Sunday, April 26, 2009

Olsen Chosen

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Offensive Guard Seth Olsen was taken by the Denver Broncos with the 32nd pick of the 4th Round.
Olsen's credentials are impressive. First team all-American by, second team all-American by the Sporting News, third team all-American by Phil Steele's College Football, honorable mention all-American by, first team all-Big Ten by league coaches and media, first team all-Big Ten by Phil Steele's College Football, academic all-Big Ten.
The 6'5, 305 pound Olsen should be a good fit for Denver's zone blocking scheme. Iowa's offensive line runs a scheme similar to the Broncos. Zone blocking is where the line isn't assigned to block a man, but an area. When a defensive player enters your area, you block him. Sounds simple, but it is extremely difficult.
Iowa may be one of the few colleges that produces NFL ready talent: especially along the offensive line, tight end, and safety. Not always elite players, but players who are ready to contribute right away.
From ESPN's Scouts Inc., "Olsen is limited as far as athleticism. He displays brute strength and is a mauler at the point of attack. However, concerns about his lack of lateral movement may mean problems trying to stop more powerful, quicker defensive linemen."
Quick Note: Mitch King, Rob Bruggeman, Brandon Myers, Matt Kroul, and Andy Brodell still on the table. It's the 6th round now: King is listed as the second best remaining defensive end (even though he's a tackle, he may play end in the NFL) and Bruggeman the third best remaining center by Scouts Inc.

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