Chris Paul started at right tackle the last two seasons for Tulsa in the AAC. Before kicking outside, he played 8 starts at right guard and 12 at left guard. He appears to have been benched at right tackle against Ohio State (2021). Paul is also a musician, going by the name The Seventh, and produced his own EP in 2020 called Roads. His last single, In My Head, was released on August 30th, 2021. His dream job would be to serve as the Secretary of Defense. He’s a member of several groups, including the AAC’s Racial Equity Action Group (REAG), Black Men’s Initiative (BMI), the University Ambassadors, Student Association, Future Alumni Council, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Paul projects as a left guard in the NFL with versatility upside to playing on either side. I believe that his pass protection ability, among the best guards in the class, will be his redeeming quality.

The Measurables

Chris Paul

OG – #71 Tulsa

HT: 6’3″
WT: 324
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DOB: 11/19/1996

Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Jersey Village (Houston, TX)
HS Rating: 2 star (0.7716)
Phil Steele: PS#423

Chris Paul Scouting Report

Average speed, if not below average. Struggles to get places in time. Doesn’t have great lateral quickness. It shows promise but overall falls flat most of the time. Very stout lower body. Average overall. Flashed the strength and power in pass protection, but that did not carry over to the run.

Very strong anchor. Good hand placement and well-timed punches. Strong technique as a pass protector. Looks incredibly lost as a run blocker. Strong pass blocker. Works very hard to stay low through the rep. Really good job keeping his base wide and his right foot back to ensure he anchors well.

Doesn’t show great ability to work downhill. Struggled overall in run blocking. Not at all reliable at working into the second level. Struggled as a lead blocker. Struggles to get low enough and push into the defender to get his leverage. Played both man and zone concepts and showed a great understanding of his assignments. Found his man quickly.

What we want to see from Chris Paul in Mobile

  • Will we see Chris Paul play at center in Mobile? If he does and plays well, it could tremendously add to his versatility resume.
  • How will Paul look playing on the left side again? There most likely will be some rust, it’s a position he hasn’t played since 2019. If he’s comfortable on that side, it will solidify the projection.

Pre-Senior Bowl projection

Right now, we think that Chris Paul is a high-end backup at left guard in the right scheme. His lack of ability to get downhill and run block is problematic with more heavy-run teams, but with the right spread-based team, he could even be a low-end starter by the end of his rookie year.

We project Paul going in the fourth/fifth round and his stock solidifying with a good performance in Mobile. We love his pass protection ability and he can play blindside protector with either a right or left-handed quarterback.

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By John Vogel

NFL Draft Analyst. Dad.

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