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NFL 2024 Rookie Scouting Report: Patrick Paul, OT, Houston

Drafted By: Miami Dolphins


Height: 6’7 ½” 

Weight: 331

Arm Length: 36 ¼    


40-Yard Dash: 5.13 seconds

10-Yard Split: 1.77 seconds

3-Cone: 7.65 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: N/A

Vertical: 29”

Broad Jump: N/A

Bench Press: 30



  • Excellent size and length to be an NFL OT. 
  • Has the upper body strength to consistently lock out. 
  • Stays light on his feet when pulling on runs and working downfield on screens.
  • Does a good job recycling his punch when he doest get a grip the first time.


  • Doesn’t generate a lot of power going into contact. 
  • Hands end up on the outside too often for someone with his length.
  • Footwork becomes more heel-clicky against speed. 
  • Needs to keep his pad height lower against the run.


  • Two-time team captain for Houston. 
  • Named a second-team All-American in 2023 by The Athletic and ESPN. 
  • First-team All-Big 12 in 2023. 
  • First-team All-AAC in 2022.



Early on in the season, Patrick Paul was frequently mentioned as a first-round pick in mock drafts. Since the season’s end, mock drafts have continued with this trend but in a less frequent manner. By no means is Paul a first-round lock. But after measuring well at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine, he definitely did himself a favor. 

Patrick Paul has the height, weight, and length that NFL QBs dream of their tackles having. With arms over 36 inches long, Paul has the length to easily get hands-on. But in the event he doesn’t, he is very good at recycling his punch until he establishes his grip. Additionally, well over 300 pounds, Paul also has the strength required to consistently lockout and maintain his grip against strong rushers. Although he’s a heavy individual, Paul also does a good job staying light on his feet especially when pulling around the line of scrimmage and working downfield on screens. 

Yet, in the passing game, his footwork is below average as he plays with more of a heel click, especially against speed. More so, for someone of his length, Paul’s hands end up on the outside way too often. It’d be one thing if it was only on occasion, but this isn’t the case with the Houston product. Lastly, Paul doesn’t generate much power going into contact despite his size. This could stem from the fact that his pads get rather high when coming off the ball in the run game. 

Still, Paul isn’t someone you’d consider to be a project pick. He might not be the most refined prospect, but he is enough to where you can insert him right away and he’ll give you consistent play. 


My Two Cents

Patrick Paul’s size, weight, and length is something that evaluators drool over. While I don’t think his play justifies him being a first-round pick. I think the teams picking at the end of round two are smart enough to not let him fall to the third round. 


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