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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

WitP: John Estes (w/UPDATES)

Draftguys.com has reports from the East-West Shrine Game, including this mention of John Estes.
John Estes (Hawaii) totally owned Martin Tevaseu (DL - UNLV) a couple of times today. One time Tevaseu jumped off sides, then reset, then the ball was snapped. Estes simply put his hand on the back of Tevaseu’s helmet and pressed down, pinning the big defensive lineman on the ground. It was the biggest “oooh!” moment of the day.
Nice.

CBSSports.com has another good report.
Hawaii center John Estes isn't a household name, lacks size and isn't outstanding in any one area. But the way he stood up and pushed back 6-1, 326-pound Stanford tackle Ekom Udofia and his ability to move his feet to help either guard on double-teams is exactly what teams like to see from a mid-to-late-round center prospect (think Green Bay Packers center Scott Wells).
And Stephen Tsai has a short note from Estes' agent.
Agent Kenny Zuckerman reports that John Estes is having "a really good week, really good" at the East-West Shrine Game practices.
UPDATE: Here's another report, this one from DraftInsider.net:
John Estes/C/Hawaii: Estes had a very god day. He’s technically sound and works his blocks hard. He’s not the biggest of lineman but the ability to get leverage on defenders and work his hands gave Estes a decided advantage. Wed Another sensational day. The most fundamentally sound lineman on the field. Handled bigger opponents all afternoon. On several snaps Estes did a terrific job getting out to the second level, blocking in motion and destroying linebackers.
UPDATE 2: Here's an evaluation of Estes from CBSSports.com:
C John Estes, Hawaii
Scouts were not surprised when the 6-2, 295-pound Estes had the shortest arm length (30.25 inches) among the offensive linemen. Whether it was getting his hands inside the jersey of UNLV nose tackle Martin Tevaseu or blocking down for one of his guards, the Rainbow Warrior simply went out and did his job on every play. Small but strong and technically sound centers can find a home in the NFL, so expect a team to pick up Estes somewhere in the late rounds.
UPDATE 3 (1/22/10): Thanks to Jase0517, who finds these reviews from ESPN Insider articles.
http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/insider/news/story?id=4845620

C John Estes, Hawaiʻi
Estes used his quick feet to get into position, delivered a strong punch and locked on so he could sustain his blocks during team period. We were also impressed with the range he showed, getting downfield to throw blocks on screens or runs.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/insider/news/story?id=4841654

High praise
Hawaiʻi C John Estes did an excellent job of resetting his hands and his feet during 1-on-1s. How good was it? So good that offensive line coach Ray Brown stopped and told the group that he loved Estes' hands.

2 Comments:

  • At Friday, January 22, 2010 at 6:10:00 PM HST, Blogger jase0517 said…

    Hey Tombo Ahi, I posted these on Stephen's blog earlier this morning (they are ESPN Insider articles):

    http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/insider/news/story?id=4845620

    C John Estes, Hawaiʻi
    Estes used his quick feet to get into position, delivered a strong punch and locked on so he could sustain his blocks during team period. We were also impressed with the range he showed, getting downfield to throw blocks on screens or runs.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/insider/news/story?id=4841654

    High praise
    Hawaiʻi C John Estes did an excellent job of resetting his hands and his feet during 1-on-1s. How good was it? So good that offensive line coach Ray Brown stopped and told the group that he loved Estes' hands.

     
  • At Friday, January 22, 2010 at 6:55:00 PM HST, Blogger Tombo Ahi said…

    thanks jase! i posted it up above. he's been getting a lot of great reviews. hopefully he gets invited to the combine.

     

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