Scouting Report: Joel Bitonio

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst

 Joel Bitonio  

OT r-Sr. Nevada


Height: 6’4”                                Weight: 302                          Arm length: 34”          40 yard Dash: 4.97

Broad Jump: 114 in                  Bench: 22 reps                    Vertical jump: 32 in            20 yard Shuttle: 4.44         

 


Strengths

·         Good athlete with fluid movement inside the box and out

·         Good lower body strength

·         Keeps feet moving constantly, plays with urgency

·         Plays position with violence and a nasty streak, finishes every block

·         Delivers a strike with hands,

·         Mauler of a run blocker, will burry defenders give the chance

·         Plays with good leverage, fires out low to get under defender

·         Wins with leverage and technique

·         Quick enough to reach block and strong enough to seal

·         Never takes a play off

·         Good enough athlete to anchor, good blind side protector

 

Weaknesses

·         Does not have prototype size or arm length for postion

·         Foot quickness is good but not elite

·         Hips are slightly stiff

·         Can be too aggressive at times

·         Will lean on defenders and not lock them out sometimes

·         Hand placement needs work, will shoot hands wide

 

Analysis:

Bitonio is a throwback lineman who plays with nastiness and heart. Some scouts consider him an inside player at the next level due to his height and arm length. The bottom line is that he can play. He only gave up one pressure to Antony Barr when the two played this fall and he routinely opened up holes for Nevada when they played Alabama. Against elite talent, he shined.  He does play too aggressive at times and will have to control hand placement and keep them inside. He will also have to adjust to playing with his hand in the dirt (mostly in a two point stance in college).  Wherever you line him up, Bitonio will excel and be an asset on the line.