Devils ~ 6006/315
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. When he's at the right weight, it's phenomenal. Sutton is blessed with incredible, incomprehensible Fluidity, he generates sensational Launch Velocity Off the Snap, and tremendous Lateral Velocity. He was asked to put on an additional 20 Pounds after finishing last Year at a reported 285. That needs to go. It was an huge mistake.
Combat Skills. Awesome. Explosive, busy Hands. Tremendous Paw Power. Technically advanced.
Intangibles. He's had Academic issues, and I'm concerned about the decision to lay on all that lard, previous to this Year. He's been at 300 before, as well, so it may be either a bad decision or simply a lack of Discipline. Good Motor.
What is not being discussed ~ except within yet another tremendous Article by Matt Waldman ~ is that his Head Coach spoke approvingly of Sutton's Weight when it had risen to 305, and the tone of the Article implied that he had in fact requested it of Sutton, or at least suggested it. That puts Sutton's recent "growth" in an entirely different light.
I'm just speculating at this point, and will attenuate my Hypothesis if warranted, as the Picture becomes clearer over the next few months...But Sutton the NFL Draft Advisory Committee hit Sutton with a shocking, stunning, and incalculably asinine 5th Round Grade when he was thinking about coming out, last Year. And I got the distinct impression that it was a combination of his Coach's guidance and that inexplicable Grade ~ which could only've been because of his previous Size and Weight ~ triggered his ill conceived 30 Pounds of additional weight.
Again: Just going with my gut on this one, if you'll pardon the expression. But even though he actually tipped the scales at 300 once before ~ back in 2011, before his spectacular 2012 Campaign ~ I do not believe it was was laziness, this time.
I believe it was that idiotic 5th Round Grade.
I believe that it triggered an equally foolish 30 Pound response.
What I'm driving at is this: I believe that the Team that drafts Will Sutton is going to do so because they've talked to'm and confirmed that Sutton gained the 30 not because he couldn't put down the Ring Ding, but because he's too young to realize that the NFL Draft Advisory Committee had their heads up their collective asses.
And I believe that the Team that drafts Will Sutton is going to make damned certain, by talking to'm before the Draft, that he will follow their Instructions without question...And I believe that they're going to instruct him to lose the lard.
And I believe that once he loses the lard and replaces a good deal of it with Beef, compliments of an NFL level Strength Program, that Team is going to have themselves one of the most dangerous Pass Rushers in the Game.
When he returns to 2012 shape, as I have every expectation he will, Will Sutton will once again command what I can only describe as a spectacular combination of Athleticism, Combat Tactics, and Core Power.
His Fluidity and Launch Speed were ~ and again shall be ~ simply off the charts.
His Combat Tactics are incredibly advanced.
And his Core Power is excellent.
In short ~ if you'll pardon the expression ~ I expect that he will prove to be a surprisingly stout Run Defender, and often a disruptive one...And I expect that he will be a utterly terrifying Pass Rusher.
If there wasn't some aspect of Risk due to this recent Debacle of a Year I'd be Grading him Top 10.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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