SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 23: USC Trojans offensive lineman Andrew Vorhees (72) in action during a game between the USC Trojans and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on October 23, 2021 at Notre Dame Stadium, in South Bend, IN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 23: USC Trojans offensive lineman Andrew Vorhees (72) in action during a game between the USC Trojans and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on October 23, 2021 at Notre Dame Stadium, in South Bend, IN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Andrew Vorhees: Aggression of a Guard and Athleticism of a Tackle

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Everyone wants quarterbacks, wide receivers, edge rushers and cornerbacks in the first-round.

However, some lucky team is going to score USC left guard (LG) Andrew Vorhees.

While selecting Vorhees is not the sexiest first-round pick, he will prove to be a great value pick.

He’s the type of prospect a team can plug in at guard and throw away the key for the next decade.

Vorhees has excellent characteristics

He’s quick and he has quick reflexes.

In addition, he plays with a high energy level and consistently gives it everything he has to give.

The thing that struck me watching Vorhees on game film is he is extremely active as well.

He additionally looks to always provide help. It’s no problem for him to go outside and give the edge rusher a physical shove the offensive tackle is battling.

These are the types of characteristics that take a big guy like Vorhees and make him a great prospect.

He is a complete guard who offers versatility

There are a lot of offensive linemen who are better at pass protection than run blocking or vice versa.

One of the things that is cool about Vorhees is he equally talented at both.

My notes reflected a lot of positive comments in pass protection and run blocking and not much in the negative columns.

In addition to playing LG in this three-game study, Vorhees has logged starts at left tackle and right guard as well.

Having that kind of versatility is a big plus.

The biggest negative

It was his struggles against power bull-rushes.

In this three-game study, he consistently showed he could get rocked back hard at times in pass protection.

However, even when this did happen, Vorhees managed to eventually hunker down at the end before pressure became a sack. I just didn’t like how much ground in the pocket he gave up in these situations.

This guy is aggressive

He has able to hunker down because of how aggressive and competitive he is.

Aggression wins and at the end of a game those in the trenches know who won or lost the battles where the big men line-up. They also know who would like to play another quarter and who wouldn’t.

One of the things I love most about Vorhees is he consistently shows on game film he is extremely aggressive. He is always out there battling, fighting and finishing blocks to the turf.

#72 Andrew Vorhees 6-foot-6, 325 pounds

Daniel Kelly’s Grade: First-Round – Early Fall 2022 Report

First-Round Mock Big Board: TBD

Projected by 13.7% of the NFL Draft Community to be a first-round pick as of October 20, 2022 (nflmockdraftdatabase.com)

2021 game film reviewed: Utah, Stanford and Washington State (click to watch games viewed to form this evaluation)

Level of competition: High

2021 stats: 11 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, 1 sack surrendered (played in 12 games)

2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report:

Athletic and aggressive complete guard with good techniques and quickness. In pass protection, he does an excellent job of squaring up and maintaining a nice wide base, while placing his quick hands high to the outside. He is a fighter who battles, while showing good balance and a center of gravity. Alert and uses his size, natural strength and long arms to reach and maintain control. Absorbs well but showed average anchor against authoritative bull rushes. Still managed to win with effort. Provides help and good in combo blocks. Will go out of his way to help out. Solid on stunts, but didn’t do well against two delayed blitzes. Physicality came out in the run game. Highly competitive positional and leverage blocker and showed he could turn inside/out to open and seal off lanes. Decent sustain, but sometimes lost too soon. Can pull, get to second level and even further downfield. Looks the part in space. Experienced lineman a team can win with.

What to watch for during the 2022 college football season:

  1. How does he look vs. bull rushes in pass pro?
  2. How many pressures and sacks does he give up?
  3. 2019 season ending surgery to repair foot cartilage – does he stay healthy?
  4. How does he look sustaining run blocks in space?

I liked Vorhees consistently in the three games I watched him in, and I think he has a bright future ahead of him in the NFL.

Daniel Kelly is a former NFL Scout with the New York Jets. He was hired on the regime which featured Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Scott Pioli, Mike Tannenbaum, and Dick Haley. He currently writes for Sports Illustrated New York Jets and he is the Editor-in-Chief for First Round Mock. For more information about him visit his website at whateverittakesbook.com. He can be followed on Twitter @firstroundmock.

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