Like quite a few of offensive tackles in this draft, Joel Bitonio is strong, fast and undersized. The former Nevada standout earns his street cred through tenacity, work ethic and leadership, which can go a long way in the NFL if put in the right situation. His draft stock was boosted by solid performances at both the Senior Bowl and the Combine.
Plays with vinegar and seeks to bury defenders — nasty finisher who runs his feet on contact and consistently blocks defenders off the screen. Extremely tough and durable. Highly versatile — can play any position on the line. Outstanding personal character and football character — work ethic, leadership and responsibility are all exemplary.
Tends to shoot his hands wide and needs to improve placement — too grabby. Slips off blocks and could stand to play more under control. Operated heavily out of a 2-point stance and might need to get acclimated to playing with his hand in the dirt. Average knee bend in pass protection.
Competitive. Doesn’t give up on the play, even if beaten initially. Handled top competition when given the opportunity, including in one-on-one matchups against UCLA’s Anthony Barr….Doesn’t possess the ideal length or build to remain at left tackle in the NFL and may be best served moving inside to guard – a position he never played at Nevada. Appears to have shorter-than-ideal arms, an issue that explains why Bitonio occasionally falls off blocks or is beaten with an effective over-arm swim move.