Packers 1st Year Free Agent Scouting Report: Garth Gerhart, OC Arizona State/Cleveland Browns
- Garth Gerhart, OC Arizona State
- 6’1”/305 lbs
- Hometown – Norco, California
- 40 yard: 5.38
- 20 yard: 3.09
- 10 yard: 1.90
- Bench: 25
- Vertical: 30.5
- Broad: 96
- Shuttle: 4.27
- 3-cone: 7.63
Introduction: While not an undrafted rookie, Garth Gerhart falls into the same category as a player who not many people know about on the Packers squad who has a good chance of making the team. Garth, brother of current Vikings running back Toby Gerhart, went undrafted out of Arizona State in 2012 and was signed to the Browns practice squad, where he spend the entire season. Gerhart was signed onto the Packers practice squad 4 days before their loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs.
Pro Football Weekly: Good arm length and weight-room strength. Has a strong lower body and good base. Flashes a substantial punch. Works to position and get in the way. Smart and aware. Tough and competitive. Good character. Dependable, blue-collar worker. Experienced, three-year starter. Has NFL bloodlines.
Draft Insider: Zone-blocking lineman with marginal athletic skills. Incredibly quick in all aspects, uses effective body positioning and seals defenders from the action. Intelligent and effectively quarterbacks the offensive line. Works to get a pad on defenders and knocks them from their angle of attack.
- #52, playing center
- The shotgun snap error was mostly on him
- It’s very interesting how many times ASU runs the bubble screen, I’m not sure if it’s assignment or coincidence, but Garth doesn’t block anyone on any of occasions shown. Then again, if it’s a bubble screen going to the sideline, what chance does any center have in making a block anyways?
- Gets good movement up to the second level, but often ends up looking for someone to block. Again is this coincidence?
- Does a good job switching assignments and helping out his guards
- At 3:22, Gerhart actually slides out and blocks the pass rushing defensive end, quite impressive (Ironically, the defensive end turns out to be none other than Nick Perry!)
- Better technician than athlete, keeps his feet under him and usually stalemates his defender. He’s not going to throw many pancake blocks or just wall off a defender, but will get the job done.
Packers rationale: Gerhart reminds me a lot of Scott Wells, neither is a physical specimen on the offensive line nor are either dominant blockers by any means, but both make up for their physical limitations with good technique and good teamwork with their teammates. Perhaps more importantly, Gerhart fits the Aaron Rodgers “butt height” test almost to a T and his physical dimensions are much more similar to Wells, EDS and Jeff Saturday than any other offensive linemen on currently on the roster. Add to that Gerhart’s experience playing both guard and center in college plus a full year on a NFL roster (even the Browns have a NFL caliber weight room and conditioning staff) and Gerhart might actually be my dark horse player to make it on the team; he wouldn’t be a conversion project at center unlike any of the other linemen and could function as the swing interior linemen without having to learn a new position.——————
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.