Joe Tippmann: NFL Draft Scouting Report

Joe Tippmann: NFL Draft Scouting Report
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  • Height: 6′ 6″
  • Weight: 317 Lbs
  • College: Wisconsin
  • Year: Junior
  • Position: Interior Offensive Lineman


  • Power – Tippmann has plenty of raw power to stun and cause oncoming rushers to retreat
  • Hands – tremendous punch power and grip strength are evident on tape
  • Finisher – always completes a play and beyond, never one to take plays off
  • Athleticism – moves incredibly well, gets out into open space and to the 2nd level quickly
  • Fluidity – moves well in pass protection sets, seems well coordinated
  • Anchor – is able to sit into protection assignments and use his strong anchor to work well against bull-rushes
  • Awareness – continually looks around him to identify the most obvious threats, always looking for work
  • Explosiveness – quick up out of stance to engage defensive linemen
  • ‘Feldman Freak’ – on Bruce Feldman’s freak list this year – explosive 10-yard split on 40-yard dash
  • Character – coaches and fellow players speak highly of his character and leadership


  • Height – for an interior lineman, has to work hard to get underneath opponent’s pads
  • Holding – 6 holding penalties in 2022 – will need to clean this up under more intense scrutiny at the NFL level
  • Punch timing – can be beaten to the punch by savvy defenders allowing them into his chest to control reps
  • Footwork – more comfortable getting out in space than short area footwork in pass protection


Wisconsin Badgers interior offensive lineman Joe Tippmann has all the tools to be a day 1 starter in the NFL. His athleticism and power in the run game, coupled with strong anchor and movement skills in the passing game are sure to hold up well to scrutiny during the draft process. Taller and leaner than traditional centres, Tippmann may find that he is used more as a guard initially, particularly with his ability to pull in the run game. However, I think this is something he will be able to take to with ease and teams will be getting a game-ready starter if they draft Tippmann on day 2

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