Posted by cudevil on January 07, 20 at 10:00:36:
In Reply to: Name names & explain why 290 is big enough for P5 posted by Big Ron on January 06, 20 at 21:41:03:
Diesch, Hattis, Cote, West, Henderson is my prediction, left to right.
You place entirely too much emphasis on sheer mass. Sure, if all else is equal, mass will win. Thing is, all things are rarely equal. Technique and leverage matter. Arm length matters. Strength matters. I'll take a dude that is 280-290, with long arms, functional strength, and good technique over 300+ any day of the week. Dohnavan West, despite being undersized, was very rarely overwhelmed by a DL's weight.
Looking more at next year: Henderson has apparently grown an inch and was listed at 285 on the most recent roster. I'd expect him to play in the mid-290's next year. West won't be playing center, and was listed at 277. Getting him above 290 (of good weight) in a single off-season will likely be a bridge too far. Dude is a guard now. Bell might end up at center instead of Cote, and he'll carry 300 or very close to it. Hattis and Diesch are both hovering right around 300. Cote was listed at 290, is weight room strong, but might not have the most functional strength.
Either way, I strongly suspect that neither size nor experience will be the limiting factor for the OL next year.
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