By Jay Skurski
Measurements: 6-foot-4, 307 pounds
40 time: 5.09 seconds. 225-pound bench press: 29 repetitions. Vertical: 29.5 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.69 seconds. Broad jump: 9 feet, 1 inch.
2012 stats: 10 games, 10 starts
Draft projection: Fourth-fifth round
Lowdown: Western New York’s best pro prospect in 2013, Tretter attended Akron High School, where he was a standout in both football and basketball. Played quarterback in high school before spending his first two seasons with Cornell at tight end. Shifted to left tackle before his junior year and started all 20 games at the position over his final two season. Is likely to shift inside, and has been training for that move at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., because his length (Tretter’s arm length is 33 3/8 inches) is better suited for an interior lineman in the NFL. Thanks in part to his basketball background, possesses great feet and has the ability to add more weight to his frame without sacrificing quickness.
A heady player who recognizes blitzes, moves well laterally and is packed with potential given his relative inexperience along the line. Will have to prove himself against better competition. Missed a chance to compete at the Senior Bowl because of a broken nose. Will need to continue to get stronger to handle the rushes he’ll see from NFL defensive tackles. A well-spoken player who carries himself like a professional. … Identified by ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. as an “under the radar” prospect who can “get it done at the NFL level.”
He said it: “As you move on in your career, it’s less about what position you play and more about staying out there to keep playing the game you love,” Tretter, on switching positions again at the NFL level.
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