2018 Prospect Preview: Is WSU G Cody O'Connell the best pass blocker in the nation?
By Elliott Rooney • Aug 5, 2017<> on September 17, 2016 in Pullman, Washington.
- Washington State G Cody O’Connell returns for his senior season as one of the best guards for the 2017 season. His impressive displays last season, especially in pass protection has earned him a Day 2 PFF draft projection and a top five ranking in this year’s draft class among draft eligible guards.
- O’Connell’s overall grade of 92.6 ranks second in the draft class while his pass blocking grade of 93.1 ranks No. 1 among guards. He dealt with the bull rush extremely well last year as he didn’t allow a single bull rush pressure in 648 pass blocking snaps.
- His pass blocking efficiency (PBE) of 99.3 last year ranks No. 2 in the draft class, only allowing six total pressures on 648 pass block snaps with only one of them being a sack (PBE measures pressure allowed on a per snap basis with weighting towards sacks).
- O’Connell will always have question marks about is run blocking ability coming from the pass-first Washington State offense. Although he did produce the third-highest percentage of positively-graded blocks in the run game, he gave up the 26th highest percentage of negatively-graded run blocks in the draft class too.