Brian O'Neill NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Minnesota Vikings' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Pittsburgh offensive lineman Brian O'Neill (70) plays against Virginia during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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POSITIVES

—Ideal size (6'7", 297 lbs) with excellent athleticism and movement skills.

—Tailor-made for a zone scheme with his ability to pull and execute reach blocks.

—Measured with 34 ⅛-inch arms and uses those well to keep rushers off his frame and to create a wide arc in his pass sets.

—Shows the instincts to read and react to blitzes and stunts.

—Positionally versatile and could play either tackle spot or be kicked inside to guard.

      

NEGATIVES

—Struggled with technique and power throughout Senior Bowl practices.

—Lean frame needs to be filled out and strength concerns were highlighted in Mobile, Alabama.

—Bull-rushers will put him on skates and easily drive him back into the pocket.

—Opens up his hips in his pass set and creates a wide-open door for pass-rushers to double-move him.

—Isn't a poised or patient blocker. He shoots his hands too soon and looks panicked against speed.

      

OVERALL

Brian O'Neill has nice potential as an athletic zone tackle, but there are legitimate concerns regarding his tape and what we saw at the Senior Bowl. Heading into the week in Mobile, he was billed as a potential top-50 player, but struggles there will hurt his stock on draft weekend. A weak tackle class could still push O'Neill into the second round, though.

      

GRADE: 6.50 (Round 2-3)

PRO COMPARISON: Cedric Ogbuehi, Cincinnati Bengals

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