NAME: Phil Haynes
SCHOOL: Wake Forest
POSITION: Offensive Guard
JERSEY: No. 74
RECRUITMENT RATING: 2-star
WT: 305 lbs
The Wake Forest offense produced 35.3 points per game in 2017 and significant credit is due to its offensive line. While there are other NFL-worthy prospects on the front five, Haynes is the best one. Entering his fourth year as a starter for the Deac’s, Haynes has exciting potential.
Haynes is a powerful run blocker who is very deliberate about fitting his hands. From there, he does well to play with leverage and has a strong leg drive to create movement. Haynes is committed to staying square on his blocks and he executes with good balance.
As a pass blocker, Haynes effectively uses his long arms to keep rushers at the end of his reach. He generally wins with first contact and features a soft anchor to protect the depth of the pocket. Haynes isn’t overly nimble but he has smooth footwork and is capable of redirecting his weight to stay square in pass pro. Haynes has flashed positive moments in space landing his punch and using his length to seal pursuit.
Haynes may not be a household name but he’s among the top interior blockers in the ACC and has an NFL future.