Here’s a name to remember: Dan Skipper. He’s getting some run time because we’re going to look at every Cowboys move, inside and out from here forward. But he’s also getting on the blog because he’s the tallest player recorded in NFL history at 6 foot 10! This monster hails from Arkansas and is an undrafted rookie free agent.
I love that he’s an offensive tackle. Here’s his NFL.com draft profile highlights:
Very tall for the position with decent functional athleticism. Has experience starting at both tackle spots. Has operated in a pro-style rushing attack and has experience firing off the ball and working with guards. Decent timing with his pass-pro punch. Can pull and is able to operate in space as a run blocker. While not always fluid with it, shows ability to transition from first to second block. Intelligent and aware of his responsibilities against twists.
At times, height works against him due to lack of anchor. Is consistently jolted by power players at first punch. Will default to wide, engulfing hands in pass protection, which opens his chest to bull-rushers. Rarely able to get his pad level into leveraged position due to center of gravity. Missing leg drive to consistently pop and secure his down blocks. Hand placement is spotty and he lacks power in them. As run blocker, will be unable to turn NFL defenders out of the hole with footwork and technique.
Size will be appealing to some NFL teams as will his experience at both tackle positions. His experience in Arkansas’ physical rushing attack should work in his favor, but he lacks the sand in his pants to consistently match power with power against bigger, NFL-caliber talent at the point of attack. The same height that will intrigue some teams might ultimately rob Skipper of the necessary leverage he needs at the next level. Could project as a third-day (Rounds 4-7) swing tackle prospect who will have to battle to win a roster spot.