Steve Avila 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- 2021 First Team AP All-Big 12
- Has played in over 30 games
- Scheme tendencies: Inside zone
- 2022 projected role: Starting LG
Pros: Steve Avila has good size that helps in multiple aspects of his game. In pass protection situations, Avila does a good job anchoring and making defenders run through his frame. Because of his overall body mass, it is difficult for defenders to do so. At the guard position, Avila does a good job of stopping penetration which gives the quarterback and clean pocket to step into and deliver a pass. Avila also uses his size in the run game. Avila does a good job of getting onto defenders and then getting movement off the line of scrimmage. Because Avila is a bigger body, it is difficult at times for defenders to shed him. Overall, Avila shows to be an effective interior offensive lineman who understands the ways the use his body mass to help aid in blocking defenders.
Cons: Steve Avila’s deficiencies as a player come from his lack of overall range. Avila plays best when defenders are lined up in front of him and he can engage with them in a confined area. When Avila is put in situations where he has to move his feet, he often loses his base and technique and becomes an ineffective blocker. Also changing direction appears to be a challenge for Avila. Avila does a good job of moving to react to a pass rusher’s initial move, but when he has to react to a counter move, it does not appear that he has the consistent overall foot quickness to stay in phase with defenders. It appears that Avila could drop some weight and I believe that this will help him perform better in space.
Steve Avila NFL Draft Scouting Report by Keith Sanchez