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Patriots select...Nick Kaczur, OG, Toledo
Nick Kaczur, OG+OT, Toledo
Height: 6:04.4 Weight: 319
Overview: Kaczur hails from Brantford, Ontario, home of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. He was regarded as one of the best prep players in the Canadian ranks coming out of Brantford Collegiate Institute. He played in the Canadian Junior Football league in 1999 and spent a few years in the work force before enrolling at Toledo in 2001. Kaczur was rated as the best prep lineman in Ontario coming out of Collegiate High School in 1999. He was voted as high school's best lineman for four consecutive years and was the offensive MVP in his junior and senior years. Kaczur (pronounced KAY-zer) immediately took over left offensive tackle duties for the Toledo Rockets and started the next 49 games. He was a third-team Freshman All-American choice by The Sporting News in 2001. In 2002, he earned All-Mid American Conference first-team accolades while lining up in fourteen games at left tackle. Kaczur led a strong offensive line performance in 2003, as the front wall allowed only nine quarterback sacks. He earned All-Mid American Conference honors for the third consecutive year in 2004. In addition to performing at left tackle that year, he also saw action in the backfield, gaining 49 yards on two carries. He closed out his career with 51 starting assignments for the Rockets. Kaczur is the first four-time All-MAC player in Toledo history and only the fourth ever in conference annals, joining Bowling Green quarterback Brian McClure (1982-85), Ohio punter Dave Zastudil and Northern Illinois place kicker Steve Azar (2000-03).
Analysis: Positives... Has a thick upper and lower body with a firm and thick chest, shoulders and arms, wide hips and thick thighs and calves. ... Shows good initial quickness off the line and adequate pop and explosion. ... Gets good position and sustains his blocks once he gets his hands on an opponent. ... His strong leg drive allows him to be a very effective drive blocker, showing good hip snap to turn and get movement. ... Can track down defenders to hit in the second level and does a nice job of getting out front on pulls and sweeps. ... Stays under control heading up field and is quick to locate and neutralize the linebackers. ... Gets very good hand extension in his pass set, keeping his hands active to jolt and strike with force. ... Shows ease of movement in his lateral agility and can quickly change direction and redirect. ... Plays in a zone blocking offense that looks to work defenders on angles. ... Has some pop and adequate ability to sustain and good strength at the point of attack.
Negatives... Has a frame that could use additional bulk and upper body strength. ... Gets good hand placement and has the strength to jolt, but needs to do it with more consistency. ... Does not always generate explosion coming off the line, but once he gets his hands on the pass rusher, he is quick to lock on, steer and sustain. ... Might be a little too light to play tackle at the next level, his hand usage and pass protection skills will make him a solid guard. ... His lack of bulk causes some problems in his anchor when taking on the bull rush. ... Can get too high in his stance, especially in short-yardage situations, which results in defenders getting into his chest to steer him out. ... Needs help in containing the two-gap pass rushers, making him a candidate for guard. ... Works well past the line of scrimmage, but despite his lateral agility, is slow to cut off backside penetration. ... His quickness to slide the circle vs. a wide edge rush is poor and he has some problems with his balance when doing this.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 5.3 in the 40-yard dash...345-pound bench press...Bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times... Leg pressed 660pounds 16 times...26-inch vertical jump...4.53 20-yard shuttle...7.75 three-cone drill...Right-handed...25/43 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 5.3 in the 40-yard dash...3.11 20-yard dash...1.88 10-yard dash...31.5-inch vertical jump...32 7/8-inch arm length...10 3/8-inch hands...29 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Brantford (Ontario) Collegiate Institute, playing football for coach Gary Procter... Rated as the best prep lineman in Ontario...Voted as high school's best lineman for four consecutive years and was the offensive MVP in his junior and senior years.
Personal: Recreation & Leisure Studies major...Played in the Canadian Junior Football league in 1999..Worked construction for two years before entering college...Native of hockey great Wayne Gretzky's hometown of Brantford, Ontario...Son of Peter and Janet Kaczur...Born Nicholas Jesse Kaczur on 7/28/79...Resides in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
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