December 10, 2016

People Are Talking: Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan

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Year: Senior Height: 6’5 Weight: 306 40 Time: 4.75 Stats: NCAA

BSMW GAME DAY BOARD (as of 3/16/07) – Rank: 39th Mock Median: 33.5 (4 mocks) Lo: 28 Hi: 38 Most Frequent: 38 (Arizona, 2 mocks)

BSMW SUMMARY (as of 3/19/07)

The profiles say the former tight end (started four games as a freshman) may be the most athletic of the OT prospects. Profilers claim Staley’s speed, quickness and agility give him the tools to start as a LT in the NFL, and his 4.75/40 at his recent work out have intensified the pre-draft buzz. He’s seemingly been productive in the running game (CMU had three 1,000 yard rushers during his career), and is known for his endurance and durability, which are very good things, if you can play. I also read that he’s a smart kid that works at the game. The concern is that he IS a former tight end that added an alarming 80 lbs. to his frame during his college career, a nouveau big, if you will. As a result, the profiles fret that he may struggle with the power game, as he is left, in the immortal words of Pro Football Weekly, without enough “sand in his pants”. There is also concern about the level of competition at CMU. I’ve heard the sniping about Matt Light, namely that he can’t block five-time Pro Bowler Jason Taylor, and I suppose that if the Patriots share that concern, Staley might be a fit, perhaps at #28. Admit it – it wouldn’t be an outrageous pick. As for the mocks, NFL Draft Scout says Staley goes to Pats at 28. Others agree that if he isn’t picked in the first round, he’ll go quickly in the second. The Pats attended Staley’s pro day and, suitably impressed, will dispatch OL boss Dante Scarnecchia for a private workout.

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NFL Draft Scout via nfl.com
John Murphy of Yahoo Sports rates Staley fourth among this year’s offensive tackles
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