Roger Foltz played offensive line at Wake Forest, and wanted his son to have that same experience -– but no player from Rose Hill High School in Kansas had ever signed with a Division 1 program. So he shipped out highlight tapes from Blaize’s all-state career on the offensive and defensive lines to coaches throughout the country. TCU was so happy with what they got from Blaize that they signed his brother, Brady, three years later.
Blaize redshirted his first year in Fort Worth, and then played in 12 games in 2009 with two starts at right guard. He played five games as a reserve guard in 2010 before suffering a torn ACL during an October practice. Despite that setback, Foltz came back to start every game at that right guard spot as a Junior, earning first-team All-Mountain West Conference accolades for his play. As a Senior, Foltz started all 12 games at right guard and was selected to the second-team All-Big 12.
Solidly built interior lineman, with tremendous strength in a phone-booth. Anchors quickly against bull rushes inside, gives little round and can move his feet to stay on the block as the defender tries to get off to chase the play. Good awareness on twists and blitzes, stones ends or late-coming linebackers adeptly. When he stays low off the ball, he can drive his assignment out of the hole, or control them on the backside. Controls some opponents with his upper-body strength to move them out of the hole. Consistent in hitting his aiming point.
Below average overall athleticism and explosion from his stance. Takes time to get around the line on pulls, will struggle to hit quicker targets in space and doesn’t have elite foot speed to reach linebackers more than a couple yards off the line of scrimmage. Also gets off-balance on zone runs at times when leaning. Quicker defenders will challenge his hand speed and pull him forward to shed. Looks slow and sluggish when asked to move on screens.
Foltz overcame a 2010 knee injury to become a first-team All-Mountain West pick at right guard in 2011, and a second-team All-Big 12 selection in 2012, his senior year. Foltz is incredibly strong and at times can dominate in the hole, but his athletic ability is a serious question mark.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.