NFL draft profile: No. 50 — Indiana OG Dan Feeney, tough and steady interior force

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Indiana OG-C Dan Feeney
6-4, 305 pounds

Key stat: Feeney started 45 games in his Hoosiers career, the first 41 at right guard (and the final four at right tackle). According to the school, he allowed only two sacks in a total of 3,278 snaps — and none the past three seasons — until Indiana’s bowl game loss to Utah.

The skinny: Lunch-pail worker who opted to return to school in 2016, much to the surprise and delight of many Hoosiers fans. Missed four games as a senior because of a concussion and missed the entire 2013 season with a foot injury. When he returned, the team had a need at right tackle and Feeney filled it. Feeney was a four-year starter, a two-time team captain and an anchor for an improved Hoosiers team that ran the ball well during his time in Bloomington.

Despite redshirting one season, Feeney turns 23 years old a month after the draft, which would not put him in some teams’ “overaged” category.

Indiana OG Dan Feeney has been a steady starter for the Hoosiers for four years. (AP)
Indiana OG Dan Feeney has been a steady starter for the Hoosiers for four years. (AP)

Best-suited destination: Right guard in a zone-blocking scheme. Several teams would make sense for Feeney, including the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos and others.

Upside: Ideal dimensions for a guard (or center) and could pinch hit at tackle if needed. He has snapped in practice and was the Hoosier’s emergency center, making a potentially valuable fill-in as well. Feeney plays with an edge that’s clear on tape. He might not be a special athlete, but Feeney showed good quickness in the three-cone drill at the NFL scouting combine and had perhaps the strongest week of any interior offensive lineman at the Senior Bowl. Scouts and coaches have praised his awareness to pick up stunts and blitzes and time his blocks — especially on zone runs and screens — to catch defenders off guard. Health permitting, Feeney’s floor as a prospect appears to be high.

Downside: His injury history is a concern and he comes into the NFL with a lot of mileage, especially following the concussion in 2016 that kept him out longer than coaches expected. Some teams wonder if Feeney is underpowered, holding up most of the time but getting walked back against bigger, more stout defensive tackles at times. Feeney also looked far more vulnerable to speed rushes (see the Utah game) when lined up outside. Despite his perceived versatility, some NFL teams see him only as a guard and he could take time to develop as a center, as some teams have talked to him about trying.

Scouting hot take: “You saw him down here [at the Senior Bowl], he’s a Day 1 starter at guard. He’s a tough guy, that mentality, and the type [of player] we’re always banging on the table for.” — NFC offensive line coach, during the Senior Bowl

Player comp: 2016 Houston Texans second-rounder Nick Martin, who missed his rookie season with injury

Expected draft range: Second round

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