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The Future 40, Prospect 7: Ciron Black Scouting Report

A new series was formed a little over a week ago here called The Future 40, and the next edition is here! The segment has and will continue to run every other day until late April as we provide you with in-depth scouting reports of some 2010 NFL Draft prospects, giving you information key to understanding some of the players’ strengths, weaknesses, projected round of selection, possibility of being picked by the Eagles, and much more! And because the Draft is an important event for the entire league, some of the top-ranked players not expected to go to Philadelphia will also be reported on. In the first look at a prospect, we evaluated Nebraska’s DT Ndamukong Suh, who many consider to be the best player in the entire rookie class. In the second, we examined powerful RB Jonathan Dwyer and in the latest few, FS Darrell StuckeyLB Sean WeatherspoonCB Joe Haden, and QB Mike Kafka. This time around, we will stick with the offensive side of the ball and look at Ciron Black:

  • Prospect Name: Ciron Black
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • College: Louisiana State University (LSU)
  • Height/Weight: 6′5″, 322 pounds
  • Age: 23 years
  • Class Status: Senior

Summary: After a remarkable tenure as his high school’s versatile lineman in which he averaged nearly 5 “pancake blocks” per game and helped teammate and QB Matt Flynn gain attention as a talented player, Black was recruited to LSU to be the centerpiece of the Tigers’ offensive front. He sat out his true freshman season after being slapped with redshirt restrictions, and prepared greatly for his debut year. When he indeed set foot on the field as a member of the collegiate squad for the first time in 2006, Black’s presence was felt. He started all of the team’s 13 games that season at the Left Tackle spot, and garnered enough respect to be given All-American honors. In his sophomore playing campaign, the lineman gained even more high regard from around the NCAA as he set a school record in ‘07 for most snaps from scrimmage taken in a single season (1,031) and received even more awards. In the 2008 season, Black stretched his consecutive streak of starts to 40 and helped lead the LSU offense to having the 4th-best rushing attack in the SEC conference. The following year–his senior season as a Tiger–Black’s versatility was shown very much as he proved yet again to be an effective run blocker but also a top-notch pass protector. Because of his success, as well as his fellow lineman Joseph Barksdale’s achievements, Black was credited as being a member of one of the best duos of Tackles in the SEC division of the league.

Career Statistics:

YEAR TEAM GAMES GAMES STARTED SNAPS MISSED DURING STARTS

2006 13 13 0
2007 14 14 1
2008 13 13 0
2009 13 13 0

Notable Achievements/Awards:

  • All-SEC Honors (2006, 2007, 2008)
  • All-American Honors (2006)
  • Sporting News’ Freshman All-American Honors (2006)
  • Winner of the Ralph Norwood Performance Award (2009)
  • Outland Trophy Watch List member (2009)
  • Record-holder for most snaps from scrimmage taken in a season at LSU

Strengths:

  • Has good knowledge of position and way to approach oncoming defenders
  • Possesses quality size and bulk to play either Tackle or Guard spots on the line
  • Gets a powering push when entrenched with defensive linemen
  • Has excellent skills to open holes for running attack
  • Extremely durable
  • Has surprisingly quick speed for a lineman
  • Contains solid awareness during plays
  • Has a great sense of character and is an obedient, top-tier academic student
  • Uses hands well during blocking
  • Can latch onto a defender and drive him upfield/off the line
  • Balances his width and arm length effectively when defenders attempt to go past him

Weaknesses:

  • Is inconsistent as a pass protector
  • Lacks the overall characteristics of an NFL Left Tackle and will therefore project to be a RT
  • Sometimes stands too high in blocking stance
  • Can get slow and sluggish when utilizing legs too often to pursue/chase defenders who get around him
  • Has trouble getting a frequently good step off the line
  • Tends to rely on immediate contact and therefore could be beat by speed rushers

Projected Round of Selection: 2-3

NFL Player Comparison: Levi Brown, Arizona Cardinals

We hope that everyone enjoyed the seventh report for The Future 40 prospect segment, and urge you to keep checking back for more scouting analysis as the series continues all the way up until the Draft! Also, remember that we will happily take and consider requests from our fans for this series! If you or another Eagle fanatic is interested in seeing a certain player be evaluated in The Future 40, be sure to contact us as soon as possible, and we will attempt to include your selected prospect!

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