NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
A lot has changed over the course of this season. Coming into the year, I had real concerns about the Offensive Line, particularly the Tackles. Fast forward five months and it seems like that position may not be as big of a priority as I once thought. I think it would be prudent for the Patriots to bring in someone through the draft, but it gives the team a chance to develop a player rather than thrust them into a starting job. That is where today’s prospect comes in. Here is an in depth look at Adam Bisnowaty.
Name: Adam Bisnowaty (#69)
School: University of Pittsburgh (rSr.)
Height: 6’6″ (unofficial)
Weight: 305 Lbs. (unofficial)
With Scar back as Oline coach for the Patriots, we have a little clearer sense of what the team might be looking for when drafting Tackles. They tend to gravitate towards the taller, more athletic guys and Bisnowaty fits that criteria. He is a smooth mover, both in his pass sets as well as in space when run blocking. He is a fluid mover who can get to the second level easily and always finds someone to block. He has long arms and powerful hands and he uses them both to his advantage. Once Bisnowaty gets his hands on the defender, that player is usually taken out of the play. He seems to play with a mean streak and plays just beyond the whistle, which I want from my Offensive Lineman. Bisnowaty shows good footwork in his backpedal, with small controlled steps. This helps him with his balance and his ability to anchor when dealing with pass rushers. He is a four year starter and a team captain which is very important to this coaching staff.
Bisnowaty can be too aggressive and impatient at times. He gets in trouble when he lunges towards defenders. This makes his head fall and his eyes down off the defender and he can be run around or through. He struggles with athletic pass rusher who can get low. He tends to play a little high and will lose the leverage battle more than you like to see. He looks a little stiff, more so in his pass protection than on running plays. He must continue to work on his pad level while keeping his head up.
I am very intrigued by Bisnowaty. He shows the athleticism of a finesse type Tackle, but has the mean streak I look for in my lineman. I think with some time under the supervision and coaching of
Scar, he could be a very good starting left or right Tackle. He is physically similar to both Vollmer and Solder, so it would seem like a good fit for this offense. I have read that teams see him as a Guard, but I would not be so quick to make that move. I think with some refinement to his technique, he can stay outside and play Tackle. I think he would be good value in the 3rd round.