State WildCats ~ 6082/328
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 Acceleration, but mediocre Lateral Velocity and horrible Fluidity. Lumbering Beast.
Combat Skills. Raw.
Intangibles. Adequate Processing Speed, but mediocre Motor.
I, on the other hand, believe ~ as I wrote, yesterday, in my Scouting Report on Cedric Ogbuehi ~ consider this league-wide propensity to load up with 6060-6080, 320-340 Pound Behemoths to be preposterously foolish.
Defenses ~ as I once discussed at length in my Ravings on the Future of the 245 ~ are getting progressively smaller and faster, and asking Leviathans like Cornelius Lucas to protect QuarterBacks from WaterBugs like Cameron Wake seems incredibly and increasingly unfair.
And Lucas is especially hamstrung, in my view, by being saddled with an horrible lack of Athleticism or Agility of virtually any kind. Compound that with Inexperience ~ he's in but'is 2nd Year starting, and it shows ~ and I have an hard time imagining ~ despite his looking like exactly what's so heavily in Demand ~ that he can possibly succeed.
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