Luke Fortner

Luke Fortner

Measurements
  • Height
    6041
  • Hand
    10
  • VJ
    24
  • Weight
    307lbs
  • Arm
    33 1/8
  • Speed
    5.21
OC Combine Averages
  • Height
    6042
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    -
  • Weight
    314lbs
  • Arm
    33 1/4
  • Speed
    5.23
Luke Carr - Scout
Luke Fortner
  • Overall Rank
    48
  • Position Rank
    2
  • Position
    OC
  • Age
    24.1 Years
  • Team
    KENTUCKY

Stats

Year Starts Games Sacks Allowed Hits Allowed Pressures Pressure %
2019 13 13 1 3 6 2.7%
2020 10 10 2 0 7 3.4%
2021 13 13 2 1 5 1.2%

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Adequate size for the next level of competition, and arm length too. Missed time in 2020 with a lower body injury, but played every game in 2021 (831/862 offensive snaps). Weight evenly distrubuted, with noticeably thick thighs and arms.

  • Size
    6
  • Length
    6
  • Frame/Durability
    7
Grade 6.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Shows adequate toughness for the position and an above the line motor, always finishing reps on top of defenders, or taking them far away from the play. Looks for work constantly and is a force at the first level against DL and at the second level. Average instincts as he picks up most blitzes well, occasionally gets stung when Kentucky half slide and defense brings a creeper blitz away from Center turn as he stays very locked onto the first defender he engages in pass pro.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    5
  • Effort/Motor
    7
Grade 6.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Above the line explosiveness, change of direction and lateral speed are very evident, watching Fortner fly out of his stance and adjust to oncoming defenders with ease, fluid hips and choppy steps allow for this change of direction. Adequate flexibility in order to gain leverage against DL with a lower pad level and ensure he has a strong anchor, as well as almost always keeping shoulders over feet in order to not overbalance.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    7
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    7
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 6.5

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Pass Pro - Adequate footwork for a tall man, ensuring he keeps choppy, short steps so he can change direction quickly and his strike is strong and often well-directed, however he replaces and "hand-fights" adequately with DL to continually try and get a good grip of their chest plate. Fortner's anchor in pass pro when he has a defender lined over him is adequate, but when in the gap and he has to move laterally and then bend at the knees and secure leverage, it can pose him problems to set himself and get arms and legs working together. Linked back into his play strength and competes strongly against bigger IDL. Run Block - His athleticism shows up when climbing to the second level, whether it be from combo blocks after displacing a DL or working straight up to the second level when uncovered, he gets his head on the right side of the block very often, allowing him to shift the rest of his body and sealing off defenders, opening running lanes with ease. Doesn't always generate movement on defenders when pulling, but in open space on screens and getting downfield he is adequate at walling off defenders with his other linemen.

  • Pass Block
    6
  • Run Block
    7
  • Strike
    6
  • Second Level
    7
  • Pulling/Space Play
    6
  • Anchor
    5
  • Footwork
    6
  • Play Temperament
    6
Grade 6.1

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
6th Year Graduate Student who started 36/55 games during his time with Kentucky. He achieved a backup role at LG in 2017 and broke through as a starter in the 2018 season. He then started every game he played from 2019 onwards and moved to RG in 2019 before switching between the OG spots in 2020, and then Center in 2021 where he was a Team Captain and earned Second-Team All-SEC Honors. Kentucky's scheme was a mixture of gap and zone runs and plays from shotgun and under-center, which aided the versatility of Fortner and his value as a useful piece for either system at the next level. Starting Guard or Center at the next level in either gap or zone scheme (but zone seems to fit slightly better due to his reach blocking and lateral explosiveness). Has the frame to add weight to, but needs to maintain the current speed and explosiveness he possesses.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Tennessee
  • Oct - 02 - 2021
  • Created huge backside cutback lanes and bigger holes at the second level
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT Georgia
  • Oct - 16 - 2021
  • Struggled against a star-studded DL, especially shifting Jordan Davis in run game
Best Trait
Burst
Pro Comparison
Matt Skura