McGill RedMen ~ 6050/315
These are the Aspects of their Games that I place greatest emphasis on, when evaluating Offensive Tackles:
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. Phenomenal. His Launch Velocity is merely good, his Fluidity is tremendous, and his Acceleration is awesome.
Combat Skills. Deficient. Excellent Hand Velocity, but he's raw as Hell and his Mechanics are awful.
Intangibles. Exceptional. His Field Vision and Processing Speed do not yet appear to match what I read about his outstanding Diagnostic Acuity, but he is by all accounts a deeply commited Student of the Game, incredibly Intelligent, and a Quick Study. Given this combination of Intelligence & Drive, I have great Confidence that he will ultimately translate all of that into far more acute Processing Speed and Field Vision than is currently evident. And he is ferocious, out there.
And that indeed ultimately prove to be his destination, but I am such an huge Fan of his phenomenal Agility ~ his Fluidity, his Acceleration, and his Lateral Agility ~ that I feel he could not only compete but excel on the Edge.
Mind you, he's got a long ways to go until he actualizes those Possibilities.
1 ~ As is well known, he's coming from a Canandian School, so the jump in Competition is major.
2 ~ As is not as well known, he converted from Defensive Tackle only in 2011, so he's very new to the Position.
3 ~ His Combat Skills are raw in general, and his fundamental Mechanics are awful.
4 ~ 6050 & 33.0, as mentioned, are really short dimensions for a Tackle.
But he's got the Frame to continue his Power into a decided Strength, and his Agility is phenomenal.
And if his Processing Speed does indeed catch up to his Diagnostic Acuity while his Frame catches up to itself, he could develop into an exceptional Offensive Tackle...And my eyes and my guts are telling me that Laurent DuVernay Tardif commands precisely the combination of Intelligence & Drive to harness and unleash his immense Raw Talent.
Caveat Emptor, Fellow FootBall Fanatics!! This Scouting Report was derived from a combination of a few meager scraps of genuine Tape ~ basically: The Shrine Game and some HighLight Film ~ some annoying difficult to find Pro Day results, and a shamelssly effusive indulgence in fuming, frothing, and hyperbolic Extrapolation and Speculation!!
Here're the HighLights, by the way: Awesome, fun stuff, watching him slaughter those poor Souls!!
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