Draft Capsule: C Braxston Cave

Draft Capsule: C Braxston Cave

April 11, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Braxston Cave (C), Notre Dame

6-3 | 303 lbs.

Projection:

4th-6th round

Strengths:

Cave is an experienced, tough, intelligent center who started 35 games for Notre Dame. He's good at picking up blitzes, rarely makes a bad snap and did a good job helping carve holes for Notre Dame's run game. He has better strength than some may think -- he didn't bench at the Scouting Combine due to a shoulder issue, but did 32 reps at Notre Dame's pro day and says he's able to do 46 reps at his peak. Cave also told CSNChicago.com he's working out at guard, as some teams he's talked to have expressed an interest to see him had versatility between the three inside O-line positions.

Weaknesses:

Footwork and quickness are at the top of the list -- something Cave will admit, too -- and most scouting reports say he needs work on his hands, too. He doesn't possess top-end athleticism for the position, and often has a hard time recovering after he's initially beaten.

Fit for the Bears:

Cave says he's hearing anything from the third to seventh round, although would have more value if he slips into round five or six for the Bears. Adding interior linemen depth is arguably the Bears' biggest need in the NFL Draft, and if Cave winds up being versatile enough to play guard as well as center he could be a nice mid-to-late-round addition.

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