Daniel “Lee” Ziemba first caught my attention when I was flipping through some college games back in the fall. Auburn was the team and I decided to settle on that game to see what all the hype surrounding Cam Newton was about.
My attention did not stay on Newton, but rather it moved to his offensive line. Being an Ealges fan, naturally I started looking at the right side for prospects that could one day be protecting Mike Vick’s blindside. That is when Lee Ziemba stood out to me. I wrote his name down and would try to catch a few Auburn games throughout the season.
During the BSC Championship Game I saw him in full swing, punishing defensive linemen. During the Senior Bowl, I saw the same thing. This is a guy who has a ton of potential.
Now, from an athletic standpoint he is nothing to write home about. He has average speed for an offensive lineman and doesn’t show anything remarkable from a technique standpoint. However, he simply gets the job done and that always a priority for me when I look at player prospects.
What Ziemba lacks in incredible athleticism, he more than makes up for in brute strength and tenacity. Much like Danny Watkins of Baylor, Ziemba reminds me very much of John Runyan. Ziemba made a name for himself at Auburn for being a punishing blocker who never let up on a play. That’s the kind of attitude you look for in any prospect, especially one who plays in the trenches.
Unlike Watkins, Ziemba does not offer teams flexibility in terms of what roles he could play on the team. Ziemba will be a right tackle, end of story. I cannot say with full confidence that he will be a starter in the NFL. To be either a left or right tackle in the NFL, you have to be very good. Ziemba, as of now, is good. He has the potential to be very good.
He will likely be a late second to mid third round pick in this week’s draft and wouldn’t be a man the Eagles would necessarily have to trade up to select. However, I fully expect that the Eagles will take a close look at him and it won’t surprise me at all to see the Eagles spend a third round pick on him.