Tuesday, March 31, 2009

All Access: Eric Wood Stock Rising

At the Louisville Pro Day on March 26, C Eric Wood (6-4, 310 pounds) showed that he is generating a lot of buzz from many NFL teams. Wood did position drills at the pro day but otherwise stood on his marks from the NFL combine. He has already visited the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals and has worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Denver Broncos. He also has a workout scheduled with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mandel's Take: Wood is smart, quick, and durable--three traits teams crave in their offensive linemen. He's also got quite a nasty streak and can shift over to guard if need be. Wood needs to work on his run blocking, but the All Big East performer is pretty sound technically and can certainly add some more bulk to his frame if necessary. He was the Cardinals' captain in 2008 and was known for his endless study of film--a leader on and off the field. Rev, this kid seems to have the all around makings of a solid pro and will make someone happy late on day one, or early day two.

Mancini's Take: I've always liked Wood, and I would take him over Max Unger and Alex Mack. It's nice that he's "smart," Ross man, but what I love about Wood is his raw strength to move guys off the ball and deliver pancake blocks. This is a guy I could go to battle with. I don't need my interior linemen to be athletic and nimble. I want them to drive people out of the way and create running lanes. That's Eric Wood in a nutshell.

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