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Interesting article on projecting OT’s. It also didn’t mention Jason Peters, who was a TE at Arkansas.
A month after National Signing Day and this recruiting nugget caught my eye: the three highest-rated offensive tackles in this year's NFL draft were ranked as a 4-star (Luke Joeckel); a 2-star (Eric Fisher) and a 0-star out (Lane Johnson) coming out of high school.
We only have to go back to our two most recent 5 star OT recruits to lend merit to this article. Schilling did play well for us, and after his first season he was surrounded by a cast that was less than exceptional given the fact he was the only returning offensive starter and his fellow OLmen were made up of guys Lloyd really never did find time to play. So I won't pick on him as much as the one who followed, Big Will from Tech.
His was a case, as was pointed out in the article, of being capable of simply mauling people at the h.s. level and his highlight film bears this out. He repeatedly went vertical on every step prior to going forward and as we are all very aware he eventually was able to make a contribution on the other side of the ball, but only after long, arduous coaching by both staffs. And even then, he seemed to show up when the notion struck him. I think ¨NASTY,¨ as in a Taylor Lewan and Jake Long should be a prerequisite for any high schooler to get that fourth or fifth star. I honestly believe in some cases where a kid has all the measureables, i.e., size, speed, strength, etc., that the consensus seems to be that every college coaching staff believes they will be able to coach up a kid to the level his physical attributes suggest he should be playing at. Getting back to his h.s. film, I saw nothing in the film based on his play that should have given him a fifth star. I also think it can be a disservice to the kid when awarded a fifth star when it's based on potential rather than what he has proven. There is no doubt in my mind that many of these kids we don't hear much about until they arrive at the D1 level is the fact they know what they can do, but are still working to prove themselves and definitely keep the chip on their shoulder that makes so many of them keep working on every single snap.
They say heart is an intangible because it cannot be measured; however, isn´t lack of effort and seemingly showing up on plays that for some reason you decided to take part in an indication of just the opposite?
We had a 26-year-old franchise LT and we were so bad that he insisted on leaving, no matter what.
Goddamn Bills consistently break my heart.
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