Tony GarciaOLT Troy

6-6, 302, (U) 5.15, 31" Vert!

33.3" Arms, 24 Reps,  

9" Broad, 7.98 3-Cone, 4.94 SS

Second Chance. 

By TOM

Garcia is attempting the impossible. He is trying to comeback from blood clots (plural) in his lungs (plural!) That scares the crap out of me. He is currently cleared to play football. He is working on regaining the 40-pounds he lost as he recovered from whatever condition that caused the terrify blood clots. 

I'm not saying he is still an OLT in the NFL. "Just got cleared to play again!!!," Garcia said on Instagram. "God is good." He was able to start lifting and working with the team three or four months ago. 

He showed up at the Combine at 302, which indicated that he was down to around 260-pounds after losing about 40-pounds. "He was below 280 (pounds) in the spring and was below 290 at one point in the fall," a scout said. "So I'm not sure how much weight he can actually carry." The good news is that at least mentally, he was in the Pats program for a year.

So while you have to treat him as a rookie, as he regains that 40-pounds, he does have a step up mentally, and will be in his second year in the system. "Great environment, great people, I had a great time visiting," Garcia said. "Looking forward to getting up there. I look forward to getting better under [coaching staff's] tutelage." He is a developmental guy who most thought would take two to three years to develop.

He is back in the system working full time and is not exactly limited, but not rushed either. "Garcia resumed working out a few months ago and is expected to make a full recovery," Jeff Howe wrote. "However, he is still working to regain most of that weight and strength, so the Patriots aren’t rushing him or assuming anything in regard to his return to the field. It’s believed he can play again, but no one wants to put a timetable on him." Which means he is expected to not just make a full recovery, but be on the field in training camp. 

That is what he will spend the next 3 or 4 months working towards. "I know the Patriots are definitely a winning organization," Garcia said. "I'm just excited to work with all of the coaches there, especially the offensive line coach there [Scarnecchia]. I met him. Met with him, sat down with him and I look forward to just getting better under his tutelage." He will have had two off seasons with Scar when training camp starts.

So it is all about hard work for the very talented kid. "Oh, yeah, no doubt," Troy's OL-coach Matt Moore said. "He played the game so hard, and he was long and athletic. The biggest question was, could he get his body to the size to be able to handle the speed, the bull-rush moves in the NFL." He could play during the preseason. 

He played with some nasty at Troy. "He was an alpha male. Nobody messed with him," Moore said. "He's not vocal, he didn't give any pep talks or anything. But they knew he was going to go full-speed." He played through the whistle. 

He apparently learned that mean and nasty trait in practice at Troy. "In scrimmages or just in practice, he'd get a hold of a defensive lineman and got him on his toes, he'd just swing him and dump him to the ground," Moore said. "We're trying to take care of each other. He said, 'Coach, I can't help it. I just want to finish him.' It was hard to teach him, we can't take that linebacker and run him up into the sideline and step over other people. Now on (Saturdays), let's do it. But not in practice. We had to put it on film and show the team. He's got that nastiness in him." If you want to get on the field for the Pats, you have to be a great practice player.

He has played his entire career at Troy at less than 300-pounds. So while showing that he could get over 300-pounds and still be athletic at the 2017 Combine, he is used to playing at less than 300-pounds. He is unlikely to get back up over 300-pounds this season. 

He has the athleticism to play OLT in the NFL. He is terrific moving backwards, and he has great quicks moving laterally. Those are three must traits to play in the NFL. Great job holding shirt while keeping in balance and speed moving backwards. 

I don't remember why I didn't finish this. I got about half way through Clemson and stopped. I think it was the blot clot story that through me for a loop. I am not a fan of blood clots. But this was my evaluation of Garcia last year:

A Year Ago:

Garcia is a big mean small school OLT prospect, who also played on the right earlier his career at Troy. "I mean, I'd say primarily [he's a left tackle]," BB said. "He might have played over there on the right a little bit, but he's mainly been on the left side." He looked to me like he could develop into on OLT at the Senior Bowl. 

He could step in at ORT as a 2nd year player and develop into a very good Pro, and hopefully OLT before year three. He will lose off the snap to the smaller speed rusher sometimes, but then hold on with his pure brute strength and win the play in the end. Nice violent hands that he uses to punish rushers on run downs. He wears those fast guys down by the 4th quarter. 

The Pats traded up to pick both OLTs Garcia and McDermott. "I think in those situations it's really a factor of with your 6th and 7th round pick, if you move up, you moved up three spots and gave up a 7th round pick, so I think it's just a matter of in that situation we have a 6th and a 7th round pick," Cesario said. "We're looking up at the board and saying how many of those players would we actually pick? Well, if we're not going to pick them or we think we can get them after the draft, well let's just make sure we get a player that we actually like. I would say it's more a product of just getting the player, trying to secure his services and getting him here than anything else. 

"We're just trying to get the players here and then once they're here, then everything else sort of takes care of itself. There is competition. They're going to have to compete with whoever is here and however the competition plays out, we don't control that. That's not up to me. The player's performance will ultimately dictate how that all shakes itself out. We just try to get the players here. However we do it, I mean giving up a seventh round pick to [move] three or four spots is just to make sure we get the guy. That's all we're trying to do." When you trade up for guys, especially the Pats who never do, you really like the guy. 

Not only that, but they gave up a 4th, to move up in the 3rd, to take Garcia. "It's really the same philosophy. Where we were picking, we were at 124 and 141, I want to say. So how many of those guys have a grade that we would say we're going to pick them here and we're going to feel comfortable with them? Or we have a player that we like. okay let's just make sure that we get the player here. If we have to give up a little bit in order to get him, it's really just a matter of draft positioning and draft strategy. So I think the focus is on the player. Let's figure out a way to get him here. Let's get him here and if we can trade up and get him, great," Cesario said. "And then part of it is, too, based on what other teams are doing behind you. So that's where kind of your pro scouting, your needs analysis comes into play. Each team is up there that's behind us. So we're looking at that going, 'okay what are their needs?' Maybe they're looking at the same player. Alright, well, why risk it? Let's sit there and wait and let's hope it happens. Or, you know what, it looks like there might be an opportunity for us to move in if a team is willing to trade. 

"I mean, we traded with Tennessee and Detroit. We've got a great relationship with them and they were willing to do it. The trades really happen like that. I mean, there's a lot of talk, 'Well, they talk before the draft about trading up, trading down.' It's really you're looking up there going alright, who are the players you like, where are we picking, do we think the guy is going to make it there? Well, we're not sure. Let's see if somebody's interested in trading. At that point, it's all player-driven and player-specific, so we just try to make a good decision and get the player, try to secure his services and get him here." That is just something they never do, unless they really-really think he can be a starter in the NFL, and Don't forget they only had five or six Day Three picks this year (or last year;).

Nice strong hands. "We'll see how it goes," BB said. "He's played tackle. So he's got the length and I think the athleticism to play tackle. We'll see how it goes. I don't know." He can grab the rusher by the arm and control him. 

He was one of the nastiest players at the Combine. "When you're evaluating a player, you're kind of evaluating the athletic component and there's a playing style component. The NFL is a tough game. It's a very violent game. It's a physical game. So if you're not tough, if you're not physical, then you're probably not going to last very long. You like to see guys that have a good playing style, that have an edge," Caserio said when asked about Garcia's reputation as a nasty player. "I mean, it's a physical game, so it's running, it's blocking, it's tackling. This isn't patty cake. So you've got to go out there. It says something about their physical toughness and then they have the mental toughness, so you're putting everything together. Ultimately, it's when they get on the field, it's being able to perform at a good level and being able to perform at a winning level to help our team. I mean, that's the most important thing in the end." He also showed that nastiness on tape at Troy.

Great power blocker when he gets low, and drives the DT five yards sideways. Great job sliding inside in pass pro to block the DT. He played in a wacky shotgun offense, where they passed all the time. He has a ton of experience on the left edge in pass pro. He can impact the blitzing OLB up on the draw, and then jam him back past the line. 

He played in a two-point stance too much at Troy. "Today we were able to move around a little bit. We ended up taking two players, one on each side of the ball," BB said. "We took Antonio Garcia here in the last pick, a tackle from Troy [University]. He was here last week. [I] had a good visit with him. We'll see how that goes, but I think he'll be competitive. He's done a good job for them down there." But if he plays OLT for the Pats he might still use a 2-point stance on passing downs. 

I think he will be an OLT in the NFL. "From a consistency standpoint, I’m not there yet on him." the scout said. "He’s not [great] in the run game. He played in a two-point the entire time. He didn’t tee off the ball on people." Solder lined up n a 3-point stance sometimes on 3rd and longs. 

I though he could be ready by year three. "He’s raw and he’ll make mistakes, but I like his tenacity." a scout said, "Not very football intelligent. At the Combine he looked shell-shocked. Didn’t know where the hell he was. He’ll get drafted late. Not a big fan." They will have a few years to get his technique to match his nasty. 

With Scar at OL-coach, the Pats like the smaller quicker zone blocking guys. "I finished watching him at the Senior Bowl and I've [watched tape of] two regular season games," an OL-coach said. "He's got a really crisp punch and you can see he has the feet and some strength, but I think he's going to be too small. He's a thin-waist guy and he doesn't look like he can hold weight. It's pretty hard to be 295 to 305. and make it anymore in the league as a starter." He has the length and feet, and all rookies get much stronger once they are in their teams "Strength Program". 

Additional Notes:

Combine: He played against Clemson, and caused so much trouble that punches where thrown. He does have some speed pulling to the left. "He was below 280 in the spring and was below 290 at one point in the fall," a scout said. "So I'm not sure how much weight he can actually carry." But he weighed in at 302 at the Combine. He looked like he was great athlete. He looked like he had the athleticism to play OLT in the NFL. Loved his feet moving backwards. 

Senior Bowl: Nice job cutting the speed rusher off at the pass. Nice power step when quick rusher fakes outside, and then breaks inside. I like his kickslide better than Ramcyzk right now. He has some nice technique, and can play with some power. He could end up being the surprise OLT from this Draft. He is not my highest rated OLT (I think third right now), but he could be the best of the bunch. He looked like it at the Senior Bowl. He played better at the SB than he did at Troy.

He played very well with his arms extended in drills at Senior Bowl. "I spoke with Carolina Panthers offensive line coach Ray Brown last night, and he was very complimentary of Troy offensive tackle Antonio Garcia," Pauline wrote. "Brown said Garcia’s hand use, specifically the way he properly places his hands into opponents and extends to keep defenders away, is a trait not often found in college linemen, who usually prefer to lean on opponents. It’s a small thing that has separated Garcia from many of the blockers in attendance." I was also impressed with his hands. 

Not always nifty in space. Running outside to block is not his thing. Very strong hands that he can use to grab shirt, and pull the rusher down and almost off his feet. He can get beat by pure speed. He can get beat low when he doesn't bend his knees. He does a good job keeping his hands in the rushers shirt as he slaps, chops, and punch them. He has heavy hands and plays with some nasty. 

I thought he was terrific on Tape against Basham, and was surpassingly good at SB. "This makes our own josh Norris very happy, as Norris considered Garcia the top lineman at the Senior Bowl and the top tackle on the board," Pauline wrote. "Garcia lost a few one on one reps at the Senior Bowl, but do not let that mask the fact that he offers skills that are difficult to find in any draft class: a combination of athleticism and aggression to finish off plays. Turn on his tape against Clemson and you will be impressed." I had him as a 3rd Round pick, right about where the Pats took him, based on the game against Youngtown and the Senior Bowl.

Youngstown ST: He can be a bit of a waist bender. When he gets his hands on the big speed rusher, he stops him fast when he can hold on and he always keeps his feet moving. When he gets low, he can jam the DE in the gut and drive him past the QB. He is more than happy to just stalemate the edgerusher. He got beat up a little by Basham. 

He can really stop his kickslide and give a great hit on the DE. When he gets his heavy hand on the rusher, you can see the rusher shake from the jolt. He does a nice job letting the DE run himself out of the play on draws. He can get so low that he can drive the DE's head into the ground on the goal line. He has some quicks moving backwards. He will get a little high sometimes, and get jammed up. But can hold and recover with strength. 

TROY: "Representatives from eight teams attended the pro day to watch 10 players work out outdoors on FieldTurf. Included in the NFL contingent were OL coaches from the Eagles, Jets, Panthers and Bears to see one particular player," Gil Bryant wrote. 'OT Antonio Garcia (6-6 1/2, 300) ran the three-cone in 7.72 seconds, and stood on the rest of his combine numbers. He had an exceptional workout, and was very aggressive hitting the bag. He's a Day 2 pick -- end of Round 2 or top of Round 3.'"

Garcia Vs Clemson 2016:

Not great technique, but you can see his has the quicks, suddenness, and athleticism to play some OLT in the NFL. He also has natural hand placement (:01). Please note: he is going against Clelin Ferrell, who most had going in the 1st Round of 2018 Draft. He is not a scrub. Garcia absorbed Ferrell's great initial burst, and turned and sealed him easily (:07). He pushed him past the QB, but it opened a lane to the QB (:14). Watch him use his quick feet to slide back up field and block the lane to his QB. Then he clamps on, and you see some of the nasty playing after the whistle.

If worse comes to worse can he play OLG? Just watch the power and nasty as he blocks down on the DT (:21). Watch the nice smooth kickslide against speed. That is a better slide than any guy they have going in the 1st this year. Then the turn and bail, and he washed him past the QB (:28). Seriously, the OLT prospects in the 2017 Draft too rarely kickslid. Never mind a nice slide like that against air (:39). He easily slides back against the Clemson speed (:45). Then watch how he got real low and push the DE up and out of his rush. That is great pass pro. Last reminder: Garcia is a small school guy, going up against the World Champion Clemson team that was top two (with Alabama) as the most talented D-line in football.

Beautiful slide mirroring backwards. That is better than any slide I saw form McGlinchey, Williams, or Miller last season (:51). Not a slide, but he got back against some top speed and made it look easy (1:07). Did I say he plays with some nasty? Oh, and he has heavy hands (1:14). I love the way he plays with his arms extended (1:41), and how he always seems to get an extra shove in.

He used his feet and hands to absorb that great blast off. You can see his great hand placement inside that allowed him to grab shirt with impunity. He also showed that nice punch again (1:25). Feet, nastiness, and heavy hands (1:45). Then he drove the great edge guy into the turf.

He made it look easy against top speed (1:53). Nice slide. Then he stops and bends the big DL like a pretzel on the double (1:57). The speed rusher tried to go under him. Watch the upper body power as he twisted him to the ground with his strong hands (2:05). Watch the switch, as he thought the outside rusher was coming. The DE flashed past him. When he saw the outside guy was coming, he switched off to the DE easy as pie. (2:14). Great look at the one-handed switch with the eyes on the blitzer (2:22). And as you can see the rest of the Troy offense was getting overwhelmed by the great Clemson Champ Defense.

Great block on the ILB, he popped him back and to the side, and spun him like a spinning top (2:39). You really get to see how far backwards he has to move against the great speed rusher, and then the nasty at the end (2:50). Amazing switch on the inside DL, and the power to twist and spin the big DL (3:11). Terrific initial burst backwards in this pass pro (3:17). He gave up a little too much on the slide (3:38). But it was a backside play that helped fool the rusher.

It is amazing how many Clemson guys he threw to the ground (3:52). He had to bail against the speed there. You'd like to see him slide back and meet him at the pass (4:27). You know? We haven't seem him get to the 2nd level. I wonder if he can take out the LB on the 2nd level? I think that's a yes (4:33). Easily shuffled inside to take the DT (4:40). Wash him easily push the speed past the QB (4:46). This is better Tape than any of the top guys in this years Draft. Besides Tyrell Crosby, this is the best after breaking down all the top OLT in the 2018 Draft.

Excellent kickslide that ended in a pancake (4:54). Great look at the inside hand that he has been using to jam rushers off balance and out of the play all game. The best part of his game maybe that great inside club, grab, and pull and/or shove (5:11). He got beat inside (5:27). That was the first time he was beat in this game.

He just held his position moving backwards perfectly (5:32). He does tend to stop sliding on contact sometime (5:33). Great quick burst inside in the run game (5:38). Smart blocker who let the DL go the wrong way, and waited patiently for him to turn back to hit him (5:51). They sent three guys to his lane, and he picked up the right one perfectly (5:58). Smart blocker who worked very hard to understand scheme, and his responsibility on each play. 

Okay that's enough. I am not even joking, that is better Tape than: McGlinchey, Miller, Rankins, Miller, O-Neil, and Okorafor. I have been making Tapes of OLT's all week, and that is the best I've seen. I don't know if he can get back to that level, and he has to go far beyond that to play in the NFL, but he was the best moving backwards of those seven guys. 

Garcia Vs Clemson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52AIR8nxhgY

Garcia's Official Bio:

2016 All-Sun Belt First Team.
2015 All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention.

2016 (Senior): Did not allow a sack in over 900 offensive snaps to lead an offensive line that led in the country in fewest sacks allowed (9) … Credited with over 70 knockdown blocks on the year … Led an offensive line that paved the way for Jordan Chunn to become the ninth 1,000-yard rusher in school history; Chunn also set the school career rushed touchdown record and finished one shy of the single-season record … Troy averaged 33.7 points and 429.6 yards per game behind the Garica-led offensive line … Particularly strong against Clemson with a 90 grade and six knockdown blocks … Recorded 12 knockdown blocks in only 78 snaps played at Idaho (9-win team) … Graded out at 90 percent or better against opponents with nine or more wins (App State, Clemson, Idaho).

2015 (Junior): Started all 12 games at left tackle to extend his streak of consecutive games started to a team-high 24 games heading into the 2016 season … Named to the All-Sun Belt Team as an honorable mention selection … Allowed just three sacks all season in over 780 snaps with 33 knockdown blocks, nine great blocks and five game grades over 90 percent … Ended the season with four straight games over 90 percent … Recorded a season-high nine knockdown blocks with an 87 grade against South Alabama … Played a season-high 88 snaps with a pair of knockdowns and two great blocks in Troy’s triple-overtime game at Appalachian State … Did not allow a sack and recorded four knockdowns with a 90 grade in 82 snaps at Mississippi State … Leader of Troy’s offensive line that blocked for 1,000-yard rusher Brandon Burks; just the eighth in Troy history … Troy’s offensive line ranked second in the league in fewest sacks allowed (not counting Georgia Southern, who attempted just 129 passes all season).

2014 (Sophomore): Started all 12 games at left tackle … Played 630 snaps on the year, which was the third most among offensive linemen … Led the Trojans with 35 knockdown blocks on the season and allowed just 2.5 sacks … Played a season-high 78 snaps in Troy’s victory at Idaho; did not allow a sack and had five knockdown blocks … Allowed just half a sack over the final seven games of the season … Graded out at a season-high 98 in Troy’s victory against Georgia State; finished the year with an 87 grade … Recorded at least one knockdown in 11-of-12 games and multiple knockdowns in eight games … Graded out at 90 percent or better in the final four games and 88 or better in the final six contests … Key piece of an offensive line that protected for NCAA record-setting quarterback Brandon Silvers; Silvers set the NCAA FBS record for completion percentage by a freshman as he completed 191 of his 271 pass attempts (70.5 percent) 

2013 (RS-Freshman): Started the first six games of the season at left tackle before an injury cut short the rest of his season … Recorded 10.5 knockdown blocks in 381 snaps in his six games of action … Graded out at 72.7 percent for the year … Posted a season-high 83 percent grade in 40 snaps against Savannah State … Played a season-high 94 snaps at Arkansas State and played 92 snaps with a season-best 3.5 knockdown blocks at Duke … Part of an offensive line that paved the way for Jordan Chunn to earn Freshman All-America honors after he rushed for 14 touchdowns … Troy led the Sun Belt Conference in total offense (463.3), passing offense (322.3) and scoring offense (34.1) … As an offensive unit, Troy’s offensive line finished second in the Sun Belt and 35th nationally with only 19 sacks allowed; Troy led the league by allowing a sack once every 25.4 pass attempts.

2012 (Freshman): Redshirted.

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