However, he does showcase some natural body control when asked to get out to the second level and breaks down well on contact. Looks comfortable sliding his feet laterally in pass protection and displays some natural change of direction skills when left on an island inside. Now, he isn’t real heavy handed and can get jarred/knocked backward vs. the bull rush, but has the athleticism in the pass game to at least intrigue.
Impression: Has some versatility, but I worry about his natural power and lack of flexibility off the ball in the run game. However, because of his ability to cleanly change directions vs. the pass, he could give himself a chance at the next level."
He took advantage of his opportunities since, starting 35 of 37 games at left guard or in the pivot and only missing two in 2008 due to injury. The 2009 second-team All-Big East selection didn't make all-conference teams in 2010, but his blocking had a lot to do with RB Delone Carter's success on the ground. Bartholomew also realized the dream of every offensive lineman, scoring a touchdown by falling on a fumble.
He comes up short in terms of height and bulk for some NFL offensive line coaches, but his strength and exceptional mobility give him a chance to be a late-round pick who can make it at the next level.
Strengths: Solid pivot player. Reliable on short and shotgun snaps, has long arms for the center position and maintains distance from opponents. Quick feet to slide laterally in pass protection. Capable of driving back bigger defensive tackles, getting under their pads and churning legs. Fires from his stance to reach linebackers quickly. Moves out ahead of screens and gets into position for the correct blocking angle. Keeps his head on a swivel. Team captain who is well-liked by players and coaches. Intelligent player who is adept making line calls.
Weaknesses: Average flexibility, needs to keep his feet moving to sustain against NFL-caliber defensive linemen. Too often stops moving after initial contact. Needs work on his reach blocks and must work on keeping his head up and sustaining while driving off the ball; allows defenders to slide off of blocks. Needs to come off of down block more quickly to combo to linebacker. Inconsistent hitting the "Mike" linebacker and targets in space when blocking in front of screens."
Negatives: Needs to improve his lower body strength... Not very explosive... Doesn't always play with power... Loses some battles for leverage... Can be pushed back or knocked aside too often... Loses balance, on the ground a lot... Not an especially good knee bender, bends at the waist... Doesn't bring his feet with him... Overextends, leans and reaches to stay on blocks... Doesn't stay on his blocks, is easily shed... Doesn't get good arm extension, allows opponents inside his body."
Did well at the Combine, running a very impressive 4.92 at 302 pounds, and also repping 34 times, leaping 26.5," running a 4.62 short shuttle, and a 7.62 3-cone, but broad jumping only 7'8."
Strengths: Bartholomew has a superior work ethic. One of the strongest players in the Big East and yet plays with precision and finesse. Has some decent athleticism and can pull. Has some upside left. Understands and uses leverage.
Weaknesses: Short, with only 33.75" arms. May struggle to redirect big opponents, and may have trouble keeping himself clean. More of a run blocker than a pass blocker.
Projection: He will proceed on to a solid and lengthy NFL career, by way of a late draft selection."
For his senior season, Bartholomew moved to the center position on a permanent basis. And once again he is helping the Syracuse ground game do surprisingly well. What makes Bartholomew such an interesting NFL prospect is his intelligence. He is certainly smart enough to run an offense from the center position. The more tangible numbers will impress scouts even more. Bartholomew is freakishly strong and looks more like a strong, nimble defensive end than a center.
Bartholomew will impress scouts with his strength and speed leading up to the NFL Draft and that should help boost his stock. For a player who probably will not be drafted until the later rounds, Bartholomew has all the tools to be a solid center at the next level and is certainly worth a sixth or seventh round pick for a team in need of a versatile and smart center."
Plus, his name is Bartholomew, which means that he's descended from Pirates, and that HAS to be an asset in this Great Game we call FootBall!!
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