Scouting the OC’s: Bryan Stork, Florida State

stork2FRG Scouting has moved on to the center position as we continue to compile our evaluations for this year’s NFL Draft Guide (available early-April).  This post will focus on the National Champion Florida State Seminole’s starter at the position, Bryan Stork.

Below is FRG Scouting’s evaluation of the experienced and athletic prospect from the defending champions:

NAME:         Bryan Stork
School:        Florida State
Position:      Center
Height:        6’3″
Weight:        306lbs 

Bryan Stork presents with prototype center size at 6’3” and 306lbs; On tape, Stork actually looks lighter than 306lbs (he carries his weight well and is fit for a 300 pounder)…A quick-twitch guy, Stork is able to get the ball to the quarterback in a hurry while exploding out of his stance into the defensive tackle or into his stance for pass protection…Seems to always be moving at 100%; a high-motor player…Possesses the natural athletic ability and quickness to get to the second level in the run game…A better fit for the ZBS; more of a step and sealer than he is an in-line blocker…A fighter in pass protection; scrapes and claws at the defensive lineman in an effort to keep a clean pocket.

Stork has questionable strength, as he’s often getting jolted back on contact and is forced to recover in an almost panicked fashion…Leads with his head at the POA, and while he creates a good jolt, he fails to consistently display good hand technique; He must develop a punch to have a chance at the next level…Must do a better job of staying on his feet; tends to end up on the ground more than you’d like…Can be shed too easily as a result of poor hand play…Has short arms, measuring in at only 31”.

A veteran of the Seminoles offensive line, Stork has started 40 games during his time at Florida State and ended his career as a First Team All-ACC selection in 2013.  On the next level, Stork projects as a player that will have to get stronger in order to compete for a starting role.  He’s an athletic prospect who has  better than average quick-twitch ability for a big man and he’ll be appealing to teams that incorporate a ZBS.  There’s no denying Stork’s effort, as he plays with a high-energy style and is always looking to hit somebody.  He’s a player that will likely be around on Day 3, and after a season or two in the weight room, his natural athleticism and effort on the field could result in a starting gig.

GRADE:  6.2 (Late-4th, Early-5th Round)

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