Steve Justice Scouting Report
|School:||Wake Forest Demon Deacons|
|Height & Weight:||6'4 - 284 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Steve Justice, OL, Wake Forest
Steve Justice is not the quickest or strongest offensive lineman around, but he does all the little things extremely well. At 6-4 and 284 pounds, the Wake Forest product does not really have the size that most NFL teams are looking for in a center. His lack of push will get him beat at the point of attack against bigger and stronger defensive tackles. Justice is a decent athlete for a lineman and he will never make it easy for an opponent to get off his block. His toughness, leadership and eagerness to work hard make him the premiere center in the 2008 draft class. Justice, who has earned countless accolades throughout his collegiate career with the Demon Deacons, brings more consistency and maturity to the table than most college players and that will certainly look very nice to some teams. In the right system, Justice could play either center or one of the guard spots. He is expected to go early in the second day of the draft which, with the new draft setup this year, would be the third round. Justice is a pretty safe pick, but he is not going to be able to do much at the combine to increase his draft value. 2/27 Update: The biggest knock on Steve Justice was his strength. At the combine he did 23 reps, which isn't great, but it is not horrible for a center or guard either. He ran the three-cone drill in 7.45 seconds and the 20-yard shuffle in 4.58 seconds. Both of those rank among the best for offensive linemen, but not many linemen bother to run those events either. He might be a little quicker on his feet than some expected, but his best qualities are still the intangibles. 4/4 Update: The Wake Forest Pro Day did not tell us much more about Steve Justice. His numbers were generally worse than he had at last month's Combine, but not by enough to cause any concern. He could still squeeze into the second round if somebody is willing to use that high of a pick on an athletic center, but the third round is a more likely destination. Justice is considered one of the top centers in this draft and he very well could be the first to hear his name called.
Last Updated Apr-04-2008 by Joel Welser
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