Offensive Lineman: Top Skillsets
Offensive Linemen are arguably the most important players on an offense next to the Quarterback. The better offensive linemen group a team has, the better the players around them can operate. The DMV area is home to many talented offensive linemen, with a variance of different skillsets. Each lineman does have one part of their […]
Offensive Linemen are arguably the most important players on an offense next to the Quarterback. The better offensive linemen group a team has, the better the players around them can operate. The DMV area is home to many talented offensive linemen, with a variance of different skillsets. Each lineman does have one part of their game that stands out from the rest of their play. An attribute that consistently gives them an edge on their competition. This piece will look to highlight 5 offensive linemen in the area and elaborate on the best skill each displays.
The first offensive lineman to analyze is Andrew Adair of Saint Frances Academy. This 6’4” 310 lbs. Class of 2021 Center plays a very key role on the offense in making the checks and calls along with the quarterback. When I came in contact recently with Adair about the best part of his game, he answered with two aspects. Adair stated, “I would consider my strength and aggressiveness as the biggest strengths in my game.” I also inquired about how Adair feels these strengths benefit his game overall. As he put it, “I think it benefits my play the most because I can overpower others with my strength and finish blocks with my aggressiveness.” The film supports these statements as Adair showcases great strength and power on his blocking assignments. Overwhelming his matchup and driving them up the field easily. His aggressiveness comes into play as he finishes his blocks always to the whistle establishing a physical presence along St. Frances offensive line. Adair shows great quickness off the snap as well which allows him to be the first to engage his matchup. Adair’s physical play helps set the tone up front for St. Frances, showcasing why he is a true standout on their offensive line.
The next player to discuss is Scott Hummel of Linganore High School. The 2019 All-MPSSAA Second Team lineman is an imposing body, standing at 6’4” 285 lbs. When I got into contact recently with Hummel the biggest strength in his game as he explained to me is his mobility. Hummel described, “I think my greatest strength when playing for me is my mobility.” I then inquired about how this skill benefits his play on the field. Hummel stated, “I feel that me being able to efficiently move from the line of scrimmage to the linebackers. As well as pulling as quickly as I can allowing me to make an impact on the game.” Hummel’s play backs up these claims as his film shows off this strength often. Hummel shows great agility and quick feet when getting off the snap to engage defenders. He shows great athleticism when getting around as a pulling guard and getting up field to clear space for his running backs. Hummel because of this quality footwork and nimbleness makes him a true asset on the interior of Linganore’s offensive line. Hummel with another strong year should see his stock rise significantly.
St. Frances Academy Offensive Tackle Marcus Johnson is a talented contributor to a quality offensive line group. At around 6’6” 310 lbs. this young tackle has great size and height at one of these most important positions on the o-line. When I was able to get in contact with Johnson recently, I wanted to learn what he considers the biggest strength of his game. Johnson stated, “I believe the greatest strength in my game is my quick feet and speed to be my defender.” I then asked about how he feels this skill aids his game on the field. Johnson explained, “This skill affects my play most because a lot of defensive linemen try to beat us with speed. So therefore, I use their skill against them, just more aggressively.” As the film supports Johnson’s claim, he displays great quickness out of his set position. Johnson is great at negating the speed rush attempts of his opponents by getting to out of his stance quickly to absorb the initial rush. Johnson moves well and his quick feet give him advantages as well up front. Johnson is a big imposing presence that complements this size with great quick footwork. Making him an intriguing lineman prospect at a very important position going into next season.
The next player to discuss is Delfin Castillo of St. Frances Academy. His mention in this piece marks the third St. Frances lineman to be highlighted, showing how talented their group is. The 6’6” 340 lbs. Class of 2021 recruit is the other talented tackle apart of the St. Frances offense. When I watched the film on Castillo the part of his game that stood out to me was his strength and power. As a blocker Castillo overpowers many of his opponents as he has the size advantage against many of his opponents. Castillo because of his strength rarely ever gets pushed back on his heels in one on one situations. He drives his opponents up the field or stalemates stronger opponents allowing very little penetration. He plays with great power as on several occasions he delivers a good first blow against his opposition. Knocking them off course in many different spots and negating speed rush attempts. Castillo is a great sizeable Tackle prospect that should only get better this coming season. If this young man continues to grow as a player, he will see interest in his services from college programs increase in no time.
The final player to highlight if Class of 2021 recruit Nigel Tate. This 6’3” 320 lbs. Bullis product showcases great ability at his position of Offensive Tackle. The skill that shows up the most on film for Tate is his hand placement and usage. Tate shows good technique when going to engage a defender placing his hands in advantageous positions. He makes sure to keep his hands inside the shoulder pads and avoiding getting into a spot he would have to hold. He also uses his hands to put leverage in his favor, getting his opponents off balance and on the defensive. Tate’s hand usage may be good due to the fact he played defensive line last season as well. He thus is getting plenty of reps to work on his hand usage and is taking what he learns on the defensive side and applying it to his play on the offensive line. As Tate continues to improve, he will become an even more technically sound lineman. He should only see interest increase with another strong year, and this skill will certainly help sell him to college programs.