I think shedding blocks is overrated. Not many if any LBs can actually shed a block from a 300 lb OLmen. Those LBs don't exist anymore really bc the hammer ILB who was a run stuffing specialist doesn't really exist (outside of Brandon Spikes).
It's important to slip blocks. Bc if the OL puts their hands on the LB he's done 99% of the time, and that includes Patrick Willis. But your ability to slip blocks, knife through traffic and beat OLmen to the gap, that's important.
Originally Posted by bigbuc
The day of 255/260 LB is over unless they're freaks in the movement department. The NFL is a speed game. I'll give you two players from last years draft Zach Brown and Lavonte David. Everyone knocked their take on skills. But these two made play after play in the run game because they beat people to the spot with speed.
I as a Bucs fan would love to see us draft him and play him with David
This guy gets it.^
Couldn't have said it better.