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Sam Brenner Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for Utah OG

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 4: Sam Brenner #74 of the Utah Ute's looks to block Wes Horton #96 of the USC Trojans during the second half of a college football game on October 4, 2012 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. USC beat Utah 38-28. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IApril 22, 2013

Sam Brenner is attempting to do what is almost impossible: get drafted as an interior lineman. NFL teams are more likely to grab a tackle knowing they can kick him inside if he can't hack it on the outside.

This article will go over Brenner's strengths, weaknesses and where he will most likely end up.

 

Strengths

Brenner put up 29 reps at his pro day, which would have placed 11th at the combine. He demonstrated versatility to draft scouts by moving from right guard to left tackle when injuries demanded the move.  

His toughness, versatility and determination will give him a fighting chance for a roster spot. 

 

Weaknesses

Brenner is a solid athlete, but nothing special. His 20-yard shuttle (4.76) proves that he can't play on the outside at the next level, and his short arms won't enable him to overcome that issue.

 

Intangibles/Character

Brenner is one tough (insert your own noun here—I don't want to upset my editors).

He suffered a neck injury that left him on the turf for 15 minutes, yet he's still playing ball. Haddaway can stop searching because we've finally figured out what love is. 

 

Tools

Brenner stands 6'3" and weighs 307 pounds, meaning he has prototypical interior lineman size. His 9.75” hands cap his 32.5” arms. 

 

Run Blocking

While he is strong up top, he lacks the explosion to push defensive tackles off the line of scrimmage. His decent athleticism enables him to do well in pulling situations or getting to the next level. 

 

Pass Blocking

Brenner held his own on the outside at Utah, and that will serve him well when he becomes a full-time guard. He can move laterally pretty decently, which will enable him to obstruct rushers.

But he'll probably suffer when facing a bull rush. 

 

Use of Hands/Technique

Brenner isn't consistent enough and lacks the length to keep defensive linemen from getting into him. He is at his best when on the move, as opposed to fighting heads up. 

 

System

Brenner mostly played at guard, but moved out to left tackle once injuries deemed the move a necessity. 

 

Future Role

The NFL future for Brenner is far from a certainty. Any roster spot will come with a guard designation, most likely for a zone-blocking team that makes use of his quick feet. 

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