2017 NFL Draft
Scouting Report
Prospect:  Conor McDermott


School:          UCLA
Ht:  6'-8"       Wt:  310
Eligibility:      SR
Uniform:       #68
Position:      OT

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When I look at "Big Uglies", prospects who have previously played TE and basketball tend to catch my attention with the athleticism required in those endeavors. McDermott guided his high school football and basketball teams to state championships as a senior, being named Mr. Basketball for the state of Tennessee in 2011. He played tight end, offensive tackle and defensive tackle in high school; and prior to assuming the LOT position for UCLA as a redshirt sophomore in 2014, Conor's first starting action was as a blocking tight end.

Once McDermott settled in on the blind side, the Bruins allowed just 14 sacks in 2015 (second fewest in school history) with McDermott earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors from conference coaches. McDermott is a quality pass protector; although not as smooth as Wheeler, he gains good depth in his initial kick slide and is able to shuffle laterally to mirror opponents. He has long arms and good strength in his hands to control defenders and anticipates counter moves well, as long as he keeps his knees bent, butt low and feet active. McDermott is able to anchor well against bull rushers, despite the natural disadvantage due to his height.

Conor does not possess the initial quickness to remain at left tackle against NFL speed rushers. When actively chopping his feet, McDermott can remain in front of pass rushers; however, when he plants his feet Conor has a tendency to lean into his opponent, leaving him flat-footed and susceptible to counter moves. In addition, he needs to work on generating more functional power in the running game. He is quick enough to turn and seal off opponents but struggles generating movement at the point of attack. An NFL weight room combined with an OL coach who stresses fundamentals could potentially remedy this situation.

Compares to (Current NFL Player): Nate Solder (New England Patriots)

- Uncommon athleticism for a man his height
- Good footwork, adequate kick-slide and mirrors opponents laterally
- Long arms and strong hands to lock onto pass rushers
- Ability to engulf bull rushers

- Lacks quickness against speed rushers
- Has a tendency to lean into opponents, instead of staying low on running plays
- Struggles with functional power at point of attack

August 5, 2016

1)   Video: Conor McDermott Talks Spring Showcase   - Scout.com
2)   2016 Pac-12 Media Days: UCLA Tackle Conor McDermott Thought He Would Overflow Josh Rosen's Hot Tub   - BruinsNation.com
3)   UCLA's Conor McDermott wants more than a 10-win season    - GridironNow.com
4)   Conor McDermott Twitter
5)   Conor McDermott Instagram

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