The 2023 NFL Draft guard class isn’t exactly chock stuffed with elite talent, but there are quality players nonetheless. Entering his sixth collegiate season and fifth as a starter, where does Andrew Vorhees’ scouting report fall amongst his peers?
Andrew Vorhees NFL draft profile
Hailing from Kingsburg, California, Vorhees played each offensive and defensive tackle in highschool. He earned all-district honors in his final two years, culminating in a three-star recruit billing within the 247Sports Composite.
Being from the West Coast, nearly every Pac-12 program sought Vorhees’ services, but USC received his signature prior to his senior campaign. Six years later, Vorhees has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is working on a master’s in communications management. He even married in 2018, highlighting his level of maturity.
Across his profession, the USC OL has played in 48 games (and counting), with 25 starts at right guard, 12 at left guard, and 4 at left tackle. Vorhees is as experienced as they arrive, but how does that translate to his skilled prospects?
- Position: Offensive line
- School: USC
- Current Yr: Redshirt senior
- Height/Weight: 6’6″, 325 kilos
Andrew Vorhees scouting report
Vorhees has been a staple on the USC offensive line for a while. And while he can be an older prospect (24-year-old rookie) within the 2023 NFL Draft, there’s quite a bit to love about his overall profile. Let’s delve into his positives, negatives, and where he should hear his name called next April.
Where Vorhees wins
The very first thing you see when watching Vorhees’ tape is his physical demeanor. He’s at all times in search of work as a pass or run blocker and comes equipped with a hot motor. The USC OL is a menace in the bottom game, using his opponent’s momentum against them. It’s not unusual to see Vorhees on top of the defensive lineman when the whistle blows.
Although his arm length isn’t exceptional, Vorhees has a large 6’6″ frame with functional lower body strength. He can effectively pool, turn, and seal in the bottom game, and moving to the second level isn’t a problem. His grip and core strength allow him to maneuver defenders against their will, even when he doesn’t immediately win with leverage.
And in pass pro, that combination affords an entrenched anchor. Vorhees has flashed the flexibility to reset his hands to regain leverage. Moreover, he has excellent movement skills at guard, which he exhibited when starting at left tackle in 2021. While he shouldn’t be viewed as an OT prospect, Vorhees does have the athleticism, light feet, and frame to be considered an emergency depth piece there.
That versatility will undoubtedly attract scouts, especially once you add in Vorhees’ vast experience. The USC OL is a dependable and consistent presence, as you’ll rarely find him on the bottom. And if he’s, it’s because he put a defender there.
Technique-wise, Vorhees has some things to scrub up, but he keeps his head up, surveying for possible threats. Moreover, he bends on the knees, not the waist, and infrequently lunges, keeping his weight behind his toes.
Vorhees’ areas for improvement
For a fifth-year senior, the USC OL is surprisingly unpolished. He gets away with it at the school level as a consequence of his tools, but that won’t fly within the NFL. Vorhees’ hands are consistently inconsistent, striking opponents wherever they might. In actual fact, he incessantly finds his hands on an opponent’s shoulders relatively than inside their frame.
A part of that result’s as a consequence of his flared-out elbows. It’s not something you’d expect from a player of Vorhees’ tenure, but his elbows are sometimes outside his frame relatively than tucked inside. This results in wide punches — which looks like he catches opponents — and exposes his chest.
Along with his average length, longer-limbed defensive linemen can quickly make the most (see: Utah’s Xavier Carlton vs. Vorhees last yr). Vorhees does significantly better with one-hand strikes, but that dilutes his overall power when working downfield and opens a shoulder for DL to regulate.
As for footwork, it’s similarly underwhelming. Vorhees is light on his feet with excellent balance, but he gets too tall occasionally and finds his feet under his torso. At 6’6″, Vorhees will naturally struggle to win the leverage battle. Nonetheless, he could do a greater job of being patient and keeping his feet energetic. After conceding yardage, it’s not at all times easy for him to reset his base and anchor down.
Furthermore, his base can widen when coping with quicker DTs that don’t allow him to flip his hips, diminishing his strength. And against stunts and twists, he must improve his awareness as he could be late to select up assignments.
Plus, there’s the matter of his age and a 2019 foot surgery that ended his season. Outside of that injury, Vorhees has been relatively healthy, however it deserves attention. Overall, Vorhees’ lack of refinement could be viewed in two ways. On the one hand, it’s a cause for hope, as he’s already an NFL-caliber guard without NFL-level technique. Then again, 2022 is his fifth yr starting. Why hasn’t he vastly improved?
Current draft projection for USC OL Andrew Vorhees
Vorhees is sort of a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast — it gets the job done but doesn’t excite like waffles, pancakes, or french toast. But simply getting the job done is an underrated trait. What number of players have we seen go in the highest 10 with otherworldly physical tools that flame out quicker than candles on a birthday cake?
High-floor, low-ceiling prospects don’t receive lofty draft picks but often stick around longer. That’s the mold the USC OL suits into. His lack of length, elite short-area athleticism, and overwhelming strength limit his potential, and he may never be a “set it and forget it” starter. But what Vorhees brings as a flexible and experienced depth option that may fill multiple positions in a pinch is invaluable.
All told, Vorhees should hear his name called within the early Day 3 range — the sweet spot for his profile. And with proper seasoning, who knows, possibly Vorhees can crack a starting lineup early on. In any case, adding only a little bit of sugar to Cheerios makes it substantially tastier.
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