2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Joseph Barksdale
Instead, the Cass Technical High School product made the switch to offensive tackle as a freshman. Barksdale started since his sophomore season and made 39 consecutive starts, with two seasons at right tackle, and his senior season playing on the left side.
Player Name: Joseph Barksdale
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6’4 7/8
Barksdale has excellent size for his position. He has long arms, and a great overall build. He’s agile and has quick feet. Barksdale has a solid knee bend, and quick, wide drop step in pass protection. He does a nice job of keeping his hands inside the defender and preventing holding calls, while maintaining excellent body control. He’s a finesse pass blocker who does a nice job of anchoring down and mirroring his defender. His initial punch is above average and he moves well laterally. He has a solid football IQ, and has had quite a bit of experience.
Barksdale lacks a mean streak when blocking, especially in the run game. His initial punch is above average, as sometimes he lets defenders get too far in on his hands, and will get controlled by bigger and stronger defenders. Barksdale needs to do a better job of finishing his blocks, as well as improving his overall awareness. He has the tools to succeed as a left tackle, but he may have to start on the right side for a few seasons.
Barksdale has first round talent, but he could easily fall to the third round just because his lack of overall production and his lack of true run blocking ability. Teams like New England, Buffalo, Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Detroit could give Barksdale a hard look in rounds three or four.
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