Scouting Report: Rodger Saffold

Written by Will Spencer on April 22, 2010



Rodger Saffold


Position: OT School: Indiana
Height: 6’4 5/8 Weight: 316 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 5.24

Overall Grade:

6.44

Draft Projection:

2nd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 4.5
Speed 8 5.5
Quickness/Agility 10 6.5
Strength/Explosion 10 7
Athletic Ability 8 5.5
Durability 8 6.5
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 6
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 8.5


Offensive Lineman Specific Categories

Category

Max. Value

Grade

Pass Blocking 10 8.5
Run Blocking 10 8
Awareness 8 7.5
Hand Placement 6 5.5
Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 4.5
Footwork 8 6.5
Leverage 8 6



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Very experienced offensive lineman that began starting at left tackle during his freshman season. Good awareness. Uses his hands well to latch on blockers. Natural knee bender. Plays through the whistle and finishes blocks. Thick, strong build with long arms (33 5/8“). Quick off the snap and strong initial punch on the defender. Solid run blocker. Intelligent and can identify blitzers.

Weaknesses

Lacks ideal size to play left tackle in the NFL. Lower body strength leaves a lot to be desired. His footwork needs work and he has trouble with quick pass rushers that can change directions quickly. Doesn’t play with a mean streak as often as you’d like to see. May not have the athleticism to play left tackle in the NFL.

Analysis

Saffold has the experience that NFL teams love and he faced some tough pass rushers during his tenure at Indiana. He’s pretty technically sound, but may lack the athleticism to play left tackle in the NFL. His combination of size, strength and experience gives a team versatility at what position he could play, but he may be forced to slide inside to guard or play right tackle. Could still potentially play left tackle but his footwork needs to be further developed. Saffold really benefited from a strong Shrine Game week that boosted his stock tremendously.


Experience

Began starting during his freshman season and has started ever since.

Awards and Honors

2009: 2nd team All-Big 10.
2008: n/a
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

Management major at Indiana.

Injuries

Missed two games with a knee injury in 2008 and also suffered from a nagging back injury.




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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.