Offensive Tackle ~ Brandon Parker ~ North Carolina A&T Aggies ~ 6050/299
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: 36. His Core Power isn't awful, and his height is excellent, but he's got long legs, and his center of gravity is consequently way up there, which cripples his Vertical Leverage. He's still growing, though.
Agility: 75. Impressive Launch Velocity and Acceleration, and excellent Fluidity to Mirror.
Frame: 60. Despite having the optimal height for Vertical Leverage, Parker's legs are so long that his center of gravity is so high as to put'm at a major disadvantage in general torque. His WingSpan, on the other hand, is tremendous.
Combat Skills: 33. Surprisingly raw in all regards, despite being a son of a Coach. His Paw Persistence is tremendous, however, his Motor is excellent, and his Intelligence is by all accounts terrific, so there's hope.
Processing Speed: 40. Inconsistent in reading the Tactical Landscape.
Motor: 90. Tremendous Intensity and Stamina.
Run Blocking: 33. Issues with Power, Combat Skills, and with reading the landscape quickly enough to effectively pick out targets render'm a shaky Run Blocker, but he's got the Length and Agility to potentially excel.
Pass Blocking: 60 and with tremendous potential. He needs to continue to develop his Power, Combat Skills, and capacity to quickly and effectively respond to Defensive Deception, but he's got the Fluidity and Length to be outstanding.
He nevertheless brings exceptional Intangibles to the table: a tremendous Motor, high Wonderlic scoring, and a reputation as an extremely intense and focused worker. Sometimes these things just take longer to translate.
His high center of gravity is an enormous concern, as it will forever cripple his capacity to project power unless he develops extraordinary Core Power and Core Agility. He is young, though, and still growing into his Frame. As long as he continues to physically develop with that emphasis, he should be able to reduce that Liability.
His great Assets are of course his tremendous WingSpan and his excellent Fluidity, the combination of which translate to Pro Bowl Potential, if he manages the intensive development that'll be necessary to his success.
Lots of Red Flags.
Oodles of Potential.
Ceiling? Beast. 1st Rounder.
Floor? Spectacular Flame Out. 7th Rounder.
Risk/Reward Ratio? About 50/50, all things considered.
Please note: Contender doesn't generally translate as high as I'm grading Parker, but of course his is a premium position.
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!!