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Nicholas Petit-Frere
Team: Ohio State BuckeyesHeight: 6-5 Born: N/A
Position: TWeight: 315 Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr


Scouting Report

40 time: 5.03

Projected draft range: Late first round to late second round

Overview: A five-star recruit with basketball background, it's easy to see his athleticism. Bided his time for two years on a loaded unit until landing the starting right tackle job in 2020. In 2021, kicked over and took teammate Thayer Munford's spot as blind-side protector. Performed well outside of a rough game against Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson, earning first team all-Big Ten honors. The game tape Petit-Frere most excelled was the 2021 Michigan State matchup. He dominated, sealed up the pocket and blocked with a finisher's mentality at every level.

Strengths: Incredibly quick hand fighter, stays active with his adjustments. Explosive out of his stance, gets on defenders as a run blocker. Finisher mentality is present. Flexible with his adjustments. One of the better athletes in the offensive tackle class. Aggression and accuracy flashes with his punch quite a bit. Great developmental traits and most of his flaws are correctable.

Weaknesses: He doesn't maximize length. Too content to give up his angles in pass protection. Feet get stuck in place once he engages and it leads to balance issues. Can't lean on play strength to redirect defenders and knock them off their angles. Gets too grabby once he starts to lose control and draws penalties. Too often opens his hips and gets into chase mode around the back of the pocket. Struggles to deal with inside moves. Doesn't generate movement in the run game.

Pro Comp: Yodny Cajuste, New England Patriots -- The quick twitch movements with Petit-Frere gives him a high ceiling and that could push him up boards once the workout circuit begins. However, NFL teams are going to want to make sure their OL coach is on board. Without improved technique and control he'll struggle with NFL pass rushers. He's a risky bet, but the athleticism is worth investment.