2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Brandon Fusco
Fusco was a four year starter for Slippery Rocker, which is a small Divison II school based in Pennsylvania. He was a former offensive tackle who’s skillset benefited him most bumping inside.
Player Name: Brandon Fusco
School: Slippery Rock
Arm Length: 33 ¾
Fusco’s intangibles really make him special. He’s a smart kid who was a team captain in 2009 and 2010. Fusco does a great job holding the point of attack. He has long arms for a center, and extends them well in pass protection. He has shown much improvement in mirroring defenders, and gets a good push in the run game. Fusco’s lateral ability has improved as well, and moving him to a guard position at the next level is also an option. He gets good leverage against stronger defensive tackles as well.
The biggest red flag for Fusco is the competition he faced at Slippery Rock. Fusco doesn’t consistently play with a mean streak, and struggles to finish initial blocks, hindering his ability to get to the next level. Against quicker defensive tackles, he struggles to keep them in front of him consistently, and is still a work in progress.
There’s some argument to where Fusco could go in the draft. I consider him to be a solid fourth round prospect, and him falling to the fifth round would be my floor for him. I think a team like Chicago would love to grab him in the mid rounds and groom him behind veteran Olin Kruetz.
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