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Miami traded up in the 3rd round and add another talented piece to a rebuidling offensive line by taking OT Billy Turner of North Dakota State.  Turner has very nice size at 6'5, 315 lbs, and very nice feet and sets up quickly with a good shuffle to protect the edge.  Strong at the point of attack and can get to the 2nd level.  Looks to punish people and place with a nasty demeanor, wants to bury people.  Concerns about Turner are similar to 1st round pick Ju"Waun James in regards to keeping his pad level low.  He also will lunge and overextend.  Has NFL pedigree as his father Maurice played running back for the Vikings, Jets and the Packers.  Very good value pick and talented kid that will likely project inside to OG.

 

 

Billy Turner Highlights

 

Billy Turner, OT
School: North Dakota State | Conference: GATE
College Experience: Senior
Hometown: Shoreview, MN
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 315 lbs.

ESPN INSIDER ANALYSIS

ESPN INSIDER ANALYSIS **

WHAT HE BRINGS
Turner is a developmental prospect who got away with bad habits playing against FCS level competition. He'll have to improve is footwork in pass protection and pad level in the run game to succeed in the NFL, but he has the natural ability to develop into an above-average starter at right tackle. He has good arm length (34 inches) and upper-body strength. He presses blockers off his frame in the run game and can stun edge-rushers with a violent punch. At 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, he also has good quickness and athletic ability.

OVERALL FOOTBALL TRAITS

Production 1
2010: (13/12) 2011: (14/14) 2012: (15/15) 2013: (15/15)

Height-Weight-Speed 1
Good looking frame with thickness throughout. Hits all the marks in terms of arm length (34'), bulk, height and hand size (10'). Excellent top-end speed for position.

Durability 1
Appeared in 57 games in college and hasn't sustained any serious injuries to best of our knowledge.

Intangibles 1
Son of Maurice and Keren Johnson Turner. Father played running back at Utah State. Minnesota drafted father in 1983 and he played for three teams during five-year career. Brother Bryan Kehl played linebacker at BYU. Giants selected Kehl in the fourth round of the 2008 draft and he played for Washington last year. Brother Maurice Turner played receiver at Northern Iowa. Major is communications.

1 = ExceptionaL | 2 = Above average | 3 = Average | 4 = Below average | 5 = Marginal

OFFENSIVE TACKLE SPECIFIC TRAITS

Pass Protection 2
Upper body strength big part of game (25 reps on bench is right on five-year OT average at Combine). Above average hand placement and stuns edge rushers with powerful punch. Can knock defender on back when he leaves feet to tip pass. Adequate mirror once locked on. Digs in and holds ground against power but top-heavy. Good length but doesn't cover enough distance with kick step. Better fit on right than left.

Run Blocking 3
Above average power and can move defenders off the ball when stays low. Quick getting up to second level and knocks linebackers off course with punch. Pads rise too much though and can get stood up at point. Adequate foot speed and can seal edge when footwork is sound but inconsistent and not ideal fit for zone heavy scheme.

Awareness 3
Above average recognizing and picking up pressure off edge in pass pro. Keeps head on a swivel but late seeing some line stunts. Ducks head and below average locating linebacker on combination blocks. Adequate locating assignment when pulls.

Toughness 3
Got some mean in him. Can put assignment on ground and not let him up. Above average initial aggressiveness but doesn't always block to and through the whistle. Content to get into position and wall off assignment at times.

1 = Exceptional | 2 = Above average | 3 = Average | 4 = Below average | 5 = Marginal

 
NFL DRAFT SCOUT

NFL DRAFT SCOUT DRAFT ANALYSIS **

STRENGTHS/WEAKNESSES

STRENGTHS:
Athletic with good shuffle to protect the edge, staying light on his feet to mirror. Good set up quickness, patience and reflexes with body coordination and bend.

Strong at the point of attack with powerful initial jolt, generating power from his built upper body and long arms. Doesn't slow at contact, showing latch-and-drive quickness and fight through the whistle. Good vision at the second level and the open field to come off initial block and eliminate the LB/DB - looks natural on combo blocks. Has the frame to get stronger.

Looks to punish and plays with a mean, nasty temperament. Easy to appreciate his on-field demeanor. Energetic finisher and plays through the whistle. Football bloodlines as his father played RB at Utah State and was drafted by Minnesota Vikings (1983), brother played LB at BYU and was drafted by NY Giants (2008).

Four-year starter with time at both left and right tackle (56 career starts - 44 left tackle, 12 right tackle) - two-time consensus All-American (2012-13) and part of three straight FCS National Championships.

WEAKNESSES:
High cut body type with leaner-than-ideal lower body. Needs to keep his belt and butt low to stay balanced and win with leverage. Needs to keep his pad level low and dig his cleats in the ground, can be knocked off balance in space.

Bad habit of lunging and allowing his upper half to be overextended. Needs to stay under control on the move to better break down. Late to protect the edge at times and looks more comfortable when not asked to cover a large area. Needs to do a better job with hand placement to better redirect rushers and keep defenders from attacking his body.

Level of competition is a question mark - didn't face top-flight talent week-to-week in college. All of his experience is at tackle, not inside at guard.

--Dane Brugler

PLAYER OVERVIEW

Turner was a two-star recruit out of high school and didn't receive any FBS scholarship offers, enrolling at North Dakota State where he quickly took over the starting right tackle job.

He moved to left tackle as a sophomore in 2011 where he started 44 straight contests for back-to-back-to-back FCS National Title teams - two-time First-team All-MVC and FCS All-American honors (2012-13).

Turner looks the part with NFL size, length and athleticism, staying light on his feet with natural body control. He needs to learn to consistently sink his hips and not bend so much at the waist, but he has the on-field demeanor and mean attitude to do damage in the NFL.

Turner can play tackle if needed, but is best suited inside and with technique development, he has Pro Bowl potential down the road.

 

 

NFL.COM ANALYSIS **

OVERVIEW

Father, Maurice, was a running back and kick returner drafted in the 12th round of the 1983 draft by the Vikings -- played 27 games with the Vikings, Packers and Jets (1984-85, 1987). Half brother, Brian Kehl, is a seven-year NFL linebacker. Billy also played baseball as a Minnesota prep. As a true freshman in 2010, stepped into the lineup in Week Three, starting 12 of 13 games played at right tackle. Suffered a torn right thumb ligament in '11 fall camp -- sat out the season opener, but started all 14 games played at left tackle. Started all 30 games at LT 2012-13. Won three straight I-AA national championships.


ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
Big hands and nice length. Light on his feet. Flashes strength in his punch. Tries to run his feet on contact. Is athletic enough to fan the rush when all his moving parts are coordinated. Aware to handle stunts. Energetic playing temperament -- competes and blocks to the whistle. Four-year starter for the nation's preeminent I-AA program. Smart, hardworking and dependable. Has NFL bloodlines.

WEAKNESSES
Needs to improve his core strength and fortify his base. Plays too tall and narrow-based -- pad level fluctuates. Does not explode on contact. Footwork and technique need refinement. Carries his hands low. Tends to overextend and bend at the waist. Average contact balance and body control. Slides off blocks. Struggles to clear his feet as a puller. Inconsistent connecting and sustaining on the second level.

DRAFT PROJECTION
Rounds 3-4

BOTTOM LINE
Big-framed, raw, aggressive FCS standout who flashes a nice combination of foot quickness, punch strength and nastiness to warrant consideration as a project. Has a bit of a bull-in-a-china-shop element at this stage of his career, but has moldable tools and could easily develop into at least a swing backup and potentially more.

-Nolan Nawrocki

 

 

"EXPERT" OPINION

ESPN’s Mel Kiper:
"Played for dominant team at 1-AA. 15 starts left tackle last season and did not allow a sack. Against Kansas State, he graded out at 96 percent, 10 knockdown blocks in that upset of the Wildcats. This is a good 1-AA prospect who will impact the Dolphins' offensive line."
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock
"Showed a lot of potential [at the Senior Bowl]. Now is he raw? Yes. But he does have some potential. He’s got size. He’s got feet. I like the pick just because they have to rebuild that entire offensive line.”
NFL Network’s Charles Davis:
"He was darn good against Kansas State. Father played in the league. His grandfather told me at the Senior Bowl that you don't give my son enough credit."

Draftinsider.net’s Tony Pauline
Positives:
" Four-year starter named to numerous all-America teams since his junior season. Athletic, college left tackle who projects to the right side or guard in the NFL. Blocks with good knee bend and tremendous leverage and strong at the point of attack. Gets movement run blocking and annihilates opposing defensive lineman. Plays with a nasty attitude and works blocks. Sees the blitz and gets a pad on opponents to disrupt them from their angle of attack. Keeps his feet and hands active throughout the play, quick off the snap, and makes outstanding use of blocking angles. Easily gets out to the second level and shows the ability to hit a moving target. Takes out as many opponents as necessary off a single snap. Controls defenders once engaged in a block then seals them from the action."

Negatives:
"Mechanical in his footwork. Does not display great lateral blocking range. Lacks balance and haphazard in his movement. Struggled at the Senior Bowl when he was outclassed almost every day in practice."

Final word:
"Turner is a talented prospect who showed steady development in his game. He lacks the natural footwork and the ability to stay at left tackle but will have an opportunity on the right side. Turner offers starting potential down the road if he receives proper coaching and development at the next level."

 
CBS Sports Pete Prisco:
"Turner is a tough guy who will push for time right away. Scouts loved his tenacious style. He is limited in terms of athletic ability." Grade B (link)

 

 

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