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More of a basketball player growing up, Christian started taking football more seriously as a junior in high school. He backed out of a commitment to Miami (Fla.) to join the Cardinals, where his brother, Gerald, was a tight end.
Christian started all but two games at left tackle as a freshman and every game of his sophomore and junior seasons, finishing with 37 starts. Though he started solely at left tackle, he played plenty on the right as Louisville flipped their tackles depending on formation. He earned All-ACC Honorable Mention three times.
Though young in football experience, Christian has terrific tools to work with. His basketball background shines through in his athletic feet, which help him cut off speed rushes and redirect laterally against inside counter moves. He's able to keep his balance when his punch doesn't land, and he moves smoothly in space on second-level blocks while showing good body control.
Christian also has great length, with 35-inch arms, but he has yet to learn how to use it properly. He frequently keeps his hands too wide and catches defenders rather than punching at them, letting them into his chest and compromising his leverage. He also shows a worrisome lack of play strength, regularly getting pushed back in the pocket and struggling to create consistent movement in the run game. Improved hand use could alleviate some issues, but he must improve his functional strength.
Christian remains raw, but he has the traits to be a reliable starter with time and proper coaching.
--Field Level Media