PFF scouting report: Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State
Below is the PFF draft profile for North Dakota State’s Joe Haeg, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.
Position fit: Offensive tackle
Stat to know: Allowed only four pressures in the games Carson Wentz played in 2014
Arm length: 33 ¾ inches
Hand size: 9 ⅝ inches
40-yard dash: 5.16 seconds
Broad jump: 9-3 inches
3-cone drill: 7.47 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.47 seconds
What he does best:
• Agile for a big man. Dominated in pass protection purely off of positioning. No one he faced was able to counter him back to the inside
• Was at his best combo-ing to the second level on the play side of power runs. Has great awareness to locate linebackers immediately after delivering a blow on the double team
• Sits back well in his stancel in pass protection. Doesn’t go lunging out to land the first punch. Very patient
• Competition level. The athletes he faced were not close to NFL level, allowing him to get away with some bad habits
• Strength isn’t at an NFL level quite yet. Would get flatbacked at times by FCS linebackers. Speed to power rushers are going to kill him early on
• Hands are far too low in pass protection. Caused issues with his punch timing. Defensive ends got into his body all day long. Got away with it because of the competition level
Player comparison: Ricky Wagner, Baltimore Ravens. Like Wagner, strength may always be an issue for Haeg. He could be a competent starter though in time, similar to Wagner, if he can add the needed muscle to his frame.
Bottom line: He’s not an NFL-ready prospect by any means, but it’s hard to teach a 6-6 man the coordination that Haeg has naturally. After the first few rounds there simply aren’t too many tackles with starter upside, and Haeg is one of them.