Offensive Tackle ~ Chukwuma Okorafor
Western Michigan Broncos ~ 6060/320
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: 50, but with tremendous Potential. Okorafor is only 20, has only been playing FootBall for 6 Years, and still appears to be growing into his Frame. As he gains additional experience, professional Strength Training, and additional time to acclimate to his Frame and translate his natural Power into Functional Power, he could improve substantially.
Agility: 60. Here, too, I see upside, for similar reasons. He's still getting used to all that mass, but as he acclimates to it, the potential is there to learn to translate his impressive Intrinsic Agility into even better Functional Agility.
Frame: 80. Solid Height and an excellent WingSpan.
Combat Skills: 33. Very, very raw.
Processing Speed: 33. Very, very raw.
Motor: 40. Inconsistent, both his Intensity and his Stamina.
Run Blocking: 33. The raw Power, Agility, and WingSpan are there for Okorafor to be a tremendous Run Blocker on a Power Scheme Team and effective or even exceptional on a Zone Scheme Team, but there is a lot of work to be done.
Pass Blocking: 33. He's got the WingSpan and the raw Fluidity and Power to develop into a tremendous Pass Blocker, as well. But there is a gigantic chasm in between what he might become...and what he currently is.
Chukwuma Okorafor, unlike the 3 others whose CyberScouting Reports I'ave finished earlier today, is not hampered by a lack of Power. He is indeed the most complete of this batch of 4, in terms of the raw skills he brings to the table.
He's got oodles of raw Power, raw Agility, and a tremendous WingSpan, and should he succeed in developing those, develop his Combat Skills to match, and develop far better Field Vision and Processing Speed than he has hitherto exhibited, a multiple Pro Bowl future most certainly awaits. In terms of pure Talent, he is the best of the lot'f'm.
But whether or not all'f that comes to fruition is very much in question.
Okorafor's Intensity and Stamina leave much to be desired, and his Field Vision and Processing Speed are shaky at best. All the Intelligence in the world won't do you much service on the Field of Battle if you don't command FootBall Intelligence, and Okorafor's evident lack of development in that regard, while not damning ~ he hasn't played the Game all his life, and may simply have not yet reached that critical mass of Reps where everything starts clicking ~ is nevertheless and enormous Red Flag in terms of his chances of ever developing into the dominant force that he is physically capable of becoming.
Ceiling? Beast!! 1st Rounder.
Floor? Reserve. 7th Rounder.
Risk/Reward Ratio? Sketchy.
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!!