Andrew Datko NFL Draft Profile

Andrew Datko NFL Draft Profile

Andrew Datko, Senior, Guard, Florida State



Andrew Datko stepped foot on <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Florida State’s campus and immediately turned into a vital part of the offensive line. As a true freshman in 2008 he started the last dozen games of the season and earned a whole slew of All-Freshman accolades. Heading into 2009 the expectations grew for Datko and he lived up to them. Datko started every game at the left tackle position and went up against some great defensive ends. Datko practically shutdown Derrick Morgan, Robert Quinn and Willie Young and that is an impressive group of pass rushers.

Moving into 2010, Datko had started 25 straight games and was ready for another big season. However, he was slowed with injuries and pretty much had to come back to Florida State for his senior season to prove he can be the same player he was as an underclassman.


Final Projection:

At 6-6 and 303 pounds, Datko has plenty of size to play tackle, although some teams will prefer him as a guard, in the NFL due to his footwork. However, more impressive than simply size is his strength. He is a gym rat and has more strength than just about any other lineman in this class. He uses that strength very well on the field and scouts will like his work ethic and he could be a first or second round selection.

1/5/12 Update:

Datko is still in position limbo between guard and tackle. That is usually a bad thing, but he is a smart player and has the skills to play either spot. During the pre-draft workouts it may become more obvious where he fits at the next level, but either way he is a versatile player who can fill any gap on an offensive line. That could be enough to keep him in the second round.

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