Andre Dillard- OLT Wash ST

6-5, 315, (O) 4.96, S-1.7, 

33 1/2" Arms, 24 Reps,  

7.44 3-Cone, 4.4 Short Shuttle

9'10" Broad, 29" Vert, 

Best OL in the Draft. 

By TOM

Dillard is the best OL moving backwards in Pass Pro in this draft. He is a plug and play OLT. Terrific balance and power moving backwards. Good not great size. Great agility moving backwards. Never seems out of sorts. Quick and sudden moving backwards. He had 39 starts at OLT at Washington ST. 

Dillard back pedals instead of Kick-slides too much at Wash ST. Needs work on NFL technique. Smooth sliding sideways inside. Nice athlete and balance. He looks little small, and is a finesse blocker. Which is not a bad thing in pass pro. Lines up in 2-point stance most of the time (all of the time?), which again needs work on NFL techniques. 

Great quicks and hands switching on stunts. Nice base and solid power in pass pro. He has some heaviness in his hands. Knows how to use his arms, and has the agility to turn and bail against the pure speed rusher, and carry him past the QB.

He will be a 1st on Draft Day. He has to show some improvement from the SB. How strong is he? His benching is going to be paramount to getting him into the 1st Round (25 reps is not bad). OLT move backwards with their feet, but essentially attack the rusher by benching their arms forward to punch, shove or grab. He has to show he has the upper body strength to go along with his sweet feet. 

He reminds me of of Utah OLT Garrett Bolles, who had the all the traits you need to play OLT in the NFL, but wasn't technically sound or advanced enough to be ready. But he was great moving backwards with speed, quicks, and balance, like Dillard. He learned and improved every day at the Senior Bowl, and won over guys at the Combine. He was taken 20 by the Broncos. 

Some think he is the best OLT in this Draft (or maybe it's just me;). He will rise up like Bolles into the 1st. He is not ready for primetime yet, like Bolles wasn't (but I thought he was after the Senior Bowl game). He is a little underdeveloped and needs to be built up. His coaches at Washington State did not have him kickslide. However, he is the best OL moving backwards I have seen in a long time. Elite initial burst backwards off the snap in pass pro. 

The Bolles path to the Draft is the path Dillard has to take. He showed at the Senior Bowl that he could take to coaching. They had him back-pedaling at Wash ST sometimes. He was in full on kick slide, with some power, in the SB game. That was huge. He changed his technique to NFL technique, and still showed he was the most explosive OL moving backwards at the SB. 

Amazing initial burst going backwards that will make him an NFL OLT, but maybe not right away. He has a lot of technique work to do. He actually put his arms out wide, and slapped them on the outside side of the DE’s shoulders. He has to keep his hands high and tight, and never do that again. When he keeps his hands down and outside, he get in trouble fast.

Remember it is all about moving backwards with balance, base, and power for OLTs. He has that. His main trouble in kickslide is that his initial burst is too explosive, and he over sets instantly sometimes leaving the inside move open. But he does recover well. His feet moving back are elite. He will struggle as a rookie to get the proper techniques and get stronger. 

Senior Bowl: Dillard is the best OL moving backwards. Smooth sliding sideways inside. Nice athlete and balance. He looks little small, and is a finesse blocker. Which is not a bad thing in pass pro. Lined up in 2-point stance exclusively at Wash ST. He needs work on NFL techniques. Light on his feet like a dancer moving backwards. Natural knee bender. He showed he could run block better than I thought at the Senior Bowl. 

He lined up in a 3-point stance at the Senior Bowl and had no trouble at all. Great quicks and hands switching on stunts. Nice base and solid power in pass pro. He has some heaviness in his hands. Knows how to use his arms, and has the agility to turn and bail against a pure speed rusher, and carry him past the QB. He looked bigger at the Senior Bowl, and even bigger at the Combine. 

He was very underdeveloped, but he looked like a different dude at the Senior Bowl. He showed he could not only kickslide, but do it better than anyone else. Elite initial burst backward off the snap in pass pro. He consistently was so sudden at the Senior Bowl that a hole open up between him and the OLG, but he has a nice power step when rushers tried to take advantage. 

Combine: Am I nuts! Is a 9'10" Broad jump a ridiculous number for an OT? 29" vertical leap is a good number as well. A 4.96 Forty is a 1st Round number for an OLT. He was great in the mirror drill. Nice quicks moving outside to seal the DE on the inside run. They hardly ran at Wash ST, so he was in pass pro most of the time. Elite athlete at OLT. Plug and play OLT for 10 to 15 years. Great feet moving backwards in kickslide. He is one of the quickest slides I’ve seen. 

TMIWTMIL. Nice two step inside to seal the DE outside. He is a 5th-year senior with a ton of experience at OLT in the PAC-12. He appeared in over 40 games with 39 Starts at OLT. 25 Reps is a good number for him, but I wish his arms were a little longer. 33 1/2" Arms might be his worst number at the combine, which can be taken as a positive. There are a lot of guys who played OLT with 33 1/2" arms or shorter. He had a lot of similar Numbers to Garrett Bolles at the Combine. 

Bolles was a little quicker in the 3-Cone (7.29), but a little slower in the Short Shuttle (4.55). So theirs quicks and COD are about the same. They both ran sub-5.0 Forties (Bolles was 1 hundredth of a second faster with a 4.95;). Dillard had better explosion numbers than Bolles in the broad jump (9'7") and vertical leap (28"). But, Bolles had 34" arms (which is what I like in an OLT). It was my only real worry with Dillard. But his arms really were only a 1/2" shorter than Bolles. So even for me that is nitpicking. I think the more you look at that comparison the more it holds up. 

Senior Bowl: Dillard is a starting OLT in the NFL. Amazing initial burst going backwards that will make him an NFL OLT, but maybe not right away. He has a lot of technique work to do. He actually put his arms out wide, and slap them on the outside side of the DE’s shoulder. He has to keep his hands high and tight, and never do that again. When he keeps his hands down and outside, he gets beat fast. 

No OL burst better backwards in Pass Pro. He was bigger at the Senior Bowl than at Wash ST. He was even bigger at the Combine. He will be even bigger and stronger by the time training camp and the season start. It will be a long road, but he has Pro Bowl potential. 

He turn the corner without even slowing. Elite athlete. He has some suddenness turning. He has some suddenness moving side to side. Great pop moving forward. He could go in the 1st. He is a little undersized and struggled to hold weight early in his career. But he has a dancers feet. 

He reminds me of the OLT from Utah a couple years ago Garrett Boles. Needs a little more push in run game, but he should continue to get bigger. Stones the DE at the line with help from the TE. He slides off easily when the LB blitzes late behind the DE, and can stone him as well. His quick feet, eyes, and anticipation in pass pro. He can lock onto the speed rusher, and has no trouble moving his feet ands staying with him past the QB.

WSU CAREER: Four-year letterwinner…appeared in 42 games, starting final 39 games at left tackle…two-time All-Pac-12 Conference selection…earned All-America honors and All-Pac-12 First Team accolades as a senior…earned bachelor’s degree in social science.

RS-SENIOR (2018): Named to SI.com All-American Second Team and Associated Press All-America Third Team…named to All-Pac-12 Conference First Team…started all 13 games at left tackle…earned team high five “Bone Awards” given to the WSU Offensive Lineman of the Week (SJSU, OSU, ORE, CAL, ARIZ)…rated third-best offensive tackle in the country, the top pass-blocking tackle and second best screen-blocking tackle in the country by ProFootballFocus College…allowed just one sack on 677 pass attempts.

WSU CAREER: RS-JUNIOR (2017): Named All-Pac-12 Conference honorable mention…started all 13 games at left tackle…earned two BONE AWARDS following wins over Nevada and No. 5 USC, given to the team’s top offensive lineman after a win.

RS-SOPHOMORE (2016): Named to All-Pac-12 Second Team by Pro Football Focus…started all 13 games at left tackle…received “Bone Award” following Oregon State win, signifying WSU offensive lineman of the week.

Dillard VS Washington:

For me is all starts with his elite initial burst backwards. You can see how he makes the OLG look late off the snap (:01). He gets into the D-end quick. Grabs, turns and almost sealed the DE. But he stopped turning for some reason (:07). This is why he will be a 1st. He moved forward in pass pro to shove the DE back, but the DE swiped off his hands (:16). Just watch the balance and agility as he fought backwards in pass pro against the big 5-tech. Arms extended with power and balance. We know he has the quicks and athleticism, the question left is power and strength at the point and against the big guys.

Washington did not want to line up a rusher in front of him. He not only closed down the edge with his long arms and feet. He popped the 5-Tech back into the OG (:23). Great initial burst off the snap to bend the big 5-Tech's body back, and then whatch the smooth slide off to hit the LB on the 2nd level (:34). He is already showing why he is the best OL in this Draft. My question with him has always been run blocking, and pretzeling the DL and then popping the LB so hard it pissed him off on one play is all I needed to see. I think he is a top 10 pick in this Draft. 

You can see the shuffle of his quick feet in pass pro. His technique is terrible, but he still is quick enough to cut the DE off at the pass and shut him down (:42). Watch Dillard calmly calmly stone the DE at the line, while the DL wiggles around like a worm cut in half. I don't know if that is the best block I've seen or the funniest (:54). You can really see the pedal there in pass pro (1:07). But watch the impact and ease to stop the rusher in his tracks. 

Okay let's skip ahead to the better angle I hate do the tape of OLs (so many damn plays;). Watch the suddenness in the burst forward blocking down on the 5-Tech. Then watch the elite quicks as he hopped inside of him and sealed him (2:07). There is not another OL who can make that block consistently in this Draft. That was a 3-4 5-Tech not a 4-3 D-End. Amazing run block!

Elite feet moving backwards, and he showed he could kickslide at SB (2:20). I don't like their scheme (2:29). Terrible technique. Great job (2:38). He took three steps inside before the Wide-9 and Wide-11 guys moved. He is so quick that he will over set sometimes (2:45). That time is was moving forward. He gave up just enough space behind him give the Wide-9 position inside. But he did what he was suppose to do, only who know Wash DLs would line up like that, or be that good at it?

He has to get stronger, and play lower in run game (2:53). There we go. Watch the quick burst into the DE, and the nice pop with his outside arm. Remember he can only do what he is coached to do in that wacky system (3:02). You can see his elite burst back (3:10). Watch the great burst to get inside the surprisingly quick 5-Tech. Then the head snapping punch (3:20). Then the great fight as he got his hands in the 5-Techs shirt and danced with him. This guys is better than Wynn (oops, I didn't say that).

Quick feet and jab. Then the hunt and hit again (3:37). Watch the crazy burst back that left his teammates in the dust. Amazing. The 5-tech doesn't know what the hell to do. He was beat before his hand left the ground (3:47). He had to slow to power. Than moved forward and grabbed the big guy (3:55). He got beat by the great spin move outside by the big guy (4:02). Watch the COD, feet, and balance to burst back outside and cut off the DL. He has much better feet than Bolles.

Watch the power to push, pull and push up with his hands on the 5-Tech inside on the outside run. He has great heavy hands (4:12). The 5-Tech stunted inside, so Dillard grabbed the giant NT and beat him up a little on 4th down (4:22). He has that twitch at the snap that makes everyone else look late off the snap (4:36). Amazing suddenness off the snap. Then he stoned the D-end at the line by himself.

He stoned the DE at the line with his heavy hands. Then when the DE shed him, he used his feet to push him inside and past the QB (4:46). He has to wait for the DE, and then just held him off with his long arms (4:57). Watch the elite burst to power, as he brought speed to power to the 5-tech to knock him inside into the OG (5:06). Then he rag-dolled the LB on the second level with a seal block to give the RB the easy lane to the Endzone. 

The weather made the conditions worse in the 2nd half. Plus, we saw everything I wanted to show. That is more than enough Tape to see he is the best OL in this Draft. He should be a top ten pick. He will be a top ten in my April Daft. 

Dillard Vs Wash:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UlVNi5rIms

Dillard's Official Bio:

WSU CAREER: Four-year letterwinner…appeared in 42 games, starting final 39 games at left tackle…two-time All-Pac-12 Conference selection…earned All-America honors and All-Pac-12 First Team accolades as a senior…earned bachelor’s degree in social science.

RS-SENIOR (2018): Named to SI.com All-American Second Team and Associated Press All-America Third Team…named to All-Pac-12 Conference First Team…started all 13 games at left tackle…earned team high five “Bone Awards” given to the WSU Offensive Lineman of the Week (SJSU, OSU, ORE, CAL, ARIZ)…rated third-best offensive tackle in the country, the top pass-blocking tackle and second best screen-blocking tackle in the country by ProFootballFocus College…allowed just one sack on 677 pass attempts.

RS-JUNIOR (2017): Named All-Pac-12 Conference honorable mention…started all 13 games at left tackle…earned two BONE AWARDS following wins over Nevada and No. 5 USC, given to the team’s top offensive lineman after a win.

RS-SOPHOMORE (2016): Named to All-Pac-12 Second Team by Pro Football Focus…started all 13 games at left tackle…received “Bone Award” following Oregon State win, signifying WSU offensive lineman of the week.

RS-FRESHMAN (2015): Played in three games on season, all at left tackle…came in for second half against UCLA, and started against Colorado and the Apple Cup

FRESHMAN (2014): Redshirt season.

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