Louie Addazio really wasn't used much as a weapon in the F.W. Buchholz High School passing game, however from the first play of his highlight film you can see that he is the son of a coach in his blocking ability as it truly is eye-catching.
Addazio has a quick burst off the line of scrimmage, keeps his butt low and legs shoulder width apart and really drives with his lower body to blow defenders off the ball. His hands are inside the numbers at all times so that he isn't holding, but at the same time he is able to use his body and take great angles to move his opponent wherever he wants them to go. Technically, you won't see a much more polished blocker at tight end than Addazio.
Another thing I liked a lot about him on film is his combination of being aggressive while being aware. Most players can't grasp both concepts. Addazio finishes his blocks and plays to the whistle, however there are countless plays on his highlights where he'll simply disengage once he sees out of his peripheral that the back is beyond his block and out of range. Downfield blockers bring too many plays back by getting careless holding calls and again, you just have the case of a well-coached player here.
Evaluating him as a receiver is tough because he only caught four passes as a junior and didn't play his senior year. That is obviously something that Syracuse fans will have to wait to see until he suits up. Addazio has already worked on bulking up which was an issue as a junior, however other departments he needs to improve on are his speed and quickness. He has a great burst off the snap, but unless he plans on being a pure blocking tight end he's going to need to come down a lot from a 4.9 40-yard dash.
Overall, Syracuse got themselves a great blocker and we're just going to have to see how he does in the passing game. Off the field, he has great intangibles and apparently takes to coaching very well.
Film Room - Louie Addazio
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