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Friday, January 18
 
ESPN.com evaluation: OG Andre Gurode

By Vinny Cerrato
ESPN.com

Editor's note: Practice notes will be updated daily and a final report will be completed on Friday, Jan. 25.

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Andre Gurode 23 Colorado 65 OG
PLAYER AGE SCHOOL NO. POSITION

Height  6'4" (measured 6'3 6/8" on 1/21/02)
Weight  320 lbs. (weighed 318 lbs. on 1/21/02)
Speed  Runs 5.25 in 40-yard dash. Quick and fast for his size.
Intelligence  Very smart. Plays both center and guard.
Toughness  Great toughness. Nasty attitude on the field. Loves to finish blocks.
Strength/Flex  Excellent strength and flexibility. Strong hands.
Durability  Plays all downs.
Character  Solid character and a leader.
Production  Plays every snap. Dominant at most times.

OL SPECIFICS
Initial Quicks
A
Great quicks and explosiveness off the ball.
Pass Block
A
Very good blocker. Smooth and can recover. Excellent punch. Slides and uses his hands well. Finishes blocks.
Run Block
A
Buries people. Nasty and explosive. Strong hands to steer the blocker away. Excellent lower body.
Pulling
A-
Very good pull and pop. Can adjust in space.
Downfield
A-
Hustles. Has a great motor.
Punt Snap
I
Did not show.

PRACTICE NOTES
Monday (1/21/02):
Andre Gurode, a guard, tried to show his versatility today by taking some snaps at center. He looked very raw at center, like he hadn't done it before. He displayed good explosiveness, good pop in his pass protection, aggressiveness and strength in his hands. He looks to finish. Gurode likes to bury people. He doesn't just want to block someone, he wants to put them on the ground. He's got a nasty attitude, which you have to like. His center play needs to improve, but this was probably his first time at the position.
Tuesday (1/22/02):
Andre Gurode continues to improve. Now that they are practicing in full pads and with live contact, he's more comfortable. For a physical offensive lineman like he is, full contact is more to his liking. When Gurode gets his strong hands on a defensive lineman, it's hard for them to escape. He is the best lineman in the group by far. He continues to work some at center and did a much better job at that position today.
Wednesday (1/23/02):
Andre Gurode continues to play well. He continued to finish and show the desire to dominate. Gurode has a great attitude and can play multiple line positions. He was excellent in today's one-on-one drills.
Thursday (1/24/02):
The offensive linemen did nothing today. When the big guys aren't in pads, you really can't see anything. Andre Gurode and the other offensive lineman basically had the day off physically. Today was their mental day, making sure their assignments were right.

SUMMARY
Andre Gurode is a first round guy who can play center or guard. He's nasty, tough and a finisher. Gurode slides his feet well and is a knee-bender. He continued to show what he did throughout the year in practice this week. Gurode helped himself this week in Mobile.


FINAL GRADE
A

For more information on the 2002 Senior Bowl, go to the official site.