To conclude the 2012 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals decided to select their third offensive lineman of the day in Nate Potter, an offensive tackle coming out of Boise State. He will join Daryn Colledge as another former Bronco to now be apart of the Big Red Line. He was formerly a four year starter, protecting the blindside of Kellen Moore.
To get more info on Potter, as well as some reactions, hit the jump.
Potter has been described as an offensive tackle that is a talented pass protector, but also as a guy that needs to work on both his upper and lower body strength in order to become a better run blocker. Back when we did our draft profile of him here on ROTB, here is what The Sports Headquarters' draft writer, Seth Cox had to say:
Nate Potter, OT Boise St
- Solidly built with long arms and a frame to add mass to.
- Good looking pass protection blocker.
- Shows good body control and balance in and out of his stance.
- Needs to see the inside of a weight room.
- History of shoulder issues.
He is an intriguing prospect for a team like the Texans and Redskins, but won't fit with the Cardinals. He lacks the base strength, needs time to get stronger and works better in space as opposed to attacking his defender and punishing him.
The history of injuries concerns me, but the strength is something that can be worked on. With time, I feel that Potter can be a valuable addition to this football franchise. At 6'6", 303 pounds and 34 5/8" arms, Potter has the size and the frame to gain weight while staying at the tackle position.
Next to Bobby Massie and Senio Kelemete, the Cardinals have decided that bolstering their offensive line was obviously an important course of action that they needed to take in this draft process. Even if for depth only, Potter seems to be a solid pick in the seventh round.
Here is a Pro Football Weekly draft analysis of Potter:
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