Trojans ~ 6025/312
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...when The Only Games That Really Matter are played.
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.
These are the Aspects of their Games that I place greatest emphasis on, when evaluating Offensive Centers:
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. Exceptional Fluidity, tremendous Lateral Agility, and adequate Acceleration to the Flanks or 2nd Level.
Combat Skills. Impressive. Awesome Paw Power, though his Combat Tactics could be more consistent.
Intangibles. Superior. Room to grow, as he's only been the Center for the one Year, but he looks very comfortable already, calling Alignments & Assignments. Tremendous Motor. Brings a Guard's mentality to Center.
Marcus Martin was an unexpected burst of sunshine in an otherwise depressing Center Market!!
As I mentioned in my Travis Swanson Scouting Report, earlier today, I have come to believe that Centers taller than 6030 ought to give serious consideration to playing another Position, because I believe that Centers taller than that are progressively susceptible both to a Leverage Disadvantage against their Foes and to long term Health issues from Years of exposure to it. I believe that Swanson should be converted to Guard.
Marcus Martin, on the other hand, is the perfect Height to play Center.
I'd look to add another 5 to 10 pounds of Beef to'm, but he already commands an awesome fusion of substantial Core Power and tremendous Fluidity and Lateral Agility. It is horrifyingly rare to find a Top Shelf Prospect at Offensive Center, presumably because of the universal lack of appreciation of a Center's potentially dynamic Impact on'is Team's Fortunes. And it's rarer, still, to find one who possesses both the Power and the Agility to compete with the Monsters that play Defensive Tackle these days...and Martin fills the bill perfectly.
It's pretty funny, though: There've been a few mentions, but this guy is still flying miles Under The Radar.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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