A&M Aggies ~ 6051/304
These are the Aspects of their Games that I place greatest emphasis on, when evaluating Offensive Tackles:
Power. Above all: Core Power. Upper body Strength is important, but Core Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. All the upper body strength in the world still fails if you can't dig in your heels. But Core Power enables a Lineman to project Power in the Running Game and to reject Power in the Passing Game. And those Players who invest the time and effort to develop superior Core Power are far likelier to enjoy sustained good Health and stay on the Field.
Agility. Lateral 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. Mechanics. Launch Velocity, Paw Power, and Technique.
Intangibles. Diagnostic Capacity, Processing Speed, and Motor. How effectively he masters Spatial Diagnostics & Angles, how rapidly he recognizes and implements Blocking Schemes based on changing Defensive Tactics, and of course: Drive. How badly he wants it. These are of course difficult things to assess, but it's crucial to at least try to.
Agility. Superior Fluidity and tremendous Acceleration, though I'd only say adequate Lateral Velocity.
Combat Skills. Awesome.
Intangibles. Phenomenal Diagnostic Capacity & Processing Speed. A genuine Field General. Outstanding Motor.
Jake Matthews's Hype Train is rolling, now, with an increasing number of Draft Ghouls giving him a better Grade than'is old TeamMate, Luke Joeckel, and he's commonly being forecast to go Top 10 and even Top 3.
And there's much I love about'm: He is an incredibly cerebral Tactician on the BattleField, and a ferocious one.
He's a Master of BattleField Tactics, and a mauling, brawling Beast possessed of phenomenal Core Power.
However, while I consider'm an extraordinary Prospect as a Run Blocker ~ an Aspect of this Great Game for which I have far more Passion than the vast majority of my Contemporaries, I believe ~ I do not believe'm to be an Elite Level Pass Blocker, due to a combination of Lateral Agility and WingSpan that I consider unexceptional.
And as I mentioned yesterday in my Report on Cyrus Kouandjio, it's my perception that most Prognosticators underrate just how critical a Right Tackle's Capacity to Pass Block has become in this Aerial 21st Century.
As such, I'd be hard pressed, at this Stage, to accord'm the Lofty Market Value that's become so fashionable.
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Consensus Market Value