Fighting Irish ~ 6040/304
These are the Aspects of their Games that I place greatest emphasis on, when evaluating Offensive Guards:
Power. Above all: Core Power. Upper body Strength is important, but lower body Strength, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. It speaks to a Lineman's Capacity to project Power in the Running Game, and to reject Power in the Passing Game. I believe, as well, that those Players who invest the time and effort in developing 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.
Mechanics. Combat Tactics. Launching Speed, 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.
My notion of a Dream Guard would be one who combines all these traits but with great emphasis on Agility ~ a truly Athletic Offensive Guard who can run Power Sweeps all day long, as Jerry Kramer and Fuzzy Thurston once did with Vince Lombardi's Packers on their way to no less than 5 Championships in 7 glorious years!!
Agility. Exceptional. Sufficient Lateral Velocity to play Tackle, outstanding Fluidity, and impressive Acceleration.
Mechanics. Superior. Tremendous Paw Power. Short Arms, though.
Intangibles. Extraordinary Field Vision and command of Spatial Diagnostics, Angles, and Tactical LandScape. Great Motor.
As an Offensive Guard, he scores high on Power & Agility, moderately well on Mechanics, and extremely well on Brains. The short Arms concern me, but they're far less a concern on the Inside, where they actually assist in generating his remarkable Paw Power. All things considered, he's got the makings of an exceptional Offensive Guard.
His lofty Stock, which rocketed from the BorderLands between the 1st and 2nd Rounds to the middle of the 1st Round after the Senior Bowl, did so mostly because of the emerging Perception that he might be able to remain at Left Tackle at The Next Level, after all. But while my Perspective is a bit extreme where it comes to the optimum Height for Offensive Tackles ~ I think it's actually advantageous both to their Play and to their Durability to keep it under 6060 ~ and don't consider Martin's Height an hindrance whatsoever, I believe that longer arms are crucial on the Edge.
In short ~ if you'll pardon the expression ~ I think he'd get killed, out there.
I think it'd be foolish to play him at Offensive Tackle, so I'm bemused by the ascension of his Stock into the middle of the 1st Round...But I also believe that that ascent is fully warranted, based purely on his All Pro Potential as a Guard!!
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