NFL Combine: Nate Potter

NFL Combine: Nate Potter

NFL Combine: Nate Potter

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by Jay Tust

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Posted on February 25, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 6:42 PM

Nate Potter
Offensive Tackle

Pre-Combine Grade: 62.7 (Draftable Player, 4th-7th round pick)

What they're saying:
Strengths
"Potter is quick off the ball to get into his blocks and sustain in the run game. He has the strength and balance to stick with it and get movement. He is a very technical blocker who employs a good pass set and quick feet to get in position. He is good to get up field to the second level and stick on linebackers, which gives him versatile value as a guard."
Weaknesses
"Potter is a non-explosive player who gets movement from his leg drive and not from initial contact. He hasn't shown much pulling at Boise State, and there are some questions as to how his game will translate right away at the next level."

Jay's Take:
Scouts were pleased when Potter checked in above 300-pounds - kind of the magic number for offensive lineman.  While his strength numbers were a bit down (22 reps on bench press), that is also attributed to his incredible arm length (34 5/8").  Guys that out-performed him on the bench are interior lineman like Michgian's David Molk and Stanford's David Decastro, who have significantly shorter arms.  (Note: Long arms help you play offensive tackle, but can hinder you when lifting.)
As Potter has progressed through his workout on Saturday, his quickness and agility numbers have been above average, and in the quick burst drills like the 3-cone and vertical jump - which are important to demonstration a lineman's explosion - he has excelled.

Measurements:
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 303
Arm Length: 34 5/8
Hands: 9 5/8

Workout Day: Saturday
40-Yard: 5.36 seconds (t-22nd out of 47)
Bench Press: 22 reps (t-32nd out of 48)
Vertical Jump: 28.5" (t-16th out of 46)
Broad Jump: 100.0" (25th out of 42)
3-Cone Drill: 7.49 (t-4th out of 43, considered a "top performer")
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.67 (14th out of 43)
60-Yard Shuttle: N/A

*Official numbers courtesy of NFL.com.

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