by Ryan Myers
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Today’s Spotlight - Wisconsin, IOL, Tanor Bortolini
Name - Tanor Bortolini
Pos - IOL
Team - Wisconsin
HT/WT - 6’4” 310 lbs.
Home - Kewaunee, WI
Tanor Bortolini is an interior offensive lineman from Kewaunee High School in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. During his high school career, he was a two-time Packerland Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year, and was First-team all-state on offensive line as a senior. He earned 3-star recruiting grades from 247Sports, Rivals.com and ESPN. He chose Wisconsin over offers from Miami, Syracuse, Iowa, and others.
In his first season at Wisconsin in 2020, Bortolini played just two games, redshirting to retain eligibility. In his second year, he played in 10 games, making 5 starts at guard for the Badgers and providing a steady presence off the bench and as a starter.
In his third year, Bortolini made a name for himself as he played in 11 games making 10 starts. He was one of the most versatile, yet consistent linemen not just in the conference, but in the country. In his 11 games, he made six starts at left guard, two at right guard, one at center and one at tight end. According to PFF, he allowed only one sack on the year, providing great security and consistency on the line. He returned to Wisconsin this season and played in another 12 games for the Badgers, only allowing one sack on the season once again.
Bortolini’s strengths can be found in his athleticism, quickness, and footwork. He plays with tremendous natural athleticism which gives him the ability to react to and mirror the movements made by defensive lines. He possesses well above average quickness and agility for an interior lineman, and plays with great balance. He rarely reaches or lunges for blocks as he keeps his balance and shows patience as he sits back in his stance. His technique is great as he uses good footwork and instincts to set angles in the run game, and protect his QB in the pass rush. His consistency and versatility are more benefits to his game as he has the ability to play both Center and Guard with reliable feel.
The downsides to Bortolini are his lack of power and dominant ability as a blocker, along with his hands. He shows great footwork, but his hand placement is shaky at times which sacrifices some power and burst. He lacks violence and power in his upper body when blocking, and instead relies on his aforementioned quickness, angles, and footwork to set blocks. With some added strength in his upper body, and coaching on proper hand placement, he could become an even more versatile weapon on the line with the ability to sit back in the formation, or reestablish the line of scrimmage with his power.
Point of Attack
Tanor Bortolini will likely be asked to add some strength to his upper body in order to play with more power as a blocker. He will also need to work on his hand placement as to not sacrifice that power as plays unfold. He is a good all-around, versatile prospect with some valuable traits for scouts to consider.
Draft Nation Draft Prediction - 5th Round or 6th Round