Scouting Portfolio: Joe Kaleta, OL/DL, Coastal Carolina

JOE KALETA | Coastal Carolina/Washington State | OL/DL | #65 | 6086 | 340 | 5.30e | Utica, NY | Proctor HS/Milford Academy | @bigjoeman224

Analysis: A big-bodied, mammoth lineman with the versatility and experience to play either offensive or defensive line, Kaleta oozes with a passion and love for the game, having played since he was six years old. The key for him will be to work on his foot quickness in pass protection as a blocker and enhance his first step quickness off the ball snap as a defender. He looks to win at the point of attack with length and power. Due to his lack of lateral foot quickness, Kaleta projects better at the offensive guard or nose tackle positions. Blessed with rare size and great strength, there are few big men walking the planet that can move around as well as he can.

Pros: The first thing that jumps out about Kaleta is his overall size, imagine trying to move a refrigerator in the trenches. He possesses an excellent demeanor, as Kaleta seeks to finish off blocks while in the run game and take defenders off of their spot. His best asset is his length, which enables to keep opponents at a distance. As an offensive lineman, he’s able to keep pass rushers off of his body. Kaleta does a tremendous job of punching and locking out at the point of attack, while kick sliding in pass protection.

Cons: Due to his extraordinary length, Kaleta needs to work on bending his knees, as he tends to play straight-legged. In addition, he needs work on his initial quickness out of his stance, as pass rushers will look to get a good initial first step jump on him. Would like to see more physicality in his initial punch off the ball snap but once engaged he’s able to generate a strong push. One other area that has room for improvement is his short area athleticism. Kaleta flashes stiffness within his hips, while in pass protection along the edge and could be better suited to play on the interior offensive or defensive line.

Pro Career: 

2019 Nebraska Danger (IFL)

2018 Your Call Football (YCF)

2018 Maine Mammoths (NAL)

2017 Tampa Bay Storm (AFL)

2016 Kansas City Phantoms (CPIFL)

2015 Brooklyn Bolts (FXFL)

2015 Cleveland Browns (NFL)

College Career: Played five games at Coastal Carolina in 2014. Transferred to Coastal Carolina and moved to defense for the 2013 season, playing four games and making two tackles; was named Chant Squad MVP for the week of Montana game. In 2012 at Washington State, appeared in two games (VMI and Presbyterian); had eight pancake blocks versus Presbyterian. Did not see action in 2011; redshirted in 2010.

High School: A two-year starter on defense at Proctor for coach Jerry Fironi, earning first team Class AA-1 as a senior; was team Defensive Player of the Year, racking up 50 tackles and four sacks. Played the 2009 season at nose tackle at Milford. 

Personal: Joseph Kaleta; father Les is a technician, mother Donna is a nurse. Has two brothers Adam and Andrew (played football for Sacred Heart). Enjoys shooting hoops, video games and swimming.