Offensive Guard ~ Adam Bisnowaty ~ PittsBurgh Panthers ~ 6051/300
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...until The Only Games That Really Matter.
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.
This is how I break things down, when I'm evaluating Offensive Guards:
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 will still fail if you simply can't dig in your Heels. But Core Power enables an Offensive Lineman to project Power in the Running Game and to reject Power in the Passing 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 lurching around like FrankenStein.
Frame: Vertical Leverage, Hands, Arm Length, and WingSpan.
Combat Skills: Lateral Leverage, Paw Positioning, Paw Persistence, and FootWork.
Processing Speed: How quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the Rapidly Roiling Tactical LandScape!!
Motor: Endurance and Drive: How much Work has been put into Conditioning, and how it manifests itself.
Run Blocking: Applying it all: Power, Agility, Frame, Combat Skills, Processing Speed, and Motor.
Pass Blocking: Power, Agility, Frame, Combat Skills, Processing Speed, and Motor.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Core Power ~ lower body Power. Core Power trumps Torso Power. Tyrannosaurus Rex had exceptional Core Power.
* Torso Power ~ upper Body Power. Important, but not crucial. T Rex had lousy Torso Power...yet was King.
* Anchoring Strength in the Passing Game. The capacity to Stand One's Ground.
* Drive Power in the Running Game. The capacity to drive your man back.
* Fluidity, above all things: Core Agility & Flexibility makes everything possible.
* Launch Velocity ~ Speed into Contact off the Snap.
* Acceleration ~ Short Speed or Quickness.
* Vertical Leverage. Height is crucial, but it's actually better, I believe, to be an Inch shorter than an Inch Taller.
* Hands. The larger the better, generally, but compact is never a bad Attribute in The Trenches.
* Arm Length. Absolutely crucial. He who boasts the longer Arms initiates Combat.
* WingSpan. Arm Length + Torso Width. A more complete Measurement.
* Lateral Leverage. Angles. Getting Square or better with the Target.
* Paw Positioning ~ It's all about Angles & Leverage.
* Paw Persistence ~ RPMs: Activity & Persistence.
* FootWork ~ RPMs: Activity & Persistence.
* Reading & Reacting to Defensive Schemes & Stunts quickly and effectively.
* Field Vision: Finding Targets & approaching them effectively.
* Power ~ Drive Power to project Power in the Running Game.
* Agility ~ especially Acceleration DownField or to the Flank.
* Frame ~ especially Vertical Leverage.
* Combat Skills.
* Processing Speed.
* Power ~ Anchoring Strength to reject Power in the Passing Game.
* Agility ~ especially Fluidity to Mirror the Pass Rusher.
* Frame ~ especially WingSpan.
* Combat Skills.
* Processing Speed.
Worse yet, his reported Height of 6051, while not horribly high for an Offensive Guard, is certainly far taller than would be optimal to maximize Vertical Leverage, and will exacerbate the effects of his inadequate Core Power.
Agility: Mediocre. Bisnowaty exhibits effective Launch Velocity out'f'is Stance and sufficient Speed to the Flanks and DownField, but marginal Fluidity to Mirror in Pass Protection or to change directions in the Open Field.
Frame: Mediocre. His 80 Inch WingSpan, if accurate as it looks to be, is adequate for an Offensive Guard, so that's no Problem if he converts, but his Height is an inch or two too high for optimal Vertical Leverage.
Combat Skills: Excellent. Bisnowaty appears to have tremendous Command of Lateral Leverage, consistently appearing to work, though not always successfully, to position himself square or better with'is Foe. His Paw Positioning is also excellent, as he consistently hits or at least tries to hit the Torso and not the Perimeter of'is Opponent, and his Paw Persistence and FootWork are exceptional, Bisnowaty consistently working through the entire Play.
Processing Speed: Marginal. Bisnowaty's Speed & Efficacy in Reading and Reacting to Defensive Deception in Pass Protection was adequate, but in Locating & Approaching Targets in the Running Game? Awful.
Motor: Exceptional. Impressive Motor. Excellent Stamina.
Run Blocking: Marginal. Bisnowaty seems to me to project as less of a Liability on a Zone Scheme Team than on a Power Scheme Team, but even there, I believe that his deficient Fluidity in changing directions in the Open Field, will be exacerbated by his sluggish Processing Speed and Field Vision, leading to a lot of unblocked Foes.
And at The Point of Attack, he looks like an enormous Liability to me.
Pass Blocking: Marginal. His Combat Skills and Motor could go a long way towards keeping'm in the Fight, but deficient Power and deficient Fluidity to Mirror translate into Liabilities against Speed and against Power.
Even so, I believe that he's handicapped by a dearth of Core Power and Core Agility or Fluidity, and that these Deficiencies are gonna make it very difficult for'm to compete in Pass Protection or to make an Impact in the Running Game.
Bisnowaty has been an outstanding College Tackle, but I don't foresee his Game translating there at the next level, and I believe that he faces an absolutely unavoidable Conversion to Offensive Guard because of his WingSpan.
And I'm thinking that his Market Value may've gotten inflated by his stellar College Resume. However, it's worth noting that, so far's I can tell, I am the only Soul on Planet Earth who feels this way. David Te Thomas of The NFL Draft Report gushed about'm, as have many, and these guys've been doing this a lot longer than I have!!
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!
This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!