OT NATE POTTER – BOISE STATE – 6-6, 303
3-year starter at LT for the explosive Broncos offense. Talented blocker with NFL ability, but has a skinny build and must get stronger to start at the next level.
Good effort as a run blocker. Keeps a wide base. Uses his hands well. Not a smooth athlete. Not a powerful blocker who will drive DL off the ball. Needs to use angles, positioning, and leverage to win battles. Efficient blocker. Stays under control. Good balance. Stays over his feet. Able to pull on run plays. Not great at blocking on the move. Will reach for targets.
Solid pass protector. Has good feet. Quick off the ball. Smart player. Knows who to block and gets into the right position. Uses his hands well. Has long arms (34 5/8) and takes advantage of them. Keeps his feet active. Won’t catch him flat-footed. Doesn’t anchor well. Must work on his lower body strength. Check out his lower legs. Very thin.
Faced NFL type competition in the season opener vs Georgia and you could see some of his issues. Got pushed around too much. but you’d expect that when facing SEC defenders. Able to get up to the 2nd level on run plays, but was inconsistent. Didn’t have to deal with guys that strong or fast when facing MWC/WAC competition.
Potter has some injury concerns. Had to Redshirt in 2007 due to a shoulder injury. Missed part of 2008 with a knee problem. Potter only did 22 reps at the Combine. He was hoping to improve that at the Boise Pro Day, but was dinged and unable to perform. Tony Pauline of SI.com says that some teams have a red flag on Potter due to shoulder/back concerns. Just something to keep in mind.
Potter has the size, skill, and athleticism to be a starting LT in the NFL. He needs to work on his strength, but that can be fixed pretty easily. Should go in the 3rd/4th round unless the shoulder/back issues are really serious.