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Florida tackle Stone Forsythe can handle all kinds of pass rushers

On the third day of Draftmas my true love gave to me: a long armed, quarterback-protecting machine.

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We continue our tradition of profiling an NFL Draft prospect every day in April, leading up to the NFL Draft on April 29th. Every day, you’ll get a prospect profile that includes how they would fit with the Kansas City Chiefs.


In this offseason, the Chiefs have made some big moves. They’ve also taken some big swings — but ultimately missed out on potential improvements. So they head into the NFL Draft with needs at vital starting positions. Most think the biggest hole is at left tackle — and Kansas City will most certainly address that in the near future. Whether or not they sign a veteran free agent, they will still seek a long-term option by attacking the position early in the draft.

Stone Forsythe, offensive tackle

Florida v Vanderbilt Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

6’8” | 307 lbs | Florida

Winter Garden, FL

Expected draft range: Day Two

Pro Day: 34.5” arms, 5.14 40-yard dash, 27.5” vertical jump, 103” broad jump, 25 bench press, 4.65 short shuttle. 7.47 three cone

One-sentence bio: Two year starter at left tackle for Florida whose father played as an NFL offensive lineman.

One-sentence scouting report: Highly efficient pass protector who excels at maximizing his length, strength and technique to mirror rushers consistently up the arc.

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How he fits in Kansas City: From his size and length, his prowess as a pass protector — and all the way down to some struggles as a run blocker — Forsythe may be the most “Andy Reid” offensive tackle in this draft class. If you were to pool the traits and skills of every offensive tack Reid has had through his career, Forsythe would match right up.

He’s a typical pass-protecting tackle who can be left on an island to handle a variety of different pass rushes without any help. First and foremost, he wins with his length — routinely showcasing the ability to land the first strike. Forsythe does a great job utilizing his hands independently so that he can maintain leverage up the arc, halting rushers dead in their paths. He rarely over-reaches, allowing him to easily mirror inside counters and swallow up bull rushers when they attack his chest. Despite only moderate foot speed, he has good footwork; he can work up the arc without being forced to over-extend.

Forsythe’s biggest weakness is a general inability to excel as a run blocker. Unless it’s a down block — or a direct, head-up drive block — he struggles to frame his blocks and generate a lot of movement. He’s the definition of an “in the way blocker” — like we saw with Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. On the second level, his movement ability is functional — and not scheme limiting. He just needs work on his angles — and his framing of run blocks.


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