@Virgina (2021), vs. Nebraska (2021), @Northwestern (2021)
A mauler up and tough player in the middle of the offensive line. Has the ability to combat bull rushes and powerful defenders. Will use his leverage and pure strength to his advantage in both the run and pass. Is a much better run blocking center that creates solid running lanes for the ball carrier. Was able to make effective reach and pull blocks when assigned to in the play scheme. Can keep rushers close to him with his strong hands and pure anchor ability.
Had trouble at adjusting to a defender in space. Was seen to miss blocks and allow huge sacks to happen by not being able to adjust to a fast move that was sent his way. Being able to develop quicker feet in his footwork will improve his ability against stunts. Punches do not have a huge amount of push back. Did not create a lot of blocks into the 2nd level of the defense. Needs to produce more blocks to grant plays to happen.
A physical center out of Illinois that wants to win with his pure strength and power at the POA. Doug Kramer is a 6’2” 305-pound offensive linemen that produces better blocks in the run game then the passing game. Kramer is a much better blocker in the run game because he gets to rely on driving forward and using his power to is advantage. Kramer can make good pull, reach, and down blocks that creates running lanes for the ball carriers. However, being able to block into the 2nd level of the defense and adjust to defenders in space does need to improve. When blocking in the pass game, Kramer does do a solid job at keep rushers close to him and not allowing a ton of pushback through the middle of the pocket. Improving his footwork has to be a key for Kramer. Too many times, Kramer would stop moving his feet and it would cause him to get off-balance. Defenses were able to run effective stunts and counter moves on him because of the lack of footwork in his game. Overall, this is a quality center that plays with the physicality and the drive that you want. If Kramer continues to develop, he could be a solid offensive linemen taken in this year’s draft.
Is able to move off his snap with a good amount of quickness and balance. Knows how to get off the ball and into the best possible blocking position to give himself the advantage at the POA. Does have some lateral agility to move and create blocks for the ball carrier. That lateral movement ability was put on full display on the ground when moving on pitches and stretches. Solid flexibility in his knees to be the lowest man when creating some blocks in short yardage situations. Does have a good amount explosiveness that creates pushback up the middle of the A-gaps. Plays the game with a play strength that is valuable to the interior of the offensive line.
Big Play Ability
Movement off L.O.S.
Pull & Block Outside
Adjust in Space
Use of Hands
Will get off the LOS at a good level. When getting off the line, he was able to create a solid amount of pushback in the run game. Is not the most athletic center but was able to make effective pull blocks that resulted in huge gains. When he does have to adjust his body in space, it can be a challenge because of the lack of footwork. Tends to get tripped or lacks the balance in space. A much better blocker when blocking straight on. Will make effective reach blocks but tends to get caught when not being able to move and create blocks into the 2nd level of the defense. Does have strong hands to keep defenders close to him and prevent contact when a ball carrier ignites into a hole.
Much better at quick sets then being in a long pass set with a defender rushing one on one with him. Does good job at maintaining his ground and not allowing pushback to happen in the front of the pocket. Strong anchor ability that you want in your starting center. Not a super explosive push/punch that knocks opponents backwards but was able to keep rushers close to him. Footwork does need to improve. Lacked a lot of movement and quickness in his footwork. Not the ideal linemen that will mirror a defender for a long period of time. At times, he would stop his feet which allowed a rusher to swim right by him. Powerful defenders that know how to use their hands to their advantage is an issue for him at the POA.
Ability to Combat Inside Move
Tough interior linemen that fights with defenders. Brought a lot of consistency and a valuable motor up the middle of the line. More action of completing multiple blocks on a play does need to be more evident. Will maul defenders into the turf, wants to be physical and win with his straight power.
Would communicate with his QB at times before the snap of the ball. Fast moving blitzes and stunts were able to expose him in space. Developing better footwork would help when combating those stunts. Could play guard, has the size and pure strength to do so but the ability to adjust in space may be an issue.