Junius Coston
C | (6'3", 310, 5.15) | North Carolina A&T

Scouts Grade: 52

Flags: (D: DURABILITY) Player that can't stay healthy
Selected by: Green Bay Packers
Round: 5
Pick (Overall): 7(143)
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Strengths: Has a very good combination of size, quickness and athletic ability. Has a lot of upside and continues to improve with more experience at the position. He dominated his small-school level of competition. Has very good initial quickness and shows the consistent ability to handle one-gap penetration. He gets set quickly, moves well laterally, plays with good balance, and shows the ability to mirror and slide in pass pro. He has a stronger upper body than lower body. Has a powerful hand punch when his hand placement is correct. He also is athletic and mobile as a second-level blocker in the running game. Versatile; has played every position on the OL.

Weaknesses: Comes from the small school level and, as expected, is somewhat raw. Gets by on his physical tools to much and has a good amount of work to do in terms of his technique. He must improve his angles as a blocker, as well as his hand placement. He needs to show more consistency in terms of leverage. Also, while he has good size for the position, he still needs to improve his lower body strength. He will struggle to anchor vs. a powerful bull rush in the NFL, especially when he gets lazy and plays too erect. Needs to show an improved ability to drive block once he has locked on.

Overall: Coston is a potential "sleeper" in the 2005 NFL draft. He obviously has not played against great competition throughout his college career at DI-AA North Carolina A&T. However, outside of an ankle sprain that slowed him for several games as a senior in 2004, he was a dominant player at that level. Coston has adequate size, very good athleticism and noticeable upside if his technique and overall awareness improve. Coston will need time to adjust to the NFL and he needs to get good coaching early on in his career in order to maximize his potential. However, he is a late-bloomer who has continued to improve each season and possesses the combination of size and athletic ability to make it at the next level. His versatility as a prospect that has played every position across the offensive line should also help. If a team has the room on its roster and patience to work with Coston for a couple of years, it would be making a wise investment drafting him somewhere in the middle of Day 2.

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