
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- Shows a great initial burst off the line of scrimmage and plays with a good motor.
- Has a thick base; he keeps a nice, wide center of gravity with his feet constantly pumping.
- Was thought of as "quite possibly the most athletic lineman in the 2014 NFL draft class," per Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com.
- Shows flashes of above-average footwork.
- Comes with position versatility, having played both the center and guard positions during his four years of eligibility at Oklahoma.
- Was a Senior Bowl and Shrine Game invitee.
- Seems like a smart player who was clearly in charge of making Oklahoma's line calls and identifying fronts for communication to teammates.
- Has athletic feet that he keeps pumping through plays.
- Shows great ability to recover from bad initial angles to salvage blocks and maintain responsibilities, even sometimes following out-of-control starts.
- Good feet in pass protection and generally mirrors well with good knee bend.
- Was a first-team academic All-American in 2013 who graduated with 4.0 GPA, per the Oklahoma Athletic Department; clearly, he's a dedicated worker in the classroom.
- Always seems prepared and has a great grasp of what the offense is doing conceptually; he's a fundamental player who seems very easy to coach.
- Had an outstanding combine where he had the 12th-best 40-time, the best three-cone drill and the best short shuttle.
- Per RosterWatch (free sign-in required), appeared to have a weak lower body at the Senior Bowl weigh-in.
- Failed all week at the Senior Bowl to flash in any positive ways against elite college competition.
- Lacks strength in leg drive.
- Can struggle with pad level and positioning in pass protection and shows a troublesome habit of absorbing contact from opposing rushers and letting their momentum cause terrible penetration.
- Wastes motion out of his stance getting to second-level blocks and could stand to take much better angles.
- Clearly not adept at latching on and driving when struggling to engage athletic linebackers.
- Is caught too often dancing in place and operates without clear urgency.
- Has small hands and only average length; he's not a lineman who makes up for shorter stature with length to close the gate on his uncovered side.
- Goes to the ground when he's beaten, flailing wildly to establish any sort of block.
- Constantly looks bowed-up, out of position and clearly uncomfortable when engaged as a pass-blocker; many snaps seem like a struggles to overcome as opposed to execution of responsibilities.
- Struggles with balance in numerous aspects of his game; he can be taken advantage of badly by disruptive interior defensive presences that play with bad intentions.
- Future in a zone-blocking scheme seems worrisome given trouble with angles and inability to appropriately reach.
Personal Notes (via Oklahoma Athletic Department)
- Son of Jim and Becky Ikard.
- Graduated in May 2013 with special distinction and a 4.0 GPA in multidisciplinary studies with a
- focus in medical sciences.
- Named a Big Man on Campus and to the Letzeiser Honor List.
- Currently in graduate school.
- Part of a group of OU students, including teammates Blake Bell and Trey Millard, who participated in a study-abroad program in Ireland in 2013.
- Also was part of a group of OU students who traveled to Haiti on a humanitarian trip in 2012.
Gabe Ikard is a center prospect in the 2014 NFL draft who lacks elite traits. His size and feet are average at best, and he struggles when facing elite power, speed, flexibility and motor. His combine measurables were encouraging in regard to questions about Ikard's lateral agility.
Clearly, Ikard is a terrific student-athlete and a player whom Oklahoma fans surely loved rooting on through his four years seeing action as a Sooner, but he will not move the evaluative meters of scouts in the same way when they analyze his on-field product. In Ikard, NFL teams and scouts will see a player with tremendous intangibles off the field and very tangible, clear issues on it.
Ikard can be a liability with his pad level, balance and follow-through, even when he wins initial battles with a good pop off the line of scrimmage and adequate body positioning.
Draft Projection: 6th round