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49ers select...David Baas, G Michigan.
David Baas, OC+OG, Michigan
Height: 6:04.4 Weight: 319
Overview: Bass is a typical Michigan blocker who is technically sound and versatile enough to play a variety of roles. He is a three-time All-Big Ten Conference pick and a finalist for Outland Trophy honors in 2004. He is steady and reliable. Baas is one of the toughest drive blockers in the game, using his strength and aggressive play to dominate the interior of the front wall. Bass also displays raw power, good intelligence and a tenacious nature. An All-American coming out of Riverview (Fla.) High School, Bass was one of the most highly sought recruits in the country. He was forced to sit out the 2000 season after suffering a knee injury in fall drills. He saw action in six games at both guard spots in 2001. The "Baas Man" took over left guard duties the following year, starting thirty games there before shifting to center in the fourth game of the 2004 season. He is a three-time All-Big Ten Conference and two-time All-American selection, holding the distinction of garnering national postseason honors at two positions during his career. The thing you constantly see on film is his ability to gain position and sustain blocks. Baas uses his hands with force, generating enough power to jolt defenders. His excellent hand placement ability allows him to mirror the defender, compensating for a lack of sustained speed. He showed in 2004 that he has the ability to trap and pull, but he still needs to improve his play when working in space. He is a very smart player, almost like a coach on the field.
Analysis: Positives... Has a big, thick frame with room for a little more growth. ... Worked hard to define his upper body muscles and developed a big back, thick chest, wide waist and good bubble in the process. ... Has good thickness in his thighs and calves. ... His arms also show good thickness and he possesses very strong hands to jolt. ... While not known as a quick-twitch type, Bass is an above average athlete who has developed adequate balance. ... Shows above average quickness and play speed in the short area. ... Physical blocker with very good strength and enough agility to handle quickness inside. ... Alert, focused and determined player. ... Learns the playbook quickly and is very good for the program, evident by the drastic improvement of the team's ground game in 2004 after he shifted to center (team improved from 106.0 yards per game to 189.7 on the ground). ... He makes excellent line adjustments and calls, having done that even when he played guard in the past. ... In the short area, he shows good explosion coming off the ball. ... Is rarely late to make the inside cut off and has more than enough hand quickness to recoil and reset in pass protection. ... Plays with his feet and back flat, which has greatly improved his anchoring ability. ... Also improved his balance and strength prior to 2004, resulting in him consistently neutralizing the bull rush (allowed only one sack in 2004 despite learning how to play center on the fly). ... Shows very good pop with his hands, doing a good job of grabbing, pushing and steering his man wide. ... Even when he bends at the waist, Bass shows good recovery agility to come off the ball well and generate good pop with his hands. ... Very good position and angle blocker, playing with enough everage and technique to be effective on double moves. ... Plays high in his stance, which allows him to make the reach blocks. ... Shows very good hand placement to mirror and has the base and strength to anchor. ... His above average pass set quickness lets him lock on and sustain while keeping his feet to slide and sustain in the small area. ... Can pull in a small area, especially up the middle and is quite effective at locating and executing his blocks. ... Uses his hands as well as any interior lineman in college football. ... Gets very good hand placement to mirror and shows the quickness to keep his hands inside. ... Has the strength to control and sustain when asked to position block. ... Outstanding competitor who plays hard and makes good mental adjustments. ... Classic product of the Michigan system -- a lineman with very good technique. ... Plays with excellent awareness, instincts and reactions.
Negatives... When working upfield, he looks a little stiff on the move and needs to play taller working to the second level. ... His lateral agility needs further improvement and he has just adequate lateral quickness. ... Will struggle to make the outside block and with his change of direction on the move, as he is more of a waist bender than a knee bender. ... Needs to do a better job of bending at the knees rather than the waist. Hee still manages to be effective on the pulls, but mostly in the short area. ... Flashes decent explosion on down blocks, but needs to show more consistency. ... When working in the second level and in space, he will lose balance and fails to recover (rarely used on pulls to the second level). ... Fails to kick out with more consistency. ... As for adjusting on a linebacker down field, this is one area that he struggles in, as he does not demonstrate the best change of direction agility to adjust on the move. ... Looks a little bit robotic playing in space, as he does not show his normal quickness to position. ... Will revert to waist bending when working in space.
Agility tests: 5.02 in the 40-yard dash...2.91 20-yard dash...1.67 10-yard dash...4.46 20-yard shuttle... 7.5 three-cone drill...29.5-inch vertical jump...9'9" broad jump...Bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times...32 -inch arm length...10 5/8-inch hands...Right-handed...37 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Riverview (Sarasota, Fla.) High School, playing football for coach John Sprague...USA Today High School All-America honorable mention...Added All-American honors by Super Prep Magazine and Prep Football Report...Named All-State and All-Area first-team as a senior...Received Offensive Lineman MVP honors as a junior and senior... Team captain in his senior year...Received All-Area honorable mention as a sophomore... Played in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game and Florida-California All-Star Game...Graded out at 90 percent or better as he averaged seven pancake blocks per game his senior year and recorded a school-record 70 pancake blocks during his junior year...Earned four letters in track...Threw a career-best 53-11 shot put during his senior year...Three-time All-County and All-Area in the shot-put.
Personal: Sports Management and Communications major...Enrolled in the Division of Kinesiology...Nickname is "Baas Man"...Born David Andrew Baas on 9/28/81...Resides in Sarasota, Florida.
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