Zach Strief had an overall 84/100 grade and here’s how he got it:
Pass Block (47/50)
Patience was something Zach Strief (6’7″, 320 lbs) needed to develop heading into his eighth season, and he did. He no longer bent at the waist or lunged to reach outside rushers, instead allowing his long arms to do the work as he slid and mirrored rushers. Strief blossomed as a pass protector in 2013, keeping the face of his quarterback clean and showing the versatility to handle either power or speed off the right side.
Run Block (37/50)
A big man with the physical gifts to maul defenders, Strief too often plays high in the running game and will struggle to get the leverage needed to push the pile. When asked to reach an outside linebacker, he can be inconsistent. The best play for him is to simply lock onto head-up defensive ends and turn their shoulders to open an off-tackle rushing lane.
Although Strief struggled a bit in run support (as we all can remember very well, especially early in the season), he had a really nice 2013 season. Hopefully the Saints will be able to keep him around for a few more years, as he is set to become a free agent in the next few weeks.
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