Today’s draft nugget is center Bryan Stork of Florida State (6’4″, 315), an interesting player that scouts have given mixed grades over the past months.
Many fans and pundits believe the Giants could be eyeing a center later on in the draft. One of those players could be Stork. A solid and dependable blocker in both the run and pass game, the 2013 Rimington Trophy winner could be a mid-to-late round steal for a team looking to develop a center.
With the Giants focusing on bringing in the best available players in the first 3-4 rounds, they won’t get around to taking fliers until Saturday. With two fifth round picks, the Giants might get lucky with a player such as Stork on Day Three.
What’s being said about Stork….
CBSSports.com: Stork closed out his career by winning the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center while also earning First Team All-ACC honors by the league’s coaches as well as the media. He started 40 career games, and helped pave the way for one of the nation’s most explosive offenses in 2013.
Tenacious and technically-sound center whose awareness and reliability made him an underrated factor in Jameis Winston’s Heisman campaign. Very good initial quickness, whether snapping the ball out of shotgun or the traditional exchange and turning to seal off defenders or releasing to block downfield. Shoots his hands into the chest plate of defenders and plays with his knees bent and butt down, maximizing his leverage.
NFL.com: Good-sized, bump-and-steer blocker ideally suited for a zone-blocking, slide-protection scheme. Smart, tough technician capable of serving as an interior swing backup and could eventually fend for a starting job as a pivot. Will be best developed by a patient, respectful position coach.
Walter Football: Stork and Florida State dominated the competition this season. He was a solid run-blocker and a pass-protector for Jameis Winson, although the Seminoles didn’t see a lot of challenging interior defenders. Stork left the game against Maryland with a concussion. He played well against Miami and Florida. His medical issues could see him downgraded.
Sources tell WalterFootball.com that Stork is grading out as a third-day player because he isn’t overly strong or athletic. Stork didn’t run at the Combine, and his medical evaluation was very important.
Fennelly: Stork does have his detriments, a top-heavy body and a propensity to get pushed around when upright, which is what has most scouts downgrading him. All of which is correctable. The positives seem to be outweighing the negatives here.