Robert Leff: Gus Malzahn’s offense wasn’t ‘best possible’ prep for NFL, but not a disadvantage

Robert Leff: Gus Malzahn’s offense wasn’t ‘best possible’ prep for NFL, but not a disadvantage

Tackle Robert Leff was asked Tuesday if his time at Auburn in Gus Malzahn’s offense translated well to the next level.

The Atlanta Falcons’ free-agent signee – who just signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons – would know. He started 13 games for the Tigers last season.

“It’s a little early to tell,” Leff told The Opening Kickoff on WNSP-FM 105.5. “But I would say overall it wasn’t the best possible offense to translate to the professionals. But it didn’t put me at a disadvantage.”

Leff, who got a late invited the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, was asked specifically what didn’t translate.

“Most of our runs were interior runs, downhill runs,” the Fairhope native explained. “We didn’t do too much to the outside with the offensive line, at least. Our pass protections were pretty simple and straight forward. We also never really huddled. We never had too many tight end sets, although we did start using that more. In the pros, they are pretty common.”

Leff has measured 6-foot-5 1/2, 302 pounds, with 9 3/4 inch hands, 33 inch arms and a 78 1/4 inch wingspan.

Analysis by Pro Football Focus, which named Leff first team All-SEC, showed Auburn had its most success running the ball in Leff’s direction. Leff was Auburn’s highest-graded player by PFF against ClemsonVanderbilt and Alabama and third-highest against Ole Miss.

Leff said the Falcons were one of a few teams interested in his services as a free agent. He is slated to compete for a spot at tackle, while others – he said – wanted him to play guard or even center.

Check out the interview at wnsp.com.

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Published at Tue, 02 May 2017 18:56:53 +0000