The main page thread questioning whether LeKevin Smith is history after the new rule change is the catalyst for this question: What shift in the draft might we anticipate as a result of the new anti-wedge rule from the Owner's meeting? Reiss' article on the subject speculated as to how Special Teams' Coordinators might adapt their game plans. Brad Seeley was noted to be a proponent of man blocking before he came to New England and gradually shifted to a wedge return. In recent years we've seen him use Mike Wright and Wesley Britt as front line blockers, presumably other big men with decent mobility will draw similar assignments - Stephen Neal comes to mind as a good example. TEs and bigger Wide Receivers block in space during the game, and are used in that role on Special Teams, no change there. RBs and FBs get used the same way. Linebackers and Safeties are expected to square-up and make tackles in space, making a block is just a variant of that skill. When building a team, BB looks not only to the position a player might play, but what alternate roles they can take on. Arguably faster, more mobile OL - the kind used in zone blocking - could see a slight up-tick in demand for their services if you believe they can be effective blocking in-line, on the move, and in space as KR blockers. Ditto for DL. Could a five man front line of Wright, Neal, Watson, Woods, and Aiken be effective? If you broke up a 4-man wedge into two 2-man wedges comprised of a Neal/Wright & Woods/Dave Thomas at whatever interval won't draw a flag, can you create the same return lanes? Does one become the point of the arrow and the other become a flanking force playing off the disruption of their charge to creat a return lane? Does an upback/lead blocker FB have more value than a Willie Andrews/Matthew Slater burner? Discuss.