Link: Small School Prospect to Pro Contributors?

On the ESPN Draft blog (Insider access) Steve Muench shares a number of small-school prospects that might be on an upward trend as (a number of which might be interesting to the Jets) as they enter the Combine this week.

Here’s one that was an interesting offensive line prospect.

San Jose State OT David Quessenberry (63) 
Quessenberry weighed in at 294 pounds at the Senior Bowl, and his arms measured just 33.7 inches. Both are well below average for an offensive tackle prospect. That lack of length and mass also shows up on film. Quessenberry (6-5, 294) can have a hard time taking away the edge when he doesn’t over-set in pass protection, and he’s not a powerful drive blocker who overwhelms defenders at the point of attack in the run game.

Quessenberry’s quick hands and feet do make him a good fit for a zone-blocking team like the Houston Texans, who could be in the market for a right tackle. He is an effective hand fighter who moves well enough laterally to seal the front side and cut off the backside. While teams might need to help him at times pass protection, he does a good job of keeping defenders in front of him once he’s engaged, and Quessenberry could offer some value in the early part of Day 3.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Quessenberry sounds like he could be a backup Tackle early on or a potential conversion to Guard.  The short arm-span is always the dead giveaway to that.  The notes above don’t overwhelm, and while the edge concerns would be valid for a Tackle, as a Guard getting beaten around the edge means nothing.  The Jets need help on the interior and if they don’t address it through free agency or the early part of the draft, Quessenberry might be a name to keep an eye on.  Of course, the one question is whether or not he can convert to “playing in a phone booth” as a Guard.  If the Jets meet with him or work him out, I’m sure they’d pay detailed attention to his ability to work in smaller spaces that would come with playing on the interior.