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Breaking Down Florida's David Sharpe's Highlight Tape

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IApril 24, 2014

Breaking Down Florida's David Sharpe's Highlight Tape

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    David Sharpe is a promising 4-star offensive tackle prospect. He signed with Florida in February. The Jacksonville native has spent a lot of time playing basketball, but he has a brighter future as a left tackle.

    Sharpe, who is 6'6" and 318 pounds, has exceptional athleticism for a man his size. He has the agility, balance and quickness to dance with rushers in space. Plus, he's capable of becoming a good run-blocker.

    Sharpe has a lot to work on in Gainesville, but his upside is through the roof. He proves that throughout his highlight tape.

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports

Play No. 1

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    Sharpe opens up his highlight tape by displaying outstanding quickness at the snap. Watch him hustle to get out of his stance to execute a down-block.

    He washes his opponent laterally down the line after running his feet upon contact. He could have played with better leverage here. Plus, his punch was a bit high. Regardless, this was an impressive start to the tape. 

Play No. 2

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    This play is a perfect example of an offensive tackle being athletic enough to hit a moving target in space. Look at Sharpe launch out of his stance to attack the cornerback on a quick screen. Notice he stays in control and settles down in space.

    That requires excellent balance and agility, which Sharpe clearly possesses. Not many offensive linemen could have performed this block better. 

Play No. 3

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    Sharpe short-sets a defensive end with a solid punch on this play. He displays good strength at the point of attack and exhibits some toughness.

    He opens his hips too soon, and perhaps didn't have to, but that can be coached out of him.

    What's also important to note about this play is Sharpe's anchor. If an offensive lineman short-sets a rusher, he needs to make sure he has the strength to sit and anchor to hold up right at the line of scrimmage.

    Sharpe does that on this play. 

Play No. 4

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    The future Gator attempts to short-set his opponent again here, but the defensive end recognizes it and tries to beat him around the post.

    After quickly realizing that's not going to happen, the defensive end re-directs back inside to Sharpe, who uses his quickness to easily recover. He then slides laterally back into the interior of the pocket while steering his opponent into the trash.

    Sharpe's footwork is questionable on this play, as it appears he may have crossed his feet during his pass-set, but it's tough to tell due to the screen graphics. 

Play No. 5

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    Sharpe faces a more powerful opponent on this play, who gives him some trouble. Watch how he meets the defensive end, but look at him give up ground when he tries to anchor at the point of attack.

    This is an illustration as to why it's going to be crucial for Sharpe to add more strength and power in Gainesville. There will be defensive ends in the SEC with even more point-of-attack strength than the one Sharpe faced here.

    To his credit, Sharpe does recover to fight and finish fine on this play. 

Play No. 6

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    Here's another play that shows a flaw in Sharpe's game. He comes off the ball quickly at the snap, but he's too high.

    He attacks the defender with a narrow base and a punch that's also too high. Sharpe's hand-placement isn't good, either, and his narrow base leads to him melting off the block.

Play No. 7

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    This is a short clip, but Sharpe does quickly get into his pass-set and reach his man on the edge. However, his punch is neither strong nor nasty.

    That's something he's going to have to get more consistent at during his time at Florida. 

Play No. 8

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    On this play, Sharpe doesn't show as much patience as one would have liked him to. He has to wait a bit on the defender to approach him, which throws off Sharpe's timing and makes him anxious.

    Also, after making contact and then separating, watch Sharpe over-extend and bend at his waist. This is a technique flaw, and it's something he doesn't need to do because he bends naturally at the knees. 

Play No. 9

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    The final play of Sharpe's highlight tape shows him playing a bit too high again. He comes off the ball quickly on a consistent basis, but Sharpe's pad-level needs to be consistently lower.

    He gets away with being bigger and stronger than his opponent on this play, but the defender is under Sharpe's pads. In the SEC, this play would have resulted in him getting walked back and separated from.

    Overall, Sharpe is a terrific prospect who just needs to clean up and polish his technique. He'll add strength as he matures physically and spends time in Florida's strength and conditioning program. The Gators have a future starting left tackle in Sharpe.

    Blake Alderman of InsidetheGators.com (subscription required) wrote on Dec. 12:

    With his commitment in the rear view mirror, Sharpe will now prepare for the jump from high school to college and is excited to work with the current linemen on Florida's roster.

     

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns. 

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