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Brandon Vitabile NFL Draft Scouting Report

Will a team take a flier on Northwestern's anchor?

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Brandon Vitabile has been one of Northwestern's steadiest players over the years, a two-time Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection and the anchor right in the middle of the offensive line. Could Vitabile be a sleeper to go on Day 3 of the NFL Draft right here in Chicago?





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Vitabile is a stout, strong player with good balance and a low center of gravity. He's strong enough to redirect from the center position and maintains a wide base, vital to not being overpowered by the Vince Wilforks of the world coming at you off the snap. He doesn't have great athleticism, but he won't lunge and make mistakes either. He also stays on the field, playing almost 98 percent of offensive snaps over the past three years.


While he is strong, he is a little stubby too, with short arms and legs that may be a problem at the next level while trying to contain quicker defenders. His short arms also hinder him in sustaining blocks, meaning defenders have an easier time shedding his blocks and getting past him. Going along with that, analysts have noted he needs to work on finishing his blocks, rather than letting his opponent leak into the play.


Vitabile is a strong, consistent player who has demonstrated good leadership and work ethic and has been an anchor of Northwestern's offensive line for years. Most projections don't have him making it into the seven rounds, but it seems like most agree he will probably get a look as an undrafted free agent.