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Boise State - Broncos


Nate Potter

Nate Potter - #73 - OT-OG

Height: 6-5 7/8
Weight: 303
Speed: 5.32
Arm: 34 5/8
Hand: 9 5/8
Wingspan: 80 3/4
Birthdate: 05/16/1988
Hometown: Boise, ID
Grade: 5.25

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
02/29/2012 Combine 6-5 7/8 303 9 5/8 34 5/8 80 3/4 5.29 22 8'4" 28 1/2 4.70 7.51
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-5 5/8 295 9 3/8 34 5/8 80 1/2 5.30

 

Notes:

Also played basketball, lacrosse and track and field as an Idaho prep. Entered the program as a 230-pound linebacker. Grayshirted in 2006 and redshirted in ’07. Had a knee scope during ’08 fall camp and sat out the season opener before starting 8-of-12 games in which he played at right tackle. Played 12 games in ’09, starting the final eight at left tackle. Did not play against Oregon or Fresno State because of a right knee injury. Started all 26 games at left tackle in ’10 (13 games) and ’11 (13 contests).

Positives:

Big frame — well-proportioned with very long arms, a long torso and room for added bulk. Functional anchor strength. Displays a balanced kick slide and solid posture in pass protection. Keeps his hands inside and can replace them. Good body control getting to the second level and covering up linebackers. Good awareness, eyes and reactions. Intelligent, tough and competitive. Fine personal and football character — loves the game, has a professional makeup and works at his craft.  

Negatives:

Needs to get stronger and play more powerfully — absorbs too much contact. Limited suddenness or explosiveness. Foot speed, flexibility and lateral agility to cut off edge speed are just adequate. Limited recovery ability. Susceptible to inside counter moves. At times lets his pads rise and gets stood up at the point. Was overpowered by Georgia rush LB Jarvis Jones. Could stand to play with more of a mean streak. Lacks extensive experience vs. high-caliber defensive ends. Has a history of knee and shoulder problems that needs to be examined. 

Summary:

Long-armed, underpowered, bump-and-steer college left tackle whose effectiveness is predicated on length and technique. Does not have the athletic ability or foot quickness to become a long-term blind-side tackle in the pros, and projects better on the right side or inside. Could provide swing versatility in a backup role. Compares to Detroit Lions 2010 fourth-round pick Jason Fox.


Nate Potter'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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