Alabama Crimson Tide ~ 6052/312
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. Outstanding Fluidity and tremendous Acceleration, but mediocre Lateral Velocity.
Combat Skills. Adept.
Intangibles. Adequate Processing Speed. Tremendous Motor.
And of course he may possibly opt to remain in Alabama for another Year.
Having said that, I must confess that I'm not as impressed with his Skill Set as the vast majority of the Draft World seems to be ~ at least not at this Juncture. It is of course his marginal Lateral Agility that concerns me.
There is much to like, here, mind you.
I consider Fluidity ~ Core Agility ~ to be the most crucial of all physical Attributes, and Kouandjio possesses that in Spades. He also commands an unusual and excitingly potent combination of Core Strength and Speed.
Frankly, I love'm as a Right Tackle Prospect, except for that Lateral Agility.
The venerable Daniel Jeremiah has compared'm to Michael Oher, and I consider that Evaluation perfect.
But I believe that most Evaluators somewhat underestimate the increasing necessity, nowadays, for Right Tackles to be far better at Pass Protection that they once needed to be. And I have concerns about Kouandjio's Capabilities in that Capacity, owing mostly to what I consider mediocre Lateral Agility.
As such ~ and while retaining as always my right to shamelessly change my mind!! ~ I don't rate'm quite so highly.
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