Offensive Guard ~ Isaac Seumalo ~ Oregon State
Beavers ~ 6036/304
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 Offensive Guards:
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.
* Frame ~ Arms, Hands, and above all: WingSpan.
* Field Vision ~ Reacting to the Tactical LandScape: It's all about Angles & Leverage.
* Paw Positioning ~ It's all about Angles & Leverage.
* Paw Persistence ~ RPMs: Activity & Persistence.
* FootWork ~ RPMs: Activity & Persistence.
* Processing Speed ~ Field Vision. Reading Defensive Schemes quickly and effectively, and finding 2nd Level Targets.
* Motor ~ Intensity and Endurance.
* 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: Outstanding. Impressive Launch Velocity and Acceleration and extraordinary Fluidity.
Combat Skills: Awesome. Outstanding Persistence and phenomenal Mechanics.
Intangibles: Amazing. Tremendous Processing Speed and Field Vision, a terrific Motor, and incredibly versatilely effective.
Run Blocking: Because his Skill Set stresses Agility over Power, I think that Seumalo would be best suited for a Zone Blocking Scheme. In a Power Scheme, I'd say'is Potential is excellent. In Zone, I'd say that it's extraordinary.
Pass Blocking: He'd definitely be considerably more effective in Zone, as opposed to Pass Blocking in a Power Scheme, I believe, where he'd more often need to deal Head to Head with exceptional Power. In Zone, though, his amazing combination of Combat Skills and Agility are a perfect fit, though he can still be beaten by Power.
I believe that Issac Seumalo is a classic hidden Gem. I believe that his Stock has suffered from a combination of the Beavers's recent Woes and from his own astonishing Versatility: Having started multiple Games on no less than 4 of the 5 Offensive Line Positions, he certainly hasn't had the Opportunity to develop a dominant Game.
But he was astoundingly effective, despite all the Turmoil and Change around'm.
I believe that Issac Seumalo brings and extraordinary fusion of Agility, Intelligence, and Drive to the BattleField.
His Combat Skills are incredibly advanced, and his Field Vision is fantastic.
I certainly don't believe that he projects to be as versatilely effective at the next level as he was in College ~ they never are ~ but the fact that he was able to execute at an high level at 4 different Positions in 3 Years speaks volumes about his Intelligence, his Drive, and his Character as a TeamMate. And he can certainly play 3 Positions.
I think that his best Fit is as a Left Guard in a Zone Blocking Scheme, particularly on a Team that likes to Run. He's a bit tall for Center to be'is best Fit, I think, but he's certainly got the Brains for the Job if needs be.
And regardless of how he's deployed, I believe that we're talking about Pro Bowl Potential. Great Pick by the Eagles.
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