Center ~ Reese Dismukes ~ Auburn Tigers 6027/297
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 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: Competitive. His Launch Velocity is impressive, and I perceive impressive Core Agility ~ Fluidity ~ out of Dismukes, which allows him to consistently and effectively mirror his man when Pass Blocking. His Acceleration ~ Short Speed, to you Earthlings ~ seems merely mediocre to me, but all in all I was highly impressed by his Agility.
Combat Skills: Adept. Dismukes seems to wield mediocre Paw Power, despite impressive Launch Velocity, and his Arms appear on the short side on Tape, but his Mechanics are Excellent and his Hands are consistently active.
Intangibles: Outstanding. Even when the Tigers were getting blown out of the Stadium early against Mississippi State, falling behind 21-0 in the first Quarter, Dismukes was relentless. He reliably and consistently anchored against the Pass Rush, and he was repeatedly and tirelessly effective, not only in getting out to the Second Level after Chipping, but in finding a Target, Squaring Up, and Sealing Off, regardless of whether or not the Play was actually being run in'is Direction. The Tigers would end up losing that Game, but not before clawing their way back into it, and Dismukes was an enormous part of keeping that Team attacking during their darkest Hour. He consistently displayed tremendous Diagnostic Velocity in Battle on all Tape ~ finding a Second Level Target in a timely manner and effectively engaging'm. And he likewise consistently displayed an unrelenting Motor, regardless of Circumstances. I was highly impressed.
Run Blocking: Adequate. He is thoroughly adequate as a Run Blocker, with mediocre Drive Power to project Power and mediocre Acceleration DownField or to the Flanks, but with adept Combat Skills and an outstanding Motor.
Pass Blocking: Adept. Impressive Launch Velocity, impressive Anchoring Strength to thwart Power, and equally impressive Fluidity to Mirror. He's got a marginal Frame for the job, and mediocre Paw Power, but his Mechanics are excellent, his Motor is relentless, and his command of Blocking Schematics is extraordinary.
But as it's 2014, and Zone Blocking is commonly employed by Offensive Coordinators ~ and well it should be ~ I believe that Reese Disumukes can make a strong, positive Impact on his prospective Team's Fortunes.
His only real Weakness, in my view, are relatively short Arms. And his Power is not impressive.
But his Power is perfectly adequate to compete at the next level, and if a preeminently Zone Blocking Team drafts this guy, I believe that they'll be getting a guy who brings a combination of Strength, Fluidity, and Combat Skills that'll enable'm to make a postitive Impact on their Zone Running Game while anchoring effectively as a Pass Blocker.
What I like most about'm is what I perceive as a tremendous fusion of superb Processing Speed and Field Vision on the one hand, and a strong, unrelenting Motor on the other. He'll whiff, every now and again, because of those Arms, but I believe that he'll provide a very high Success Rate in the Trenches, and excel at the Second Level.
Even so, he's more Scrapper than exceptional Athlete, and I believe that the Law of Supply & Demand has driven his Market Value up a bit beyond its Intrinsic Value, as has perhaps the exposure of High Stakes Bowl Games.
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
In EarthSpeak: Virtually all of my opinions are inferred.
I'm trying to discern Power, Agility, Combat Skills, and far more abstract, esoteric Concepts such as Processing Speed and Motor, and I'm trying to do so based almost entirely on a fascinating fusion of Tape, Combine Numbers, and Pro Days, while trying to attenuate my findings based on Allowances for Competition Level, Scheme, Concept, Context, and, above all: Trajectory!! None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!!