2015 NFL Draft Player Profile: Rob Havenstein

Offensive tackle Rob Havenstien played out his collegiate football career at the University of Wisconsin.  In this year’s draft, he was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the second round with the 57th overall pick.  Havenstein started in 42 of the 54 games he played at Wisconsin, and he was considered to be the leader of the offense. While he came into his freshmen year way to heavy at 390 pounds, he demonstrated a work ethic that enabled his to drop his weight steadily throughout his four years.  By the time he played in the Senior Bowl, he was down to 332 pounds, and shed even further to 321 pounds by the time the combine rolled around.  Havenstein was named to the first team All-America by the AFCA and he was also named to the first-team All-Big Ten last season.  It was during that season that he started all 14 games at right tackle, where he frequently opened up gaping holes for Melvin Gordon to easily slip through.

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At the combine, he performed well, even though there was nothing spectacular to note about the results. He recorded times of 5.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 8.28 seconds in the 3-cone drill, and 4.87 seconds in the 20 yard shuttle.  In addition, he was able to do 16 repetitions on the bench press, had a 28.5 inch vertical jump, and a 96.0 inch broad jump.  It is noted that a major strength rests in Havenstein’s ability to be a massive tackle at the pro level with a rather functional length. He is tall at 6’7”, and his weight is now manageable at 321 pounds, all amounting to the reality that his feet move much better than would expect. He can take quick steps and angles well to a point that gives him proper positioning to wall off defenders when there is a gap play.  He has above-average power in the run game, and he is able to use his legs to create movement. In addition, it is noted that he is a drive blocker by nature, and he uses a well time punch to push through the defense, while having adequate foot quickness to set out to edge speed.  He is aggressive and finishes plays out well.

Havenstein does have a great amount of stiffness in his knees, and this tends to cause him to come out of his stance way to tall.  As a result, he is almost never under the pads of his opponent, and he too often has to perform a sumo-wrestling move to truly impact the defender and get centered. His lateral quickness is not good enough to depend on him with backside cut-offs, and he keeps his hands too low.  His build is not athletic, and many worry that his problems with stiffness could become an issue as he ages in the NFL.

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