Offensive Center ~ Isaiah Wynn ~ Georgia BullDogs ~ 6025/312
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.
Having said that...Centers often find themselves in support rolls in Pass Blocking, rather than helping tear open holes up the middle or out to the flanks in the Run Game, because of the league's general persistence, in the 21st Century, in heavily accentuating the Passing Game. As such, the impact that Centers make on their team's fortunes seems destined to be considerably less than their potential. But my focus is on intrinsic value, even where that potential goes untapped.
This is how I break things down, when I'm evaluating Centers:
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 lurching around like FrankenStein.
Frame: Vertical Leverage, Hands, Arm Length, and WingSpan.
Combat Skills: Horizontal Leverage, Paw Positioning, Paw Persistence, and FootWork.
Processing Speed: How quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the Rapidly Roiling Tactical LandScape!!
Motor: Endurance and Drive: How much Work has been put into Conditioning, and how it manifests itself.
Run Blocking: Applying it all: Power, Agility, Frame, Combat Skills, Processing Speed, and Motor.
Pass Blocking: Power, Agility, Frame, 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.
* Vertical Leverage. Height is crucial, but it's actually better, I believe, to be an Inch shorter than an Inch Taller.
* Hands. The larger the better, generally, but compact is never a bad Attribute in The Trenches.
* Arm Length. Absolutely crucial. He who boasts the longer Arms initiates Combat.
* WingSpan. Arm Length + Torso Width. A more complete Measurement.
* Lateral Leverage. Angles. Getting Square or better with the Target.
* Paw Positioning ~ It's all about Angles & Leverage.
* Paw Persistence ~ RPMs: Activity & Persistence.
* FootWork ~ RPMs: Activity & Persistence.
* Reading & Reacting to Defensive Schemes & Stunts quickly and effectively.
* Field Vision: Finding Targets & approaching them effectively.
* Power ~ Drive Power to project Power in the Running Game.
* Agility ~ especially Acceleration DownField or to the Flank.
* Frame ~ especially Vertical Leverage.
* Combat Skills.
* Processing Speed.
* Power ~ Anchoring Strength to reject Power in the Passing Game.
* Agility ~ especially Fluidity to Mirror the Pass Rusher.
* Frame ~ especially WingSpan.
* Combat Skills.
* Processing Speed.
Power: 60. Wynn gets generally tremendous grades for'is Power, but I believe that he benefited from an enormous Vertical Leverage Advantage at Left Tackle in 2017, one that enabled'm to routinely get up and under his lankier foes, and thus created the illusion of far more Power than he possesses. He'll need to move back inside at the next level because of'is WingSpan ~ he's played plenty of Guard ~ and I don't believe that his Power projects anywhere near as dominantly at Offensive Guard. He seems to have better Torso Power than Core Power, which is not good in The Trenches.
Agility: 90. Had he tested at The Combine, I strongly suspect that I'd've gone with 100 ~ a phenomenal all around athlete.
Frame: 75. Sold WingSpan if you move'm all the way in to Center, and awesome Height for maximum Vertical Advantage.
Combat Skills: 90. Here, too, I'm tempted to go with 100. He is remarkably adept in all facets of Combat. He'll have to learn different nuances, if his prospective team transfers'm to Center, otherwise 100 is what it'd be.
Processing Speed: 100. I sometimes find myself compelled to bump a Center prospect out to Guard because I don't believe he's got the mental chops to handle the gig...Quite the opposite, here. Wynn's reading of schemes is rapid and acute.
Motor: 90. Outstanding Intensity and Stamina.
Run Blocking: 80 on a Power Scheme Team and 100 on a Zone Scheme Team.
Pass Blocking: 100. 100 doesn't mean that I'm predicting that he'll never get beat ~ especially if they leave'm on an island against a SuperBeast Bear!! ~ but Wynn possess elite levels of Processing Speed, Fluidity, and Combat Skills, and an outstanding Motor. If his prospective team is smart enough to deploy'm at Center, he could be amazing.
Otherwise ~ and I need not remind you that I'm just some jackass CyberScout, not a professional, and could therefore be way off in my perception of his Power ~ his arc could go the way of Jon Cooper, who I also thought very highly of.
But my undertaking is to assess the intrinsic value of the services of prospects, regardless of how their prospective team may misuse them or abuse them...And along those lines, I see Isaiah Wynn as an elite Center prospect. He's got a tremendous Frame for the job, his Power is impressive as the demands of Centers go, his Fluidity and Speed are extraordinary, his Combat Skills are tremendous, and, most importantly, he exudes all the finest traits of Intelligence and Drive that inspire confidence that he is an awfully good bet to maximize his talent, anchor his line, and play in multiple Pro Bowls.
Thank you so very much, Draft BreakDown, without whom my Work would be virtually impossible.
Please also note, Fellow FootBall Fiends: These CyberScouting Reports are not intended as predictions of success or failure, but as assessments ~ ludicrously amateurish assessments ~ of potential success. FootBall is a rough and often unfair business, and many a worthy Prospect has fallen far short of his potential, sometimes not because of his own failings, but because of those of coaching, scheme, timing...or because huge investments were made on other Prospects.
In other words: If any of my Super Dooper Deeper Sleepers ever fail to fulfill their vast potential, I’m confident that it goes without saying that it wasn’t their fault…or mine!!...Yes, I think that I'm being funny.
In other words: Caveat Emptor, Fellow FootBall Fiends!!
Enter at your own risk!!