2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | John Moffitt
John Moffitt came onto the scene at Wisconsin very quietly. After all, he was lucky to be a two star recruit coming out of Notre Dame…. High School. We may never know why he chose to move from one frigid state (Connecticut) to an ever cooler state in Wisconsin, but it sure was a good one.
Moffitt made an impact even as a true freshman, where he would earn scout team honors in practices. As a redshirt freshman, he managed to finish the season as the starting left guard next to Gabe Carimi, and he wouldn’t move from that spot in the next four years.
Player Name: John Moffitt
Position: Offensive Guard
Hand: 9 1/2
Moffitt is a compact, strong athlete who doesn’t give up much ground, and actually becomes a force in the run game. He is strong at the point of attack, and he is a smart player that uses defenders weaknesses against them as he identifies them. His agility is above average, and he does well in anchoring down and mirroring his defenders as well. Moffitt has excellent intangibles and has been a four year starter at Wisconsin.
Moffitt won’t “wow” anybody with superior athleticism. His footwork could use an upgrade, and he needs to learn to extend his arms more. He will want to be more aggressive with his initial punch, and not let defenders get in on his shoulder pads so easily at times. He tends to lose his awareness in space and panics, sometimes giving up a play, but at least recovers well. His feet are quick enough for the college level, but will need to be a bit faster in the NFL.
I see Moffitt being drafted in the late 3rd round at the earliest. He’s a special player, but the guards are top heavy in this 2011 NFL Draft, and he may fall a bit lower than perhaps he deserves. Look for Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Carolina, Cleveland, and San Diego to take a hard look at Moffitt between picks 80-110.
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