Offensive Tackle ~ Michael McGlinchey ~ Notre Dame Fighting Irish ~ 6080/308
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 Tackles:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Torso Power is important, but Core Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. All the Torso Power 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 especially so 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: 30. Good Torso Power, but marginal Core Power.
Agility: 60. Effective Launch Velocity. Sufficient Acceleration up field and to the Flanks. Effective Core Agility to mirror.
Frame: 30. 6080 is a pronounced Liability to Vertical Leverage, and his WingSpan is very short for a Tackle.
Combat Skills: 50. Impressive Paw Positioning and Lateral Leverage, but mediocre Paw Persistence and FootWork.
Processing Speed: 75. Consistently reads and reacts quickly and effectively.
Motor: 75. Exceptional Intensity and Stamina.
Run Blocking: 50, on either a Power Scheme Team or a Zone Scheme Team.
Pass Blocking: 50. Power is a huge Liability, but he's got some skills.
This's been an ongoing study, actually, and one thing that'as emerged in my view is that the taller a man is, the more volatile his prospects. In EarthSpeak: the taller a Trench Gorilla is, the larger the gap between Ceiling and Floor.
And the results, it seems to me, generally hinge upon Agility.
Nate "Universal" Solder was ridiculously tall...but he was a Success, because of extraordinary Agility.
The same can be said of one "Super" Mario Williams.
In recent years, Taylor Lewan, Taylor Decker, and Rob HavenStein have all substantially exceeded my expectorations, and thus obliterated my misconception. I maintain that Height is vastly overrated at the position...But it's become crystal clear to me that I've been overrating Height as a Liability. Needless to say: I will attenuate my perceptions, accordingly.
Having said all that...6080 is pretty freaking tall!!
All those 3 were about 6070.
The recently retired Mister Solder is the only 6080 Tackle to succeed since I became obsessed with The Draft in 2010, and while Sebastian Vollmer and Phillip Loadholt from the 2009 Class certainly succeeded at about 6076 and 6075, the increasingly smaller and faster Defenses of the league make we wonder if somewhere in there is a threshold.
Taylor Lewan presented a similar combination of the dual Liability of too much Height and too little WingSpan, yet has played outstanding FootBall. Yet Lewan is a phenomenal Athlete. McGlinchey is a superior Athlete...but is it enough?
I believe that there's a ton of risk of Failure, here. McGlinchey's Height, at 6080, is a Red Flag to me, my humbling experience with Towering Tackles not withstanding, his WingSpan is another Red Flag, and so, too, is his Power.
Indeed, based on his physical skill sets, I'd be grading'm as a Contender. But he's got enough Agility, I think, to transform his Height into Length, which it seems to me is the $25,000 question with Tackles...And he's replete with the Intelligence and Drive that are the most important variables of all, so I consider'm to have a solid chance to carve out a career as a starter, perhaps as a good one. But I do perceive his chances of success as far less certain than the market does!!
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!!