Offensive Tackle ~ Andrus Peat ~ Stanford Cardinal ~ 6066/312
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.
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 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.
* Paw Power ~ The Power & Speed of the initial Punch.
* Paw Velocity ~ How active the Hands are.
* Paw Positioning ~ It's all about Angles & Leverage.
* Frame ~ Above all: WingSpan.
* Processing Speed ~ Field Vision. Reading Defensive Schemes quickly and effectively, and finding 2nd Level Targets.
* Motor ~ Intensity and Duration.
* 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: Competitive. I must confess that I am bewildered by the glowing reports that I've read about Peat's spectacular Agility. These eyes perceived adequate Launch Velocity, but mediocre Fluidity. His Acceleration is adequate.
Combat Skills: Adept. Competitive Paw Power, active Hands, and an excellent Frame for Offensive Tackle.
Intangibles: Adept. I perceive competitive Processing Speed in reading the LandScape, and a strong Motor.
Run Blocking: Competitive. He flashes Greatness but also flashes base Mediocrity. I perceive impressive yet maddeningly inconsistent Drive Power, mediocre Fluidity, and Acceleration that is adequate DownField but mediocre to the Flanks.
Pass Blocking: Mediocre. I perceive mediocre Anchoring Strength and mediocre Fluidity.
In other words: This Prospectus diverges dramatically with the consensus views expressed by many good men infinitely more qualified to speak on such matters than I. Please take that into Account when considering the following:
And I'll make it short and sweet: In my eyes, Andrus Peat displays, on Tape, the capacity to compete for a starting Gig at the next level, but not an Hell of a lot more. In viewing Tape of his Games over the last couple of Years, I simply fail to perceive the spectacular combination of Power & Agility that those far more knowledgeable men have written about.
I will happily acknowledge not only my Ignorance of about 99% of what I need to know to have the first clue about what I'm talking about, and acknowledge also that the right Frame goes a long way in the Trenches.
I reserve, as always, the right to change my mind Upon Further Review.
Having said that, I'm going forward, as of now, with what I see.
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!!