Evaluating Quinn’s Offensive Line Rebuild
On to the Lions undrafted free agent signings. Chase Farris, was a teammate of 1st round pick Taylor Decker at Ohio State. Playing right tackle for Ohio State, Farris should good ability to open up holes for the running game especially when pushing his man wide so Elliott could run between him and the guard.
Like Dahl he had issues with power rushers when in pass protection but from what I’ve seen and the fact Quinn, Caldwell, O’Brien and Prince all attended his workout (they were there for Decker) and offered him quite a lot of money to sign him they obviously feel he can contribute something good to this group. Like Dahl he can play both tackle and guard and adds more versatility to this line.
Next: Andrew Zeller
Finding tape of Maryland’s Andrew Zeller was difficult; in fact, I had to look up Adolphus Washington’s Ohio State tape to look at Zeller. Judging a player on one game is never going to give you a full picture but if we are judging a player on one game then Zeller looks like one of the best pickups post draft.
He looked solid in the run game and in pass protection. He was quick and was always looking for the next guy to block. It wasn’t often he was being pushed backwards by the defender and even when he was going backwards he seemed in control and moving the defender to make it difficult to make a play on the QB. Even against 3rd round pick Washington, he looked good. Once again he is a versatile player capable of playing at multiple positions on the offensive line while probably being best suited inside on the right.