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2016 NFL Draft Profile: Purdue OT/G David Hedelin

David Hedelin is a big, strong guy with his best football ahead of him. That might be enough to get him drafted, and will certainly be enough to land him on a roster next season.

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Pro Day Profile:

Height: 6'4

Weight: 297

Bench Reps: 22

40 Yard Dash: 5.18


Hedelin is a big, strong dude with decent athleticism. That alone will get you some looks. Hedelin is also relatively new to competitive football, coming from Sweden, to JuCo, and then Purdue. This is actually an advantage for Hedelin, because teams are going to see a guy with room to improve. At 6'4, Hedelin probably projects more as a guard than a tackle, and probably doesn't project at left tackle at all in the NFL. However, Hedelin's experience at tackle will be seen as a positive, because with most NFL teams only carrying 7 or 8 offensive linemen on their game day roster, versatility is highly valued. It is possible that NFL teams see Hedelin as a guy who can provide depth at guard and right tackle, which could get him into the draft.


As mentioned in the positives, Hedelin is a guy with limited experience, and is nowhere close to a finished product in terms of technique. He is a player that is going to require a long term investment, in terms of time, before he is ready to be a player. He was also banged up quite a bit his senior year at Purdue, once again, limiting his experience, and possibly raising a few red flags regarding durability as well. Finally, he wasn't that dominant of a player it Purdue. Sure, he was the best Purdue had by a long shot, but it's not like he was setting the world on fire at the left tackle position. He was a better run blocker than pass blocker, and would occasionally get smoked by speed rushers because of poor footwork.


Hedelin looks like a guy an NFL team would love to stash on the practice squad and try to develop. He has received looks and workouts from several NFL teams, which leads me to believe he has a decent shot of hearing his name called on the 3rd day of the draft. If not, he won't lack for free agent offers.