Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 21, 2005.
Steelers select...Chris Kemoeatu
OG | (6'3", 344, 5.35) | UTAH
Strengths: Is a massive, mauling road-grader type. Has good height, excellent bulk and outstanding overall strength. Is just as strong in his upper body as he is in his lower body. He has good initial quickness for his size. When he gets in position and locks on it's over. He has a jarring hand punch, a strong base, and the lower body strength to anchor versus the most powerful bull rushes, as well as generate a push against the biggest two-gap DTs.
Weaknesses: Has some health concerns after 2003 kidney infection. Character is also a concern. He lacks great athleticism and mobility. Is quick, but the more space he's in the less effective he becomes as a run blocker and in pass pro. He doesn't have long arms. He lacks great conditioning and weight will always be something that needs to be monitored.
Overall: Kemoeatu, brother of Ravens' DL Maake, played in three games as a reserve in his true freshman season in 2001 before taking over as a starting left guard in his 2002 sophomore season. He missed most of spring drill leading up to the 2003 season and missed time during the 2003 regular season due to a kidney infection. He also missed time as a result of a suspension stemming from two separate incidents in which he kicked opposing players in the face during games. He wound up playing in eight games and starting six at right guard in 2003 and was a fulltime starter at the same position as a senior in 2004. Kemoeatu still has some room to improve in terms of his technique and blocking angles. He's not a great athlete and the more space he's in the less effective he becomes. However, his size and strength are rare. He is a perfect fit for a team that employs a power running game and he is also quick, big and strong enough to hold up in the short area in pass protection. Kemoeatu's character and durability issues are bound to affect him on draft day but he still projects as a late-Day 1 prospect.
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