It's only one of the best days of the year. The 2011 NFL Draft kicks off at 7 p.m. CST on ESPN, but we still have a few items of business to go through. Namely, we need to take a look at Wisconsin guard John Moffitt, and which teams may draft him. Be sure to keep it here today and at B5Q for updates on J.J. Watt, Gabe Carimi, and all the rest of the hopeful Badger draftees.
Before we get rolling, let's look at Moffitt's scouting profile. He's rated as the sixth best offensive guard in the 2011 draft class, and as the 84th best prospect overall. When you take a look at Moffitt's scouting grade, he doesn't stand out in any particular area, but he also doesn't have any major flaws. He's a versitile lineman, having played both guard and center during his career. He was a solid player throughout his college career, and my guess is that he'll be a productive player in the NFL.
Let's stay within the SB Nation family for a bit: Mocking the Draft has Moffitt listed as one of the most underrated offensive lineman in the 2011 draft class. They don't give a projection about where Moffitt will be drafted, but they have a pretty nice quote for him:
Moffitt is an all around solid player, and he will get overlooked because he is not necessarily elite in any one area. However, elite talent is not always needed to be successful at guard in the NFL. Moffitt has enough skill and all of the intangibles to be a long time starter in the NFL.
Let's look at a few more projections after the jump!
Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN: (Insider)
77. Tennessee Titans
102. Cleveland Browns
Pork Chop Womack is a free agent, but the Browns needed an upgrade anyway. Shawn Lauavo clearly isn't the answer.
102. Cleveland Browns
The Browns have a need at right guard. Is it safe to say they are happy with another Badger they drafted on the offensive line?
71. Dallas Cowboys
78. St. Louis Rams
Wisconsin's offensive line was an absolute wall, no, iron curtain this year...and I mean the mean and nasty, shot from a tower, chased by dogs kind of iron curtain. The offensive line up there is kind of like linebackers from Penn State.
93. Chicago Bears
He can start at guard for the Bears and be a dependable center for years after Kreutz retires.
Wait a minute, I think I know that guy...
Finally, for good old times sake:
I'd like to take this time to wish every Badger good luck for tonight and through the weekend. No matter where they all end up, I'm sure they'll make us proud.
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