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Christian Darrisaw NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Minnesota Vikings OT

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IApril 30, 2021

Christian Darrisaw runs a drill Virginia Tech pro day, attended by NFL football scouts, in Blacksburg, Va., Friday, March 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Gentry)
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HEIGHT:
 6'4 ¾"

WEIGHT: 322

  

POSITIVES

—Very good initial and lateral quickness to create space out of his stance as a pass protector and get his second step in the ground as a run-blocker.

—Comfortable on an island in pass protection with the patience and confidence to not bite on stutters and hesitations.

—Impressive balance and agility to recover and redirect against counter moves.

—Works off multiple threats with active, clear eyes when uncovered to secure most dangerous man.

—Packs heat in his punch to stun and upend defenders on contact with overwhelming power to finish.

—Once latched shows very good grip strength to sustain, steer and control defenders.

—Excellent range and aiming points to cut off the 3-technique on the backside of zone.


NEGATIVES

—Relies on upper body strength to move defenders; needs to bring his feet and unlock his hips more consistently at the point of attack.

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—Gets lackadaisical in the run game, resulting in some whiffs that should be avoided with better concentration.

—Doesn't have a lot of experience mixing up and diversifying his pass sets.

—Can shore up set points against wide-9-aligned rushers to not overset and create a soft inside shoulder.


2020 STATISTICS

—Missed Week 9 versus Pittsburgh after reaggravating a groin injury suffered in Week 6 versus Louisville.

—First-team All-ACC by the AP.

—Nine starts with the team opting out of its bowl game.


NOTES

—Attended Fork Union Military Academy for one year (2017) to qualify academically.

—Started 34 career games at left tackle, including 12 as a true freshman in 2018.

—Played the majority of his true freshman year in 2018 on an ankle injury suffered in Week 2 that needed surgery after the season, causing him to miss the spring of 2019.

—Three-star recruit out of Riverdale Baptist High School (Maryland) with just one FBS Division I offer (Virginia Tech).

—Tested positive for COVID-19 in September and was asymptomatic.

   

OVERALL

Darrisaw has a large frame with a burly upper body, eye-catching initial quickness out of his stance and plenty of athletic ability to operate on an island as a pass protector effectively while playing with overwhelming power in the run game.

Darrisaw uses heavy hands and dominating grip strength to jolt defenders at the point and erase second-level defenders on his climb plus excellent technique to cover up and cut off the backside of zone runs. He has the patience and processing skills to diagnose games and the most dangerous man against the blitz while providing punishing help when uncovered.

He needs to be more consistent at bringing his feet and hips at the point of attack in the run game and could play with better focus on every play. Darrisaw's physical tools and skill set are ready to make an impact right away at tackle, while his effort will need to be more consistent to fulfill his considerably high ceiling.

   

GRADE: 8.3/10 (1st round)

OVERALL RANK: 18/300

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PRO COMPARISON: Dion Dawkins

   

Written by B/R NFL Scout Brandon Thorn

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