Offensive linemen rarely get attention from the media and when they do, it often has more to do with things outside of football rather than their play on the field. Even though Parker Boudreaux is a highly ranked guard prospect with over 70 reported scholarship offers, he is probably more known for his resemblance to WWE star Brock Lesnar than for his skills on the field.
There should be a far greater appreciation for how he plays though because Boudreaux gets after it on the football field. He’s a mauling run blocker with a ton of potential to be a great player at the next level.
Boudreaux is a decent athlete that moves fairly well for his size. He doesn’t have the greatest feet, but isn’t super stiff with his lateral movement. He can be a bit of a waste bender and lacks some flexibility. He is built to compete in college football right now and has a great frame. He should be able to easily carry over 300 pounds at the next level.
It begins and end with how mean Boudreaux plays. He’s a finisher that puts his man on the ground or will try to drive them as far as he legally can on a play. That type of nastiness is what every college offensive line coach hopes to find and is a massive reason why he has so many offers.
He has a really good understanding of leverage. He does a great job of turning an opponents shoulders to finish blocks. It’s a small thing, but just shows that a player doesn’t have to drive a man twenty yards down the field to take his man out of the play.
He generally plays with good pad level as a run blocker, but he needs to improve his hand placement. He often fits his hands outside of the frame and could be called for holding frequently if he doesn’t correct this. Part of it has to do with over-aggression, which I’m fine with.
He shows good enough footwork to get his hips around and reach defenders lined up outside of him. He moves well off the ball and that helps a lot in terms of him getting out to the second level because he isn’t the best athlete.
He needs quite a bit or work as a pass blocker. He can get too high and often lunges when facing speed on the outside. He is able to grab and get away with it by taking players to the ground at the high school level, but he’ll get called for holding a lot at the college level if he continues to do it. He doesn’t deliver a consistent bunch because he is not balanced and bends too much at the waster, hence the lunging.
Some of his issues are going to get better from him simply moving inside and not being exposed to as quicker players on the edge.
He’s definitely a guard at the next level. That’s where he can be his best as a run blocker and he will be able to develop better as a pass blocker at guard.
Reported offers are usually not all committable offers, but I think just about every program in the nation would want to add the kind of dominant run blocker that Bourdreaux can become. Like most offensive lineman, he’ll need some time to develop technically, but the way he approaches the game suggest he can become a very good offensive lineman at the college level for multiple seasons.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).