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How Christiansen compares to other tackles in arm length.


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It is a strange metric, but arm length appears to be a big deal and why Christensen may or may not be able to play LT in the NFL.  You would never think an inch would make this big of a difference but my wife might disagree. 

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arm length is an important issue but so is hand placement and strength.  A lack of arm length can cause lunging (waist bending) but a good overall athlete can negate it.  Look, football is a great game because you use strengths to attack weaknesses while your weakness are being attacked by strengths.   I do not expect a learning curve of less than one year for BC, but if he is better than Irving, go with him.  Use Tremble to chip; make sure he and the LG eat sleep and study together. 

 

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1 hour ago, Louie said:

Christensen might not look like an elite athlete, but he absolutely is. He measured in at 6-5 and 302 pounds at BYU's Pro Day and managed to run a 4.89 40-yard dash, put up 30 reps on the bench, set an all-time broad jump record for an offensive lineman at 10-5, show off a 34-inch vertical, run the shuttle in 4.46 and the three-cone in 7.33. Let's put those numbers into perspective, shall we?

Christensen's 4.89 40-yard dash would have been best of offensive tackles in the 2019 NFL Combine. And second best in the 2018 NFL Combine. And second best in the 2017 NFL Combine. One of the fastest offensive tackles in the last several years and he's 'not an elite athlete?'

Christensen's 34-inch vertical jump would have been best of offensive tackles in the 2019 NFL Combine. It was tied for the top mark in the 2018 NFL Combine. It was the best (by three full inches) in the 2017 NFL Combine. Seems like athleticism, doesn't it?

Christensen's 4.49 in the shuttle would have been second best in the 2019 NFL Combine, tied for second best in 2018's NFL Combine, and best in 2017. If he's not among 'the best athletes' then I don't know who is.

Christensen's 30 bench reps was second in the 2019 NFL Combine, best in 2018, and best in 2017.

Should we do the three-cone? We kind of have to at this point, don't we?

His three-cone number was best in 2019, second best in 2018, and second best in 2017.

For not being 'an elite athlete' he sure is putting up elite athletic numbers. Christensen tested among the best athletes in the last four years to play the offensive tackle position, and yet, people are still peddling the 'unathletic' narrative. Yikes.

I'm just giving my opinion on what I see. I'm not rooting against him. He very well could get the job done. I am a competitive powerlifter, I am aware of weight room strength. That doesn't always translate to on the field strength though. I hope he does well, I just see why he dropped. We need depth at that position so im not complaining. I am just at a wait and see pov on this dude.

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One other point---balance and footwork are more important, in my opinion, that arm length if the T is quick to recognize the move, he will be able to engage.  It is sorta like boxing, where the long armed guys try to use that as an advantage, but the shorter armed guys know how to negate that advantage.  Yes, the longer armed T has the advantage, but not if he bends or can't keep his feet in the proper position.

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