Interesting to see posted the *supposed* knocks on Kilgore:
1. Too light- barely over 300 lbs
2. "Looks soft"
3. Only 23 reps (combine bench press)
Since OL isn't the flashiest position, I wonder if maybe some of you aren't seeing what OL coaches KNOW TO LOOK FOR. Not that I'm a OLine expert (played high school football and wasn't even a starter), but I know that "looks soft" isn't exactly the thought process of a NFL Scout. I'd take a NASTY ATTITUDE, GREAT FOOTWORK, and LOWER BODY STRENGTH for the Guard position.What does bench reps got to do with it? Anything over 20ish is fine. What do you want from a 5th round pick?
Weight and "looking soft" can be addressed with a whole season and off season with NFL Professional Trainers and Coaching. Look who his team mates are: Iupati and Staley are great, young talent that he can learn from also.
Kilgore has an ATTITUDE, and to me, Oline play is about having an attitude. Look at Chilo, who had the weight you want, the size you want and the bench press reps you want. He was a BUST, so clearly there is more to Oline play then those.
*We traded UP to get him
*He will have this whole off season of work
*He has a year in the system, with the staff and team
*He had great footwork in college and showed flexibility
*He has a NASTY attitude and will play to the whistle
*He has a better pass protection skill set then Snyder and Rachel
Nasty Attitude + Great Footwork > "looks soft" + "too light"
That all being said, I do NOT think he is a Pro Bowler. I think he can pick up where Snyder left off but with a more balanced skill set (not just a road grader). I agree he is more like a Harvey Dahl, Chris Dalman type of player. He isn't going to dominate Top level DTs, but I don't see Kilgore as giving up any sacks to them either. He won't move the pile, but he will hold his own.
[ Edited by GoldandGarnet on Apr 7, 2012 at 7:14 AM ]