TSV Scouting Department

Joel Bitonio

Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein


Class: Senior
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 302 lbs.
School: Nevada
  • First-team All-Mountain West (2013)
  • Honorable Mention All-Mountain West (2012)
  • Started 38 consecutive games (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Co-Captain (2013)

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Bitonio accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile
  • On Monday, the former Nevada star struggled during pass rush 1-on-1s, especially against former Arizona State star Will Sutton
  • On Wednesday, Bitonio had his best practice of the week as he looked, focused, determined and confident throughout the practice.  Bitonio had guys at the end of his arms in pass protection and showed off his trademark tenacity.

Combine Notes

**Bitonio was one of only five OL to run a sub five second 40 yard dash at the Combine and clearly was one of the most athletic OL in Indianapolis.

**Combine measurements

  • 40 yard dash - 4.97 seconds
  • Bench Press - 22 reps
  • Vertical Jump - 32"
  • Broad Jump - 9'6"
  • 3 Cone Drill - 7.37 seconds
  • 20 yard shuttle - 4.44 seconds

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 33 7/8"
  • Hand size - 9 5/8"


  • Has a nice, flat-backed pass pro set
  • Displays good awareness vs. twitsts and blitzes
  • Plays with consistent, tenacious effort
  • Effective down blocker who tends to finish
  • Good laterall quickness when asked to pull and gets to 2nd level quickly
  • Maintains good weight distribution in pass sets


  • Short arms cause him to get wide with his hands occasionally
  • Fails to maintain body control and finds himself off-balance too often
  • Leans and reaches too often when asked to zone block
  • Has good movement skills, but doesn't display consistently controlled athleticism
  • Slow to change direction.  Causes him to block no one at times

Film Room

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:23 Fires out too aggressively and his target avoids him causing Bitonio to end up on ground
:48 Shows good athleticism when he pulls, but isn't able to break down and square up his target like you want
1:26 Good posture and times his punch well, but doesn't latch on and maintain after punching
1:36 Displays awareness in picking up blitzer
4:10 Works well on double team but fails to time release to 2nd level block despite having 1st block secured
4:19 Displays tenacity you like from o-linemen
5:08 Pulls, targets, finishes
7:57 Fails to change direction quickly or effectively


Bitonio was a First Team All Mountain West selection at tackle this year and has been a three year starter at Nevada.  Bitonio was a two sport athlete in high school playing both football and basketball.  Bitonio's basketball background would explain his quickness and movement skills.  Bitonio's father (Mike) was an MMA fighter who was involved in one of the bloodiest brawls in that sport's history.  I'm sure that might help explain Bitonio's tenacity.
While Bitnoio moves well I don't see him as a complete athlete.  Bitonio struggles to change direction quickly which causes him to completely miss getting a hand hand on his man from time to time.  Bitonio also appears to lack natural power and that concerns me because he doesn't have the length that teams are looking for to play tackle.  If he has to move inside to guard, I think he will struggle with players who have strength inside.  Bitonio has some power, but it seems to be limited to blocks where he has players squared up.
What I really like from Bitonio is that he is tenacious and persistent as a blocker both in the running game and pass proteciton.  Bitonio works hard to mirror in pass protection despite the fact that his shorter arms allow defenders to get into him first more than you would like.  When he's down blocking or blocking with an angle, he attacks his assignment and will continue to drive until the block is completed.  His pad level is a litle high when he's taking on defenders heads-up and he loses leverage.  
Bitonio is a high-effort player with plus movement skills but who lacks the traits necessary to be a tackle selection in the early rounds.  However, as long as he's not matched up in a pure power scheme, I can see Bitonio having a solid NFL career because he is a grinder who is going to outwork most of the guys across from him over the course of a game.