Smaller school prospect? Check. Offensive tackle available after the third round? Check. Selecting offensive tackle Max Scharping in the fourth sounds like another prototypical Steve Keim pick to me, but that’s not a bad thing.
Scharping is far from a complete product at offensive tackle, but he does have some interesting aspects to his game. He’s as experienced as they come (3,922 snaps) and was an outstanding tackle in the MAC conference. According to Pro Football Focus, he allowed only one sack, and three quarterback hits in his last three seasons.
Scharping finished the ’18 year with PFF‘s ninth-best mark in pass-blocking efficiency with a 98.7 grade, and fifth in run-block success rate at 94.1%. And at 6-5, 327-pounds, Scharping’s size isn’t an issue, nor is his athletisism. But, he does have some work to do.
I have Scharping falling to the fourth due to his need for improvement as a finesse pass-blocker, and almost overcompensation of combating speed-rushers. While he did well at NIU, his inconsistent foot and hand technique will both get exposed in the NFL. But, Scharping is an excellent development project with the track record to slide in at left or right tackle when need be.