The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly signed West Virginia center Tyler Orlosky in undrafted free agency. CBS identifies him as this year’s top UDFA prospect. In order to learn more about the new Eagles offensive lineman, I reached out to SB Nation's West Virginia blog: The Smoking Musket. Mountaineers writer Jake Lantz was kind enough to answer my questions.
- Can you sum up what his college career was like?
If Shelton Gibson's college career was disappointing, Orlosky's career exceeded expectations. Coming out of Ohio, he was the #3 rated player in the state and held offers from Michigan and Michigan State. Like many linemen, he redshirted his first year and started sparingly his second year. As a redshirt sophomore, he started every game and never missed a game in his final three years. He was named team captain in 2015 and 2016. He made the 2016 Preseason Rimington Watch List (NCAA Best Center) and was a finalist for the award.
2) What are his strengths?
Smart, tough, and tenacious. He displays good technique when moving forward and delivers a strong punch when engaging defensive tackles. He knows how to use his hands and doesn't waste a lot of motion when turning defenders.
3) What are his weaknesses?
He's right at 300 pounds and isn't the most agile person on the line. Unlike some players, he doesn't offer versatility and isn't going to be able to be shifted to guard or be a swing guy on the line. He's strictly a center. He can be beaten at the point of attack by quicker tackles, especially when teams move a defensive end inside.
4) Are you surprised he went undrafetd?
I thought Orlosky would hear his name called in the 6th or 7th round. I'm not totally surprised he went undrafted as centers don't get a ton of love in the draft but I thought he might see him drafted in the last 40 picks or so.
5) How do you see his NFL career playing out?
I could see him bouncing around from team to team and hanging around for a while. He's got the smarts to be able to pick up protection calls and understand where the blitzers are coming from. I wouldn't expect All Pro from him.
6) Anything to know about him off the field?
Tyler was a model citizen at school and enjoyed a great relationship with the head coach. He could often be seen planning with the coach and both knew that they wanted to win, so they didn't take blowups personally.