Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 21, 2005.
Cowboys select...Rob Petitti
OT | (6'5", 347, 5.25) | PITTSBURGH
Rob Pettiti, OT, Pittsburgh. About time we addressed the tackle position. Hope he brings it for TC.
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Strengths: Has very good overall size. Has good height and massive bulk. His wingspan is gigantic and he is very difficult to get around in pass protection. He has decent quickness in his pass pro set. Plays with leverage and body control. Uses his long arms to force a wide arc and does a very good job in terms of riding edge rushers wide and using his arms to maintain separation. He engulfs defenders when in position in the running game. He is extremely difficult to get around and he plays with good leverage as a run blocker. Also developed more of a mean streak as a senior and has become a stronger finisher.
Weaknesses: His lack of athleticism limits his potential. He could stand to take off some weight. The more space he's in the less effective he becomes. He is difficult to get around in pass pro, but if you can force him to get wide he doesn't have great lateral movement skills to mirror and slide. He will have some trouble against inside quickness or quick double moves. He also is below average as a space blocker in the running game. He is slow, lacks great COD skills, has trouble consistently getting into position on the second level, and does not show a consistent ability to hit the moving target. Seems to lack a mean streak and doesn't finish off his blocks with as much authority as he should.
Overall: Petitti redshirted in 2000 before taking over as a 12-game starter in 2001, when he held Syracuse DE Dwight Freeney (Colts) with no sacks for the first time in 15 games. Petitti as a fulltime starter at left tackle since his redshirt freshman season in 2001 and the only game out of 50 that he missed was against Temple as a senior in 2004. Petitti lacks the athleticism of the elite offensive tackle prospects in this class and he'll almost certainly be forced to move to right tackle in the NFL. He also lacks a certain degree of toughness, which helps to explain why he never reached his full potential at the collegiate level. However, he still has the size, tools, durability and experience to warrant consideration early on the second day of the 2005 draft.
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Mel just said Pettiti was a solid pick for Dallas but will need to keep his weight down to be effective. Good RT prospect. Great frame, fair athlete.
Given what was available - we drafted 2 guys that filled need spots that were great value picks.
Happy, happy, happy. This has been a GREAT draft for Dallas, IMO.
He's a football player. Has a weight issue but if healthy could beat out Tucker at RT. Nice value pick with upside.
Rob Petitti, OT, Pittsburgh
Height: 6:05.7 Weight: 347
Overview: Petitti finished his final collegiate season owning the status as one of the country's elite offensive linemen. He is the first Pittsburgh offensive lineman to repeat as an All-Big East performer since Ruben Brown, now with the San Francisco 49ers, was a three-time selection from 1992-94. Petitti has started every game the last three years at left offensive tackle. Petitti displays excellent flexibility and balance for a player of his immense size and has what Pittsburgh position coach Bill Bleil calls "a fast twitch," alluding to his lightning quickness off the ball. "Petitti has a lot of talent," Bleil said. "If you watch him run and his lateral movement, you will see how many positives he has as an athlete. He has a chance to be as good as any I've had the opportunity to coach and I've worked with some players who have played in the NFL a long time. He keeps getting stronger and is working extremely hard." A two-time first-team All-Division, All-Shore, All-County and All-New Jersey Group I pick, Petitti was a three-year starter as a two-way lineman at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High. He recorded 90 tackles over his last two seasons (43 as a senior and 47 as a junior) and was named Lombardi Award winner as the team's top offensive lineman. He led the team to the 1998 division championship and the state playoffs, earning Super Prep All-Northeast Region and Prep Star All-East Region accolades. He was selected to play in the New Jersey vs. New York Governor's Bowl. He lettered three times in football and twice in basketball. Petitti redshirted as a freshman at Pittsburgh, but has started every game (49) he has played in ever since for the Panthers. He was selected Pittsburgh's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman in his first active collegiate season and named to The Sporting News Freshman All-American Team. Petitti was a second-team All-Big East Conference choice in 2002 and elevated that status to first-team All-Big East honors as a junior in 2003. He was a second-team All-American by The Sporting News and unanimous first-team All-Big East selection by the conference coaches in his final season.
Analysis: Positives... Has a large, thick frame with good overall muscle development, but could stand to lose some body fat. ... Has thick arms, broad chest and shoulders, softness around the midsection, good bubble and outstanding leg thickness. ... Easily retains plays, but struggles with his academics. ... Strong at the point of attack and shows good feet working near the line. ... Does a good job of sealing off and turning his man working the corner. ... Hard to bring down, thanks to his wide base and while he may not move as well in the open, he has enough speed to get to the corner to neutralize the edge rusher. ... Shows good balance and will punch with authority. ... Plays with some nastiness and will look to finish blocks. ... Displays good knee bend and shows awareness to help inside on stunts or twists. ... Generates good pop on contact with his strong hands. ... Has the ability to pull and keep his feet on the move, which could see him shift to guard. ... Despite his size, he shows good acceleration getting to the second level and adjusting to the linebacker's movement while keeping his feet. ... Has a very strong anchor with good kick slide agility and the foot quickness to mirror in pass protection. ... Has the quickness to recover when beaten. ... Can explode into his blocks and knows how to use his size and strength to move defenders out. ... Very competitive and will play hurt.
Negatives... Has had a running battle controlling his weight, which causes him to get "dead legs" when having to move into the second level late in games. ... Solid, durable prospect, but is not the type that will excel in one area. ... Needs to improve his lower body strength to be capable of working effectively on the move. ... Can generate a very strong hand punch, but tends to get a little too wide with his hands, which lets defenders get into his chest to rock him back. ... His lack of foot speed could see him shift to right tackle at the pro level, but his solid pulling ability also makes him a guard candidate. ... Will struggle at times vs. a good edge rush, but does flash some quickness to run his feet and wash the defender by the quarterback. ... Has the tools to be a solid blocker, but he needs to improve his foot quickness. ... When run blocking, he fails to show his power sometimes, getting overextended as he lunges to make the play. ... Waist bender with good tenacity as a pass protector, but when he exposes his chest, he can be neutralized and thrown to the side. ... Slow out of his stance at times and this causes him to fail to gain initial advantage.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 5.25 in the 40-yard dash...400-pound bench press...560-pound squat...21% body fat. COMBINE: 34 -inch arm length...10-inch hands...28 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Rumson-Fairhaven (Rumson, N.J.) High School, playing football for coach Shane Fallon...Two-time first-team All-Division, All-Shore, All-County and All-New Jersey Group I pick...Three-year starter as a two-way lineman...Recorded 90 tackles over his last two seasons (43 as a senior and 47 as a junior) and was named Lombardi Award winner as the team's top offensive lineman...Led the team to the 1998 division championship and the state playoffs, earning Super Prep All-Northeast Region and Prep Star All-East Region accolades...Selected to play in the New Jersey vs. New York Governor's Bowl...Lettered three times in football and twice in basketball.
Personal: Administration of Justice major...Son of Judy and Bob Petitti...Father played football at Lafayette...Born Rob Christopher Petitti on 5/21/82...Resides in Rumson, New Jersey.
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War Room analysis
Strengths: Has good height, excellent bulk and a gigantic wingspan. Uses long arms well to push edge rushers wide of the pocket. Can engulf defenders, and is difficult to get around. Plays with good leverage and body control. Is tough, and plays with a mean streak.
Weaknesses: Is slow, and lacks athleticism. Doesn't move well laterally -- a big concern in the open field. Struggles to combat double moves to the inside. Has durability concerns because of a nagging foot injury.
Bottom line: Petitti lacks the athletic ability of the elite prospects. He must be considered one of the biggest disappointments in the draft. If he came out as a junior he would have been a first-day pick. Now he will be lucky to be drafted. Some teams see him as too soft and injury prone to waste a pick on but he could go in the last round.
Dan Pompei analysis
Big, wide-bodied lineman with good upper-body strength. Is difficult to push around. Can anchor. Uses hands well. Lacks special athleticism, however -- is strictly a right tackle. Plays inconsistent on the field. Has some medical issues off the field.
News Petitti had good news for observers at Pitt's pro day -- he lost 20 pounds since the Senior Bowl. However, he had a nagging case of turf toe, which also prevented him from working out at the NFL Combine. His 40 speed should improve as his foot heals, and he will try to better his 40 time at a late March workout at the school's indoor facility. Neither quick nor fast, he must show improvement to keep alive hope of being a high-Day 2 pick.
ROB PETITTI MEASURABLES
Height: 6-5 Weight: 347
40-yard dash: 5.00<as seen in the combine
Tra Thomas, Eagles
This is what shows he has potential. If you weigh 350 pounds and run a 5.0 40 along with about 20% body fat shows he could improve. Also with a coach like BP either he will be an above average backup OT a decent starter or a camp fodder. Give him either 1 full year without any injuries to see if we got a steal IMO.