View Full Version : Top Runblocking OLs... Zach Wiegert#3

06-16-2006, 05:42 PM
An espn insider article by KC Joyner about which lineman are graded on their run blocking ability was posted recently. Not sure about copying the content here as I don't want to violate any paid service copyright laws. So I'll summarize...

He defined two kinds of blocks... Point of attack blocks where the running back ran through a hole created by a lineman and a Key block where any lineman made a block on a key defender whose responsiblity is pursuit of containment on a running play (i.e. a Right defensive end on a stretch run play to the right where the OL blocks everyone to the right and the RB looks for a cut back by the LT or LG.)

He details out the top 10 linemen in terms of average yards per run attempt on a point of attack block per lineman. Sean Locklear of Seattle was #1 at 7.8 yards, Zach Wiegert was #2 at 6.2 yards, along with Lehr (atl), Hicks (Philly), Petitgout (GIANTS), and Garza (bears).

He also graded out the lineman on blocking success rate, which didn't measure technical execution in a block, but whether the block that was being executed worked, regardless of the method. Now this seems arbitrary and subjective, but a successful block is really what it all comes down to.

Samuels of Washington was #1 at 94.8 %, followed by Locklear (SEA), Barry (GB), Villaral (Buffalo), and Hamilton (DEN). Again take this with a grain of salt because VICTOR RILEY was 9th at 90.5%

The yards per attempt of a point of attack block multiplied by the success rate of the block yielded a combined run blocking score.

Locklear of Seatlle was the runaway winner, which made sense because Seattle as much as they ran left behind Jones and Hutchinson, also was very successful running to the right, since defenses loaded up against Jones and Hutchinson.

Barry of GB was #2 overall, and our own Zach Wiegert was #3.

Petitgout, Lehr, Garza, Johnson (DAL), Gandy (NO), Brown (CHI), and Hartings (PIT), completed the top 10 run blocking TEs.

Having Wiegert listed is nice, but it is also important to note that there is an infusion of talented offensive minded personnel that we know have joined us that show they have had top blocking linemen, and therefore must validate that their scheming should be able to product some solid performers on the OL.

It will be interesting to note what passing blocking metrics they come out with.

06-16-2006, 05:46 PM
I think we all knew Zach was a good blocker, he just has trouble staying on the field. It's good to see one of our guys rated at the top and here's hope that by next year we have 2 o 3 more there.

06-16-2006, 06:13 PM
As an Outland Trophy winner at Nebraska, Zack came by his run blocking
skills honestly.

06-16-2006, 07:01 PM
I can't imagine the amont of film work that went into that study. Interesting.

06-16-2006, 07:42 PM
2005 Offensive Linemen Rankings

Here are the top 10 linemen from the 2005 season in terms of yards per attempt (minimum 40 POA/key blocks to qualify):

Yards Per Attempt
Rank Player Number Position Team Ttl Y/A
1 S.Locklear 75 OT Seattle 7.8
T2 Z. Wiegert 72 OT Houston 6.2
T2 M. Lehr 61 OG Atlanta 6.2
T2 A. Hicks 77 OG Philadelphia 6.2
T2 L. Petitgout 77 OT NY Giants 6.2
T2 R. Garza 63 OG Chicago 6.2
7 K. Barry 71 OT Green Bay 5.9
T8 J. Tait 76 OT Chicago 5.8
T8 S. McKinney 68 C Miami 5.8
T8 B. Waters 54 OG Kansas City 5.8

Here are the top 10 linemen in terms of blocking success percentage:

Blocking Percentage
Rank Player Number Position Team Scs %
1 C. Samuels 60 OT Washington 94.8
2 S. Locklear 75 OT Seattle 94.4
3 K. Barry 71 OT Green Bay 94.2
4 C. Villarrial 58 OG Buffalo 91.8
5 B. Hamilton 50 OG Denver 91.6
6 D. Dockery 66 OG Washington 91.1
7 J. Peters 71 OT Buffalo 90.9
8 R. Brown 74 OG Chicago 90.8
9 V. Riley 68 OT Houston 90.5
10 B. Olson 75 OG Tennessee 90.2

The third ranking I use for grading run blocking is a combination of these two charts. I multiply a lineman's yards per attempt by his success percentage in order to factor both rankings. Here is the top 10 list in this category:

Combined Rankings
Rank Player Number Position Team Scs x y/a
1 S. Locklear 75 OT Seattle 7.3
2 K. Barry 71 OT Green Bay 5.6
3 Z. Wiegert 72 OT Houston 5.4
4 L. Petitgout 77 OT NY Giants 5.3
5 M. Lehr 61 OG Atlanta 5.2
T6 R. Garza 63 OG Chicago 5.1
T6 A. Johnson 52 C Dallas 5.1
T6 W. Gandy 72 OT N. Orleans 5.1
T6 R. Brown 74 OG Chicago 5.1
T6 J. Hartings 64 C Pittsburgh 5.1

copyright....we don't care about no stinkin copyrights

06-16-2006, 11:42 PM
Run Blocking has never really been an issue for this team, it is the Pass blocking, that gets me.....................Sherman will get them right though.

06-16-2006, 11:45 PM
I stopped reading after I saw Victor Riley at #9...:shoot:

06-17-2006, 02:25 AM
]']Thats good his on RT now. Wade did a horrible job creating cutback lanes. Maybe he was too slow.

Yeah now Wade and his fat salary will be riding the pine thanks to the Capers regime...

06-17-2006, 12:21 PM
but he's 6'8!


06-17-2006, 12:58 PM
I stopped reading after I saw Victor Riley at #9...:shoot:

same :):hunter: