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Another big-time recruit former Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt managed to keep in-state, Pinkston's potential as a top-notch left tackle began to become more evident in 2009. He earned first-team All-Big East honors from league coaches and repeated that honor in 2010, in part because few current college tackles have faced as talented a trio of defensive ends (Brandon Lindsey, Greg Romeus, Jabaal Sheard) regularly in practices.
Pinkston came to Pitt as a defensive tackle, the position at which he dominated during his high school career. But in the fall of 2006, he moved to left tackle, played in seven games as a reserve, short-yardage fullback and on the special teams units. He then earned starts at right tackle in the first three games of his sophomore year before receiving a medical redshirt due to a tear in his left labrum (shoulder) suffered against Michigan State. Pinkston returned from that injury to start 12 games in 2008, but a right shoulder injury suffered during Sun Bowl practices kept from capping off his season.
The Pennsylvania native brings a lot to the table as an NFL prospect, but some scouts aren't sure of his best pro position. His size and relatively quick feet have proved valuable on the weak side of the formation, but he might not quite have enough athleticism to stay there in the NFL. His strength could allow him to succeed on the other side of the line or at guard, especially if he stays healthy and his motor runs consistently. No matter which side of the line he is assigned, his size and experience are likely to get him a shot as a starter early in his career.
Figuring out which position best suits Pinkston in the NFL is the biggest hurdle in zeroing in on his draft value. Some scouts view him as a limited tackle who can only play guard. If he's used outside, where he has the feet to make a living, his strength makes him a good fit at right tackle. His size, experience and versatility make him a likely top 75 pick.
Pass blocking: Looks more like a left guard than a left tackle, but he is solid in protecting the blind side. Owns a strong initial punch, can be dominant when locking his hands onto ends and extending his arms. Uses his size and length to take quicker rush ends around the pocket. Generally bends his knees and gives very good effort to mirror his man throughout the play. Has extra weight in the middle. Needs to improve the consistency and depth of his kick-slide before taking on quicker rushers. Will let up after first contact, reaching instead of moving his feet, which allows for upfield push on a secondary rush. Protects the inside lane well off the snap, but lacks great footwork to recover on outside-inside pass-rush moves.
Run blocking: Wide-body who looks like a guard and is capable of run blocking like one. Strong enough punch and upper-body strength to turn ends out of the hole or even pancake when his hands are active. Reaches linebackers and blocks well on the move, should be a good fit in a zone system. Uses foot quickness to get in position to seal the edge, his wide frame makes it tough for ends to get around him. Too often throws his body into defenders off the snap, failing to lock his hands.
Pulling/trapping: Fairly mobile for his size; uses his girth to make room for running backs in space. Moves well behind the line and into the second level to negate linebackers in the hole. Struggles to find targets on the run whether getting in front of screen passes or pulling on running plays. Lacks great flexibility to cut-block.
Initial Quickness: Does not often give up penetration, but is inconsistent coming off the ball on run plays and as a pass protector. Too often relies on his strength, instead of quick lateral movement, to mirror defenders off the line. Packs a wallop with his initial punch, though he will lower a shoulder into defensive linemen off the snap on run plays instead of engaging with his hands.
Downfield: Mobile enough to be a factor downfield on screens and run plays, but his inability to hit moving targets consistently limits his effectiveness. Once he's latched on, linebackers and safeties won't be shedding his block because he is strong with active feet after contact. Lacks the flexibility to more than get a hand on inside defenders or adjust on the fly, though a hand is usually enough to keep them out of the play. Has not shown the ability to hit multiple targets in space.
Intangibles: Coaches have challenged his consistency in the past. Stamina is adequate, even with his extra weight. Does not back down from challenges, and is willing to mix it up on the field in defense of himself or his teammates. Injuries have been an issue: torn right labrum before 2008 Sun Bowl, torn left labrum against Michigan State in 2007. Brother, Todd, was a second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles as a receiver in 2000.
All-BIG EAST First Team (coaches)...earned his second consecutive first-team All-Big East honor...The cornerstone of Pitt’s offensive front, Pinkston made 41 career starts on Pitt’s offensive line, including 38 at left tackle. Pitt produced a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his three years as a starter. Pinkston was selected first team All-Big East following his junior and senior seasons. Pitt finished with an 8-5 overall record in 2010 and earned a share of the Big East championship with a 5-2 league mark.
SI.com and Rivals.com All-America Team (second team)...First Team All-Big East...starter at left offensive tackle in all 13 games…owns 28 career starts overall.
Started all 12 regular-season games at left tackle...missed the Sun Bowl vs. Oregon State due to a right shoulder injury sustained during bowl week practice.
Started the first three games at right tackle before suffering a season-ending left shoulder injury at Michigan State Sept. 15...underwent surgery and received a medical redshirt.
Worked at defensive tackle through fall training camp before moving to offensive tackle in September...played in seven games during his true freshman campaign to letter...in addition to serving as a backup left offensive tackle, he also appeared in Pitt's "jumbo" set in short yardage situations as a fullback...also contributed on the extra-point/field goal block unit.
Heralded prospect who was named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team (first team)...considered one of the nation's top 100 prospects by Tom Lemming...compiled 180 tackles over his final two seasons at Baldwin...Coach Dave Wannstedt also graduated from Baldwin (1970) before playing at Pitt...as a senior Pinkston had 80 tackles, eight tackles for losses, five fumble recoveries and two sacks...had 100 tackles and six sacks as a junior...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review All-Class AAAA...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...first team All-Quad East...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...Tom Lemming rated him the nation's No. 69 overall prospect...rated the nation's No. 18 defensive tackle prospect by Scout.com...rated the No. 27 prospect in the East Region by Scout.com...rated Pennsylvania's No. 10 prospect by Rivals.com...Rivals.com also ranked him as one of the top 50 defensive tackle prospects nationally...PrepStar All-American...played under Coach Mike Silianoff...also lettered in basketball.
Jason R. Pinkston, born 9/5/87, is the son of James and Martha Pinkston...has two brothers...Jason served as a junior volunteer fireman for the South Baldwin fire station while in high school...cousin, Todd Pinkston, was a receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2000-05 and a former standout at Southern Miss...enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Draft Scout Player News
12/26/13 - --LG Jason Pinkston missed practice with a concussion Thursday.
12/25/13 - --LG Jason Pinkston missed practice Tuesday with a concussion.
12/24/13 - LG Jason Pinkston sustained a concussion but did not report it until Monday morning.
12/11/13 - --LG Jason Pinkston worked with the starters in practice on Wednesday.
11/15/13 - G Jason Pinkston (ankle) was limited again Friday and listed as questionable.