Fighting Irish ~ 6024/330
Do you agree? I hope so, and propose to break them down into 2 simple Categories, so we know what we're taking about:
Grizzlies ~ Enormous and Powerful Defensive Tackles noted for taking up Multiple Blockers and dominating the Middle.
Wolves ~ Smaller and Athletic Defensive Tackles noted for penetrating the BackField and for their Range.
When evaluating all Defensive Tackles, these are the Attributes to which I pay most particular attention:
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. Exceptional. Remarkable Fluidity. Terrific Launch Velocity off the Snap. Moderate Lateral Velocity.
Combat Skills. Excellent. Tremendous Paw Power, excellent Mechanics.
Intangibles. Impressive Field Vision, Processing Speed and Instincts. Flashes great Motor, but has Endurance concerns.
He's virtually immovable in Run Defense and startlingly disruptive in the Pass Rush.
The concern, of course, is that he's got an history of weight problems, the last of which rendered him mediocre just this last Year before producing knee problems that triggered an premature end to'is Campaign.
That scares me.
But Nix is clearly a Top 10 Talent. Hell, he's a #1 Pick Talent, as I measure it. We're talking about a such a ridiculous aggregation of Power and Agility that he could dominate the middle of the ChessBoard for the next decade.
He's worth the Risk.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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