Draft 2022 – Pick #8: A.J. Arcuri, OT, Michigan State

Player Bio
Arcuri (pronounced are-CURE-ee) did not see the field his first two years in East Lansing, first redshirting in 2016 and then missing the entire next season due to injury. The second-team All-Ohio pick as a senior at Olentangy Liberty High School was healthy enough to play in all 13 games of the 2018 campaign as a reserve and on special teams. Arcuri was one of several Spartans linemen missing action with injury in 2019 but managed to start five of seven games played at left tackle. He stayed on the field to start all seven games of 2020 at left tackle, however, and all 13 games in 2021 (eight at right tackle, five at left tackle). — by Chad Reuter

By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent

Right tackle prospect with good lean mass and a proportional frame ready to take on more weight. Arcuri is a methodical mover and positional blocker who is unlikely to generate much movement as a drive blocker. Timing and placement with his hands are a concern and cause inconsistencies in both phases of the game for him. Arcuri might need to prove he can play both guard and right tackle to improve his roster chances as a priority free agent.

  • Well-built with proportional frame and good lean mass.
  • Played both tackle positions and might offer guard potential as well.
  • Big hands are able to gather and cling to opponents.
  • Good explosiveness in his hips.
  • Maintains sightline to second-level target on combo blocks.
  • Adequate slide quickness in his pass sets.
  • Uses hands to stay connected against inside counters.
  • Lacks explosiveness into first contact.
  • Loses leverage at the point of attack.
  • Plays too tall when tracking targets in space.
  • Slippery hand placement requires better aim.
  • Reaches for rushers rather than popping them with his punch.
  • Opponents find his frame with first hands.
  • Slow switching off blocks on twists.
  • Susceptible to bull rush without better hand usage.

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