Wolverines ~ 6072/315
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. Adequate but unremarkable Lateral Agility and Acceleration, and inferior Fluidity.
Combat Skills. Mediocre.
Intangibles. Adept Processing Speed. Phenomenal Motor.
His straight-line Core Power is formidable. Blocking Sleds quiver when he approaches.
But I consider his Core Agility ~ his Fluidity ~ deeply suspect. When he needs to redirect, whether on the Defensive in Pass Blocking or on the Attack in Run Blocking, he does so sluggishly, and this often renders his exceptional natural Core Power powerless. I think he's going to have problems dealing with Speed at The Next Level.
Mind you: his naturally Broad Anchor, combined with that impressive Core Power, will make it difficult for many Edge Rushers to beat'm. He's able to cover a lot of ground quickly with that sprawling Anchor, which cuts down on Angles and often forces Edge Rushers to expose a Flank, allowing Lewan to blast'm right out'f the Play.
But his surprisingly mediocre Combat Tactics ~ poor Mechanics ~ combined with his sluggish Fluidity are going to give all too many speedy Edge Rushers Opportunity to outmaneuver and defeat him.
As a Right Tackle, I believe he could become a very good one. As I've been writing all Week, it seems, including in my Report on Jake Matthews, I believe that the 21st Century Game requires Right Tackles to exhibit far more Pass Blocking Prowess than either they've had to before or than most Writers seem to recognize, in my view.
As such, I believe that what I perceive as mediocre Fluidity and unremarkable Lateral Agility limit his Ceiling.
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