Biography: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his freshman season. Recipient of the 2009 Jacobs Blocking Trophy given annually to the top offensive linemen in the SEC.
Positives: Productive college offensive tackle with adequate upside to the next level. Quickly sets up in pass protection, immediately gets his hands into defenders, and flashes athleticism. Displays the ability to block in motion, moves well on his feet, and effectively adjusts to defenders. Keeps his head on a swivel, picks up blitzes thrown by the opposition, and displays good awareness. Jolts defenders with good hand punch and then knocks them from their angle of attack. Blocks with leverage, keeping his knees bent throughout the action.
Negatives: Lacks balance, falls off blocks, and struggles to finish. Haphazard in his movements. Does not correctly places hands into opponents.
Analysis: Black has been a celebrated player on the college level, yet he lacks the size to stay at left tackle in the NFL, and really does not have the strength to be used at guard. He would be best in a zone-blocking system, yet he must improve his playing balance.
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