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Scout's Take: 2010 OG Adam Shead
ADAM SHEAD High School: Cedar Hill High School Height: 6-3 Weight: 305 STRENGTHS Aggressiveness: When opponents line up against Shead, they know that they are in for a dog fight. For four quarters, Shead is in constant attack mode. A great thing about his aggressiveness is that, it never becomes a liability. He controls his aggression. While he finishes plays, he doesn't lunge or over extend; forcing himself off balance. This is specifically good when pulling up to the second level or in pass protection. Size: Shead is massive. At 305 pounds, he isn't sloppy and out of shape. His 6-3 frame holds the poundage well. Technique/Feet: To only be a junior, Shead has really good technique. When pulling, he runs tight to the line of scrimmage and gets up field. He creates gaping halls because it is hard to spill underneath blocks (spilling is when a defender wrong arms the block in order to close the inside lane thus forcing the back to bounce outside to either a LB or low CB). This is really problematic to defenses as he doesn't allow the defense to control the gap. That is pure technique. In the pass, he is great at being patient and waits on the DT to come to him. He snaps his punches and moves his feet without lunging. He is also great at taking over a double team block when the OT releases to get to the second level. He has solid fundamentals. Drive Blocking: Shead gets into a defenders pads and pushes. It is hard to disengage his blocks once it reaches that point. WEAKNESSES Flexibility: Tends to play high. This is a major area of concern. When he gets up field, he struggles to effectively block LBs in space. Speedy LBs make him whiff way too often. At this point, he is best suited for a power running game or a balanced offensive scheme. If he is to play in a spread offense, he will be in space often and isn't good enough at this point. OVERALL Believe it or not, Adam Shead is only a junior. At 6-3 305lbs, Shead is a load and he knows how to use his weight. More aggressive than his teammate and Texas commit Thomas Ashcraft, Shead punishes DTs at the point of attack. He has good explosiveness off the line but must work on his flexibility as he plays high at times causing him to struggle at the second level.
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