SI All-American Candidate Savion Byrd Highlights and Evaluation
Prospect: OL Savion Byrd
Projected Position: Offensive Tackle
Status: SI All-American Candidate
Vitals: 6-foot-5, 265 pounds
School: Duncanville (Tex.)
Committed to: Oklahoma
Frame: Long and lean frame at 265 pounds. Good arm length for OT prospect.
Athleticism: Good knee bend with solid snap quickness. Smooth movement skills for a big man. Balanced athlete with good agility who operates with a good base. Athletically capable to be able to consistently recover in pass protection on edges with further development.
Instincts: Good toughness at the point of attack with a solid punch on targets to sustain well. Appears to relish contact and likes being nasty at the line of scrimmage vs. opponents, though plays with a high hat at times. Flashes movement skills to be able to produce on second level and to be able to pull and trap.
Polish: Played mostly defensive tackle as a junior, thus will need technique refinement as an offensive tackle at the collegiate level. Will need to improve punch accuracy, hand placement and anchor strength, while acquiring more reps as a pass protector vs. speed-to-power.
Bottom Line: Savion is a blank canvas offensive tackle prospect with a high ceiling. He has the length, toughness and athleticism to develop into a starting edge-blocker in a few years down the line. He fits best in a zone-blocking scheme that takes advantage of his athleticism.