Offensive Guard ~ Alexander Marpet ~ Hobart Statesmen ~ 6040/308
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 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.
Run Blocking: Power, Agility, Combat Skills, Processing Speed, and Motor.
Pass Blocking: Power, Agility, 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.
* Paw Power ~ The Power & Speed of the initial Punch.
* Paw Velocity ~ How active the Hands are.
* Paw Positioning ~ It's all about Angles & Leverage.
* Frame ~ Above all: WingSpan.
* Processing Speed ~ Field Vision. Reading Defensive Schemes quickly and effectively, and finding 2nd Level Targets.
* Motor ~ Intensity and Duration.
* Power ~ Drive Power to project Power in the Running Game.
* Agility ~ especially Acceleration DownField or to the Flank.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Power ~ Anchoring Strength to reject Power in the Passing Game.
* Agility ~ especially Fluidity to Mirror the Pass Rusher.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
Agility: Exceptional and potentially Outstanding: I'm Projecting his Agility as an Offensive Tackle to Offensive Guard, you see, and in all regards ~ Launch Velocity, Fluidity, and Acceleration ~ he's extremely impressive.
Combat Skills: Outstanding. Impressive Mechanics and awesome, relentless Persistence.
Intangibles: Extraordinary. Exceptional Field Vision and a phenomenal Motor.
Run Blocking: It's a Projection, of course, but what isn't? I consider Marpet a tremendous Run Blocking Prospect, because while he could use a bit more Beef, his Core Power is what matters, and it's awesome, as are his Launch Velocity, his Fluidity, his Acceleration to the Flanks and UpField, and his Combat Skills & Field Vision. I believe that he translates effectively in either a Zone Blocking Scheme or in a Power Blocking Scheme, but especially in Zone.
Pass Blocking: Outstanding and potentially magnificent. Marpet's combination of Power & Agility is phenomenal.
The concern here is obvious, of course: The TwoFold Risk & Uncertainty of a Division 3 Prospect not only launching all the way to the NFL, but switching from Offensive Tackle to Offensive Guard on top of it. Yet Marpet's Market Value has risen dramatically, no doubt propelled by his Senior Bowl Performance and his phenomenal Pro Day.
Well, I'm aboard. I'll adjust for Risk & Uncertainty, indeed, but Alexander Marpet's Power and Agility are Sky High, his Field Vision is exceptional, his Motor is relentless, and his Combat Skills are shockingly well developed!!
Trajectory is Alexander Marpet's Ally, and the Sky is indeed the limit.
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This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!