Ben Bartch

Offensive Tackle

St. John's

6' 6"

308 lbs

SCOUTING GRADE

7.59

Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: UW Whitewater, Chapman

Report By: Bobby Greco

Scouting Report

ATHLETICISM: 7.58

Q.A.B.: 7.70
Flexibility: 8.00
C.O.D.: 7.50
Explosion: 7.90
Versatility: 6.80

Barch is a converted TE, so very athletic for a lineman. He was also a stand out track athlete, which bodes very well for any player when talking about athleticism and balance. He has above average quickness for a lineman too, which has made him very successful in a pass-heavy offense. He gets a very good grade here and that comes back to his track background. Not only did he throw shot put and discus, but he was also part of the 4x400 relay team and competing in these events will make you very limber. There is just a lot to love when it comes to his athletic ability. On one hand, I love his C.O.D ability when in his pass set, but then when run blocking he gets a little stiff. He played in a pass-heavy offense, so there may be a downgrade in confidence here. He is very quick and always explodes off the LOS. Again, this has to be attributed to his background as a track athlete. He not only got explosiveness in his upper body by throwing the shot put and discus but running in the relay gives him great get off at the line. He is still a raw talent and needs to do develop more, this was technically only his second year playing straight O-Line. This, unfortunately, makes him a little less versatile than other guys coming into the league, but he does have the ideal athletic ability to be a good NFL player and should be able to eventually play multiple positions across the line.

RUN BLOCKING: 7.42

In-Line: 7.50
Movement off L.O.S.: 8.50
Reach Block: 7.20
Pull & Block Outside: 7.00
Adjust In Space: 6.60
Use of Hands: 7.70

In-Line blocking is definitely the strong part of his game, with respect to the run game. He is strong when his assignment directly in front of him and he is comfortable with his ability. Watching him, it seems like when he not as confident in what he is doing, he loses his techniques and that will happen with inexperience. Always fast off the line. He is fantastic with his timing, which is one of the main reasons he has become a top tier NFL prospect and this ability has to come from competing in the 4x400. If you're not fast in your starts when running the relay, your team isn't going to win much and that really translates well on the football field. He is very capable when reaching a defender, but can lose his track and balance when the defender is aggressive and equally talented. Again St John's was a very pass-heavy offense and with him only playing the position for two years, there are naturally some inconsistencies. Is very athletic and has good techniques, but struggles to finish his pull blocks and especially if the defender meets him at the point of attack. Adjusting in space is definitely the weak spot in all of his game. His experience and the offense he played in just really gave him a disadvantage here. This is nothing to do with talent, he just needs to develop. He has excellent hands. He is very active with his hands and quick to make contact, but he needs to learn more about the run game to become a complete player at the next level.

PASS BLOCKING: 7.82

Quick Set: 8.50
Protect Corner: 7.90
Footwork / Redirect & Slide: 8.00
Anchor / Reset Ability: 7.50
Handle Games/Stunts: 7.30
Hands / Punch: 7.70
Extremely quick pass set. He really has elite ability to pop out into his pass set, running in the 4x400 really gives him an advantage in timing and being quick here is the difference between allowing a sack or making the block. Since he is very good with his timing on every play and is very athletic, protecting the corner is where he really excels. Speed rushers have a lot of problems trying to beat him outside because even if they match his quickness, he has the balance and hips recover and stop the rush. Great footwork! It again comes back to being a stand out track athlete, because it gives him a leg up at the little things lineman needs to be successful(ex timing, hands, and athleticism). His footwork really shines when changing direction laterally. He has a strong base and can really stifle a pass rush once he gets hands on you. He also has really quick hands, so he is able to reset immediately when in a hand fight. He does get a little stiff with his inside hand though, so can be vulnerable to a strong inside rush. He gets a little bit of a lower grade on stunts, strictly because of his inside hand. He will stop a defender as long as he is about to get both hands on him, but when he has to make the block with just his inside hand he can be beaten. Great hands and is always the one who makes initial contact. He would grade in the 8s if he had a stronger inside hand, but that is the only downside with him in pass pro and it isn't enough to deter me from taking a chance if I were drafting for a team.

COMPETITIVENESS: 7.70

Toughness: 7.80
Consistency / Motor: 7.60
Production: 7.70

Bartch is a really tough player, which is evident in how easy he transitioned to OT. Sure going from TE to OT isn't the biggest change, but to do it so fluidly is really impressive. As someone who has coached O-Line for a long time, to become All-American that fast is remarkable to see. He has a constant motor, so there is no concern there. It's just his deficiency inside that can be a concern, but that is something an NFL coach will be able to develop with him. Despite only playing two seasons at the position he deserves a good grade, because of what he did with them. I don't think it can be overstated how impressive his accomplishments are, because he only played OT two seasons and still got a combine invite.

INTELLIGENCE: 7.93

Instincts: 7.40
Learn/Retain: 8.10
Teamwork: 8.30

As good of a lineman he is, he is still working on his natural instincts. Compare him to another prospect this year like Wirfs from Iowa, he has played O-Line most of his life and knows all the little things it takes to be a great tackle. He deserves a really good grade for retention because he clearly retains information quickly and has learned to be an elite college left tackle. It will be very interesting to see how he develops in the NFL and if is able to become a complete versatile lineman. Any player who changes positions in order to help his team gets a high grade here. Barch not only changed positions, but he also took advantage of a new opportunity and he excelled at it.

STRENGTHS

Pass blocking is a major strength of his. You need to beat him on initial contact because if he gets any amount of an upper hand, the battle is over. He has excellent hip balance and dominates against the spin.

WEAKNESSES

St John's offense seemed very pass-heavy, so you didn't get to see him block in the run game much. In what I did see-through, he seemed to struggle some with pulling and sometimes missed his target. He also needs to work on his inside hand, as he is a little stiff using it.

BIG PICTURE

Barch has the prototypical size to play tackle at the NFL level, but his skill set is best suited to play guard. He is very physical and has strong hands, he is also a smart lineman. You can really see in his film that he knows what his best attributes are and he uses them to his advantage. The obvious person to compare him to is Bucs G Ali Marpet, but he is not as polished as Marpet coming into the league. However, he still has a chance to be a 2nd-3rd round pick. Overall he is very good lineman, but he is a project. If he can learn to be a good run blocker and bulks up a little, he will have a great opportunity to be a strong starter in the league.

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