Brian might be one of the quickest inside offensive lineman in this draft.
He shows excellent leadership skills and has played more than one
position in the interior line at a very high level.
He has decent size and strength to go along with quick feet and hands.
Brian has shown that he can make all the snaps and calls at the line and
has the respect of his line mates because of the passion he plays with and his
mental toughness. He is an
excellent drive blocker and never gives up when pass blocking.
He has the quick feet to recover when he gets beat, which is imperative
for the success of an interior lineman when pass blocking.
Brian lacks the technical skills that you would expect from a player who has
played as many snaps as he has; however, in his defense, moving all over the
line and still playing at a high level has to be more of a positive than a
negative. He doesnít have the lateral agility to help out in pass coverage, but
makes up for it because he is so quick out of his stance that he can use his
feet to adjust in order to assist when pass blocking and double teaming.
He is quick to go out to the second level, but lacks the change of
direction skills to be consistent. He needs to get a lot stronger in his upper
body and use his arms consistently when he drives blocks instead of his helmet.
He plays up too high when he pass blocks and needs to bend more to keep his
balance, but all in all, Brian is the type of interior lineman you need to have
on your team if you expect to be a playoff team.
If youíre looking for an interior lineman who can play more than one position at
a high level, you have to think about selecting Brian early in this draft.
There will be strength and technique issues that he will struggle with at
first, but both of those issues will be easily improved at the next level.
I expect Brian to be successful due to his quickness off the ball, his
quick feet, his football intelligence and the passion and effort he shows on
every play. You donít pass on players like Brian if you expect to have a playoff
team. The fans may struggle to see
his value, but the coaches will not.
Brian has the ability to be an interior lineman for the team that drafts
him for ten years and the ability to be one of its leaders.
He just needs a little time.
Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart