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7th Round-Priority Free Agent
Overview: Hines is a two-year starter but his NFL projection is difficult. The former high school defensive tackle has shown flashes of shock and finishing ability in the run game but an injury plagued senior season has harmed his draft stock. If he gets drafted it will likely be late by a team that believes he has some center flexibility.
Strengths: Prototype body for a guard with a wide frame. Punishes smaller defensive linemen if they lose footing or take a poor angle. Has a nasty streak and can stick his foot in the ground on seal blocks and lock out opponents. Controlled with his hands when working combo blocks and changing assignments. Awareness for his surroundings seems adequate. Not the type to make mental mistakes.
Weaknesses: Too easily loses balance when working laterally. Too often overwhelmed trying to settle in against power. Clunky lateral mover who struggles adjusting to blitzers and cover ground. Doesn't have the type of range and adjustability that teams want in a zone blocker. Starts to lean a bit later in reps and it causes balance lapses. Feet too often turn into cinder blocks once he makes contact in pass blocking.
Pro Comp: Damien Lewis, Seahawks - Hines' lack of range and athleticism is going to ding him for a lot of teams but he's a valuable run blocker as long as he stays the course and maintains smart angles. When able to work in the phone booth, he can play at an NFL caliber.