Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9/1/09: #12 OT, #151/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 5 2009 East-West Shrine Invite 2008: Opened the season as the starting left guard, but moved to right tackle in the fifth game of the season at West Virginia started all 13 games one of the teams most versatile linemen had surgery on right ankle in April 2008, re-injured just as season started. 2007: Played primarily right guard, while also seeing some time at left tackle earned playing time in all 13 games, including six starts recorded first career start in season-opener vs. Buffalo started the first five contests of the season at right guard replaced the injured Pedro Sosa as the starting left tackle against Pitt. 2006: Saw action in four games, including the Texas Bowl against Kansas State. 2005: True freshman who redshirted while practicing with the offensive line.
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Teammate Anthony Davis got most of the headlines for the Scarlet Knights over the past two seasons, but Haslam's play on the strong side of the formation also helped the team effectively move the ball on offense.
Haslam wasn't nearly as highly-recruited as fellow New Jersey native Davis, but came on after a redshirt year and seeing limited playing time in 2006. He started the first five games of 2007 at right guard, then played some left tackle at the end of the year.
His versatility continued to show as a junior, as he began the year the starter at left guard before moving to right tackle for the rest of the season, as well as throughout 2009.
Although not an elite prospect, Haslam's overall skills give him a chance to be a spot starter or versatile reserve - exactly what teams need in a mid-to-late-round draft pick.
Pass blocking: Strong punch, will extend his arms to knock end off his move. Generally sets quickly, takes a good angle on his kick slide and mirrors his man well. Faster pass rushers will cause him to reach or cross his feet. Though he owns a fair anchor, he'll catch defenders more often than he attacks them. Comes up too high out of stance and lacks superior leg strength; will get bull rushed into the pocket by NFL defensive ends.
Run blocking: Gives good effort for the run. Once into his man, will anchor and keep feet moving to sustain the block. Able to push man back a couple of yards off the line of scrimmage when drive blocking. Can come off his down-block to reach another defender.
Pulling/trapping: When trapping, he's not very quick getting into the hole and gets tripped up or lost in the trash. Also struggles to get a hand on linebackers not coming directly at him, allowing penetration.
Initial Quickness: Adequate getting off the snap, but can take him some time to get his hands up into his man's numbers. Athletic enough to improve in this area with coaching.
Downfield: Good mobility to second level; knows the angle he must take to open the hole inside. Able to negate linebackers and safeties with his length and effort, but doesn't get to his target (or adjust to oncoming defenders) often enough because of a lack of flexibility.
Intangibles: Hard-working player who gives good effort. No major character issues.
Opened the season as the starting left guard, but moved to right tackle in the fifth game of the season at West Virginia (10/4)? started all 13 games one of the teams most versatile linemen. Had surgery on right ankle in April 2008, re-injured just as season started.
Played primarily right guard, while also seeing some time at left tackle earned playing time in all 13 games, including six starts recorded first career start in season-opener vs. Buffalo (8/30) ... started the first five contests of the season at right guard ... helped pave the way for RUs third 500+ offensive yardage effort of the season at Syracuse (10/13) with 538 vs. the Orange ... replaced the injured Pedro Sosa as the starting left tackle against Pitt (11/17) ... saw time at left tackle at Louisville (11/29).
Saw action in four games, including the Texas Bowl against Kansas State (12/28) also appeared in games against Howard (9/23), Cincinnati (11/18), and West Virginia (12/2).
True freshman who redshirted while practicing with the offensive line.
Earned All-County honors in 2004 from The Record and the Star-Ledger at Mahwah High School two-time All-League pick one of nine Rutgers recruits to play in 2005 NY/NJ Governor's Bowl at Rutgers Stadium two-year starter at right tackle and defensive end for Mahwah earned three varsity letters allowed just two sacks as a junior and senior also played three years of basketball.
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12/24/12 - LT Kevin Haslam replaced LT Mike Harris and was among the reasons for the team's improved pass protection in the second half. Haslam probably starts on Sunday.
12/16/12 - LT Kevin Haslam got his second start against the Panthers, as Mike Harris wasn't quite ready.
12/13/12 - LT Kevin Haslam could get his second straight start if Mike Harris is unable to go. It's possible Haslam could start and be spelled by Harris.
12/10/12 - LT Kevin Haslam started for the first time, and yeah, it went fine. Haslam covered Philip Rivers' backside stoutly all game.
12/02/12 - T Kevin Haslam was signed recently from the practice squad, and it turned out to be a wise move. Right tackle Jeromey Clary hurt his knee in the second quarter Sunday and didn't return. Clary's spot went to Haslam, and he could land there this week as well. Haslam, a third-year pro who can play tackle and guard, was activated for depth when left tackle Jared Gaither was placed on injured reserve. While Mike Harris has held down Gaither's position, it looks as if Haslam could be the starter on the opposite side against the Steelers.
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