2014 NFL Draft Player Profiles – Illinois State T/G Josh Aladenoye

By Alex Kozora

With the regular season over, our focus has shifted to the offseason. For the next few months, I’ll be providing scouting reports on prospects. Some the Pittsburgh Steelers may look at. Other top players that will be off the board before the Steelers select. All to make you as prepared for the 2014 NFL Draft as possible.

A look at a small school prospect, Illinois State’s Josh Aladenoye.

Josh Aladenoye/OG Illinois St: 6’6 325

The Good

– Huge frame, possesses big lower half and a lot of length

– Solid run blocker, will show flashes of dominance

– Uses size to seal defenders

– Coordinated player, carries lower half and shows good leg drive in the run game

– Sticks to his blocks

– Plays with a mean streak and looks to finish his blocks

– Light on his feet and keeps his legs moving in pass protection

– Shows good bend for his size off his kickslide, capable of getting his butt down

– Big school pedigree

The Bad

– Lacks lateral movement to play tackle

– Will lean when he’s at risk of being beat around the edge

– Hand placement all over the place

– Gets grabby in the run game

– Initial punch is too high and usually not very strong

– Exposes his chest, lets defensive ends into his pads too easily in pass pro

– Phone booth blocker, does not do well in space and struggled when asked to reach block in ISU’s zone blocking scheme

– Slow off the snap in both phases

Other

– Spent 2009-2011 at Oklahoma as a reserve lineman

– Moved to defensive tackle shortly before transferring to ISU

– 2012 Missouri Valley Conference All-Newcomer Selection

– Started 13 games at right tackle in 2012, spent 2013 at left tackle

– 2nd Team MVC as a senior

– 36th ranked lineman by Scout.com coming out of high school

– Last name pronounced uh-LAD-uh-noy

Illinois State was kind enough to share game tape with me, giving me a chance to evaluate him. Aladenoye is not a “big” name but is getting some love as a small school sleeper though not to the degree of players like North Dakota State’s Billy Turner. NFL Draft Scout currently has the former Redhawk ranked as their 42nd tackle.

Though to be clear, it’s painfully obvious he’s going to have to move to guard. Even Illinois State’s head coach said as much noting, “I think he would be a very good guard in the NFL. Some people are looking at him as a right tackle. He doesn’t quite have the speed for left tackle.”

He’s not as talented and won’t go nearly as high, but I get a Mike Adams feel with Aladenoye. He’s a powerful run blocker that uses his size well as noted above. Watch him (#73, playing at left tackle) run the end down the line against Ball State, letting his running back go for a big gain.

He flashes his mean streak later in the game.

Whever he lands, he needs to play in a power scheme that won’t ask him to execute many reach/scoop blocks or get to the second level very often.

But there are many technique issues to be fixed and until that point, he’s going to struggle in pass protection. Hand placement the biggest worry.

Two stills of his hands way too high, grabbing the facemask of the defensive end.

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And an animation of him literally taking an end’s helmet off late in the Ball State game.

That more than the lack of lateral movement is why he has to move inside to guard.

Now, obviously, it’s something that could be corrected with good coaching and a strong work ethic. But he is a project and at best, a late Day Three selection.

Projection: 7th round-Priority Free Agent

Games Watched: at Ball St, at Youngstown St, at North Dakota St

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  • srdan

    Oh man, we got enough projects on the OL and right now nobody to execute them.

  • steeltown

    No way they draft OG in this draft

    Pouncey, DeCastro, Foster, Beachum, Embernate, Hubbard and Snow are all OG capable and that’s not even including the FAs Wallace, Velasco, Whimper and Olsen… we need Tackle prospects!

  • Chad H

    I live in ND and watch all the NDSU games. If Billy Turner is on the board in rd 4 I would grab him. This guy has been solid his entire college career. NDSU 3 time champs!

  • Callentown

    I like the scouting article concept, but not sure why we’re looking at 7th rd/FA’s this soon. *shrug*

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Agree completely. Why not do a summary of the players we could look at in round one based on the needs analysis you have already done of the D and O. Shouldn’t be that hard. WRs…Watkins, Evans, Lee, Benjamin, etc. TE…OT….DL…OLB…ILB…CB….S. What guys would be options at each of the positions.

  • steeltown

    Well its a long offseason..I sort of remember last year reading an analysis about Embernate in the offseason, that said I would start with Rd 1 prospects and move backwards

  • Patrick Reid

    From what I’ve seen of Embernasty on film, he seems like just that, “NASTY”. Which is what we could use on the oline. So disappointed that he got hurt last year in camp. I still think he can be a steal. His shoulder injury coming out of SD ST might have kept him from being drafted.

  • steeltown

    Think about Cody Wallace and Embernate as interior depth for the foreseeable future, it could happen