April 26, 2003

Jon Stinchcomb - Offensive Tackle, Georgia

Jon Stinchcomb
Offensive Tackle, University Of Georgia

6'5", 302 pounds, 5.10/40

Thirty-seventh Overall Pick, Second Round

The Saints prepared us by saying that they would take the best player available on their draft board. Clearly following that strategy, they draw their third Georgia Bulldog in seasons, Jon Stinchcomb. Brother of Raiders T Matt Stinchcomb, Jon shares his brother's ability and talent but not his injury problems. Jon tore his ACL in high school, and had shoulder surgery in 2000, but has otherwise been very durable. Matt has had his effectiveness and future severely limited by injury. Jon in his career at Georgia has been an excellent student and is clearly a bright football mind. Was voted the best SEC offensive lineman as a senior this past season.

Very tall, lean body. 35" vertical jump is very impressive, and had 35 repetitions of 225 pounds at his personal workout. Has added 20 pounds of muscle to his frame this offseason, and could add another 20. 34 1/4 inch arms, which are more than adequate. Runs fairly well and ran a 4.91 at the combine. Fundamentally, as expected from such an intelligent player, he is rock solid.

Capable of playing left or right tackle, or even to move inside to guard, at a high level as a rookie. Stinchcomb played very well at the Senior Bowl. He developed nicely through his college career but was never a truly dominant force.

"Strengths are upper body strength, fundamentals, versatility. Has struggled a little bit as far as consistency goes. Got good feet, and a good nature athlete. More effective in pass protection than down hill run blocking. I want to know where they are going to play him at?"

"Good feet, good hands, good athleticism. Hasn't really put it all together for a long amount of time. Well coached."

Stinchcomb is good value at the beginning of the first round, considered by scouts that NFL talked to as a late first round pick. While he may not break into the starting lineup immediately with Wayne Gandy and Victor Riley starting at tackle, he should provide solid depth. Could also move to guard, which would make much more sense for him being drafted. Other players the Saints were considering with the fifth pick in the second round were DB Rashean Mathis, OLB Pisa Tinoisamoa, G Montrae Holland, and C Al Johnson.

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