but this is not anything from a technical or technique standpoint that Jonathan needs to improve. He just needs to improve his power to handle the bull rush. That is his MAIN problem and what I saw him get beat with more than anything.
Tony, I am just curious to why you feel he doesn't also struggle with his technique? Did you read something that analyzed this? I am just asking out of curiosity as it is a given he isn't strong enough, but I am also wondering if he isn't struggling with his NFL level line technique as well.
Fin, there are things that proper technique can help you with, being able to handle speed being one of them. Stanford has been a very solid program since Jim Harbaugh was the HC their and David Shaw has continued the upward trend. The one thing they have always been since Harbaugh was there was a physical, well coached team that likes to run the ball. There OL has always been well coached.
That said, technique can't do a thing for you when you are getting overpowered. Even in a zone blocking scheme, you have to have the power to handle POWER bull rushes. This is the write up from ProFootballWeekly on Jonathan from 2012.Positives:
Good size and arm length. Fairly athletic and can shuffle, slide and wall off zones. Nice knee bend. Plays on his feet with good balance. Plays with very good awareness and keeps his head on a swivel. Gets positioning and sticks to defenders — gives good effort and consistently sustains. Is well-versed in a pro-style offense.
Lacks functional strength and can be walked back in pass protection. Not explosive off the ball and does not drive defenders. Soft anchor. Bends at the waist and overextends. Average foot quickness and coordination for the left side — needs to improve kick-slide quickness. Raw technician. Struggles sustaining on the second level. Questionable toughness. Was exposed by the speed of USC’s Nick Perry — heaviness in movement really shows.
Overhyped developmental project who needs to get stronger and lacks ideal foot quickness and agility for the left side in the pros. Can develop into a solid swing tackle, but would be best beginning his career on the right side and will take time to adapt to the NFL game. Will appeal most to teams employing zone-slide protection schemes and is a prime candidate to be considerably overdrafted.
I never even looked at Martin last year because I thought he would be a 1st round pick as I saw him in the 1st round of most all mock drafts. That, and the fact that he was looked at as a OLT. But when you read that, the Dolphins had to know he had an issue dealing with POWER. I know you wanted to look at a kid that fit the zone blocking scheme, but you can't play in the league having DE walking you back to the QB.
The coaches for Miami a key in this question. Do they believe Jonathan can gain the power needed to handle the BULL RUSH. I think you can improve on your power, and we know that even at the top college programs, the strength programs are still not quite what you have in the NFL.
Right now, I am still on the fence of if the Dolphins will trade up. I do think if they do, it will be for Joeckel or Fisher. ProFootballWeekly has said the same thing in regards to Lane Johnson. Power can be an issue for him.