BIOGRAPHY: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior. Used at left guard and center the past two seasons.
POSITIVES: Strong, hard-working blocker who.s shown consistent progress in his game. Explosive at the point, moves defenders off the line, and controls them once engaged in a block. Plays with a nasty streak and works to bury opponents. Keeps his head on a swivel and works well with teammates. Plays heads-up football and quickly picks up assignments. Can adjust to pick up blitzes and jolts defenders with terrific hand-punch.
NEGATIVES: Gets straight-legged at times and not fluid in motion. Struggles with his footwork in space.
ANALYSIS: Velasco makes the most of his abilities and is known for his work ethic and high character. He is not a great athlete, yet he understands the position and could find a home as an inexpensive utility blocker with the ability to be used at several positions.