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Jon Halapio NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Patriots OG
Phelan M. Ebenhack

Jon Halapio, OG, Florida, (HT: 6'3½"; WT: 323 lbs)

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

Sixth Round: 179th Pick

Combine Weigh In
Height Weight Arm Hand
6034 323 33 5/8" 10 1/4"

NFL.com

Combine Workout
40-yard dash 10-yd split Bench Vert Broad 3-cone Shuttle
5.38 1.8 DNP 21.5 8'4" 8.26 4.83

NFL.com

 

Positives

  • One the the 2014 Senior Bowl's outstanding offensive line performers during the week of practices in Mobile. 
  • Strong and sturdy player with a low center of gravity to couple with above-average length. 
  • Average feet, smooth movements and an above-average motor. 
  • Big, strong hands that he makes violent use of. 
  • Per RosterWatch (free sign-in required), he displayed "exploding quads" at the Senior Bowl weigh in
  • Did not participate in the bench press at the combine, but he put up 32 reps at Florida's pro day, per Gil Brandt of NFL.com, and he looked good in position drills.
  • Recovered strongly from a disastrous 21 1/2" vertical in Indy with a very respectable 27" leap in Gainesville. 
  • Intelligent prospect who interviews extremely well and would appear to be beneficial to the temperament and personality of any NFL work place. 
  • Built like a thick, iron rod but not "maxed out"—clearly a player with major natural athletic attributes that are still untapped on the football field.
  • A seasoned prospect against elite competition logging 43 starts in the SEC during his career at Florida. 
  • A tough player who played the 2013 season with a terribly painful-sounding "80 percent tear in his pectoral muscle," per the Miami Herald, making the 32 bench reps on such short recovery time more impressive as well. 

 

Negatives

  • Can appear out of control and take bad second-level angles in the run game. 
  • Keeps good initial pad level, but he can get his base too high at times when engaging and attempting to drive-block. 
  • Possesses below-average lateral agility, and can, on occasion, make defenders look very elusive slipping off of him. 
  • Ran the worst three-cone drill of all offensive linemen at the NFL combine. 
  • Only nine players in Indy had worse short-shuttle times, adding to worry among evaluators about his ability to accelerate and generate momentum through short-area changes of direction. 
  • Overall agility is not on par with swiftness of feet and natural ease of motion. 
  • Balance can be a major issue when the play's flow moves his shared engagement with the defender from sideline to sideline; can be seen going to ground and failing to execute emergency cut blocks in these situations. 
  • Can get pushed deep enough into the pocket by linebackers coming on stunts with a head of steam to create problems for his quarterback. 
  • Suffered a torn pectoral muscle prior to the 2013 season. 
  • Doesn't finish well in the power-run game despite playing with good urgency.
  • Is self-admittedly farther along as a run-blocker than a pass-blocker, per GatorCountry.com

 

Personal Notes (per GatorCountry.com)

  • Was just a 3-star prospect coming out of St. Petersburg Catholic High School in 2009 in a recruiting class filled with with high-profile names like Gary Brown, Andre Debose, Jelani Jenkins, Jon Bostic, Dee Finley and Mike Gillislee.
  • Earned a medical redshirt his first year on campus after playing in three games. 
  • Graduated from Florida in 2013.
  • Was elected a 2013 team captain by teammates.

 

Ratings Chart

Grades by Alex Dunlap

 

Overall

Halapio flashed numerous times during Senior Bowl week as a guard prospect who shined even when set against comparative competition as stiff as Cyril Richardson and Gabe Jackson. He's clearly a player built to play guard at the next level, but NFL evaluators will certainly differ in their opinions as to how quick a return they'll get on Halapio as an investment. 

Halapio has work to do with his fundamentals, his steps and his general follow-through. Scouts will be impressed with his stature and length, matched with adequate feet, while certainly loving his work ethic. 

 

Draft Projection: 4th Round

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