Kris Farris - UCLA - Draft Notes

Offensive Tackle
Height: 6-9
Weight: 313
40' Time: 5.15

1999 Draft, Round 3 - Kris Farris

Lettered two years at Santa Margarita (Cal.) High, he was named to Blue Chips Illustrated All-America team as a senior. Also All-West and No. 14 line prospect in the West by Blue Chips. Selected All-Far West by Super Prep and Tom Lemming, first-team L.A. Times All-Orange County and Long Beach Press-Telegram "Best in the West" honorable mention. He was named second-team All-Sea View League in 1993 and 1994, served as team captain as a senior and named a Pre-Season Reebok Top 100. Broke school's single-season knockdown block record with 38 and is the career leader with 47, Student body President in 1994-95 & Junior Class President in 1993-94

Left college as a 4th year junior with one year of eligibility left.

An English major who earned spot on Director's Honor Roll in Fall 1995 with 3.30 grade-point average and Fall 1996 (3.57). Son of Debbie & Marty Farris, born Kristofer Martin Farris on 26th March 1977 in St. Paul, Minnesota and he lives in Mission Viejo, California.

1998 Season.Won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's premier lineman and was unanimous All-American & All-Pac 10 Conference first-team selectio, whilst allowing no sacks & only three quarterback pressures, he registered 48 knockdowns for an offense that averaged 487.3 yards per game. Held Tom Burke of Wisconsin to only three tackles in the Rose Bowl (Burke's only sack came from the opposite side of the field), threw a terrific forearm shot to him on a 41-yard touchdown pass from McNown to Farmer as the Bruins threw for 418 yards.

1997 saw him become All-Pac 10 Conference & Academic All-Pac 10 honorable mention. Started every game at left tackle, earning the Captain Don Brown Memorial Award as UCLA's Most Improved Player. Farris was a major factor in the success of an offense that produced UCLA's first 3,000-yard passer (Cade McNown) and the nation's leading touchdown scorer (Skip Hicks)...Played at least 60 snaps at left tackle in 11 of 12 games, including 85 vs. Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, 82 at Washington State, 76 at Stanford, 72 at USC and 70 at Oregon.Finished the season with 45 knockdown blocks.

In 1996, he became the third freshman to start at left tackle in the last seven years for UCLA, playing a major factor as tailback Skip Hicks rushed for 1034 yards for an offense that averaged 386.5 yards per game. He delivered 35 knockdowns. Redshirt freshman in 1995.

He's very big and can get a lot bigger. He really has a massive wingspan, and is tall and has a low center of gravity for a man of his size. He's very quick out of his stance and has good straight line speed. Farris is a good pull and trap blocker in the ground game he is a smooth mover too, and stays pretty compact. He is rarely knocked off his feet in this area too. In pass blocking, he usually seals the outside very well. He is durable, and he also has a good understanding of offensive football. He knows what it takes to win.

Is not really good at anchoring in pass protection. He looks slender, needing to put on 15-20 pounds to provide himself with more leverage. He didn't really apply himself, he shied away from contact at times, he was inconsistent without getting into trouble, but looked in a dream world in some games and really needs to jack up the intensity to another level in the NFL. He's more of a finesse player than a bruiser.