I propose to break them down into 2 simple Categories, so we know what we're taking about:
Grizzlies ~ Enormous and Powerful Defensive Tackles noted for taking up Multiple Blockers and dominating the Middle.
Wolves ~ Smaller and Athletic Defensive Tackles noted for penetrating the BackField and for their Range.
When evaluating Wolves, this is how I break down the Attributes to which I pay most particular attention:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Torso Power is important, but Core Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. All the upper body strength in the world still fails if you can't dig in your heels. But Core Power enables a Defensive Lineman to project Power in the Passing Game and to reject Power in the Running Game.
Agility: Launch Velocity, Acceleration, and above all: Fluidity or Core Agility. Core Agility is even more essential to sustained good Health ~ and to sustained good FootBall ~ than Core Power. The ability to react with Serpentine smoothness is a tremendous asset in all Aspects of the Game, and certainly in the Hand to Hand Combat that characterizes Trench Warfare. All the Power in the World goes only so far if you're stiff and lumbering out there.
Combat Skills: Paw Power, Mechanics ~ Hand Speed & Positioning ~ and of course: Frame.
Intangibles: Processing Speed and Motor. Processing Speed or Diagnostic Velocity is about how quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to how the Rapidly Roiling Tactical LandScape effects Blocking Schemes, and Motor is about Endurance and Drive: How much Work has been put into Conditioning, and how it manifests itself.
Agility: Tremendous. Outstanding Launch Velocity, remarkable Fluidity, and impressive Acceleration.
Combat Skills: Exceptional. Moderate Paw Power, but tremendous Mechanics and outstanding WingSpan.
Intangibles: Extraordinary. Phenomenal Processing Speed & Field Vision, and a strong Motor.
I'm a big Fan of Michael Bennett. The questions about his Motor and his Effort that I'm reading everywhere amuse me. His exceptionally developed Combat Skills and above all his phenomenal Field Vision and Processing Speed tell me everything I'll ever need to know about Michael Bennett's Passion and Work Ethic.
You don't develop those Skills to those levels by sitting on your Ass.
It takes Years of Dedication & Drill.
Combined with his clearly evident Intelligence, and Michael Bennett hits on all cylinders in my Book: His Trajectory, to me, is that of a guy who's gonna make the most of his considerable natural Talents and is going to constantly improve.
And it's always awesome when a Prospect hits high Grades in all 4 Categories.
I believe that Michael Bennett has a very good Chance to become an excellent Pass Rusher, and perhaps a great one. His combination of Speed, Fluidity, surprising Power, and excellent Combat Skills bode very well indeed.
And I expect that he'll prove remarkably adept as a Run Defender, as well. God knows that Double Teams would kill'm, as they'd kill anyone who's not 320 Pounds or so, but his Power seems to me to be far more impressive that he's generally given credit for, his Fluidity and Combat Skills will enable'm to beat many a Block, and his Launch Velocity and his phenomenal Processing Speed gives'm the capacity to be extraordinarily disruptive in the BackField.
I do believe that he's limited in terms of where he would optimally be deployed, mind you: You could line'm up just about anywhere, but for'm to excel, I think that Bennett should be deployed almost exclusively as a 43 Tackle.
But that doesn't bother me. After all: QuarterBacks don't tend to be versatile, either.
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