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A versatile three-year starter at USC, Max Tuerk has played left guard, center, right tackle and left tackle in his 33 career starts.
Tuerk shines as an athlete on film and in person (Notre Dame, 2015). In pregame warm-ups, he was the smoothest of all the USC linemen and matched that label when the game started. He’s agile in space and explosive enough to stun defenders out of the snap.
Tuerk has the foot speed to pull and trap and will get to linebackers without a delay. There is no heaviness in his movements, and he can play with speed at the second level.
Tuerk looks like a tackle in his frame and pass-protects like one. He prefers to stand and punch and does so with poise and balance in his stance. He doesn’t get panicked and doesn’t bend at the waist, instead letting his feet move to mirror and shadow with complete confidence in his ability to fight off the defender. Tuerk prepares well for power moves and uses his leverage to win where his smaller frame holds him back.
NFL teams and draft media thought highly of Tuerk as a prospect when the season began. A struggling USC offense (and offensive line) affected the perception of his play, and an injury to his knee in October led to Tuerk’s senior season being his most disappointing.
A tall, lean center, Tuerk doesn’t have the power to rock back nose tackles and walk back defensive linemen. He’ll have to add weight and strength to handle a starting job in the pros. As it stands, Tuerk doesn’t have the lower-body strength to dig in against powerful defensive linemen or the upper-body strength to control players once they’ve locked horns.
Athleticism and effort allowed Tuerk to win at USC, but games against teams with marquee defensive tackles (Notre Dame) showed weaknesses in his ability to slide and protect gaps. A lack of power opens him up to countermoves where he just can't get enough leverage or is not strong enough to counter. At 6’5”, he only has 32 ½” arms, so he’s not winning with length either.
A solid prospect and a smart player, Tuerk has starting potential but must work out the issues on his tape first.
Weight: 298 lbs.
40 Time: 5.10s
Arm Length: 32 ½"
Short Shuttle: 4.63s
PRO COMPARISON: Cameron Erving, Cleveland Browns
FINAL GRADE: 5.99/9.00 (Round 3-4—Future Starter)