Conversely, finding an Elite Center is very rare.
My Notion of a great Center is one who commands exceptional:
Core Strength to thwart the onslaught of marauding Defensive Tackles in the Passing Game
Drive Power to attack same Defensive Tackles and drive them back ~ or aside ~ in the Running Game
Launch Velocity out'f'is Stance, off the Snap
Fluidity to Redirect Quickly & Effectively
Range ~ Short Speed ~ to drive across the Flank on Pulls & Traps or UpField to the Second Level
Lateral Agility to Stay Square as he Mirrors his man
Combat ~ As in Hand to Hand: Dexterity, Technique, Ferocity & Stamina!!
Diagnostic Capacity ~ Deciphering what the Defense is up to
Processing Speed ~ Rapidly Reading & Reacting effectively to the Defense's PreSnap Changes
Core Strength, Core Power, Fluidity, and Processing Speed are the Attributes I weigh most heavily with Centers.
Run Blocking ~ He's a decent Run Blocker after one Year at the Position, and I believe he'll become an excellent one in time. His Drive Power is unremarkable at this point, but he has a terrific Burst to get UpField and outstanding Lateral Agility & Range. He's still stumbling around a bit, being new at Center, but this is a Savvy, Wily Lad, and I have great confidence that it won't be long before he's an accomplished and consistently effective Run Blocker.
Pass Blocking ~ This is already a strength, as Schwenke commands incredible Core Strength. You wouldn't think so, to look at'm ~ not in a million years!! ~ but there is a mountain of Strength between his Knees and'is Chest. Between that, his outstanding Athleticism, and'is Diagnostics & Processing Speed, I believe he'll be exceptional.
He's no Hall of Fame Talent, mind you, but Brian Schwenke brings truly outstanding Core Strength to the table, combined with Lightning Fast Launch Velocity off the Snap, tremendous Fluidity in redirecting his Attack, terrific Lateral Agility, excellent Dexterity, and exceptional Diagnostic Capacity and Processing Speed.
He doesn't project much Drive Power, mind you: Defensive Tackles aren't going to be cowering in fear, I don't think.
His exceptional Core Strength should serve'm extremely well in defending his QuarterBack, but I don't expect to see'm tearing too many gaping holes in the center of Defenses, nor Pancaking too many Defensive Tackles.
And his Game is still somewhat unrefined, due to'is having but a single year at the Pivot.
But taken as an whole, he's the best Center in this Draft, in my allegedly humble opinion.
Schwenke's outstanding Core Strength will take him a long ways, I think. As the changes in Rules continue to push This Great Game towards more and more Passing, Defenses will need to continue to field increasingly smaller Defensive Fronts ~ as I waxed on about, last Summer ~ which I believe means that the Bull Market in behemoth Nose Tackles is only just getting started. Consequently, Explosive Fire Hydrants like Schwenke who can actually stand up to these Monstrosities and consistently hold'is ground against'm in the Pass Rush...will be invaluable.
And while I might jest about'is current lack of exceptional Drive Power, my money's on him developing it.
Brian Schwenke has the raw tools to become a complete Center ~ something I can not say about any other Center in this Draft Class ~ and I believe that his success at the next level is going to shock a lot of people.
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