Jake Grove†† OC†† Virginia Tech
Jake has good balance and blocking techniques in the passing and running game.
He has leadership qualities. He is a solid center and a good teammate. Jake understands
the need for good leverage when defending against the bull rush.
Needs to Improve
Jake will need to get bigger and stronger and when he does, with his natural
balance, he could start to dominate. Jakeís arms are a little shorter then I
like to see in a center, so he must get quicker in his lateral movement.
The key for improvement for Jake to be a possible pro bowl center is his
lateral movement. His arms are a little short and he has to be able to move
quicker so that he can keep leverage when helping out the guard and recovering
for stunts in the passing game. With this in mind, Jake is a first day pick,
but not a first round pick. Jake will have to work hard and do a lot of drills
to accomplish this. I know he will. Jake, run down the steps as fast as you
cannot up the steps. Time yourself and get faster every day. Make sure you hit
every step without slipping and donít hold on to the banister. This will
increase your balance and your brain functions to move your feet better. You
won't get any groin pulls this way either. Jake is a solid pick right now with
the POTENTIAL to get even better.