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BEN NOWLAND
Position: C
Class: Sr
School: Auburn
Conference: SEC
Ht., Wt.: 6'2½, 300
40 Time: 5.21
Grade: 3.37

BIO: Three-year starter and an All-Conference selection as a senior. Previously named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

POSITIVES: Finesse type blocker with a nice feel for his position. Quick off the snap, immediately sets in pass protection and jolts opponents with his hands. Effectively uses body positioning to wall defenders out of the play and an alert blocker aware of what is happening on the field. QBs the offensive line and always looking to help out line-mates.

NEGATIVES: Not a natural knee bender, lacks strength at the point and has difficulty handling one- on-one blocking assignments or finishing off opponents. Marginal abilities in space or on the second level.

ANALYSIS: Limited athlete but his approach to the game and overall intelligence could help him stick on a practice squad.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

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