Offensive Tackle ~ Rob HavenStein ~ Wisconsin Badgers ~ 6072/320
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 Tackles:
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. He is actually remarkably agile for a guy who resembles FrankenStein ~ distant Cousin? ~ but most of the guys he's playing against at the next level are going to prove far more spry than this guy. I strongly suspect that he'll occasionally dominate, but on a play to play basis will simply not be able to keep up with the competition.
Combat Skills: Deficient. Adequate Persistence but mediocre Mechanics and his Frame, which many admire, is actually what I consider his Achilles Heel: His combination of great Height yet truncated WingSpan is an enormous Liability.
Intangibles: Impressive. Mediocre Motor but tremendous Field Vision & Processing Speed.
Run Blocking: Mediocre. His ability to project Power, I fear, will prove sporadic, and his Agility is an huge Hindrance.
Pass Blocking: Deficient. Height is something I don't value very much in Tackles, it should be noted, and tremendous Height, combined with a truncated WingSpan, will I believe prove disastrous against Professional Level Foes.
I must confess that I am mystified at the Grades I see around The Web.
Well, its not the first nor the last.
As I see it, Rob HavenStein faces extraordinary obstacles: I consider great Height to be vastly overrated as a desirable Attribute in Linemen, and I believe, in fact, that at a certain point ~ depending on the Job ~ it becomes a Liability.
And in the case of HavenStein, I believe that his combination of Towering Height and truncated WingSpan is a combination that will prove extremely injurious to'is Prospects, and will Trump all other Aspects of his Game.
I wish him well ~ except against the Patriots!! ~ but I would not bet heavily on'is Success.
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This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!