By Jarret Perezz of Europe’s Elite
A two way interior lineman in Germany. The young man has a lot of football to still learn but given nickname “big Josh”, he’s easy to find on the field. Technique is all over the place on both sides of the ball. His body language suggests that he prefers the defensive line to the offensive. He’s more willing to get his feet moving and get in pursuit. Still, his feet look heavy and his movement is labored breaking into the line. What I liked about him on the offensive line was a surprising burst out of his stance. Nearly stationary from that point. He overextends his arms lunging out toward the pass rusher, rather than moving his feet into position to properly engage with the rush. Size alone won’t be enough at the division one level but a coach will be getting a large quantity of clay to mold.
A natural pass catcher with a soft set of hands. He’s unfazed by the traffic in the middle of the field while maintaining focus on the ball. Listed at 225 lbs, he needs to add twenty pounds of healthy weight while maintaining his mobility. employs leverage breaking tackles and utilizes the stiff arm to fight off would-be tacklers. He has the tenacity as a lead blocker to not exclusively be viewed as a receiving tight end. He could potentially see himself rising on this list over the year.
Disruptive in the passing game. Watchful of the quarterback’s eyes while keeping his feet moving and staying aware of the receivers in his zone. Closes in on the ball and challenges the receiver to make the play. There is plenty of film of him using the proper tackling technique. He can get down into a stance and square up for impact, but there’s an inclination to go for the highlight shoulder check that is much more of a gamble at the next level.
An elusive style runner. He uses head fakes to sell his cuts and angles to get past defenders. He’s aware enough to improvise when his gaps close and swing outside to the open space of the field. He needs to run with a lower base in between the tackles so he can be more of a challenge to bring down. On top of that, adding more variety to his repertoire of juke moves will make him less predictable at the next level.