2016 NFL Draft: early look at USC’s Max Tuerk


USC’s Max Tuerk is a versatile and productive offensive line prospect. He has seen time at offensive tackle, guard and center during his career. Tuerk appears to have settled in at center for the upcoming season were he’s quickly establishing himself as a top-level prospect.

He uses his long arms to gain inside hands and drive defenders off the ball. Tuerk isn’t a road-grader but his commitment to keeping his legs churning allows him to generate a push.

The most important part of Tuerk’s game is his athleticism and movement skills. He excels at getting on the move with either a trap block or pulling out in front. His ability to quickly get into position, remain balanced and deliver a strong block helps spring many big plays.

This clip is a good look at Tuerk pulling and delivering a key block:

His best fit might be in a zone-blocking scheme where he can get the most out of his athleticism. However, he has shown that he can play power football and generate a push in the run game.

As a pass protector, Tuerk brings the skills he learned while playing tackle inside. He features a wide base and excellent balance that allows him to anchor through contact. His commitment to keeping his hands out front helps him avoid wasted movement. Tuerk is a smart player who always has his head on a swivel looking for the most immediate threat.

This is a talented football player who is squarely in the early-round discussion. His versatility only increases the likelihood he comes off the board in the first few rounds.

Current Draft Position: 1st Round