In the offense ran at Michigan State, offensive linemen must be able to run block and pass block. This is not a spread attack and in looking at film of Chase Hounshell there are positives and negatives to both parts of his game.
As a run blocker Chase does a good job of getting off the line. He keeps a flat back and shows the ability to bend from the knees. While at the high school level he's capable of maintaining leverage, at times he gets his pad level too high and loses control and balance throughout the block. This can be worked on and coached up.
While Hounshell needs to continue filling out his frame and adding to his strength, he does a good job on one-on-one blocks. He shows the ability to roll his hips and drive his feet through a defender and finishes the majority of his blocks.
With his quick feet, Hounshell has the ability to pull block while also making his body small to adjust in a small space. This is a positive as a lot of blocking schemes has linemen working with each other in time.
One thing that must continue to be built upon is using his athletic ability to maintain contact and finish blocks on the second level. While he shows good technique, at times it looks as if he's not putting forth full effort in getting to the second level. This goes to desire and while there is a good chance this hasn't been pointed out to him at the high school level, he's sure to see some coaching in this area.
As a pass blocker Hounshell has the athletic ability to use balance and strength to go with his quickness to set up in pass sets. His ability to bend from his knees and his overall agility to quickly drop back while maintaining proper position and balance will serve him well at the college level.
While he shows a good base and the ability to slide and mirror, he still needs coaching to fine tune these skills to make him a better player. One thing he does show is explosion from the hips into the defender. With added strength in the coming years, Chase Hounshell will be able to use this ability to play at a high level.
Overall there is still a need for much work, but the overall prospectus is really good for Hounshell to be a high level player.
Below is the highlight film used for this breakdown.