Selection: OL Mark Asper, Oregon
Measurables: 6063, 319 lbs., 9 3/4″ Hand, 32 1/4″ Arm, 77 5/8″ Wingspan
Pro Day Numbers: 25 Bench, 1.81 10, 3.10 20, 5.33 40, 25″ Vertical, 8’06″ Broad, 4.84 Shuttle, 7.93 3 Cone
With the 2nd to last selection the Buffalo Bills have selected OG Mark Asper from the Oregon Ducks. Asper is a big OL who has spent time at both OG and OT during his time in Autzen.
Asper moves well for a big man, and knows how to pull, trap, and block at the 2nd level. Working in Oregon’s spread style you have to be light on your feet and Asper certainly is that. He’s not as strong at the point of attack as you would like, and he does not drive block very well.
Decent pass protector who can take on the defensive tackles who have a good first step. He gets set up quickly off the ball and can deliver an effective punch when needed. He doesn’t finish him blocks, and he struggles at time to lock out his arms and fully control the defender.
There is always concern when you take a tall OG, because of the high pad level and how well he plays with leverage. That is certainly a concern here with Asper.
We see Asper as utility OL for this offense, filling in where necessary at both OT and OG. Will need a good bit of technical work though before he sees the field for an extended period of time.