2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Nick Petit-Frere





  • Nick Petit-Frere, 6-5/315

  • Offensive Tackle

  • Ohio State


  • Nick Petit-Frere Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

    Strengths:
  • Good athlete
  • Fast edge protector
  • Quick feet
  • Ability to kick slide
  • Can play the typewriter with his feet
  • Glides defenders around the pocket
  • Smooth mover
  • Adjusts to the inside
  • Ideal size
  • Good length
  • Runs well for a big lineman
  • Pulls well
  • Fires to the second level
  • Ability to stay on his feet
  • Ability to sustain blocks
  • Mobility for zone scheme
  • Size for man scheme
  • Upside




  • Weaknesses:
  • Needs to get stronger
  • A little soft
  • Needs some developmental time
  • Moment seemed too big for him versus Michigan


  • Summary: After being star recruit out of Tampa, Florida, Petit-Frere broke into the Ohio State starting lineup as a sophomore, winning the right tackle job. He did a quality job of protecting Justin Fields in 2020, and Ohio State decided to move senior Thayer Munford inside to guard in 2021 so the team could put Petit-Frere at left tackle. Petit-Frere put together a very good junior season, protecting C.J. Stroud and helping the Buckeyes to light up scoreboards once again. Petit-Frere then decided to skip his senior year and enter the 2022 NFL Draft.

    In pass protection, Petit-Frere shows a special skill set for the blind side in the NFL. He has fast feet and the length to shut off the corner from speed rushers. His smooth athleticism alongside his speed lets Petit-Frere play the typewriter with his feet to cut off the edge. He also will use his quickness and agility to glide with defenders around the pocket and open up the left side as an option for quarterbacks to slide laterally. Petit-Frere is able to adjust to inside moves, and his quick-reaction skills allow him to move to cut off inside lanes. There is no doubt that Petit-Frere is very good at mirroring speed rushers coming off the edge. He has more issues with physical defensive ends, but he does have the natural size to anchor.



    For run blocking, Petit-Frere needs to get stronger and more aggressive. He got the the better of defenders in college by beating them to spots. Petit-Frere fires off the ball and uses his quickness to get to his landmarks to set up rushing lanes. He is not a powerful force, and he wins in the ground game by tying up defenders and manipulating them rather than blasting them off the ball. Petit-Frere relies on his speed and athleticism to quickly dart to the second level, and he is skilled at hitting blocks in space on defenders at the second level. Petit-Frere plays hard through the whistle, but he could stand to add more strength and play with more aggression. A former basketball player, Petit-Frere is a bit soft in his demeanor. That showed up against Michigan in 2021, as the moment seemed too big for him. Petit-Frere could stand to get more mature and play with a tougher mentality.

    Team sources feel Petit-Frere has starting left tackle potential for the NFL. They really like his upside and athleticism, but think he needs to get stronger and more aggressive for taking on pro defensive linemen. Multiple team sources say they believe Petit-Frere will be a late first-round or second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.



    Player Comparison: D.J. Humphries. Petit-Frere reminds me of Humphries coming out of Florida. Humphries (6-5, 307) was a very good athlete with upside, but who needed to get stronger and tougher for the NFL. It took some developmental time before Humphries emerged as a solid pro, but he was named a Pro Bowl alternate in 2021. Humphries was a late first-round pick in 2015, and Petit-Frere could be a late first-rounder in the 2022 NFL Draft.






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