I am no coach and claim no special insight into evaluation of Olinemen, especially young ones. I do know an AA tackle and former NFL Olinemen. He has given me some insight as to what to watch. Of course, they must have the strength and size, but beyond that, he said the most important thing to watch is the feet. They must be able to move them quickly and stay balanced over them. He is not too concerned about 40 times, but is in the time it takes to engage and when engaged, are they centered and not just reaching. Then he talks about hips, flexablity, and all of that. Finally, he said look for want to or heart or whatever you want to call that. Remember, these guys bust their butt to open a hole and then watch the glory guy run through that hole. Most likey, the only time they are noticed is on a false start or hold or the one missed block.
I have watched Ricky’s film. Sure, there are a lot of pancakes and all that, but these are highlights so that is expected. Then I backed up and watched his feet, balance, and pad level (flexability). I then became impressed. Finally, his motor is always running and he seems to enjoy mashing folks.
I don’t know why his offer sheet is like it is (I hope it stays that way for one more day!!!). Maybe he is overlooked (seems doubtful playing where he played), maybe he didn’t camp well, maybe , heck, I don’t know or care. I really like him.
I was very concerned when I saw his offers. I go by that more than anything else in general. Still, I really like this one. He may never play a down or he may be All SEC. We don’t know, but he is certainly worth an offer from us. Heck, he looked better than any we had last yr but then that is not much praise I guess.
Welcome Ricky. Very glad to have you as a HOG!