04-22-2005, 01:02 AM
From San Diego
Bucs select...Chris Colmer, OT, North Carolina State
04-23-2005, 09:32 PM
Chris Colmer, OT, North Carolina State
Height: 6:05.2 Weight: 310
Overview: Colmer made a successful return to the football field in 2004. He missed the 2003 season with an unusual problem known as Parsonage Turner Syndrome -- a viral infection in his brachial plexus that caused numbness and pain. Colmer first complained of the problem during a scrimmage on Aug. 15, 2003, and was diagnosed the same day. He earned a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, which allowed him to return to the Wolfpack in 2004. A three-year starter at Port Jefferson (N.Y.) High, Colmer was a standout two-way lineman. He recorded 54 tackles and led the team with 20 pancake blocks, despite playing in only five games due to a broken wrist as a senior. He was named to the All-Long Island squad and the Golden 50 All-State team. A team captain in the state all-star game, he played tackle in that contest. Colmer won his squad's Best Lineman Award and was a USA Today honorable mention All-American. He is the first person from his high school to earn a Division I scholarship in 27 years. Colmer redshirted in 1999 with the Wolfpack after he underwent shoulder surgery to repair a high school injury. He took over the left tackle spot in 2001 and led the team in blocking consistency in every game. In 2002, Colmer earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team and Academic All-ACC honors. He appeared in 902 plays and registered a school season-record 151 knockdown blocks. The viral infection in his left shoulder that would sideline him for the 2003 season also snapped a string of 24 consecutive starts. He returned to the starting lineup in 2004, coming up with 59 knockdowns while participating in 649 plays. For his career, Colmer appeared in 47 contests, collecting 288 knockdown blocks in 2937 plays.
Analysis: Positives... Has thick bone density, with good overall muscle definition, especially in the hamstrings, calves and thighs. ... Possesses a wide waist, barrel chest and adequately defined arms. ... Very physical blocker with good upper body strength and a powerful hand punch. ... Plays the game with high aggression and simply wears defenders out with his "search and destroy" attitude. ... .Has that tough mentality and work ethic that makes you believe he will try to succeed at all costs. ... Shows good explosion and hand placement to clear rush lanes. ... Has enough explosion coming off the snap to quickly get his hands into the defender. ... Shows the ability to push with his shoulder or grab and steer the defender away from the play. ... Shows good balance and quickness moving in space. ... Best when he is capable of defeating the defender with his hand punch and aggression. ... Knocks second level defenders off their feet and shows above average violence with his hands. ... Head hunter type that is always looking to finish. ... Might be better suited to play guard, due to his ability to get to the second level on traps and pulls. ... Shows adequate change of direction agility and lateral slide. ... Smart player who is quick to pick up twists and games. ... Has good hip roll and will generate movement off the line, displaying the strength and desire to finish his blocks. ... When he hits his landmarks, he shows very good explosion. ... In the passing game, has good feet and can mirror and slide...When he generates his outstanding hand punch, he will leave the ground to deliver.
Negatives... Did not play in 2003 due to parsonage turner syndrome, a disease which effects the brachial plexus and results in numbness and weakness in the affected arm. ... In space, he is adequate, but will struggle to redirect. ... Will overextend and lose body position, but is athletic enough to recover. ... Struggles vs. the speed rush, as defenders with a quick second move give him trouble, but he shows good effort to recover. ... A tough, physical player, but he needs to improve his technique work with his feet, especially in pass protection, as he does not show the sudden burst to get out to combat the edge rushers. ... When asked to block in the second level, he must execute proper angles in order to be effective. ... .Has adequate foot quickness, but is best when working at the line of scrimmage, as he labors getting into gear and struggles to get contact on linebackers when working in the second level. ... Also struggles a bit when reacting to inside counter moves, as he does not always redirect on time. ... Has marginal kick slide agility in his pass set and might be better suited to play guard, because he will struggle with the wide speed rush from the corner. ... His illness might be a cause for concern to some pro teams, as there is no treatment for Parsonage Turner Syndrome, but doctors feel he has the illness under control. ... In addition to his left shoulder illness, he has a history of right shoulder problems that could warrant further medical revue.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 5.35 in the 40-yard dash...470-pound bench press...300-pound power clean...29-inch vertical jump...9'0" broad jump...Right-handed...29/41 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: Did not participate in agility tests...32 1/8-inch arm length...10 1/8-inch hands...26 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Port Jefferson (N.Y.) High School, playing football for coach Tony Anacreonte... A three-year starter, Colmer was a standout two-way lineman...Recorded 54 tackles and led the team with 20 pancake blocks, despite playing in only five games due to a broken wrist as a senior...Named to the All-Long Island squad and the Golden 50 All-State team...Team captain in the state all-star game, he played tackle in that contest...Won his squad's Best Lineman Award and was a USA Today honorable mention All-American...First person from his high school to earn a Division I scholarship in 27 years.
Personal: Technology Education major...Both of his parents are teachers...Born 11/21/80...Resides in Port Jefferson, New York.
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