STRENGTHS - Bond has a massive frame which allows him to anchor down when using proper technique in pass pro. He also helps him engulf defenders and drive them off the ball. He shows an explosive hand punch that jars defenders and knocks them off their spots which opens up large running lanes. He shows adequate feet that help him move well laterally in pass pro and allows him to pick up blitzers and get to the second level to get to his block on the linebacker level.
WEAKNESSES - Because of his size he tends to use it as a crutch and lean on his blocks instead of continuing through them. He shows poor hand usage in pass pro where defenders can get underneath him and disrupt the pocket. He shows limited range and an inability to adjust in space when ask to pull block or get out in front on screens. He will also get wide in his base which stops his feet and causes his hips to lock and fall off his block. Athletically, he is extremely limited.
SUMMARY - Travis Bond came to North Carolina and was immediately thrusted into action as a true freshman and performed well. The sheer size of his frame is impressive but he does not have the athletic skill necessary to play at the tackle position which he is better suited for and that is why he has stayed at guard his whole career. When he plays with a quality base he does show good short area quickness but he lacks the consistency to keep his feet in proper position. He will need to improve dramatically on proper hand usage in pass pro but can be a complete bulldozer in the run game. He looks to be a nice project for a team like Dallas that prides itself on big linemen and being more physically imposing. He is extremely blessed with an explosive hand punch that takes defenders out but will need to work on make more consistent contact because he does miss at times and that is when defenders blow by him. Overall, Travis Bond will make a good 6th round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft but maybe destined to spend a season or two on a practice squad while he improves from a technique standpoint and may need to slim down a bit to help him be more fluid and add much needed quickness.