NAME: Cody Conway
POSITION: Offensive Tackle
JERSEY: No. 60
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 300 lbs
Not since 2013 (Justin Pugh) has a Syracuse offensive lineman been drafted but Conway has a chance to be the Orange’s next blocker in the NFL. Entering his third year as an ACC left tackle, Conway has held his own – for the most part – against premiere pass rushers.
The ACC features a murderers row of pass rushers and Conway’s best ability is how well he pass blocks. He does well to initially frame rushers while remaining patient and under control. He rarely folds at the waste and has good balance and the ability to recover if his opponent manages to soften the outside edge track. Conway has an effective punch that is thrown with good timing and placement as he works to keep pass rushers at bay. He has proven to be effective in space when tasked with lead blocking on the perimeter or into a gap and climbing to the second level.
As a run blocker, Conway has modest play strength and girth which limit his ability to drive block and create space. He is effective at working blocking angles and functioning as a technician in zone concepts.
While Conway won’t be confused as a big-bodied road-grader, his technique and pass blocking upside meshes well with today’s NFL. He has a chance to emerge as a senior.