Player Profile: DeMarcus Love

Written by Chris Lomas on October 5, 2010


DeMarcus Love


Position: OT School: Arkansas
Height: 6’5" Weight: 315 lbs
Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.18
All-Star Game: Team Captain:

Overall Grade:

-.–

Draft Projection:


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 -
Speed 8 -
Quickness/Agility 10 -
Strength/Explosion 10 -
Athletic Ability 8 -
Durability 8 -
Character 6 -
Production/Experience 6 -
Toughness 8 -
Potential 10 -


Offensive Lineman Specific Categories

Category

Max. Value

Grade

Pass Blocking 10 -
Run Blocking 10 -
Awareness 8 -
Hand Placement 6 -
Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 -
Footwork 8 -
Leverage 8 -



Explanation of Player Grading System


The Breakdown

Love possesses excellent size, strength and athleticism. He exhibits decent quickness off the line however at times is slow to react to the snap. Makes use of his long arms effectively, as he does a nice job extending them against defenders and re-directs them well. He also demonstrates a powerful punch, however at times he struggles with his hand placement. His athleticism is most exhibited while in pass protection where he utilizes his quick feet and demonstrates outstanding range on his kick slide. Love mirrors defenders well and normally stick’s to them; however against bull rushes he tends to get upright allowing defenders underneath his shoulder pads. He is also leggy and sloppy in his footwork, becoming unbalanced at times, enabling pass rushers to get leverage, while also becoming susceptible to allowing the edge to speed rushers.
Against the run he explodes off the line producing a strong initial jolt. He also has the ability to push defenders to the second level where he breaks down well in space demonstrating his athleticism. Love is also a natural bender, he exhibits the ability to anchor, create leverage and hold his ground on contact. One of the best parts of Love’s game is his versatility. With experience at both tackle positions and at guard he has played many positions, but because of playing some many positions he has failed to develop elite technique at any one position. This is one reason for his overall lack of technique and footwork. Now some scouts think he projects better as a right tackle or a guard in the NFL due to his footwork and balance issues however I believe that these deficiencies can be corrected especially if given the time and reps at one position. His natural athleticism and range are 2 factors that can’t be ignored and he should at least be tried at left tackle. With his lack of technique he is a risk and as result I do not see him being drafted until later in the first round or even early in the second. However, with the lack of quality offensive linemen in the draft he could go earlier.


Strengths

Full report coming soon!

Weaknesses

Full report coming soon!

Analysis

Full report coming soon!

Experience

2009 started all 13 games, 2008 played in 11 games, started 8, 2007 played in 8 games, started 3, 2006 Redshirted

Awards and Honors

Nothing of note.

Academics

Kinesiology major at Arkansas.

Injuries

No known history of injuries.

Athletic Experience

Nothing of note.

Bloodlines

Nothing of note.

Off-field

No known off-field issues or notable accomplishments.




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