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Billy Turner

Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein

Billy Turner Photo: Inforum

Breakdown:

#77
Class: Senior
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 315 lbs.
School: North Dakota State
Bio:
  • Four year starter, 3x FCS national champion (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • FCS Athletics Directors Association Offensive Lineman of the Year (2013)
  • 2x First-team All-Missouri Valley Conference (2012, 2013)
  • Consensus FCS All-American (2012, 2013)
  • Graded out at 90 percent, hasn't given up a sack all season

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Turner accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile.
  • On Monday, Jaguars offensive line coach George Yarno got into Turner with a butt-chewing a couple of times as Turner failed to execute basic functions of the one-on-one drill.  Turner bounced back with good one-on-one pass pro reps against Deandre Coleman and Brent Urban handled himself well in the scrimmage portion at tackle and guard.
  • During Tuesday's practice, Turner ad his worst day and perhaps the worst day that any player had at the Senior Bowl.  He struggled with Auburn DE Dee Ford's speed.  He struggled with Arkansas DE Chris Smith's whirling dervish, maniacal edge rush.  He struggled with power.  He lost his confidence and it was evident late in practice.

Combine Notes

**Combine measurements

  • 40 yard dash - 5.16 seconds
  • Bench Press - 25 reps
  • Vertical Jump - 28"
  • Broad Jump - 9'
  • 3 Cone Drill - 7.92 seconds
  • 20 yard shuttle - 4.71 seconds

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 34"
  • Hand size - 10"

Pros

  • Uses quick, choppy steps in pass pro maintaining a good base
  • Competitive and aggressive up to the whistle
  • Flexible athlete who plays with determination and confidence
  • Able to get into space and make tough blocks on the move
  • Can recover and redirect on 2nd level or as a pass protector

Cons

  • Level of competition is a concern
  • Despite his athleticism, plays frenetically at times
  • Tends to drop eyes and lead with his head too often
  • High-cut with smaller calves and ankles
  • When he is threatened off the edge he seems to forget technique
  • Needs to mix up a vertical set and quick-set as a tackle

Film Room

TSV videos provided by Draft Breakdown

:23 Strong punch on DE trying to make an inside move
1:03 Plays with aggressiveness in running game
2:43 Patient with his punch as he lets his feet do their job
3:16 Quick off the snap and buries his target
3:50 Outstanding targeting and finishing of 2nd level LB
4:36 Drops head and fails to finish assignment
5:43 Notice how flexible his knees and ankles are while in stance
5:38 Kick step almost non-existent and loses edge

Report

Billy Turner absolutely dominated the competition and was named the Offensive Lineman of the Year by the FCS ADA.  Turner runs like a tackle 15 pounds lighter than the 318 he carries and his long arms allowed him to control the athletically inferior competition across from him.
 
Turner is a quick-twitch left tackle who has the feet to cut off the edge against speed and the arm length to keeep his hands on pass rushers using counter moves inside.  Turner shows great bend which allows him to play with better leverage.  He's got plus lateral movement making him a fit for teams looking to attack the boundaries with their run game.
 
The big problem for Turner is that despite his athletic traits, he was exposed at the Senior Bowl one-on-one drills as a player who lacks the proper technique and confidence to come in and play right away.  While I felt like he had enough functional strength, his in ability to get to edge rushers and redirect them - despite his athletic traits - was a big concern for me and teams I spoke with in Mobile.  His draft grade was likely impacted by at least a round.  His final position might be at guard with a zone team.

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