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Round | Team | Pos. | School | Name
Richie Incognito
OG (502-8, 305, 4.91)
Nebraska

Grade: 61
Comments
Plays with a mean streak and is extremely physical. Has good upper body strength, is capable of delivering a violent initial punch and flashes the ability to knock receivers back at the point of attack. Keeps legs driving, has the lower body strength to push the pile in the running game and looks to finish the block once in position. Has excellent mobility. He has the range to effectively pull as well as trap. Does a fine job of hitting the moving target in space. Shows good lateral mobility in pass protection and flashes the ability to redirect inside after starting outside. Gets adequate knee bend in pass protection. Has lined up at tackle, guard and center and has excellent versatility.   Doesn't have elite bulk and won't engulf most defensive tackles. Lacks ideal base. Will have some trouble anchoring versus massive two-gap NT's in the NFL. Character is obviously a substantial concern. Nebraska suspended him for repeatedly violating team rules indefinitely last year, it suspended him during the spring of 2003 and ejected from Penn State during his freshman season for fighting. Charged with three counts of assault stemming from a fight at a party in February of 2004 and was found guilty on one count. Oregon asked him to complete an anger-management course, head coach Mike Belloti granted him an unconditional release less than a week after Incognito arrived on campus for not meeting unspecified conditions. There are rumors that he frequently spit on opposing players and fought with teammates. Incognito redshirted in 2001 and he started 13 games at left tackle in 2002. He started all 13 games at tackle in 2003. Incognito was supposed to be moved to OC in 2004 before Nebraska suspended him. He left school before enrolling at Oregon in September of last year. However, he was ineligible to play under NCAA rules and he didn't attend a practice before the Oregon's football program gave him an unconditional release for not meeting unspecified conditions. Incognito attended the combine and was one of the most impressive offensive linemen throughout his workouts but wound up suffering a minor sprain to his right knee during pass-protection drills. The injury reportedly will have no long-term affect. Incognito was putting on a show prior to his injury during his workout at the combine. He showed up in good shape, impressed with 29 reps on the bench press and ran both of his 40-yard dashes in the sub-4.9 range, which was the best combined time of any of the offensive linemen in attendance. Incognito definitely improved his draft stock at the combine but how high of a draft pick will teams be willing to spend on a prospect with such well-known character issues? Incognito is a versatile prospect that has played every position along the offensive line and has the potential to play guard or center in the NFL. In our opinion, his best fit is at OC but he potentially could backup both positions at the next level. Incognito has the combination of power, agility and tenacity to be one of the top centers in this year's draft class. However, his inability to control his emotions both on and off the field is such a significant concern that he'll likely slip to the later rounds of the draft. If the team that takes a chance on Incognito can get his life squared away and control his anger, he has the potential to be a real "steal" of the 2005 draft class. But there's too much baggage to take a chance on him any higher than the fourth round.

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