Jamil Douglas saw steady growth from a redshirt freshman and scout team member to eventual starter and all-Pac-12 honoree during his four-year career at Arizona State.
Douglas consistently proved to be the most important member of the Sun Devils offensive line throughout the past three seasons. After an impressive showing at the Reese's Senior Bowl and a solid performance at the NFL Combine, Douglas confirmed that he will hear his name called at some point during the 2015 NFL Draft.
Weight: 300 pounds
College Career: Douglas started every game during his career after taking over the left guard position during his redshirt sophomore year, and earned all-Pac-12 second team honors his redshirt junior season. His development also benefited from a transition to left tackle his redshirt senior year, as he went on to receive all-Pac-12 first team and Pac-12 Academic first team honors his final season in Tempe.
Strengths: At 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, Douglas is a pretty large player.
However, he does possess sneaky athleticism, and he utilizes it to his advantage when getting a full head of steam before breaking into the second level of defenses where he can punish defenders.
He's a proven plus-grade run-blocker, and is fun to watch when asked to pull from left guard.
After a season at left tackle, Douglas also seemingly improved in pass-pro, particularly in the aspect of shuffling his feet, enabling him to better maintain his base foundation against bull-rushes. He also improved on his ability to turn defenders, and now consistently extends and drives opponents back with more aggression and tenacity than his early career tape suggests.
Weaknesses: While he's cleaned it up a bit, early on his career at left guard, Douglas struggled against athletic interior linemen and was beaten easily by swim-moves and shoulder dips. He also struggled with maintaining engagement with defenders and still does at times, more often in pass-pro. When he doesn't use his feet and gets stiff, he gets knocked back fairly easily.
Outlook: Douglas is very much a draftable player, and should instantly earn a spot on a roster as a project at guard. His strength lies in his run-blocking, but held up well enough in pass-pro to translate over to a left guard at the next level. Despite having played his entire career at ASU in a zone-blocking scheme, he possesses traits which suggest he'd excel in a man-blocking scheme, as well. He could see himself progress into starter at some point, but for now he remains a project.
Round Projection: mid-5th round
Prediction: 5 Round, 15th pick (151st overall), San Francisco 49ers