Do you agree? I hope so, and propose to break them down into 2 simple Categories, so we know what we're taking about:
Grizzlies ~ Enormous and Powerful Defensive Tackles noted for taking up Multiple Blockers and dominating the Middle.
Wolves ~ Smaller and Athletic Defensive Tackles noted for penetrating the BackField and for their Range.
When evaluating all Defensive Tackles, these are the Attributes to which I pay most particular attention:
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. Tremendous. Excellent Launch Velocity off the Snap and exceptional Fluidity. Moderate Lateral Agility in Pursuit.
Combat Skills. Extraordinary. Reid exhibits a startlingly advanced Repertoire of Moves and exceptionally sound Technique.
Intangibles. Adequate. Strong Motor, but deficient Field Vision, it seems to me.
He needs to develop the cerebral Aspects of'is Game, I believe.
And whether or not he does should greatly impact his Future.
What's certain, to me, is that Caraun Reid commands the tremendous Power, the extraordinary Agility, and the incredibly refined Mechanics not only to compete at The Next Level, but to consistently thwart Double Teams, to demolish mere individual Blockers, to adequately defend the Run...and to wreak Havoc as a Pass Rusher.
Caraun Reid is a Force.
As for the cerebral Aspects that he needs to develop...Well, he is a Princeton Graduate, after all!!
I presume nothing, but this kid's upside is immense.
And in the 21st Century NFL, a disruptive Defensive Tackle who's genuinely stout against the Run is Gold.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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