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Patrick Paul

Patrick Paul Refining His Game At BRUTE OLine Development Camp

  • Jaime Eisner
  • May 19, 2023
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EAGAN, Minn. — American Athletic Conference enthusiasts are already quite familiar with Houston Cougars offensive tackle Patrick Paul, but the rest of the country may soon begin to take notice. It did not take long for Paul to stand out at the second annual BRUTE OLine Development Camp in Minnesota this week.

Standing at 6-foot-7 and weighing in at 315 pounds, Paul, quite frankly, looks the way an offensive tackle is supposed to look. His long arms are the first thing you notice about him and are a major asset to his game. The next step to stardom? Pairing a more refined technique with his plus-level size and length to become the total package at left tackle.

BRUTE’s coaching staff—made up of former NFLers Jeremiah Sirles, Alex Boone, and Nick Hardwick—kept a watchful eye on Paul on every rep of every practice at The Training Haus. They pushed Paul and tinkered with his technique with the specific purpose of taking his game to the next level.

It’s not like his current level of play is too shabby, either. Paul earned First-Team All-American Athletic Conference honors in 2021 and 2022, becoming the first Houston offensive lineman to be named to the all-conference team multiple times since 2010-11. Paul allowed just one sack in 2022 and was named a team captain before the season.

Draft Network’s scouting staff noted Paul’s “upright stance that doesn’t help him keep his power” as an area that needed improvement prior to his 2022 season. That is something BRUTE’s staff focused on during the two days of training. While it’s difficult for someone of Paul’s size to not play high, the low man wins on the football field. It’s nitpicky, but it’s a vital (and correctable) area of an offensive lineman’s game.

Paul appears to be on the verge of unlocking another level of play where he not only dominates the American Athletic Conference, but the 2024 NFL Draft conversation (should he choose to declare). You can’t teach size and length, but you can teach technique, and Paul is more than willing to listen, learn, and improve.

BRUTE OLine Development Camp is self-described as the “most comprehensive offensive line program in the world” with the goal of helping offensive linemen refine their game to enjoy immediate and future success. Under the watchful eye of coaches with NFL playing experience, players learn the tips and tricks that only NFL vets know along with the fundamentals that are the foundation for success.

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