Packers Prospect Profile — OL Jason Pinkston, University of Pittsburgh
Height: 6’3″ Weight: 313 lbs.
Born: September 5, 1987 From: Pittsburgh, PA
2) High School / College Highlights: Pinkston, a two-time All-Big East left offensive tackle, projects as a right tackle in the NFL, or possibly a guard. Either way, his college career was impressive. Pittsburgh produced a 1,000-yard rusher in each of Pinkston’s three seasons as a starter. His versatility also helped him hold his own in pass protection against both speed and power rushers.
Pinkston came to Pittsburgh as a defensive tackle before getting switched to the offensive side in September of his freshman season. He started three games at right tackle his sophomore season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury and earning a medical redshirt.
3) College Stats: 41 career starts, 38 at left tackle.
4) NFL Combine Results: 5.39 40-yard dash, 7.88 three-cone drill, 4.91 20-yard shuttle, 22.0 bench press, 26.5 vertical jump, 08’02″ broad jump.
5) Strengths/Weaknesses: Most analysts highlight Pinkston’s effort and point out that his “motor” is always running no matter the situation, or who is lined up across from him. He also has the size and body shape to play guard, as well as the athleticism to hold his own at tackle.
Negatives include “extra weight in the midsection” (translation: he needs to mix in a salad) and doubts about his ability to handle NFL edge rushers. He also commits early to an opponent’s move, which makes him vulnerable to delayed or secondary rushes.
6) Fit for the Packers: I get the sense that Pinkston is viewed as a step or two above a project. He’s talented enough to possibly contribute right away, but it will likely take a year or two before he’s fully ready. Do the Packers need another project on the offensive line? If Ted Thompson thinks Pinkston’s talent might be worth the wait, why not?
Football teams with bad offensive lines annoy me. They’re a chore to watch. The Packers line played surprisingly well last season and I’d like to see that continue into the future. I will likely endorse any draft pick spent on an offensive lineman, including Pinkston. Just don’t be surprised if he doesn’t challenge for a starting job right away.
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