2020 NFL Draft Profile: Boise State OL John Molchon
He isn’t the most well-known Broncos offensive lineman in this year’s draft class, but what can Molchon contribute in the NFL?
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Boise State’s John Molchon may not have collected as many accolades as Keith Ismael or as many recent headlines as Netane Muti, but that’s no excuse to overlook just what he contributed to the Broncos’ recent success. What he lacks in flash, he makes up for in substance, but how will NFL teams size that up?
Molchon spent most of his time as a starter at left guard, but he showed a fair bit of versatility by playing four different positions along the line in his tenure on the blue (including six games at right tackle). The Athletic’s Dane Brugler and NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein also give Molchon high marks for his understanding and use of angles as a run blocker, with the latter adding that he “improved [his] base width as a drive blocker” throughout 2019.
The versatility is all well and good, but how exactly will that translate to the pros? According to The Athletic’s Dave Southorn, Molchon has taken meetings with teams with an eye toward transitioning to play center… but he never played that position in college and hasn’t had the benefit of the typical pre-draft process this winter. He also has very short arms for an offensive lineman, too, especially among the sample past Combine participants, a concern which is compounded by uneven hand work. A potential result, as Brugler of The Athletic notes, is that he may run into issues with “holding calls [and generating] little push in the run game”.
Molchon may not have tools that jump off on film, but three years as an effective starter at a successful program make him a viable role player at the NFL level. Expect him to be a Day Three pick, sometime in rounds six or seven.