Chris Faulk Scouting Report

March 19th, 2013

Chris Faulk gets overlooked but has viable NFL talent (photo courtesy CBS Sports)

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Prospect: Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 331 lb.
Grade: 6.99 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report:

Athleticism:
+Gets to the second level efficiently, impressive mover going north and south
+Carries weight commendably, impressive suddenness to his upper body, light feet
+/-Inconsistent get-off on the snap, flashes of elite acceleration skills
-Long-striding in his kickslide, feet are relatively infrequent
+Textbook build for an offensive tackle, extremely thick lower half with adequate arm length
+Powerful lower half with drive block ability, sufficient power in the upper half

Intelligence/Effort:
+Shows understanding of gap discipline with a smart first step, works inside out or outside in depending on the call
+Is a strong presence in the huddle and often communicates with other blockers pre and post-snap
+Doesn’t take plays off as a backside blocker, always assignment conscious
-Inexperienced for an offensive line prospect, only 15 career starts, two at right tackle and 13 at left
-Lacks the nastiness preferred in the running game, can be a bit of a finesse blocker

Pass Blocking:
-Sits on his heels a bit in pass protection, not the attacking type, can give too much ground pre-contact as a result
+Stout anchor against a bullrush but not immovable, will give ground on initial contact before resetting
-Forced to come out of his kickslide quickly against speed rushers around the corner, overextends and becomes prone to getting beat by up and under moves
+Extends arms to keep his frame clean with precise hand placement
+Light feet to mirror quick-footed pass rushers at the point of attack
-Pre-snap identifying of blitzers needs development, will come with experience

Run Blocking:
+Proficient leg driver in the running game, can drop pads and generate movement up front
-Tendency to lunge into blocks occasionally and struggles to come to balance as a result, limits ability to sustain blocks
+Very technically sound blocker downfield, keeps pads low and knees bent, hits linebackers square
+Proficient combo blocker who keeps his head up and identifies targets well
-Doesn’t often sustain run blocks for long lengths of time, too much of an instant impact blocker who lets up after

Technique:
+Sink hips and sits low in his stance, allows him to absorb contact and keep his balance with low pad level
-Lacks strength in his hands to control or lock up defenders, even lazy with his hands occasionally, doesn’t give repeated blows
-Guilty of stopping his feet while engaged on occasion, allows defenders to slide off too easily

Overall:
Chris Faulk’s decision to declare for the draft in January was surprising to most, considering he only really has a single season of starting experience under his belt. Faulk showed a ton of promise as a sophomore starter on the left side. Unfortunately, his junior campaign was cut short to a torn ACL after only one game. Questions about how the injury may have stunted his development are ones that coaching staffs and front offices will be asking themselves. His long-term outlook for the knee will be important as well, though ACL injuries are becoming more and more routine in football. Faulk is a very skilled blocker who is a sufficient athlete with the body you look for in a bookend tackle. His game is far from a finished product, which makes him somewhat of a boom or bust kind of prospect. If he can get back on track after losing a year to injury, his ceiling is quite high. The way things are today, he’s a developmental right tackle prospect who can contribute once he’s 100% healthy. Time at left tackle isn’t out of the question, but I don’t think it’s his best fit long-term. As far as draft slot goes, Chris Faulk should be a prospect that a team with an aging offensive line or other offensive tackle questions should eye in the third round.—Darren Page

Scouting Notes:

LSU vs. Alabama (National Championship Game – 2011 Season)
• Slow out of his stance on the first snap but steps down quick enough to pin the defensive tackle on a misdirection play
• Lunges into a block on the backside and ends up on his face when the end backs out
• Unsuccessful cut block at the second level on a speed option to his side, tips his hand too early to the linebacker and doesn’t drive legs through contact
• Pops out of his stance and sets up quickly as a pass blocker, not having to put sustain for long periods, ball coming out on 3 step drops for the most part
• Efficient and smart first steps to leverage blocks from inside out consistently
• Doesn’t have his head on a swivel as a free pass blocker, could have peeled back and blocked Courtney Upshaw from the opposite side when Jefferson scrambles his way, gets sacked
• Completely whiffs on a cut block attempt against Upshaw, lacks suddenness to catch him off guard
• Mirrors a blitzing linebacker on the edge with quick feet and extends his arms to keep him off of his frame, allows the LB to slide off when Jefferson starts to scramble
• Gives some ground after he allows Upshaw to land a few shots to his chest in pass protection, ball comes out quick though
• Quick first step off the snap and combos down on the defensive end, opens a nice hole on a lead play for a rare first down for LSU
• Showing an impressive anchor against the bullrush attempts of Upshaw, sinks hips well

LSU vs. Oregon (2011 season)
• Fires low and quick off the first few snaps with successful combo blocks, shows good feet to move on to second level after doubling at the point of attack
• Stays engaged with first block on a combo assignment and is too slow to disengage and find the linebacker, who slides into the hole to make the tackle
• Shows goods range against a speed rush around the corner, plants his inside foot and redirects to wall off the rusher
• Uses strong hands to lock up a defensive end head up and drives him into the ground in pass protection
• Drives back the defensive end on a toss without help, knocks him off balance early with a strong first punch
• Gets hands a bit too wide on a backside cut-off block, could have been flagged for holding if the end could have sold it
• Quick to recognize an outside blitz coming from Dion Jordan but overextends getting there and gets knocked off balance on first contact, gives up a sack when his QB holds it too long
• Loses pad leverage as a run blocker after the end gives him a shot to the chest, defender slides off easily to make the tackle
• Fails to identify blitzing linebacker coming from the outside despite the rusher not disguising his intentions at all, comes unblocked and forces a quick checkdown from the QB
• Gets under the pads of the end on a toss and drives him back a few yards before wedging him out towards the sideline
• Locks up a linebacker at the second level on a toss on the goalline, sinks his hips and drives through contact

LSU vs. Florida (2011 season)
• Loses inside gap to Dominique Easley from the backside despite a good first step, doesn’t finish the block
• Unable to cross Easley’s face from the backside on a down block
• Stones a linebacker at the second level with a textbook combo block, sinks his hips and drives legs through contact
• Walls off the end successfully after an outside step on the snap to gain immediate play leverage on a toss
• Communicates pre-snap with the LG when a blitz shows itself pre-snap, though the LG lets his head-up defender come free anyways
• Between him and the tight end, someone fails to account for Lerentee McCray on their combo block, McCray shoots through Faulk’s inside gap and tackle the QB for a loss on read option
• Doesn’t shoot his hands on a down block and the end swims him easily as a result
• Lets his pads get too high on a down block and gets pushed back by Sharrif Floyd, who slides off to make the tackle

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One Response to “Chris Faulk Scouting Report”

  1. adminLions says:

    The Lions have shown some interest in Faulk, have that on very reliable information





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