After not being overly impressed with him in previous years or against Georgia, Will Bartholomew (Tennessee) had another chance to impress me against Alabama and once again failed to bowl me or the opposing LB's over consistently. He has pretty good hands and speed plus is a versatile, strong guy but while that may be enough in some teams offenses, we already had that in Comella and it simply wasn't enough. Lead blocking is the biggest part of the FB role in the Giants offense and Bartholomew isn't consistent enough in that phase and is dominated too often in the hole. Considering Dayne needs someone to punch the holes for him – at least he does when he does that pitter-patter baby step crap behind the LOS – I think their would be no upgrade in replacing Bartholomew with Comella. I don't think he's a good fit for the Giants and hope they don't take him though I can see him getting drafted in the late rounds by another team.
In my only viewing of him, Rock Cartwright (Kansas State) certainly impressed as a lead blocker and an occasional runner against Oklahoma. He wasn't on the field when the Wildcats went to 3 WR sets but saw enough action to get a good ‘feel' for his skills, lining up in both the ‘I' and split back formations and very occasionally in motion. He threw some outstanding blocks, notably leading plays around the corner where his cut blocking was superb, bringing his man down every time. He also showed the ability to seal the corner standing up, trapping Roy Williams inside on the goal-line as his RB swept in for a TD. Leading plays up the middle, he also showed some power, literally pancaking Rocky Calmus on one occasion though mostly he just made good contact and sustained his block, driving his man back.
There was one play though where the RG pulled and he appeared to have been asked to block the DT charging through; he missed and the play resulted in a loss. He also had the odd play where he would lead and not find anyone in his path to block but he never cracked back to find someone and that was a disppointment. He only got the ball a few times – none as a receiver – but he showed the power to consistently break tackles (did so on every carry) and the speed/change of direction skills to cut outside after starting his run up the middle. His pass blocking needs plenty of work but that is almost certainly a ‘technique' thing more than a deficiency at this stage. As with most college backs, he's been taught to cut block the blitzers. NFL players hurdle those blocks on their way to the QB so he'll need to stand in their path and hit them in the mouth. Despite his height limitations, I think he can do it. If he played like this the rest of the year I wouldn't be surprised if he was one of the top 3 FB's taken – maybe as high as the 5th round – and I would definitely be interested in his becoming a Giant as he has the lead blocking skills to make both Dayne and Barber more productive and could also be a capable as an interior runner with the odd hand-off.