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!!
Diagnostics ~ 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.
Pass Blocking ~ Better, here, as he displays tremendous Core Strength. Even so, his awful Fluidity and horrendous Lateral Agility is going to cause'm enormous problems with Stunts and such and even straight up.
Travis Frederick brings an Ocean of Intelligence to the table, and in that regard was absolutely born to play Center.
Where I have my doubts, are with the Athletic Aspects of'is Game: I don't see the exceptional levels of Fluidity or Lateral Agility ~ or the Burst upfield ~ that speaks to great success at the next level, in my view.
His Core Strength, on the other hand, is superior, as is'is ability to project Drive Power on the Attack.
Does he possess enough Athleticism to play Center exceptionally at the next level, or would he be best served kicking back to Offensive Guard, whence he came? Many evaluators that I've read and respect lean to the latter.
Me, I'm not so sure. Frankly, I believe that the dubious Athleticism that I see on Tape will limit him at any position.
And I also believe, on the upside, that his superior Core Strengths and Drive Power would prove very useful at Center, because I believe that the Market Share of the 344 Defenses will only continue to increase, which will in turn continue the trend towards Defenses fielding SuperBeast Nose Tackles.
But I have grave doubts about'is ability to excel at the next level, due to his frankly awful Athleticism.
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