NFL Draft Scouting Report: Avery Gennesy

Texas A&M
RS Senior 6’5” 305
Offensive line

– Foot speed
– Hand timing
– Upper body to build on

– Pad level
– Stance
– Pass set and first step
– Movement in the run
– Opens early/late
– Will lean on inside moves at times
– Catches pass rush
– Reach blocks
– Occupying at the second level

– Spends too much time on the ground after getting thrown
– Never really dominates, just seems to barely make the block or get beat

Gennesy was a four star JUCO recruit that came from the junior college power and star of the Netflix original series “Last Chance U”, East Mississippi Community College. After spending two seasons at the JUCO level, Gennesy redshirted in his first season at Texas A&M. Following that, he went on to start the past two seasons in College Station and is now looking to continue the streak of high draft picks to come off of the offensive line.

The top thing that jumps out from the film is that Gennesy has fast feet. He can really pick them up and put them down moving backwards, which is a very desirable trait for lineman. He also has shown the ability to time his punches well. Something that I noticed was that his arms/upper body seem slim, so that could be an opportunity for him to add some size and strength.

Those things said, Gennesy seems like he is a pretty big project. He appears to struggle with the majority of the fundamentals of the position all the way down to stance, which would probably be the easiest thing to correct. His kick slide shows a lot of heel clicking and not much sliding. Gennesy also doesn’t get very good depth with his steps, even though his feet are moving quickly. He catches a lot of pass rushers and tends to either open too early or too late. He has also shown a tendency to get beat inside due to being off balance. For as athletic as he looks, he struggles to seal reach blocks on zone plays and struggles to maintain blocks at the second level.

Based on athleticism, I would think a zone scheme would be a better projection assuming the continued development. I don’t think he’s close to strong enough to play on the interior and probably isn’t a left tackle. That pretty much narrows it down to a right tackle, but with the emphasis put on attacking right tackles that defensive coordinators have shown in recent years, he may wind up as a career swing tackle and sixth or seventh lineman on a team.

Round Grade: 6-7
Games Watched: Alabama 2016, Arkansas 2016, UCLA 2016

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