Mike Pollack C Arizona St
Mike is a smart, solid center who has improved since I last
saw him on film. He is quick off the snap and does a good
job in pass blocking situations. Mike shows on-field leadership
skills and looks to be a good teammate. He exhibits
mental stamina, gives solid effort on every play and could
play more than one of the interior line positions. Mike is
deceivingly athletic. This is a kid that should fit a zone
blocking offensive line scheme like a hand fits a glove.
It's almost like he was made for that system from birth.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Mike is a systems offensive lineman. I believe that Mikeís
biggest problem is that he lacks the peripheral vision that
is needed to be a true center for any style of offense. He
seems surprised when people come at him from different
angles. This throws him off balanced and he gets beat.
When he goes to the second level to block a LB he seems
confused, gets blindsided and is taken out of his blocking
assignment. All of these problems will be rectified in a
zone blocking scheme. The truth is, if Mike doesnít have the
peripheral vision needed, he has to do more film study
and understand all the different possible blitzes and stunts
that will be used against him at the next level. Mike also
needs to learn techniques that are needed to handle a nose
tackle in the passing game.
TALENT BOARD ROUND 4
Mike could impact right away if the right team drafts him,
but for the purposes of this draft, he is a developmental
center with strong potential. I suppose any team using a
zone blocking scheme is going to rate Mike much higher than
I do, but remember, I have to profile a player -- his talent
and his LTI for 32 teams and not just some teams. He has to
get stronger, learn better techniques and learn to
anticipate players coming from different angles that he
might have to engage. In summary, he has a lot more to
learn about playing the center position at the next level.
That being said, he has great long-range potential and
later in this draft, if Iím looking for interior lineman, I
would jump all over Mike because of his leadership qualities, mental strength and deceiving athletic talent
as well as his ability to improve from year to year at the college
level. That is his most impressive attribute.