Nov 1, 2014; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Rob Havenstein (78) takes on Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive lineman Djwany Mera (93) and defensive back Johnathan Aiken (26) at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O
10. Rob Havenstein – Wisconsin – 6’7″, 321 lbs – 33 3/4″ arms – 20 bench press reps
Unlike many of the other prospects on this list, Rob Havenstein played RT in college. Havenstein isn’t an athletic prospect, but he’s a mountain of a man and was a huge part of Melvin Gordon’s success at Wisconsin. Havenstein has five videos available at draftbreakdown, and I watched his games against LSU, Nebraska, and Minnesota from last season. I like Havenstein a lot as a second-tier prospect. He may not have the elite upside of others on this list, but I think he could potentially start at RT as a rookie and have a solid NFL career.
I expected Havenstein to look good in the run game, but his pass protection was actually better than I was anticipating. Now, don’t get me wrong, I would never want him to play LT, and against the elite speed rushers, he’s going to need help from a tight end or running back, but I think Havenstein can play tackle at a starting level in the NFL. His lack of athleticism and especially flexibility does hurt his stock, which is why he isn’t ranked higher.
Don’t just take my word for it…..
From Dane Brugler’s Draft Guide:
"Mammoth frame with wide shoulders and thickness throughout…uses angles well with strong hands/wrists to turn his man and wall off run lanes, especially to the outside, allowing the run game to run off tackle – can seal inside and outside…bullies defenders with his upper body strength, using a physical punch to jolt and stonewall rushers off the edge"
Rob Havenstein may not have the elite upside of the other top prospects, but there isn’t another tackle that could be had in the third or fourth round that has the potential to be a bully at RT like he does. I would be thrilled if the Chiefs took Havenstein on day two or three of the draft.