Joshua is a football player. Thatís the best way to describe him as far as Iím
concerned and to me, that is a big time complement. He is a leader and a
mentally tough football player who makes the players around him better. He has
excellent size and good overall athletic talents for his position. Joshua is a
technically sound run blocking guard who gives excellent effort on every play.
He has good enough feet and some lateral agility to pass block and is very
smart. When he does get beat, he is aware and athletic enough to turn his hips,
move his feet and continue pushing his man up the field so his quarterback can
slide in the pocket and extend plays. Joshua is a very good pulling guard and
stays with his blocks and finishes better than most offensive lineman in this
draft. His work ethic is excellent and he shows leadership skills through his
play on the field and by his confidence. Joshua is a plug in to your offensive
line pure guard, the day after you draft him. He is the type of player you can
bet the farm on that he will play for the next ten years and you never have to
worry about his position. A pure Pro Bowl guard for sure.
I have seen better pass blocking offensive guards, but I have never seen any
that give the effort pass blocking that he gives. He might not be pretty, but he
does get the job done.
TALENT BOARD ROUND: 1
For those of you new to the Huddle Report, I have a set of draft rules
that I use when evaluating the value and profiling players for the draft. One of
those rules is the following: Drewís Draft Rules #11 ďDonít just draft a guard,
draft centers who can play guard and guards who can play center.Ē These rules
are guidelines; they are not set in stone. I always look for exceptions to these
rules because exceptions to the rules are usually exceptional players and you
never pass on an exceptional player just because they donít fit your rules.
Joshua is just a guard, but he is an exceptional guard and not because he has
some God given crazy athletic talent -- heís am exceptional guard because thatís
what he strives to be. Remember what I say all the time? It takes more than
talent to play in the NFL? Well, Joshua is a perfect example of more than
talent. That being said, you donít draft a guard in the top ten because teams
drafting in the top ten (in most cases) need more than a guard to get them to a
winning record. But if youíre a playoff team and need an offensive lineman who
can play at an NFL Pro Bowl level the day after you select him, I think Joshua
fits the bill. Look for Joshua on Robís board to see where he most likely will
be selected and remember youíve selected 1st round talent no matter what round
you select him in.