Trai Turner OG L.S.U.
6'2 310 34" arms 9.5" hands
4.93 40 yard dash..25 bench reps (225)..27.5" vertical jump
- Third year draft eligible sophomore
- Has a big thick build, especially in the upper body, a little bit softer and fleshier in the middle then you'd like, but not lacking in core strength, has a big strong powerful backside for an anchor.
- Has displayed almost shocking burst and athleticism for a player his size and body type, more explosive then you'd expect at first glance, his burst and speed opened eyes at the combine and was apparent on film as well.
- Good arm length for an interior offensive lineman, has heavy hands as well all of which equate to the powerful initial punch you see on game film.
- Despite his impressive wingspan, he doesn't play with good extension, he fails to lock his arms out in pass protection, allowing his man to get into his body too much. Needs to be quicker with his hands and create space in pass pro more consistently. When he does get his hands clamped on, his hands are very powerful and he has the strength to control and re-direct 300 pound defensive tackles.
- Has the athletic ability to do it, but he doesn't play with good knee bend, has to sink his hips and drop his anchor to hold up more consistently against the type of bull rushers he'll face at the NFL level.
- Outstanding strength as a run blocker, especially in his upper body, creates movement in the run game.
- Has the agility to pull in the run game, square up and fit on smaller quicker linebackers, pop his hips and explode into his man on the move. Doesn't roll his hips consistently however, relies too often on his upper body strength and becomes a pusher. One of many examples of inconsistency in his game you'd expect from a player short on experience.
- Has a good feel for walling off and sealing off backside pursuit in the run game.
- Has naturally quick feet but inconsistent footwork, needs to be coached up on keeping a good wide base and not allowing his feet to come together.
- Great horsepower as a run blocker, when he keeps his feet moving and rolls his hips he can drive anybody out of the hole and create excellent movement as a run blocker.
- Would probably be a better fit and would be more NFL ready in a power run blocking scheme. Would not be completely miscast in a zone system, but the learning curve would be a bit steeper.
Overall Summary: Turner is a classic case of a player who's an unfinished product but has the tools to be a gem. He has good length but he doesn't get good extension as a pass blocker, he has good natural flexibility but he doesn't bend his knees consistently, he has a powerful backside anchor, but he doesn't sink his hips and utilize it. He has potentially great explosion in his hips, but he doesn't roll his hips in the run game, he's gotten away with being a pusher as a run blocker because of his natural upper body strength. As a third year sophomore he would have benefited greatly from returning to school and polishing his game, but for whatever reason, he elected to turn pro. Trai Turner is not the sum of his parts yet and isn't a plug and play guard, but his flaws are imminently coachable. What isn't coachable are the tools he possesses naturally, outstanding upper body strength, a big thick powerful anchor, and startling burst and explosiveness as an athlete. His coachability will be the key to his success at the NFL level, his best football is definitely ahead of him. Turner flashes periods of dominance in the toughest football conference in the land, the SEC, but his youth and lack of polish show up in his lack of consistency. He would likely struggle if asked to start from day one, especially in pass protection, but if he's able to go to a franchise with the depth at guard to be patient with him, and the coaching to smooth out the rough edges in his game, Trai Turner has the kind of ceiling thanks to his God-given tools to become an outstanding offensive guard in the National Football League.