Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 22, 2005.
Bucs select...Dan Buenning
OG | (6'3", 320, 5.31) | WISCONSIN
Strengths: Is an experienced, durable and proven player that has been very effective at the highest collegiate level. He has adequate initial quickness. Gets set quickly in pass pro and shows very good balance. Plays with leverage and bends at his knees. Shows good awareness and is an intelligent player that knows his assignments. He takes good angles as a run blocker. Excels as a run blocker. Has excellent upper body strength and will jar defenders back with his hands punch. He is feisty and aggressive. Plays with a mean streak, will drive his legs and always works to finish. Does a terrific job with hand placement and rarely loses a battle at the POA once he has locked on. Is a leader and is very durable.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal athleticism. Also lacks overwhelming lower body strength. Will struggle at times to get a good surge against some top two-gap DT's. He is quick in the short area and plays with balance, but he's not a good athlete. He is too slow on pulls and traps. He also lacks great mobility on the second level as a blocker. He will get set and can handle initial quickness in pass pro, but will struggle to redirect on a consistent basis in order to pick up stunts and blitzes in pass pro.
Overall: Buenning redshirted in 2000 before earning a starting job at guard for the Badgers as a redshirt freshman in 2001. He has been a tremendously durable four-year starter that started 49-of-51 career games, including the final 36-consecutive. Buenning has below average speed and he is not a great athlete. However, he has adequate height, is well-built and is a powerful guard with good technique and a street-fighter's mentality. Buenning has an outside chance to develop into a starter in the NFL for a team that employs a power-run blocking scheme, which is why he's worth drafting in the fourth-to-fifth round range. However, there's a good chance that he never develops into anything more than a reliable backup with limited versatility due to his poor athletic ability.
Dan Buenning, OG, Wisconsin
Height: 6:03.7 Weight: 320
Overview: Buenning has been the mainstay of the Badgers' offensive line ever since moving into the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman. He has 48 starts (including 35 straight) among his 50 games played. Only Chris McIntosh and Bill Ferrario (50 starts apiece) started more games than Buenning in the Barry Alvarez era. He teamed with Jonathan Clinkscale to give the Badgers one of college football's premier guard tandems the last two years. Buenning was a USA Today All-American honorable mention at Bay Port (Wisc.) High School. He was named to the Super Prep and Prep Star All-Region squads and was a WFCA first-team All-State on both offense and defense as a senior. Buenning was named first-team All-State by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Associated Press on defense and was chosen to play in Wisconsin Shrine Game. He earned Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors after registering fifteen stops behind the line of scrimmage as a senior. Buenning redshirted as a freshman at Wisconsin after undergoing midseason shoulder surgery. He was bothered by mononucleosis during 2002 fall drills and missed the West Virginia game with a sore shoulder, but has been in the starting lineup ever since. In his final season, he allowed only one quarterback sack, as the team struggled with injuries to their running unit.
Analysis: Positives...Has a big frame with a thick chest, wide hips and thighs and firm overall body mass with a frame that can carry additional bulk...Compliant sort that loves to be physical on the field and served as team captain...Competes until the whistle and is a natural knee bender with very good lateral agility...Has the leg drive to clear the rush lanes and shows good hand placement to mirror...Alert picking up stunts and blitzes, getting good position to sustain...Works well in concert with the center on combo blocks and shows a quick kick slide in his pass set...Has enough quickness and movement to get out in front on short pulls...While not as quick on double moves, he does show the lateral agility to pull to the outside...Has outstanding toughness and a competitive nature...Shows good playing strength and adequate explosion off the snap...Uses his hands to get decent placement, but is more effective when he uses his punch to jolt...His lateral moves allow him to pick up the blitz and stunts in pass protection...More of a plodder for the running game, but has the leg drive to work for position...Better on the short pull to the front side than when working as a trap blocker off tackle...In the run game, he is a good technician who comes off the ball well with some quickness to position and play with good leverage and hand usage...Generally effective when angle blocking and walling off, as he does a good job staying with his blocks...Shows the athletic ability and feet to adjust in space to pick up his blocks...In the passing game, he has good set quickness and the ability to slide in a small area, as he is effective to lock on and mirror.
Negatives...Lacks consistent pop and is not a good trap blocker...Has just an adequate anchor and will give up ground vs. the bull rush...Loses some quickness on the move, but compensates by taking good blocking angles...Strong, but needs to generate more power behind his hand punch...Will over-extend and lose balance when he gets too anxious coming off the snap...Struggles with the double move, as he bends more at the waist than with his knees...Needs to show better hand extension to sustain and control...When pulling from the back side, he will get caught in traffic and this prevents him from getting to the point of attack, as he pulls too flat and gets swallowed ...Needs to do a better job of extending his arms on the move, as defenders slip off some of his blocks when working in space....When he operates away from the line of scrimmage, he gets too narrow in his base and loses his balance.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 5.35 in the 40-yard dash...425-pound bench press...615-pound squat...375-pound power clean...4.62 20-yard shuttle...7.9 three-cone drill...4.62 20-yard shuttle...30.5-inch vertical jump...Right-handed...Wears contacts...29/42 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 5.34 in the 40-yard dash...3.14 20-yard dash...1.94 10-yard dash...4.59 20-yard shuttle... 7.9 three-cone drill...28-inch vertical jump...9'3" broad jump...Bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times...33 -inch arm length...9 -inch hands...32 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Bay Port (Green Bay, Wisc.) High School, playing football for coach Jim Benick...USA Today All-American honorable mention...Named to the Super Prep and Prep Star All-Region squads and was a WFCA first-team All-State on both offense and defense as a senior...First-team All-State pick by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Associated Press on defense and was chosen to play in Wisconsin Shrine Game...Earned Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors after registering fifteen stops behind the line of scrimmage as a senior.
Personal: Agricultural Journalism major...Son of Cindy and Tom Buenning...Brother, Matt, redshirted one season with the Wisconsin football team...Born 10/26/81...Resides in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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