Functional Athleticism - He's got enough juice to step down in uncovered reps and cut off LBs on the second level. Like his ability to move laterally and to pull out in space, showing good hinge and natural feel for gearing down to set his blocks in space.
Football IQ - Long-tenured starter who has seen most everything at this point. Really like his discipline not to drift up the field on PA passing or when hunting for bodies. Assignment swaps and passing off stunts is consistent and shows good communication to keep gap tight.
Anchor Ability - His raw power is pretty notable, he'll bully a lot of players even when he catches hands with his chest and gets jolted. If he were more consistent with his block framing he's be even more stout and would rarely see defenders take real estate against him man on man.
Hand Technique - His hands are patient and appreciate his activity to reset hands and look for optimal fit. That said, many of his punches land but he doesn't set the hook and looks to get outreached at times at the POA while trying to establish himself to finish the block.
Balance - Will overextend himself looking to press the issue when playing forward at the snap. Think he's got really nice lateral mobility and ability to drive back against momentum to pin down a DL trying to cross his face. Patient in space to stay over his hips to frame a block.
Pass Sets - Can be a bit liberal with his footwork and prone to narrow base, which will put him in late anchor situations vs. explosive defenders. If he can be more consistent with his foot cadence, he's got the base tools and skill set to be very, very good here. Appreciate his patience in space.
Flexibility - Plenty of looseness to his hips, little issue getting out of his stance and springing into action cleanly. Doesn't waste a lot of movement on those reps and as a result stays on schedule hitting landmarks. Shows enough ability to bend knees, drop the hips and anchor.
Power at POA - His power when stepping down to chip and climb or rolling hips through contact is impressive, he's a player you can run behind when you know you need a yard. Leg drive is good and urgency to fire off the ball wins him initial positioning.
Length/Extension - His actual length is just fine, especially for playing on the interior where wingspan and reach is mitigated. He doesn't play with the best power or control when tasked with playing at extension, he's much better against less rangy DL that he can yank around in close quarters.
Competitive Toughness - Mauler. He's taken some dudes for a ride and will play all the way through the end of the whistle. Impressive physical toughness to scrap with heavy handed IDL in the trenches. His physical toughness and strength is one of his greatest assets.
Best Trait - Power at POA
Worst Trait - Hand Technique
Best Film - Iowa (2019)
Worst Film - Florida (2019)
Red Flags - None
Summary - Ben Bredeson projects as a starting guard at the NFL level. There appears to be enough versatility to project Bredeson into a number of concepts and systems, although his functional power and ability to reset the LOS should have him coveted highest on boards that implement primarily gap/power rushing concepts. Bredeson, if able to work on getting his initial hand strikes to stick on defenders with more consistency, would be a quality starter and asset up front.