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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: IOL Larry Borom

  • The Draft Network
  • February 8, 2021
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PROSPECT SUMMARY - LARRY BOROM

Larry Borom projects as a fringe NFL offensive lineman. Borom, who leaves Missouri as a multi-year starter who has logged reps at both tackle and on the interior, does not inspire a great deal of enthusiasm with his functional athleticism and range as a blocker. But with his stature and strong hands, Borom feels destined to gather a look somewhere in the NFL due to some of the more uncoachable dynamics at play with his game. The big question for him is how much untapped potential he can provide an NFL franchise. If a team comes away convinced they can tap into more functional athleticism, he may surprise with his draft stock. But based on the film, he’ll be challenged to secure a 53-man roster role in the league. 

Ideal Role: Practice squad offensive lineman.

Scheme Fit: Gap/power heavy rushing offense.

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Kyle Crabbs

Games watched: Alabama (2020), LSU (2020), Kentucky (2020)

Best Game Studied: Kentucky (2020) 

Worst Game Studied: Alabama (2019) 

Competitive Toughness: Borom illustrates needed upper-body strength to deliver powerful blows and plaster interior rushers with a firm punch. With hands secured he’s quite bullish and can successfully eat power rushes. But those who can stress his outside (or inside) hip will force his base to deteriorate and much of his appeal as a powerful set of hands goes out the window. He offers sufficient backside effort to try to work into cutoff positioning. 

Balance: Because of his high hips and poor knee bend, Borom is too often caught out overtop of his toes and his foot speed is restrictive in allowing him to recover. When climbing to the second level, he’s insufficient with his range and blocking radius to envelop or season against flow that scrapes overtop of the play. 

Anchor Ability: If Borom is able to establish hands on the frame, he can successfully absorb power. But too often he’s high-hipped and will be easily torqued and turned out of positioning. A lack of bend and leverage are problematic and don’t provide easy solutions. 

Lateral Mobility: He’s sorely lacking in the needed mobility and range to successfully mirror on the edge. Furthermore, twitched defenders on the interior are likely to also claim wins against him in penetration reps. 

Power at P.O.A.: When his hands catch flush, Borom offers a notable amount of push and can sustain forward momentum in tight quarters. Too much room to work will see defenders laterally pull off blocks and his base spin, so playing on the interior should afford him the best chance to continue vertical momentum. 

Hand Technique: Borom does well to secure and sustain his hands, he offers plenty of punch power and transitioned through a secured stab to set hands and stay sticky. If the team looks to run right off his hip, he can maintain his block long enough to allow the ball-carrier to slip through. 

Football IQ: Borom’s projection is bolstered by having played so many positions. He appears to have viable assignment retention and can absorb a lot of information. But with that said, his functional application of skills and real-time reactive quickness is not where you’d like it. 

Versatility: Borom offers playing experience at both guard and tackle, but he lacks the functional athleticism to play on the edge and successfully steepen angles outside. His projection will be exclusively on the interior at the NFL level. 

Pass Sets: Borom played predominantly right tackle in 2020, but his functional athleticism to drive out of his stance or flip and carry vertical pass rush tracks will yield a soft cushion around the edge. Inside, he’s best suited to quick set in effort to get established and gather his full frame directly in front of rushers. 

Flexibility: Borom shows significant rigidness through his hips and frame. Pad level will be an issue, as will range of motion and to drive and redirect with any level of twitch. 

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Kyle Crabbs: 63.5/100

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