Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 7/241 -- Andrew Datko, OT, 6-6, 321, Florida State...Starter at left tackle since his freshman year, but a recurring shoulder injury ended college career four games into last season. - The Sports Xchange
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Throughout much of the Bobby Bowden era at Florida State the Seminoles annually received some of the country's elite prep talents. In Datko, the Seminoles turned a light recruited talent who chose FSU over the likes of Florida International and Central Florida into a potential high round NFL prospect.
Despite being overlooked by many of the nation's prep evaluators, Datko proved to be an immediate standout for the Seminoles, starting the final 12 games of his true freshman season. He started 36 of the next 39 contests heading into his senior campaign and had been quite productive, surrendering just three sacks over the 2009-10 seasons.
A shoulder injury suffered early in 2011 ruined Datko's senior campaign, sidelining him for the final nine games of the season. Having struggled with arm and shoulder injuries dating back to high school, Datko's final draft stock will likely be determined by the medical grade he's given from team doctors.
Big and surprisingly fluid, Datko's ability to mirror pass rushers and block at the second level will be sure to intrigue teams needing a blind-side protector if his struggles with durability don't scare them off. Datko doesn't play with the physicality and nastiness that some teams are looking for and is best suited to a zone-blocking scheme that takes advantage of his mobility and use of leverage, rather than power, to be effective.
Positives: Quick and nimble, light on his feet. Very athletic blocker on the move. Good slide and hand placement effectively shut down most speed rushers. Smart prospect who has great experience and works extremely hard.
Negatives: High-cut and doesn't bend knees well. Set in pass protection is high, and that affects power and ability to anchor and causes him to bend at the waist. Soft hand punch. Serious shoulder injury that required multiple surgeries will be closely scrutinized. Did not play well in 2011 because of shoulder, battling courageously for four games with one arm.
One of the bookends on the offensive line for Florida State at left tackle, who brings 36 career starts into the season. A preseason All-ACC pick by several publications who is considered one of the top tackles in the country. Candidate for the Lombardi and Outland Trophies given to the nation's top lineman. Bulked up in the offseason despite missing spring practice with a shoulder injury. Very intelligent player who spent the spring mentoring the younger offensive linemen along with fellow tackle Zebrie Sanders. Excels in both the running and passing game. Earned the Matt Schmauch Academic Award at the end of spring practice, which is given to the player who is dedicated to getting a degree, is accountable and responsible in the classroom and works everyday to be a better student. Earned one of six community service awards given out at the end of spring practice.
Fourth-year starting left tackle who returned from offseason shouldersurgery…a preseason candidate for a number of national awards, Datko started the first four games before recurring shoulder issues forced him to shut it down…underwent shoulder surgery in late November, ending his season…played 252 snaps and posted a season average grade of 75.8… allowed just one sack…posted a season-high grade of 84 percent in the opener against Louisiana Monroe...has 40 career starts to his credit, which still ranks third overall among current Seminoles.
Third-year starter as a true junior, he missed three games after suffering a shoulder injury late in the Oklahoma game, which snapped a streak of 27 consecutive starts...played his entire career at left tackle, where he has been responsible for protecting the quarterbacks' blind side and excels in that area...relinquished just one sack in 11 games (all starts) on the season, stifling heralded pass rushers from Oklahoma, Miami, Clemson, Florida and Virginia Tech...penalized just three times and issued five missed assignments in 691 snaps...Datko's season average grade of 87 was second only to Rodney Hudson on the team...presented the Bob Crenshaw Award by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club as the "Most Courageous" Seminole.
Started every game at the left tackle position and boasted a season average grade of 79 percent...allowed two sacks all season, shutting out Georgia Tech All-American Derrick Morgan and All-ACC standouts Robert Quinn (UNC) and Willie Young (NC State)... made his 25th consecutive start in the Gator Bowl...earned ACC Lineman of the Week honors following dominating performance in come-from-behind win at North Carolina...was penalized just three times on the season.
Named a first team freshman All-American by The Sporting News and a freshman All-American by the FWAA, Rivals and Phil Steel...becomes the first offensive tackle to garner freshman All-America honors since Brett Williams in 1999...named to the ACC All-Academic team...following in the footsteps of All-America candidate Rodney Hudson. Datko has started 12 straight games as a true freshman and is the third freshman All-American on the line since Rick Trickett was hired...named the offense's top newcomer at the football awards dinner...also the freshman class academic award winner for the offense...started more games than any true freshman at any position making 12 starts and playing in all 13 games...was named a mid-season All-America by Rivals...played 852 snaps, more than any freshman on the line. Had a top-two overall grade three times this season...received either the top grade or the second-best grade in run or pass blocking eight times...recorded 21 knockdowns...added depth to the offensive line where he can play center or guard.
Three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout.com...the 35th-best guard in America according to Rivals...Scout lists him as the 44th-best tackle prospect in this class...rated 50th among offensive tackles this year by ESPN...disciplined player who understands technique, leverage and balance according to Scout.com...Scout considers Datko one of the top offensive line prospects in Broward County...PrepStar All-Region Team...FSWAA All-State 5A First Team offense...Miami Herald and South Florida Sun Sentinel All-Broward County...ran the 40 in a time of 5.3...played on St. Thomas' 14-1 State Championship squad...played for the state title every year of his high school career...chose FSU over UCF and FIU.
Born August 15, 1990...named to the 2008 ACC All-Academic team...major is business.
Draft Scout Player News
01/15/13 - T Andrew Datko signed a contract Monday with the Packers for 2013. He ended the season on the team's practice squad.
04/29/12 - With recently released Chad Clifton out of the picture at left tackle, McCarthy made it known Saturday that right tackle Bryan Bulaga isn't under consideration to switch sides. "I don't see any reason to go down that road," McCarthy said. "I think Bryan's on the verge of being a Pro Bowler at right tackle. I look for him to have that type of season." The Packers made Bulaga their first-round draft pick in 2010 with the idea he would take over for Clifton at some point. Bulaga, though, replaced an injured Mark Tauscher at right tackle early that season and has stayed there. Marshall Newhouse, who started 11 games when Clifton was hurt last season, is the favorite to take over as Rodgers' blind-side protector. McCarthy said Derek Sherrod, a natural left tackle who was Green Bay's first-round pick in last year's draft, is on track to be ready for training camp. Sherrod suffered a season-ending broken leg Dec. 18. The 6-6 Datko also could be in the mix at left tackle, provided his oft-injured left shoulder doesn't hinder him again. He's had multiple surgeries on the shoulder, the latest of which was in November after his senior season at Florida State ended after only four games. The Packers cut Clifton, 35, on April 23 after he failed a physical. Clifton, a starter with the team since his rookie season in 2000, had reportedly been participating at the start of Green Bay's offseason program after he recovered from back surgery following last season. - The Sports Xchange
04/29/12 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 7/241 -- Andrew Datko, OT, 6-6, 321, Florida State...Starter at left tackle since his freshman year, but a recurring shoulder injury ended college career four games into last season. - The Sports Xchange
03/13/12 - Scouts are anxious to get another look at Florida State left offensive tackle Andy Datko, who was limited to four games in 2011 by shoulder surgery, and who has a history of shoulder problems. Datko started 40 games during his career with the Seminoles, was 6-6 and 315 pounds at the combine, where he ran 5.32, but still has some interesting potential. Datko entered last season as one of the better tackle prospects in the country, is regarded as having decent feet, but scouts seem to like his frame and his demeanor, and he could be a late-round choice for some team willing to take a chance. The man who replaced Datko after his injury, Zebrie Sanders, has been a bit of a disappointment in workouts. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange
02/15/12 - The 6-6, 321-pounder began having issues with a surgically-repaired shoulder toward the end of preseason camp but still managed to start the first four games on the schedule, although he was a scratch Oct. 8 at Wake Forest somewhat unexpectedly - he never suited up for the Seminoles again. Instead of applying to the NCAA for a medical redshirt and a fifth year of eligibility, in part because he had already completed his degree in business, Datko decided to close the book on his college career and declared for the draft. While he is still dealing with the aftereffects of his medical problem, the Fort Lauderdale native claims to be 100 percent from a range-of-motion perspective and has been working hard to get back into playing shape. Originally considered a second- or third-round talent, his stock has understandably taken a hit since professional franchises are now forced to question his health going forward. The combine is Datko’s first opportunity to prove to scouts, coaches and executives that he’s ready to take the field again and still worth an investment. “I’m actually really looking forward to it because I played the first four games and then I was injured,” he said. “Right now, teams aren’t sure where I’m standing at with the shoulder. ‘Can he really do much?’ And I really want to prove myself out there that I’m really 100 percent and just show them that I’m moving good and everything and I’m back to where I was.” - John Crist, Scout.com