TNIAAM will be breaking down all of the Syracuse football players who will warrant consideration in the 2017 NFL Draft, prior to the event on Thursday, April 27, on ESPN. Last week, we kicked things off with profiles on Amba Etta-Tawo and Brisly Estime. This week, we shift to the offensive line.
Next up is Michael Lasker.
Name: Michael Lasker
Weight: 312 lbs.
Hometown: Corona, Calif.
NFL Draft Projections: Undrafted free agent
Senior Stats: Four starts at right tackle, 12 games on both sides of line
Career Stats: 30 games, five starts
Game to Watch: 2016 vs. Notre Dame (two knockdown blocks, 92 snaps)
Pro Day Performance: 5.71 40-yard dash, 27 bench reps, 22.5-inch vertical leap (results from NFLDraftScout)
Scout Visits: N/A
Lasker has great size, has played in several different systems and has gone up against some of the best defensive lines in the country over the past couple seasons. His experience playing on both sides of the line is a plus, and with his weight, you could potentially plug him in at guard or tackle, depending on need or scheme.
May not have the speed or athleticism to play offensive tackle at the next level. Lasker was frequently penalized and never really managed to hold down the starting job at Syracuse — eventually ceding to younger players on the Orange depth chart. SU’s pass- and run-blocking has been atrocious these last couple seasons, which won’t do him any favors in the eyes of scouts, unfortunately.
Fun Fact(s): At one point in his JUCO career, Lasker was almost headed to DII Azusa Pacific, but he was determined to get an FBS offer. He did, from Syracuse, clearly.
TNIAAM Draft Prediction: He’ll go undrafted, but his size alone could garner a camp invite. We’ll see what happens from there.