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Huntingdon Grad in NFL Draft This Week

Posted 4/27/21

Sadarius Hutcherson of Huntingdon is expected to be picked in the sixth or seventh round of the NFL Draft, according to nfl.com. NFL Draft Scout predicts Hutcherson will be drafted as high as the third round. The Draft begins April 29.

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Huntingdon Grad in NFL Draft This Week

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Sadarius Hutcherson of Huntingdon is expected to be picked in the sixth or seventh round of the NFL Draft, according to nfl.com. NFL Draft Scout predicts Hutcherson will be drafted as high as the third round. The Draft begins April 29.

Hutcherson is a 2016 graduate of Huntingdon High School, where he played defensive end, had 45 tackles and six sacks his high school senior year. He also played basketball for the Mustangs.

The 6-foot, 4-inch fifth year senior at South Carolina was a top rated player in the SEC. He wore the number 50. He was the most experienced player for the Gamecocks with 29 starts in his college career. He was a starter in his last 26 games.

On Pro Day 2021, several teams — including the Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions — approached Hutcherson after his 40-yard dash on Pro Day. Hutcherson’s 40-yard time is fourth fastest for NFL offensive line prospects this year.

According to the website, Hutcherson has good size, can push the weight pile around and will post an impressive vertical leap for a guard, but there should be concerns about his functional football movements. He’s good at mauling what is in front of him. He could get even better at it if he improves his hands and finds a little more bend at the point of attack. However, the tape is full of plays where his body control through contact, in space and in pass protection creates significant issues against often average competition across from him. Ultimately, Hutcherson is a phone booth fighter who can fit with inside zone and gap schemes but his success rate as both a run and pass blocker should be in question.

His strengths include: starting experience at both guard spots, famous for weight room exploits and explosive hips, added almost 50 pounds since coming in as developmental prospect, brute strength to maul and prevent defender from crossing his face, and catch, run and drive defender into the dirt on angle blocks. His punch is pedestrian but flashes violent potential; rushers will stall out if they try to run through him, and he has mass and enough ankle flexion for sudden anchor drop when needed.

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