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The Lumberjacks aren't exactly an NFL assembly line, as Cappa is aiming to be the first Humboldt State player drafted since 1992, and the first ever taken before Round 7. After one year playing offensive line in high school, he redshirted in 2013 before starting 43 games at left tackle from 2014-17 and winning the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's O-lineman of the year award four consecutive times. He struggled some at the Senior Bowl but also turned heads with a few splash plays while working at tackle and guard.
Small-school products must jump off the tape, and Cappa definitely checks that box. Not only does he dominate opponents with technique and physicality, but he plays with as mean of a streak as you'll see, regularly burying defenders in the ground and occasionally blocking them off the screen. He also shows good flexibility and moves well, using precise footwork in tight spaces and thriving in the open field.
Despite his dominance, however, Cappa doesn't have any "wow" traits compared to NFL peers. He likely needs time to build up good weight to have sufficient functional strength and his length (32 5/8-inch arms) is worrisome for a tackle. He also disappointed in athletic testing at the NFL Scouting Combine. Even if he proves physically capable, the transition for any small-school prospect can be jarring.
Cappa plays the game the right way and should be drafted, but his future is likely as a swing tackle or at guard, and he may never start full-time.
--Field Level Media