Draft Capsule: OT Justin Pugh

Draft Capsule: OT Justin Pugh

April 10, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Jake Flannigan

Justin Pugh (OT), Syracuse

 6-4 | 307 lbs.

Projection:

2nd Round

Strengths:

Durability and experience are two things Pugh has to offer any team in the NFL. He moves well and shows solid range. Some NFL scouts feel Pugh could succeed as an offensive tackle, but most believe his future could be the brightest if he moves inside to the guard position. Does not lack mental toughness and is confident in his abilities.

Weaknesses:

Very short arms. Pugh has 32-inch arms, which is two to three inches shorter than the most of the top offensive tackles in the draft. Not ideal size to play tackle, needs to continue to build his frame. Pugh has struggled in the past with shifty defensive lineman who possess the ability to have a sudden shift in direction during the rush.

Fit for the Bears:

It would be a reach to take Pugh in the first round, but if the Bears decide to draft a position other than offensive line with the first pick, he might be a good option for Chicago in the second round. It's still not a certainty Pugh could be the long-term solution at right tackle, but it's very likely he succeeds as a guard at the next level, which is a position of great need for the Bears. There are several promising offensive lineman in the 2013 draft class that project to be better players than Pugh, but his versatility and confidence could intrigue the Bears enough to nab him on the second night of the draft.