Scouting Report: Rodger Saffold
Non-position specific categories
Offensive Lineman Specific Categories
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.
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.
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.
Began starting during his freshman season and has started ever since.
Awards and Honors
2009: 2nd team All-Big 10.
Management major at Indiana.
Missed two games with a knee injury in 2008 and also suffered from a nagging back injury.
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