2nd in a Series
Good Evening, Ladies and Gents...
I humbly and quietly offer this Thread ~ the 2nd of many, as I'll be circumnavigating the entire Roster
~ to my Fellow Patriots Fans ~ KoolAid Soaked Homers + Bile Soaked Haters, alike!!
~ as a Gathering Place ~ a common reference ~ for Offensve Line Prospects.
I should stress the point that I'm focusing on guys that have been profiled by NFL Draft Scout and National FootBall Post
. I believe that both Sites get the "All 22"
Film ~ an enormous advantage in evaluation, I think ~ and, as such, have the Opportunity to offer us insight that we're not privy to.
Furthermore, they've got the time and the resources to extensively study this "All 22"
Game Tape and confer with other professionals.
All my positions are ultimately my own
, obviously, but I consider it wise, indeed, to confer
with Professionals who have the time and the access to resources that I do not, and allow them to do the heavy lifting.
Peter Konz of Wisconsin ~ 6.5/315
The picture that I'm getting on Peter Konz is that he has superior Launch Velocity, exceptional Lateral Agility, and excellent Flanking Speed ~ Range ~ on Sweeps. Clearly, he commands outstanding athleticism, which is especially intriguing when considering that he's a 6.5/315 BEAST.
One consistent concern, however, despite solid grades on Anchoring Strength in the Pass Game, is his Driving Power against top level Defensive Tackles in the Run Game. He does not get very good grades, there. I can't help but wonder if that is a function of Leverage, and if he's actually an inch too tall for the optimum height to play Center at an elite level in the NFL.
Indeed, I'd go so far as to speculate that he could be a guy who'd make a good Center...but an All Pro O Guard.
In either case, though: an excellent prospect.
Ben Jones of Georgia ~ 6.3/316
I consider Launch Velocity ~ how quickly a guy busts out of the blocks ~ to be an extremely vital attribute in a Center, and Ben Jones gets absolutely universal praise in that regard. It speaks not only to the obvious ~ the impending battle with the enemy Defensive Tackle ~ but also, I believe, to the prospect's Processing Speed ~ Reading and Reacting Rapidity ~ which is vital at all positions, but, along the O Line, most important to the Center.
He doesn't seem to have the exceptional Core Strength to deliver a particularly powerfull Drive in the Power Running Game, but brings superior Lateral Agility ~ and Processing Speed ~ to the Zone Running Game, though his Flanking Speed ~ Range ~ is limited, downfield.
In the Passing Game, he gets generally good grades for his Anchoring Strength.
His Technique seems to have flaws ~ Lunging and Hand Placement.
Even so, this a tough, tenacious, nasty, durable, battle-hardened Leader who grades out well in Processing Speed, Launch Velocity, and general, all around Viciousness.
He's got the perfect Frame for the job, and he's a Gym Rat who I believe, with the right coaching and conditioning, could become something special.
Mike Brewster of Ohio State ~ 6.4/304
While Mike Brewster draws rave reviews neither for his Anchoring Strength in the Pass Game nor his Driving Power in the Run Game, he nevertheless draws praise in both aspects of the game for his ability to consistently sustain Leverage.
Considering that he's probably about an inch taller than the optimum height for a Center, that speaks quite loudly to a powerfull, developed Core, one that can be expected to sustain him for many years at a superior level of play.
He doesn't get particularly remarkable grades for Lateral Agility, less so for Range: In short, the farther away he gets from home, the less effective he is. However, he is by no means a slug.
Furthermore, he gets accolades for his Processing Speed and his Diagnostic Acuity ~ reading, recognizing, and rapidly reacting ~ which are attributes utterly vital to the success of prospective Center, though they be often overlooked.
All in all, he looks to be a very good Center, health granted, for a good long time.
Dave Molk of Michigan ~ 6.2/288
Dave Molk reminds me of FSU's Rod Hudson, from last year's Draft ~ a smaller Center ~ no way in HELL Hudson would've held up at O Guard, as I predicted before the Draft!! ~ but one with such exceptional Launch Velocity, Lateral Agility, and Range that he demanded a second look.
But there's no way in HELL that I believe he stands up in a Power Scheme, despite National FootBall Post's venerable Wes Bunting's recent comments.
Furthermore, Mister Bunting flags him for limited Fluidity and Arm Length, the latter of which could be fatal, when combined with his already diminutive stature, and both of which, compounded, render him a potential Liability when trying to Anchor in the Passing Game.
All in all, there's something to work with, here, exclusively in a Zone Scheme, but I'd have to call him a Project.
Bill Vlachos of Alabama ~ 6.1/294
Bill Vlachos gets consistently good grades for Launch Velocity, Processing Speed, and Diagnostic Acuity, which certainly gets my attention.
However, he combines his relatively small stature with what I consider to be a fatal lack of Core Strength.
This leaves him short on Anchoring Strength and Driving Power, which, for my money, absolutely precludes his ever becoming a legitimate starter at the Pro level.
Even so, he commands enough positive traits ~ including sufficient Lateral Agility ~ to have a fighting chance at carving out a roster spot as a Reserve.
Phil Blake of Baylor ~ 6.2/320
Baylor is producing an 26 year old Offensive Lineman who ~ despite his age ~ is still learning the job, but shows glimpses of impressive upside...
Can you say "Deja Vu"??
Phil Blake grades fair to middling in most attributes ~ mixed reviews on Core Strength, Anchoring Strength, Driving Power, Lateral Agility, and Launch Velocity.
He doesn't get particularly kind words words when it comes to Range.
Mixed reviews on Work Ethic and Attitude.
Praise on his ShotGun Snapping.
Unlike Danny Watkins, Phil Blake may be The Most Average Offensive Lineman in the Draft.
~ The more I see of Ben Jones
on Tape ~ and the more my perception of the critical importance of Leverage evolves ~ the more intrigued I am by this fellow.
~ Both Mike Brewster
and Peter Konz
intrigue, but the more I consider their height, the less inclined I am to draft either of them for Center, particularly Konz.