Trojans ~ 6033/301
Conversely, finding an Elite Center is very rare.
My Notion of a great Center is one who commands exceptional:
Core Strength to thwart the onslaught of marauding Defensive Tackles in the Passing Game
Drive Power to attack same Defensive Tackles and drive them back ~ or aside ~ in the Running Game
Launch Velocity out'f'is Stance, off the Snap
Fluidity to Redirect Quickly & Effectively
Range ~ Short Speed ~ to drive across the Flank on Pulls & Traps or UpField to the Second Level
Lateral Agility to Stay Square as he Mirrors his man
Combat ~ As in Hand to Hand: Dexterity, Technique, Ferocity & Stamina!!
Diagnostic Capacity ~ Deciphering what the Defense is up to
Processing Speed ~ Rapidly Reading & Reacting effectively to the Defense's PreSnap Changes
Core Strength, Core Power, Fluidity, and Processing Speed are the Attributes I weigh most heavily with Centers.
Pass Blocking ~ He'd be in worse trouble here, I'm afraid, as his Core Strength is equally deficient, and of course he'd be expected not to Attack in Space, but to Defend in Place. The results could be disastrous.
I'm actually a big fan of'is, because I'm extremely impressed by the outstanding Diagnostic Capacity and Processing Speed that he brings to the table...but I'm concerned about'is ability to hold down the Pivot at the next level.
Between his Height and'is deficient Core Strength and Drive Power, I'm thinking that Holmes would actually be best served to play Offensive Guard at the next level, and he'd damned well better not be drafted by a team that runs a Man Blocking Scheme or that changes to one after he gets there.
If, on the other hand, a team that runs a Zone Blocking Scheme spends a Day 3 Pick on'm, I believe that they will find themselves an invaluable Reserve for all 3 Interior Offensive Line Positions.
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