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Joe Looney

Joe Looney - #78 - OG

Height: 6-3 1/4
Weight: 309
Speed: 5.03
Arm: 32 1/4
Hand: 9 3/4
Wingspan: 77
Birthdate: 08/31/1990
Hometown: Lake Worth, FL
Grade: 5.40

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/19/2012 Wake Forest Pro Day 6-3 1/8 315 9 7/8 32 1/8 77 1/2 26
02/29/2012 Combine 6-3 1/4 309 9 3/4 32 1/4 77 26
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 6-3 3/8 315 9 5/8 32 78 1/4
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-3 1/4 315 9 5/8 31 1/2 77 1/4 5.03

 

Notes:

Prepped in Florida before playing all 13 games as a true freshman in 2008 — started the final seven games at left guard after the team’s starting center was lost to injury. Sprained his left MCL in early September ’09 but started 11-of-12 games (did not start against North Carolina State) at the OLG spot, grading out at 83 percent with 64 knockdowns. Started all 10 games in which he played at left guard in ’10. Did not play against North Carolina State and Clemson because he was nursing a high left ankle sprain. Started all 13 contests at left guard in ’11. Broke his left foot at the Senior Bowl and was medically excluded from testing at the Combine.

Positives:

Good size and girth. Nice initial quickness for his size. Solid base. Leans on defenders and walls off. Can slide and mirror in pass protection. Good upper-body and hand strength — can punch and recoil. Alert to pass off stunts. Athletic ability shows in space. Functional short puller — surprisingly quick and controlled to the second level and is effective eliminating linebackers. Plays hard and flashes some nasty. Extremely tough and competitive. Experienced, three-year starter. Well-liked, upstanding citizen. Outstanding personal and football character. Vocal leader.

Negatives:

Has a fleshy body and is slightly knock-kneed. Short arms. Can improve hand placement and sustain. Tight hips and ankles. Limited power and explosiveness. Heavy-footed in short area. Average blocking range — can be a step slow to in-line block points and struggles to reach. Inconsistent contact balance and body positioning. Bends at the waist and lunges. Can play with better leverage — lets his pads rise and gets up on his toes when engaged.

Summary:

Big, short-armed, competitive, respected zone blocker who was an improved, more efficient player as a senior. At worst, can be a solid backup, but with refined technique has the makeup and physical tools to develop into a starter, and should attract interest from teams such as the Packers, Patriots, Texans, Broncos and Redskins. Draft status could slip following foot injury that could force him to start the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Could prove to be a solid value pick. 


Joe Looney's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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