Round 6, 215th Overall: Blaise Andries, IOL, Minnesota
Per ProFootballReference.com, the Arizona Cardinals were 26th in pocket time last year. Pocket time is defined as the average time the quarterback has in the pocket to throw the ball from the snap to either the ball being released or the pocket collapsing. They were also 27th in the number of times the quarterback was hurried, at 79.
Their resounding defeat against the Los Angeles Rams in the playoffs underscored how desperately they need help along the offensive line. And Minnesota interior offensive lineman Blaise Andries should be able to offer some pass-blocking assistance.
The 6’6 ¼”, 308-pound lineman from Marshall, Minnesota was a versatile player during his four years with the Gophers. He started games at every offensive line spot except center, while lining up most frequently at right guard, starting 21 games there.
Andries was named to the Associated Press All-Big Ten second team for 2021 and will finish his collegiate career with 46 career starts over four years. 2022 NFL Draft scouts like his football intelligence and his terrific work ethic. He’s shown good coordination with his feet and uses that to successfully complete combo blocks and get up to the second level on running plays.
Blaise Andries’ frame and athleticism could leave the door open for potential improvements, but as it stands now, he has some serious flaws in his game. For example, he could play with better leverage, and get a better jump off of the snap. He could also finish his blocks better. Teams may be tempted to move him out to tackle because his height as a guard might be a detriment, as it allows interior defensive linemen to get up and under him. But for a pick at the end of the sixth round, you could do a lot worse.