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JEFF FAINE vs. KYLE COOK

Here is an interesting scouting report i found which rated all 32 NFL starting centers from 2011.

It has Faine listed as the 27th best center last year with a rating of 57 out of 100.

It has Cook listed as the 25th best center last year with a rating of 58 out of 100.

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So if we sign Faine to replace Cook, we’re not really downgrading but just replacing one mediocre center with another.

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The top centers were C Myers, N Mangold, etc... with ratings in the low 80’s.

They pegged the Steeler’s overrated Pouncey as only the 14th best center...so i trust the evaluation is done reasonably well and not just a ranking of popular names.

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Here is their scouting report rankings of the 2011 NFL centers:

1

C Myers

HOU

2

N Mangold

NYJ

3

S Wells

GB

4

J Saturday

IND

5

J Sullivan

MIN

6

R Kalil

CAR

7

E Wood

BUF

8

T McClure

ATL

9

A Mack

CLE

10

M Birk

BAL

11

N Hardwick

SD

12

B Meester

JAX

13

C Wiegmann

KC

14

M Pouncey

PIT

15

W Montgomery

WAS

16

J Goodwin

SF

17

B DeLaPuente

NO

18

M Unger

SEA

19

M Pouncey

MIA

20

L Sendlein

ARI

21

J Brown

STL

22

S Satele

OAK

23

D Raiola

DET

24

D Connonly

NE

25

K Cook

CIN

26

D Baas

NYG

27

J Faine

TB

28

E Amano

TEN

29

JD Walton

DEN

30

P Costa

DAL

31

J Kelce

PHI

32

R Garza

CHI




JEFF FAINE

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Agility...5

Good initial burst but lacks the elite agility or balance to see a higher score.

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Awareness...6

Could keep his eyes up better post-snap. Aware, but will get caught up on twists. Goes through phases where he's dominant, then the next game he's getting tricked.

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Pass Block, Speed...4

Extremely quick off the rise to get into his man, showing good hand placement. Lacks punch and can be neutralized by a second move. Fails to finish his blocks.

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Pass Block, Power...5

Has a good anchor but doesn't always handle a nose tackle on his own. A good help-blocker or combo player.

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Run Block...3

Too aggressive at times, which puts him out of position. Does not get the push against a powerful interior defensive lineman—too stagnant.

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Move in Space...4

Struggles to get out in the open field and engage moving targets. Good, not great, speed to get to the second level.

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Strength...7

Has above-average strength for the position with no major flaws.

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Technique...4

Penalized just three times in 2011, but his technique dropped off considerably. Good flexibility in hips and knees. His biggest issue is that he will get too high at times.

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Size...10

Has the ideal build for an NFL center at 6'3" and 300 lbs.

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Health...9

Missed one game to injury in 2011.

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Overall...57

Faine was at one point a top center in the NFL, but over the course of the last few seasons he's regressed due to injury and poor support at guard. He's survived nine seasons, but barring a great 2012, Faine could be on his way out of a starting job.

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KYLE COOK

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Agility...4

Cook doesn't always slide well left to right. Just decent burst out of the gate.

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Awareness...4

Isn't very instinctive or very alert to his surroundings. Can be fooled by twists and stunts. Works best in tandem-blocking situations.

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Pass Block, Speed...5

Shows above-average quickness as a snap-and-step center, getting a strong surge when making initial contact.

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Pass Block, Power...5

Best when blocking in line, as he sets with a strong base and achieves better balance by sinking his weight and staying low in his pad level.

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Run Block...6

Consistent in gaining movement when he keeps his hands active. He works hard to position and wall off on drive blocks. Will miss in the open field.

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Move in Space...5

Struggles locating a moving linebacker when working in space. Comes out as average.

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Strength...6

Fails to get leverage and can be handled by a defender who attacks his body.

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Technique...3

Picked up six flags in 2011.

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Size...10

Has a short, stocky frame at 6'3" and 325 lbs.

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Health...10

Started all 16 games in 2011.

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Overall...58

Cook plays on one of the biggest and most dominant lines in the NFL, and that allows him to hide. His chief job is to get the ball to Andy Dalton on shotgun and under-center snaps and then hold his ground. Cook could still develop, but at this point, after four seasons, he could be replaced.


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