From now until the 2023 NFL Draft, we will scout and create profiles for as many prospects as possible, examining their strengths, weaknesses, and what they can bring to an NFL franchise. These players could be potential top-10 picks, all the way down to Day 3 selections and priority undrafted free agents. Today, I’ll be profiling Eastern Michigan OG Sidy Sow.
#62 Sidy Sow/OG Eastern Michigan – 6046, 323 lbs. (Senior)
Senior Bowl/NFL Combine
|Player||Ht/Wt||Hand Size||Arm Length||Wingspan|
|Sidy Sow||6046, 323||10 3/8||33 5/8||N/A|
|40-Yard Dash||10-Yard Dash||Short Shuttle||3-Cone|
|Broad Jump||Vertical||Bench Press|
— Great size, thick throughout his body with excellent length
— Powerful and torquey run blocker who is able to drive and wash
— Has nasty and looks to finish his blocks
— Heavy hands and packs powerful jolt on contact able to stun defenders and allow him to win early in reps
— Easily displaces and engulfs smaller defensive linemen and linebackers when he’s able to reach them
— Sticks to blocks and drives with leg drive
— Plays with good pad level as a run blocker
— Shows surprising burst and snap off the line for his frame, not a bad athlete and isn’t late off the line
— Not an incredibly effective puller but fires out of stance and gets to his spot
— Uses length well to create space and able to anchor against bull rushes
— Elite-level experience
— Has tackle/guard experience on his resume
— Plays with forward lean and can double-over at the waist, causeing him to fall off blocks
— Struggles to move and mirror laterally in pass protection
— Shows late eyes reacting to and picking up stunts
— Doesn’t have great foot speed in open space
— Needs to set flatter in pass game and not give ground
— Two-time first-team All-MAC selection
— 54 career starts
— Played LT redshirt freshman season in 2017 before moving to LG
— Two-star recruit from Bromont, Quebec, EMU his only offer after he attended a camp in Ohio sponsored by Ohio State
— Mostly played defensive line in high school
— Played handball and was an Olympic lifter in high school
— Drafted by USFL Michigan Panthers earlier this year
— Credits going against Maxx Crosby in practice to accelerate his development
EMU’s Sidy Sow is the final profile I’ll write this draft season. And I’m glad to get to his tape before Thursday night. After playing left tackle his redshirt freshman season, Sow kicked to guard and became an anchor of an underrated and rising Eastern Michigan program. On tape, he pops as someone with a thick middle but isn’t sloppy and certainly can move and get out of his stance. At his best, he’s a powerful and torquey run blocker who is able to move people out of their gap and finish. He had some quality tape against a Power 5 opponent in Arizona State.
Sow is the LG in all the below clips.
Sow plays with heavy hands and creates a ton of power on contact.
While he didn’t pull a ton, there were games he was asked to do it and you can see his athleticism off the line. Against Kent State, he pulled several times and you see some explosiveness. That’s reflected in his testing where he had a 9.5 RAS.
Still, Sow plays with too much forward lean, especially in pass protection and he bends at the waist. Shows good pad level against the run but less so in the passing game. Predictably, quicker DTs can give him problems.
But he’s experienced and a powerful run blocker with a ton of starts, good testing, and was a key reason why EMU went 9-4 this season (their first 9-plus win season since 1987) and won their first bowl game since that ’87 season.
Sow’s tape was fun to watch and a good note to go out on. He’s a nasty run blocker but not a big, slow lug who can’t get out of his stance. His testing matches the tape. Still, he’s best in a power scheme as player who can maul and displace, has tons of experience, and really helped anchor an up-and-coming Eastern Michigan program. He’s a bit scheme dependent and I see a little Chris Kemoeatu in his game but not as grabby and unrefined. My NFL comp to Sow is former Chargers and Broncos guard Louis Vasquez.
Projection: Late Day Two-Early Day Three
Depot Draft Grade: 7.9 – Potential Starter/Good Backup (3rd Round)
Games Watched: at Kent State (2022), at Arizona State (2022), at San Jose State (2022)