The Gutters are riddled with the Corpses of Teams that were built around so-called "skill" Players ~ teams that delighted their Fantasy FootBall Fans every Year, all the way until January...when The Only Games That Really Matter are played.
It is then, of course, that the Capacity ~ or lack thereof ~ to Move The Chains and protect the QuarterBack against PlayOff Caliber Defenses rears its ugly head. And another Team built for Fantasy FootBall bites the dust.
These are the Aspects of their Games that I place greatest emphasis on, when evaluating Offensive Centers:
Power. Above all: Core Power. Torso Strength is important, but Core Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. All the Torso Strength in the world still fails if you can't Anchor. But Core Power enables a Lineman to project Power in the Running Game and to reject Power in the Passing Game. And those Players who invest the time and effort into developing superior Core Power are far likelier to enjoy sustained good Health and stay on the Field.
Agility. Lateral 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. Launch Velocity, Paw Power, and Mechanics.
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: Impressive. His Launch Velocity is outstanding, and I perceive Exceptional Core Agility ~ Fluidity ~ out of Dismukes, which allows him to consistently and effectively mirror his man when Pass Blocking. His Acceleration ~ Short Speed, to you Earthlings ~ seems merely moderate to me, but all in all I was highly impressed by his Agility.
Combat Skills: Adept. Dismukes seems to wield mediocre Paw Power, despite exceptional Launch Velocity, and his Arms appear on the short side on Tape, but his Mechanics are Excellent and his Hands are consistently active.
Intangibles: Outstanding. Even when the Tigers were getting blown out of the Stadium early against Mississippi State, falling behind 21-0 in the first Quarter, Dismukes was relentless. He reliably and consistently anchored against the Pass Rush, and he was repeatedly and tirelessly effective, not only in getting out to the Second Level after Chipping, but in finding a Target, Squaring Up, and Sealing Off, regardless of whether or not the Play was actually being run in'is Direction. The Tigers would end up losing that Game, but not before clawing their way back into it, and Dismukes was an enormous part of keeping that Team attacking during their darkest Hour. He consistently displayed tremendous Diagnostic Velocity in Battle on all Tape ~ finding a Second Level Target in a timely manner and effectively engaging'm. And he likewise consistently displayed an unrelenting Motor, regardless of Circumstances. I was highly impressed.
But as it's 2014, and Zone Blocking is commonly employed by Offensive Coordinators ~ and well it should be ~ I believe that Reese Disumukes can make a strong, positive Impact on his prospective Team's Fortunes.
His only real weakness, in my view, are relatively short Arms. And his Power is not impressive.
But his Power is perfectly adequate to compete at the next level, and if a preeminently Zone Blocking Team drafts this guy, I believe that they'll be getting a guy who brings an exceptional combination of Strength, Fluidity, and Combat Skills that'll enable'm to make a considerable Impact on their Zone Running Game while anchoring effectively as a Pass Blocker.
What I like most about'm is what I perceive as a tremendous fusion of superb Processing Speed and Field Vision on the one hand, and a strong, unrelenting Motor on the other. He'll whiff, every now and again, because of those Arms, but I believe that he'll provide a very high Success Rate in the Trenches, and carve up Defenses at the Second Level.
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