Luke Tenuta

  • OT Hokies
  • Sophomore
  • #--
  • 6'9"
  • 322lbs
  • Prospect
  • Atlantic Coast

Prospect Summary

After redshirting in 2019, Luke Tenuta started five games in 2019 and nine games in 2020 at right tackle. He flipped to the left side in 2021 and appeared just as comfortable as he did on the right side. That versatility to play either side is critical to Tenuta as he projects best to a swing tackle role at the next level. Tenuta is a smart football player with good temperament, awareness, and control given his size. With that said, his excessive height presents notable challenges with leverage, winning with first contact, protecting his edges, and establishing consistency with his hands. Despite mostly playing with good knee bend and weight distribution, he simply plays too tall and has to fight his frame to be in consistently good positions to execute. Tenuta moves well for his frame and can be trusted to widen gaps in zone. I like his control and consistency executing on the move when working in space. He projects well as a developmental swing tackle in a McVay/Shanahan-style offense, but there are some things he’ll need to overcome to truly stick and claim a role in the NFL.

Ideal Role: Developmental swing tackle

Scheme Fit: Zone run scheme

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Joe Marino 

Games watched: North Carolina (2021), West Virginia (2021), Boston College (2021), Miami (2021)

Best Game Studied: Boston College (2021)

Worst Game Studied: West Virginia (2021)

Balance: Tenuta is very tall and it creates some challenges with leverage and opponents being able to get under his pads with the natural punch track being down. With that said, I am impressed with his overall coordination for a man of his stature in terms of movement skills. But when contact is introduced and the need to protect his edges exists to sustain blocks, there are challenges.

Pass Sets: There are positive reps of Tenuta reaching his set points and placing roadblocks to maintain the width of the pocket, but there is also inconsistency as evidenced by the West Virginia game. There are instances where he fails to get enough width/depth in his true pass sets and it softens the angle for his opponent.

Competitive Toughness: Tenuta has a hot motor and good temperament. He gets after people in space and continually looks for work. He executes with the desired edge needed in an offensive lineman.

Lateral Mobility: Tenuta has sound lateral movement skills, especially when factoring in his size. I’ve seen him hinge, pivot, and redirect while remaining in good control. He isn’t overly springy, but he moves sufficiently for his frame.

Length: For an offensive lineman with his height, I expected his length to be more of a factor on tape. Instead, his height robs him of length as he’s forced to punch downward. Add in wide hand placement and carriage and it’s surprising how often his opponents are able to work into his frame.

Football IQ: Tenuta comes from a family of coaches and athletes. He functions with a good understanding of timing and with good awareness. Penalties have only been a minor issue for him in college.

Hand Technique: Tenuta has some flashy moments with his hands where placement, fit, and variance shine. With that said, his strikes can come in wide and from a downward angle which creates some issues with winning with first contact and controlling reps. When he sets the clamps, his grip strength is firm.

Anchor Ability: Tenuta has a sufficient anchor but he plays so tall that there can be issues. While he does well to balance his weight and bend at the knees, opponents regularly get under his pads and win the leverage battle, which compromises his anchor.

Power at POA: Tenuta has sufficient power at the point of attack but would still benefit from adding more functional strength to maximize his potential. His inability to play with consistent leverage robs him of power. It’s hard for him to utilize his entire body to generate maximum power.

Versatility: Tenuta spent two seasons at right tackle before flipping to left tackle in 2021. He is likely a tackle only as his frame does not project well to the interior. He is best suited for a zone blocking scheme.

Prospect Comparison: Sam Young (2010 NFL Draft, Dallas Cowboys) 

SCOUT GRADES

TDN (Adjusted) Consensus: 67.80/100 (Seventh Round Value)

Marino Grade: 68.00/100