Scouting Report: Alex Bars

Submitted by Magnus on May 2nd, 2013 at 8:42 AM

This week's scouting report is on Nashville (TN) Montgomery Bell offensive tackle Alex Bars.  He's obviously the brother of redshirt freshman OG Blake Bars.  I think Alex, who could play everywhere but center, is a significantly better player than Blake.…



May 2nd, 2013 at 9:45 AM ^

"I think Alex, who could play everywhere but center, is a significantly better player than Blake."

I think that last line is unneccessary.  


May 2nd, 2013 at 10:16 AM ^

1)  The difference between your suggestion and what he wrote is nothing more than semantics;

2)  Blake is a big kid and can take the truth of the comparison.  If he is hurt by it or disagrees, all the more motivation to work hard and prove the scouting report wrong (in a Tom Brady post-NFL-draft sort of way);

3)  Nobody is saying that Blake is not a stud in his own right.  Just that someone else looks like they may be better.  Jake Long is significantly better than Taylor Lewan.  Is that an insult to Lewan?  Of course not - Lewan is possibly the best OL in CFB going into this year.  But, having watched both play, Long was an absolute once in a decade lineman in college and was just better.  (Just an illustrative example - I am not even sure I agree with the statement that Long is significantly better - both are f-ing awesome).


May 2nd, 2013 at 1:19 PM ^

Accurate to say "will be" a better than "is". That said, correcting someone on that is akin to unnecessary grammar snobbery (aka "deuchebaggery") and I personally hate folks correcting other when you can get their drift already. Grammar snobs can suck it Magnus.

And if he is better than his older brother now, I love it even more if he commits!


May 2nd, 2013 at 10:11 AM ^

Magnus is providing his scouting report.  Part o that is comparing the kid being scouted to others at the same position.  Since this is a Michigan blog, a comparison that would be most interesting and most informative to us is one to a current Michigan player with whom we are familiar (at least from that player's scounting profile).  Comparing him to some random Auburn freshman OL would be of no value to us.  Also, they are brothers, so the comparison is kind of expected.


May 2nd, 2013 at 6:37 PM ^

Not that I'm above criticism, but lots of people want me to tone things down...and if I listened to them, I'd be writing the same cheesy, sunshine-and-rainbows evaluations that the guys at Rivals and Scout write.  I generally just say what I think; some people will like it, and some won't.  Personally, I find evaluations to be completely useless unless they're frank about both the positives and the negatives.

Like I said, you're free to have your opinion.  But chances are slim that I'm going to change my approach.


May 2nd, 2013 at 9:15 PM ^

I'm on here often, but never post. I work in MLB baseball, evaluate players and write reports for a living. The whole idea of doing so is that our superiors can vision & Draft accordingly to where the future prospect will end up. Our reports like FB reports are from a different vernacular. Your opinion is done buy live and video evals. They are your opinion . They paint a picture in which others can follow- nothing wrong with that. I wouldn't feed the trolls. Continue to report. Thanks


May 3rd, 2013 at 6:43 AM ^

Wow...I think I vaguely remember that connection, but that's an odd bit of trivia.  I have thought that there was never much made of that injury, because it was fairly gruesome...but I guess that timing is why.

Ron Utah

May 2nd, 2013 at 12:58 PM ^

He shows virtually all the tools you look for in an OL prospect.  He would be the most talented lineman in this class, IMO.  That's pretty good competition he's playing in TN too.  Would not be surprised to see him start at RG and then move to LT.  Dude can pull, and is a very, very good drive blocker.