FB and Blocking TE
I was watching some Alabama game footage. They often use their DT Jesse Williams as a FB. Usually, when teams do this it seems like a Gimmick; however, Williams appears to be well coached in this role.
The Cowboys used Josh Brent and Montrae Holland in this role last year; however, they didnít look overly prepared. My guess is that they didnít get very many practice reps at this position.
After watching some Alabama footage, I was watching some footage of Louisville Center Mario Benavides. He is a good college player. He has good quickness, good strength for his size and plays with good leverage; however, he looks too small for the NFL. He is listed at 6-4, 284. In an interview, he said that he got his weight up over 300 lbs in the past but felt too sluggish and his knees hurt too much.
If a player like Benavides proves to be too small to play OL in the NFL, could he be trained as a Full Time FB/TE? In past drafts, there have been some smallish Olinemen that ran sub 5.0 forties while some FBs and Blocking-TE(s) didnít break the 5.0 mark.
It seems like there are probably players similar to Benavides that go undrafted every year. A lot of these players probably bulk up as much as possible prior to the draft. Their speed/agility measurements are probably slower than if they had kept their weight down to the lower end of their range.
A lot of NFL FBs and Blocking TEs just run very simple pass routes. They usually only get the ball if they're wide open in the flat or on a very short route.
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