Brian O'Neill- OL Pitt

6-5, 315, (O) 4.82! 1.7 Split!

7.14 3-Cone! 4.5 SS! 8'11" Broad

22 Reps, 34.1" Arms, 29.5" Vert

Moving Backwards: Part VI. 

By TOM

He is at his best when he is double team blocking, and can just reach out and grab shirt. They help him out a lot. He is at his best when his arms are fully extended, and he can move his feet. He needs a lot more sand in his pants. Vulnerable to low moves. He gets himself off balance leaning backwards sometimes. He seems to play better as the game goes on.

The good news is that he has a lot of room to grow. He can easily add 15 to 20 pounds of muscle, which he has to do. He plays with some mean. When the DE falls down, he is happy to jump on top of him. They help him a lot on the edge. He can hold the DE off with his long arms, as he tries to jam him off with his long arm. 

He grabs outside the shoulders too much. Needs to play lower. Nice quick feet moving backwards, but he has to keep his hands inside. He is a developmental OT in every way. He has a ton of athleticism, but doesn't know what he is doing all the time, as he is so new to the position  He seems to get better as the game goes on. Much better in 2nd Half than in the 1st.

He was recruited to Pitt as a tight end, but switched over to OT as a redshirt freshman, do to a depth problem, and never went back. He started 13 games at ORT in 2016, and 12 games at OLT in 2017. He displayed all that versatility the past twos seasons on the field. Including lining up at tight end in 2016 and 2017, and caught TD passes like a tight end. He also ran with the ball as the RB and scored two TDs rushing, and threw a couple of pass like a QB.

2016: Started all 13 games at right tackle...extended his streak of consecutive starts to 25 contests...while he was highly integral for Pitt's pass protection and nationally ranked running game, O'Neill actually carried the ball twice himself--scoring touchdowns each time...his initial carry came on a throwback lateral that went for a 24-yard TD in the Panthers' 37-34 win over Georgia Tech...reached the end zone again on an end-around play against Virginia Tech that resulted in a five-yard score...had two carries for 29 yards on the year (14.5 avg.) and even threw two passes (against Syracuse and Northwestern, both incomplete)...O'Neill's unconventional contributions earned him SB Nation's 2016 "Piesman Trophy," which honors offensive and defensive linemen who run, pass or catch the ball...SB Nation first team All-American...was an All-ACC selection by the coaches (second team) and media (third team).

He is vulnerable to the quick move inside sometimes. Nice athlete pulling outside, and hitting the DB. It sometimes looks like he misses as many blocks as he makes early in games. They do a lot of wacky things in their blocking schemes, which seems to screw him up more than help him. He has heavy hands. He puts guys on the ground as much as an OT in this Draft.

He is a freak athlete, who was a tight end, and scored a TD on a screen pass in 2016. He runs backwards easily, with the speed rushers. He will be an OLT in the NFL. He is now getting some 1st round buzz. He is the elite athlete of the OT prospects. Played with some great power late in the season. He pancaked more rushers in the passrush in one game than any OL I saw all season.

2017: Started all 12 games at left tackle…seamlessly moved to the left side after playing right tackle in 2016...extended his streak of consecutive starts to 37 contests…selected All-ACC by the league’s coaches (first team), Associated Press (first team) and Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) (third team)…against NC State, took a throwback lateral 10 yards to the cusp of the goal line…one play later, tailback Darrin Hall plunged in from a yard out to make it 14-14…the athletic O’Neill finished his Pitt career with three career rushes for 39 yards (13.0 avg.) and two touchdowns...named to the All-ACC Academic Football Team.

Additional Notes:

Penn ST: Super elite athlete at OLT. Converted TE. He really moves well pulling forward. Great job inside the 10, getting to the second level and driving the OLB into the Endzone. Not as quick moving backwards.  Nice job turning and sealing the DE outside on short throws. He had a lot of trouble with inside moves. He has the feet and hands to play OLT, but he has to get stronger. He will take a year or two to develop. 

He is very light and slight, but he has some great heavy hands. He uses them inconsistently. But he can punch much bigger guys to the ground with just a punch. He seems to play with more consistency as the game goes on. He is a guy who I alternate between hating and liking like a yo-yo. Wildly inconsistent. He has to get a lot bigger and stronger. But he has mean and nasty in his game. He also has some heaviness to his hands. 

They still had him line up at tight end last season in a six man line, like BB liked to do with Fleming. He would run patterns sometimes, I think. I don't like how they used him. He needs to keep his hands high and tight. His hands placement is not always the best. Sometimes he really looks like a great NFL prospect, but he hasn't found a NFL OL's most important trait: consistency. He is a finesse blocker, who will play with some heavy hands and nastiness sometimes. 

Senior BowlHe was easier to beat on the right side. Nice athletic ability to push the rusher past the QB, with his feet really moving backwards fast in balance. He does not let the rush get to the QB on the left side. When he leads the RB outside he can devastate the CB trying to protect the sideline. He is more athletic than Solder. He could be a Patriot. 

He also played ORT at the SB. He dominated in Pass Pro in team drills. He can pull forward and then outside, and destroy the DB who got his way in front of the RB. Nice job blocking down on the DT. He will lead with a helmet butt sometimes in pass pro. He can be a bit of a reach when he seals a guy outside, and let's him dance away. Plays with some surprising nasty.

Nice job turning and sealing the DE outside on short throws. He had a lot of trouble with inside moves. He has the feet and hands to play OLT in the NFL. He will take a year or two to develop. He has to get a stronger base moving backwards. He is an elite athlete for an OT. He played Tight end (which old school coaches sees as plus athletically), and basketball in high school. But he looked like he could step in and start a lot earlier than I thought. Which makes me wonder who will start first at OLT in the NFL O'Neill or Okorafor? 

Combine: Great athlete, but he was not great at the start. He showed up much bigger than I thought at Combine. He logged in at 315-Pounds. That was a big number for him. He was the quickest moving latterly in drills. He has great agility. He looked solid moving backwards in slide drill. He was elite in mirror drill, like only his feet were moving.

Top five in 3-Cone and Short Shuttle drills could make him a Patriot. With an average OLT class, he could go to the Pats at 43 (but they might have take him at 31, if he continues to impress in the off season), if they skip on an OLT in the 1st (23;). 22 Reps was not the best number, but it showed how much strong he can get. 34.1" arms was a great number for him. As he gets stronger in the NFL, he will only get better. 

O'Neil Vs NC ST:

Wow! That whiff is almost unforgivable. He has everything you want athletically in an OLT, but if looks like he doesn't know what he is doing sometimes (:01). When he gets his hands on the DL, he plays well with his arms extended (:11). He played tight end when he first came to Pitt. So he does a good job moving outside in space and hitting the DB (:40). Whoops. He whiffed again (:48). He is so athletic, but he can really stink early in games. 

Nice down block, but he has to keep his damn feet (1:06). Nice job dancing and shoving (1:17). Good seal block. You can see that he can grab shirt and hold on. Got too high at the end and lost his grip (1:27). He is lined up at tight end here (1:36). He looked like he took off and ran a pattern. That was the best he looked, running an outside pattern. He might be a better TE than OL, LOL.

Good not great slide. He seems to be better with his feet moving forward. But he absorbed the big impact, and kept his balance and feet (1:53). He still looked more like a TE than OL. But that was sound pass pro right there. He got back quick off the snap, got his hands up, and slid nicely (2:04). But his hands were out a little wide. 

He is much better on the double team block (2:15). Nice short set. He got aggressive with his hands and feet, and moved laterally very well. That was by far his best block so far (2:24). When he plays with his arms extended he looks his best (2:37). He short sets nicely. Then he pounced on the DL (2:47). I love the nasty after the DL fell down, and he knee dropped on top of him.

Nice impact moving forward, but that is suppose to be pass pro. They are doing an awful lot of scheming to keep him off of Chubb (3:00). Good, were back to the better angle. Nice low burst off the snap, but then he just stopped before the whistle (3:08). They really like to have him block down on the DT a lot, and have the RB hit the DE (3:16). Great job getting outside on the Toss (3:26). He whiffed a little on the DB, but ended up hitting him just enough for the RB to get past him outside.

He showed better reactions this season. Watch the quick switch to the DT on the stunt. He absorbed the hit nicely, and then got his arms extended (3:37). He showed some snap bursting inside. Then watch the agility as he spin around and hit the DL behind him. Then he ended up pancaking him (3:48). He is a rare athlete at OT.

He got high, but still played with balance and leverage. He gave a great shove to the DT that moved him outside to the TE (3:55). Nice hop inside. Than the long arms to grab shirt. But he got too high. He has to sink those him and keep his feet moving to maintain blocks (4:15). Great hit on the bursting DT (4:22). However, you get a great look at his not bending. So he got jacked back to the QB. 

Great look at his great quick feet in pedal. He has the traits of an NFL OLT. He just doesn't know how to use them all yet (4:32). He pulled out to the sideline like a guided missile there, and blocked the DB out of bounds (4:42). Ineffective, but watch the great burst and agility to hop around the DT and try to block him (4:58). There is always so much bad with the good with him. More than any prospect in the Draft. He will definitely make your Draft, or break your heart. 

Watch this great short set and jab. He jolted one of the strongest DLs in this Draft off balance with just a jab. He has some great heavy hands sometime (5:07). Great quick pull in traffic. Then watch how fast he found the LB and hit him hard, and put him on skates for 5-yards (5:45). Nice slide, hand placement, and balance in pass pro (5:57). He can look so good sometimes, and then so bad, sometimes at the same time. But that was what you need him to do every time in pass pro, and he just doesn't.

Great suddenness to get into the DT on the opposite side. Great pivot and turn, to twist around the DT, and seal him outside (6:11). The Pats love to pull OLs outside to wipeout DBs on the edge, just like that. You cannot pull and block outside the numbers better than that (6:44). He has to be in a zone blocking and pulling scheme to play in the NFL, like the Pats. If the Pats go TE or CB at 23, they might have to take him at 31, or take a chance at 43. But than on the next play he'll look terrible, and you'll think, "why did I ever think the Pats would take him?"

I mean... I mean... he is the most athletic OT in this Draft. He scored a TD on a Screen in 2015 (that was the first time I saw him play), he had two last year, and now his forth TD on a screen pass (6:20). I mean... he even showed a some suddenness on the move inside to go inside his blocker.

That was a great 2nd effort block on Chubb to let his RB get in the endzone. Maybe he is just one of those guys that needs some time on the field to warm up (7:21). WTF (7:39). Nice quick feet, not just moving backwards, but mirroring side to side as well. Also with his hands up and his arms extended the whole way. That was his best reps in pass pro so far (8:14). Look how low he is in his stance now. He needs to stretch out more before he comes on the field (8:23). His feet were a little flat in that slide, and he stopped a little. But then he shoved the rusher into the turf. You can see he grabbed the rushers inside arm on the Dip, and pulled him down to the ground. He seems to continue to get better as the game goes on.

Nice kickslide. It looked like he redirected nicely from the inside rusher to the outside rusher smoothly (8:51). He stopped his slide, which is not good. But watch the great quick feet as he flowed past the QB with the rusher, and had to redirect back (9:12). Nice power on this rush (9:21). He hit the rusher and jolted him. But watch how the rusher grabbed and jammed his inside hand into his neck. But he was still able to slow and stop, and not let the rush get past him. Excellent pass pro.

He shuffled back a little, but then watch him shift into his kickslide on contact (9:38). He shuffled outside more than slide, but once there was contact the rush was done. He has much better hands than I remembered (9:48). Nice short kickslide. And again, once there is contact the rush is done (9:55). He short set here, and took him out with his heavy hands (10:12). Smooth feet shifting outside (10:21). Then watch the great hand fight he wins. 

Watch the great reaction in his slide as he weaved out, then in, and then back out in reaction to the rusher (10:30). Nice pull forward through the crack to go and hit the LB on the second level (10:41). That is a nice zone block on Justin Jones (10:21). He short set, which I hate (10:57). But watch the knee bend as he stayed back and jammed him with his arms fully extended. That form is really what you are looking for in the slide.

Excellent feet shifting outside to play the LB (11:17). Great look at his quick feet in his slide. And then the heavy hands that seem to stop the rusher almost instantly (11:25). He got better and better playing with his arms extended as the game went on. When he got his arms fully extended in impact, he wins over 90% of the time (11:34). He hopped outside with a great burst (11:21). Watch the great reaction as he sees the stunt, and hopped back inside, and pancaked Jones again.

Nice smooth slide, but he saw the blitzer late. Great reaction inside, but he just missed him. Then he saw his QB escaped and escorted him outside (11:55). He lost his technique completely as he tried to hop outside, but he recovered better than you could have asked, and pancaked Chubb (12:08). He shakes his hands as he moves back and outside (12:30). But once his hands are on the DE the rush is over. As bad as he was in the 1st quarter, he has been elite in the 2nd Half.

The rusher does a good job getting up field. O'Neil does a good job kicksliding back to meet him at the pass. The rusher does a great job slapping his hands down, and getting his outside shoulder. But O'Neil did a great job recovering and washing him past the QB (12:41). He catches the rusher as the QB took off. The rusher burst up and got a look at the QB (12:58). But watch the great recovery again. He took the big guy right out of the play.

Nice look at his slide with his arms extended (13:22). Watch the great burst backward to hit the DE, and end the rush before it started (13:49). He made it look easy sometimes. That was a great big impact to absorb so easily. He has such great balance and body control (14:07). Great reaction on the stunt (14:47). He redirected perfectly to the DT. 

O'Neil Vs NC ST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXW7A6eKWDs

O'Neil's Official Bio:

2017: Started all 12 games at left tackle…seamlessly moved to the left side after playing right tackle in 2016...extended his streak of consecutive starts to 37 contests…selected All-ACC by the league’s coaches (first team), Associated Press (first team) and Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) (third team)…against NC State, took a throwback lateral 10 yards to the cusp of the goal line…one play later, tailback Darrin Hall plunged in from a yard out to make it 14-14…the athletic O’Neill finished his Pitt career with three career rushes for 39 yards (13.0 avg.) and two touchdowns...named to the All-ACC Academic Football Team.

2016: Started all 13 games at right tackle...extended his streak of consecutive starts to 25 contests...while he was highly integral for Pitt's pass protection and nationally ranked running game, O'Neill actually carried the ball twice himself--scoring touchdowns each time...his initial carry came on a throwback lateral that went for a 24-yard TD in the Panthers' 37-34 win over Georgia Tech...reached the end zone again on an end-around play against Virginia Tech that resulted in a five-yard score...had two carries for 29 yards on the year (14.5 avg.) and even threw two passes (against Syracuse and Northwestern, both incomplete)...O'Neill's unconventional contributions earned him SB Nation's 2016 "Piesman Trophy," which honors offensive and defensive linemen who run, pass or catch the ball...SB Nation first team All-American...was an All-ACC selection by the coaches (second team) and media (third team).

2015: Switched from tight end to offensive tackle in July to fortify depth at the position following the offseason injury to Jaryd Jones-Smith…went on to play in all 13 games, starting the final 12 contests…in his first career start (at Akron, Sept. 12), played left tackle in place of the injured Adam Bisnowaty…started the balance of the season at right tackle. 

2014: Redshirted as a true freshman. 

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