Players

Mike Pollak  

Height: 6-3   Weight: 300   Age: 34

Born: 2/16/1985 Scottsdale , AZ

College: Arizona State

Experience: Season

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Combine 2008

Combine
Stats:

  • Bench Press29.0 reps
  • 40 Yard Dash5.02 Secs
  • Broad Jump110.0 inches
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.47 secs
  • 3 Cone Drill7.49 secs

Strengths

Positives: Looks a little soft in the midsection, but shows good upper-body thickness and strong hands to generate the punishing jolt to rock defenders back on their heels...Has natural strength, rather than ripped muscle tone, but has been a weight-room award winner for the Sun Devils in each of his last four seasons...Shows good awareness to stunts and games, coming off the snap with good desire and intent to control and finish...Best when asked to widen the rush lanes, as he stays lower in his pads firing off the ball than when retreating in pass protection...Has very good timed speed (does not translate in the open field when he takes poor angles into the second level)...All-out battler in one-on-one situations and has a good grasp of the playbook, making all of the blocking calls up front...Good team leader whose work ethic is emulated by the squad's younger players... Must do a better job adjusting to counter moves, but comes off the snap with arms raised, ready to lock on and establish leverage and position...Plays on his feet and uses his hands effectively to redirect the defender with authority...Doesn't explode with his hips, but can generate decent pop on contact...Made strides as a senior in attempts to unlock his hips and power through his low blocks (needs to develop better consistency)...Can shock defenders once he shoots his hands and has the reach to extend in his blocks and steer (good mauler)...Consistent in gaining movement when he keeps his hands active...On drive blocks, he works hard to position and wall off (struggles vs. slants and counters)...Not really a road grader, but gets good movement through proper knee bend...Is adequate at reaching his block point on the short pull (will get overaggressive and struggle to engage defenders in the second level)...When he keeps his pads down, he is very effective in setting, sliding and executing a hand jolt to protect the pocket (just lacks lateral recovery ability)...Still working on improving it more, but he can mirror well when staying with his man in the short area...Anticipates switches well and easily picks up the blitz. Negatives: Despite his impressive weight room numbers, he has only adequate muscle tone and a soft midsection...Generates efficient initial quickness into the defender lining up over his head, but struggles with foot quickness and agility to engage a slanting defensive tackle or to quickly adjust to a counter move across his face...Also struggles some locating a moving linebacker when working in space...Needs to demonstrate better consistency in sustaining blocks (must hold them longer rather than slip off after the initial hit)...Better playing vs. a classic 4-3 defense, as he does not have the anchor to sustain vs. nose guards (can get pushed back by defenders lining over his helmet)...Has good straight-line speed on pulls and traps, but is slow to reach the second level and takes poor angles in attempts to finish off linebackers (had just five downfield blocks as a senior)...Has a strong base, but gets too narriow and, when he stands tall, defenders can push him back into the pocket...Marginal deep snapper and is not effective on his shotgun snaps. Compares To: JEFF FAINE-New Orleans...Both centers have impressive raw power and good initial quickness, but struggle with movement, especially vs. a slanting defensive tackle. Pollak has a very strong hand punch, but can be pushed back into the pocket by a physical nose guard lining up over his helmet, as he tends to get a little bit narrow in his base. He is efficient on the short pull, but when asked to get out and neutralize linebackers, he looks slow and takes poor angles into the second level. His best asset is his hands, as he uses them to generate a strong punch and when he can cleanly latch on, he can gain leverage and move the defender away from the action.