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:

+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

+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

+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

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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