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PFF scouting report: Sean Harlow, T, Oregon State

By PFF Analysis Team
Mar 30, 2017
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BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Offensive lineman Sean Harlow #77 of the Oregon State Beavers looks on near the bench during a game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 1, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Name: Sean Harlow

School: Oregon State

Position fit: Tackle, possibly guard

Stats to know: In nine 2016 games, Harlow surrendered 1 sack and 1 quarterback hit.

What he does best:

  • Powerful and physical run-blocker.
  • Good base and balance in blocks.
  • Good at double-team combo blocks.
  • Packs a violent punch to knock down defenders.
  • Before his broken leg in 2015 showed quickness on the move.
  • Very productive run-blocker with one of the highest percentages of positive run-blocking plays amongst overall plays graded.
  • Graded consistently well in run-blocking in the games he played.

Biggest concern:

  • Lacked quickness and mobility in 2016.
  • Soft in pass protection and was susceptible to bull rush throughout his career.
  • Not great in space post leg injury.
  • Gives up the edge in pass protection.
  • Missed nine games the last two seasons. What is his new baseline ability because of broken leg?
  • Prior to leg injury struggled at times in pass protection.

Bottom line: Harlow is a powerful and physical run-blocker who generates good power especially at the point of attack. Harlow was not 100 percent healthy in 2016 as he missed the first four games because of a leg injury that occurred in the 2015 season. Harlow’s run-blocking ability is clearly the best part of his game and it is one of the better skill sets in this year’s draft. The biggest concerns for Harlow even if he bumps inside to guard are his pass-protection ability which was a liability in 2016 and was a concern in 2015 before his leg injury also. Harlow has raw talent and if he can fully recover from his injury he will have a shot to impress a team and his big-time pop in run-blocking will definitely garner attention.

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