Offensive Guard ~ Antoine Everett ~ McNeese State CowBoys ~ 6030/324
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: Adept. Effective Launch Velocity. Impressive Fluidity. Mediocre Acceleration.
Combat Skills: Impressive, and with outstanding Potential. Everett's Mechanics are already impressive and'is Persistence is exceptional. He needs development navigating the Tactical LandScape in Space, and he could be tremendous.
Intangibles: Outstanding. Tremendous Field Vision and Diagnostic Velocity, and an excellent Motor.
Run Blocking: Impressive and with tremendous Potential, particularly in a Power Blocking Scheme, but he could excel in Zone as well, I believe. He'll never be very adept UpField or in Space unless he gets in better shape, but aside from the fact that I wouldn't bet against'm doing precisely that, once he gets with a Top Shelf Strength & Conditioning Program, he already brings an excellent combination of Power, impressive Fluidity, and potentially outstanding Combat Skills to the BattleField. And his Field Vision is tremendous. He'll need Time & Training, but his Potential is enormous.
Pass Blocking: Impressive and potentially outstanding. Everett already brings an impressive Fusion of Power, Fluidity, and Combat Skills to the Field of Battle. All he needs is Time & Training, because he's got the Brains, as well.
The interesting thing about evaluating Antoine Everett is that you can arguably subtract a Grade in some Aspects because of the Level of Competition, but then credit it right back because he projects to move inside to Guard, where Agility, for example, is not so crucial...No, I don't actually do things in such a linear manner!! Just a passing notion...
Antoine Everett is rather raw, of course, but I don't believe that he's anywhere near as raw as one might expect, graduating from the SouthLand Conference. He is by all accounts a dedicated and driven Student of the Game, his Field Vision is demonstrably acute when the Bullets are flying, and his Combat Skills are remarkably well developed.
He's up against a steep Learning Curve both because of the jump in Competition Level and also because he'll be making the Conversion to Offensive Guard, but my money is on'm acclimating far faster than most would expect.
I believe that he could play well enough in Zone, but that he's distinctly better suited for a Power Blocking Scheme.
From a Positional perspective, I consider Everett remarkably versatile. I believe that he could excel at Right Guard or Left, as either a Power Blocking Beast or as a powerful yet agile Pass Blocking Tank.
Indeed, only his mediocre Acceleration precluded me from casting'm as a Center, for he's got perfect Height for it, sufficient Fluidity, and there's certainly no question that he's got the Processing Speed and Field Vision for it.
As I see it, he's a genuine 3 Position Prospect, with exceptional Potential at all 3. There is Risk, here, as there always is, but Everett commands an exceptional Fusion of Intelligence, Talent, and Drive, and I consider'm an excellent Bet.
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5th ~ 7th Round
This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!