Offensive Center ~ Chase Roullier ~ Wyoming CowBoys ~ 6036/312
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 Centers:
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: Horizontal 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.
Power: Adequate. I extrapolate that his Pure Power is probably tremendous, but as all Aspects of a Prospect's Game affect other Aspects, here his T Rex Arms dramatically inhibit his capacity to bring his Power to bear ~ to translate his Intrinsic Power into Functional Power on the Field of Battle. Impressive Anchoring Strength. Mediocre Drive Power.
Agility: Mediocre. Marginal Launch Velocity. Impressive Fluidity. Adequate Acceleration. Marginal Speed.
Frame: Marginal. Mediocre Height for optimal Vertical Leverage. Horrible WingSpan Length.
Combat Skills: Tremendous. Exceptional Paw Positioning and Lateral Leverage. Outstanding Persistence and FootWork.
Processing Speed: Competitive. Some Inconsistency, but he usually picks up Stunts and Twists and Blitzes and general Defensive HornSwoggling quickly and effectively enough, and finds Targets with adequate Speed & Efficacy.
Motor: Outstanding Intensity. Outstanding Stamina.
Run Blocking: Mediocre. On a Power Scheme Team, his outstanding Combat Skills and Effort allow'm to compete, despite the enormous Liability of his WingSpan, but his consequential mediocre Drive Power inhibits his being an Impact Player, and on a Zone Scheme Team, his marginal Speed is a big Liability, also exacerbated by that WingSpan.
Pass Blocking: Mediocre. He's got the Fluidity and Combat Skills to Mirror effectively, despite the shorter WingSpan, and his Anchoring Strength is impressive, so he can compete. Where he'll have Problems is with Speed, as his sluggish Launch Velocity and short WingSpan make for a dangerous combination of Liabilities.
I don't see it that way, though. His WingSpan inhibits his Power, but his Fluidity enhances it, and the combination of the two ~ Fluidity and Power ~ is enough, combined with a tremendous combination of Combat Skills and Drive, to enable Roullier, in my opinion, the Chance to compete effectively as a Reserve and Spot Starter.
And I'll add that Word Around The CampFire is that he puts in a lot of Time, Preparation, and Tape Study, the Rumor of this being strongly supported by the Combat Skills he's developed, which can only be the result of Years of sustained Dedication. If then, his presumed Persistence in his Diligence eventually translates into substantially improved Processing Speed ~ a distinct Possibility ~ that may very well prove enough for'm to become a Starter.
If so, it'll be a Classic Case of a Prospect transforming a few scraps of Talent into a substantial Career, based primarily on enormous Intelligence and Drive. His Potential isn't very high, but his Chances of attaining it certainly are.
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This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!