A mammoth of a human being at 6’9”/320, Dan Skipper has the size and playing ability to be a longtime mauling right tackle at the next level. It’s not every draft class that an offensive tackle of his size is on the board. Despite playing in the toughest conference defensively, he’s stood up in blocking and has built a reputation as one of the best tackles in college football.
Name: Dan Skipper
Comparison: Scott Gragg
Draft Grade: 3rd Round
Positives: A hulking tackle body with solid length, bulk and hand size. Strong legs. Moves well for his size. Mimics defenders well and generally handles power and speed. Speed when running downfield is above average. Solid on the move in the run-game and is above-average blocking the run. Looks to hunt when others would slouch and is very aggressive. Shows the ability to occasionally bury and flatten defenders. Shows some feistiness and will mix it up with defenders. Has played three positions along the offensive line in college. Takes well to hard coaching and has matured after some issues arose regarding some misplaced anger and over-aggressiveness earlier in his college career that was made clear to him by coaches. Very intelligent. Highly motivated to succeed. The game is important to him.
Negatives: Size makes him play tall by default. Will lose leverage battle. Agility isn’t great and has some trouble adjusting laterally to surprise rushers and blocking down the field. Unimpressive upper-body needs to get stronger. Sometimes shows hesitancy instead of blowing forward and showing violence. Lacks a great, jolting punch. Will let defenders get hands in his chest which allow them to disengage and make plays on the ball. Needs to hold his blocks and enforce his will more often. Pass-blocking fundamentals are inconsistent like most prospects and will need to be worked on. Overaged and lacks a high ceiling.
Outlook: Dan Skipper is an interesting prospect with rare size and functional athletic ability. Very intelligent and hard-working which will endear him to coaches. He should be able to hone his fundamentals and become a starting player at the next level in time. Although he lacks tremendous upside and athletic ability he will have to and likely make it in the league by being consistent and reliable.