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Bengals select...Eric Ghiaciuc
C | (6'4", 302, 5.06) | CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Strengths: Is a work in progress but has some upside because of his size and mobility. Has good upper body strength (30 reps of 225 lbs.). He has a great frame and should continue to get bigger and stronger. He has long arms and shows good awareness in pass pro. He has decent quickness in his pass pro set but he's actually a lot more effective when coming forward than he is when moving backwards or laterally. He runs well and consistently gets out to his assignments on the second level. Shows some ability to adjust to the moving target. Also shows good overall leadership skills and an understanding of the position.
Weaknesses: Has a good frame but lacks ideal lower body strength. Needs to improve his bulk and base. Plays too erect at times and loses his power. He has a wide frame and engulfs defenders, but his lack of power is glaring. Doesn't show the ability to jar defenders with his hand punch. He also can look stiff when trying to move laterally when he doesn't bend at the knees. He shows flashes of good technique but is still too inconsistent.
Overall: After playing sparingly as a freshman in 2001, Ghiaciuc was a fulltime starter at center from his sophomore season in 2002 through his senior season in 2004. Ghiaciuc is tall and has the frame to get bigger. He continues to improve with more experience at the position and he has some upside because of his size/mobility combination. He also was an extremely durable and reliable player at the collegiate level. However, Ghiaciuc still needs to improve his lower body strength, explosiveness in his upper body, and lateral movement skills in pass protection. Overall, Ghiaciuc has some late-round value as a developmental center prospect that could eventually develop into a solid backup in the NFL. He is too unpolished and has too much to work on between now and that point to use anything higher than a sixth or seventh round selection on.
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Eric Ghiaciuc, OC, Central Michigan
Height: 6:04.0 Weight: 302
Overview: Ghiaciuc is an unheralded athlete whose athletic ability, size and mobility forced pro scouts to take notice of him during his senior year. The three-year letter-winner started the final 35 games of his career. The Industrial Education major provided stellar blocking for a 1,000-yard rusher all three years as a starter with the Chippewas. Ghiaciuc was a three-sport standout at Oxford High, earning All-State honors in football while winning the state heavyweight wrestling title. He earned three letters each in football, track, and wrestling. In football, he was All-League, All-County, All-Metro and ranked No. 43 by the Detroit Free Press and No. 37 by the Detroit News. Ghiaciuc redshirted in 2000 at Central Michigan. He saw limited action in 2002 then took over the center duties in 2002. He went on to start the next 37 games for the Chippewas, with the offense generating 105 touchdowns during his three years in the lineup.
Analysis: Positives...Has broad shoulders, thick arms, good upper body muscle development, good chest thickness, wide hips, thick thighs and calves with a frame that can carry additional bulk. ... Easily handles the mental part of the game and makes all the right line calls. ... Has good timed playing speed and developing athletic ability for the position. ... Uses quickness rather than power to come off the ball, but has the ability to drive defenders. ... Makes good reads and shows awareness to adjust to stunts and blitzes. ... Has the ability to get to the second level and make good adjustments on the move. ... Shows the ability to come off double teams and get to his blocks and sustain. ... Will deliver adequate pop and explosion coming off the snap. ... Shows decent lateral movement and kick slide in his pass set. ... Uses his long arms effectively to wall off and sustain. ... Has the acceleration to get out and locate linebackers in the second level, showing good awareness to adjust to the moving target.
Negatives... Gets a good burst coming off the snap to get into his man, but needs to add more bulk and lower body strength. ... Shows good hand placement and some hand punch, but does more catching than punching in pass protection. ... Even with his acceleration, he's more of a waist bender and looks a bit tight in the hips. ... Will get out quickly on screens and pulls, but his knees will buckle, causing him to lose proper sustaining position and lose explosion. ... For all of his speed, he struggles to stay on his feet when asked to pull. His inline quickness allows him to block down, scope and reach block, but he needs to deliver his hand punch with more force...Struggles with a good anchor on contact from stunts. ... Can sustain blocks on the move, but needs more strength to be effective doing this at the next level. ... Will revert to bending at the waist rather than his hips. He has a good pass set and quick hands to get on the defenders with proper hand placement, but will catch rather than punch most of the time. He does display good slide ability and recovery ability. ... Will come off stunts and help the guards, but also needs help himself vs. the more powerful bull rushers (can be walked back). ... Needs to add more lower body strength to combine with his great quickness. ... Even though he knows his assignments, he can easily be drawn off-side and his balance problems resulted in a high amount of false start penalties in 2004 (see Kent State and Buffalo games).
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 4.98 in the 40-yard dash...420-pound bench press...630-pound squat...345-pound hang clean...Right-handed...22/30 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Oxford (Mich.) High School, playing football for coach Bud Rowely...Three-sport standout, earning All-State honors in football while winning the state heavyweight wrestling title...Earned three letters each in football, track, and wrestling...In football, he was All-League, All-County, All-Metro and ranked No. 43 by the Detroit Free Press and No. 37 by the Detroit News .
Personal: Industrial Education major...Nicknamed "Chuck"...Had a 3.63 grade point average in the spring to raise his cumulative GPA to 3.29...Son of Tony Ghiaciuc and Cathy Griffith... Born 5/28/81...Resides in Oxford, Michigan.
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