Offensive Guard ~ Tre Jackson ~ Florida State Seminoles ~ 6036/330
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 Guards:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Torso Power is important, but Core Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. All the upper body Strength 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 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: Paw Power, Mechanics ~ Hand Speed & Positioning ~ and of course: Frame.
Intangibles: Processing Speed and Motor. Processing Speed or Diagnostic Velocity is about how quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to how the Rapidly Roiling Tactical LandScape effects Blocking Schemes, and Motor is about Endurance and Drive: How much Work has been put into Conditioning, and how it manifests itself.
Run Blocking: Power, Agility, Combat Skills, Processing Speed, and Motor.
Pass Blocking: Power, Agility, 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.
* Paw Power ~ The Power & Speed of the initial Punch.
* Paw Velocity ~ How active the Hands are.
* Paw Positioning ~ It's all about Angles & Leverage.
* Frame ~ Above all: WingSpan.
* Processing Speed ~ Field Vision. Reading Defensive Schemes quickly and effectively, and finding 2nd Level Targets.
* Motor ~ Intensity and Duration.
* Power ~ Drive Power to project Power in the Running Game.
* Agility ~ especially Acceleration DownField or to the Flank.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Power ~ Anchoring Strength to reject Power in the Passing Game.
* Agility ~ especially Fluidity to Mirror the Pass Rusher.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
Agility: Mediocre. Exceptional Launch Velocity, but mediocre Fluidity and marginal Acceleration.
Combat Skills: Adept. Excellent Paw Power and adequate Mechanics, but appears to have a limited WingSpan.
Intangibles: Competitive. Steady Motor and solid Field Vision.
Run Blocking: Exceptional, but only in a Power Blocking Scheme, and only at Right Guard. Exceptional Launch Velocity and tremendous Drive Power, but marginal Acceleration DownField, and even worse to the Flanks with his mediocre Fluidity, thus limiting his Lateral Agility and Range. But in Tight Quarters his Drive Power gives him a big Advantage.
Pass Blocking: Mediocre. Exceptional Anchoring Strength, but mediocre Fluidity to Mirror. And he damned well better play Right Guard, not Left, and in a Power Blocking Scheme, not Zone, or this Grade becomes considerably lower.
Upon Further Review, I've studied his 2013 Tape more carefully, and've discerned a more agile Prospect that I'd previously conceived. And I'm an enormous Fan of trolling for Value where I perceive it: When all is said and done, it may quite conceivably turn out that Tre Jackson, for any number of reasons, suffered uncharacteristic Regression.
And, frankly, the dramatic Spike in Pocket Pressure that Jackson and his Mates gave up in 2014 can be attributed to any number of causes, schematic and otherwise. And Blocking Schemes are so complex these days that discerning who really blew the Block is daunting even for Experts, much less Bumbling Novices such as myself.
And let me never forget that evaluating the most crucial physical Aspects of all, Power & Agility, remains, despite the casual language that it gives me Joy to employ, very challenging to do from the Sky View I view through.
All of which is to say: I've slept on the matter, reviewed and reconsidered, and have forced myself to admit that I overanalyzed Jackson, before, and have therefore altered my Evaluation considerably.
...But not enough that I don't still call'm OverRated!!
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!