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2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: X’Zauvea Gadlin, OL, Liberty

X’Zauvea Gadlin is a versatile offensive lineman at Liberty who possesses solid arm length and exhibits good hand usage.  Hula Bowl scout Ian McNice breaks down Gadlin as an NFL Prospect in his report.
X’Zauvea Gadlin is a versatile offensive lineman at Liberty who possesses solid arm length and exhibits good hand usage.  Hula Bowl scout Ian McNice breaks down Gadlin as an NFL Prospect in his report.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #X’Zauvea Gadlin #73
School (Code)Liberty University (VALB)
DOB, Class Yr9/17/1999, rSr
Height, Weight6031, 315 lbs 
40 Yd Dash5.00e
Position/Depth1st/RG 
Honors/CaptainshipC-USA preseason players watch list, Outland Trophy Watch List, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List, Wuerffel Trophy Watch List
Season Viewed (yr)2022
Games WatchedARUN, NCWF, UTBY
Scout Name / DateIan McNice, 09/12/2023

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

202213 GP, 13 GS, 504 snaps at RT, 368 snaps at LG, and 52 snaps at LT.
202113 GP, 13 GS, 642 snaps at LG, 107 at C, 74 at RG, and 1 at LT. 
201912 GP, 12 GS, 100% of snaps at RT. 
2018Redshirt Freshman, 4 GP, 11 total snaps at RT. 

Player Summary:

Redshirt Senior from Grand Prairie, Texas who originally signed to play with Tulsa before transferring to Liberty University after opting out in 2020. A multisport athlete in high school receiving letters in football and basketball while receiving all-district honors. Adequate height with good weight, solid arm length and AA. He plays with solid COD, good balance, average initial quickness, adequate lateral quickness, and acceleration. Adequate getting out of his stance with solid leverage, late getting off the ball leads to him not getting into his assignment quickly. Plays with good strike accuracy when asked to execute combos or block down in gap scheme plays working through half of the defender before moving up to the 2nd level. Good getting into anchor on the backside of zone plays using ground force to stalemate the edge. Can be trusted to pull efficiently, he takes a good narrow path to the LOS while staying square to his target striking the opponent with adequate leverage. Creates marginal push at the POA due to adequate leverage and marginal leg drive through his assignments. Below-average as a OT in pass protection, better as OG where he can slide to help his OT/C. Marginal timing and length in his strike as a OT, below-average lateral quickness vs rushers with superior AA gives them a large advantage. Solid vision balance to pick up twists/stunts, plays with good recognition. He does have a good understanding of when an edge rusher is too close to the ground when bending around the edge shoving them into the ground consistently. Marginal countering the initial rush with his hands, constantly opens up a lane to his chest after attempting to dislodge the defender’s stab. Anchor ability is solid at OG because it is easier for him to stay square, he loses ground at OT due to opening up and staggering his feet when facing a power rush getting displaced into the pocket often.        

Scheme Fit:

OG in gap scheme where he can block down replacing pullers or get out on the move to lead block in space.

Power Statement:

Gadlin is a versatile OL with college experience at all 5 positions. He does not have the height, length in his play, or the lateral movement to succeed as a starting OT in the NFL, but could potentially bring value as a swing tackle with his background. 

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