TJ Bass NFL Draft Scouting Report
IOL, Oregon Ducks
TJ Bass is an experienced offensive lineman who has played a variety of positions for the Ducks. He is a three-year starter, having played left tackle a majority of his career but also started inside at left guard. Bass has very good overall size but below-average length and is just an adequate athlete overall.
Bass is a well-built interior offensive lineman with a boxy frame, powerful upper half, and thick lower body. In the run game, he shows good power at the point of attack and plays with good leverage. He is athletic enough to work laterally on cut-off blocks and can be successful on reach blocks. He’s just average working in space and lacks the foot quickness and agility to be an effective blocker on the move. Additionally, he plays with just average balance and ends up on the ground far too often when working to sustain his block throughout the down. He plays with a physical temperament and consistently plays through the whistle.
In the passing game, Bass shows good feet and a quick, firm punch that he consistently lands. Bass has strong hands and can control and steer once he latches on. Bass has a good anchor to sit on bull rushes and is excellent at recovering when his depth is pressed. With that said, Bass’s lack of length allows defenders to get into his chest far too often and are able to drive him back. Furthermore, because Bass lacks length, he often has to extend across his feet to initiate contact, causing him to play too far over his toes which results in him falling off blocks and on to the ground. While he has good feet for his size, when he is at tackle he is easily exposed by speed rushers off the edge.
Bass projects as an inside player at the next level who needs his edges covered up. He lacks the length and athleticism to be a tackle, but I believe he could develop into a very good backup inside at guard with potential to be a starter down the road.
Top Reasons to Buy In:
- Hand placement
Top Reasons For Concern:
Size (NFL Combine):
Height: 6′ 4”
Weight: 317 lbs
Arm Length: 32 3/8”
Hand Size: 9 1/4”
Athletic Testing (NFL Combine):
40-yard Dash: 5.48s
Vertical Jump: 28.5”
Broad Jump: 9′ 1”
Bench Reps: TBD
Ideal Role: Back-up interior offensive lineman
Scheme Fit: Scheme versatile
TDN Consensus Grade: 69.50/100 (Sixth-Round Value)
- Weissman Grade: 69.50/100
Written By: Brentley Weissman
Exposures: Georgia (2022), UCLA (2022), BYU (2022)
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