Key Strengths – Intangibles
The first thing I wrote down is “Plays loose.” This was after watching his junior tape. He bulked up his senior year and he didn’t play as loose, making him your stereotypical inside linebacker. Even though he lost just a little bit of quickness, he has replaced it with added strength, IQ, and toughness.
Another thing that I really like about the kid from Plano East is his high motor. This is something that can’t be taught. You either have it or you don’t. He reminds me of Ray Lewis in this sense. Before the ball is even snap he is on his toes, waiting to react and go make a play. Then after he does make a play, he gets up screaming, begging for more. This is something that’s so important and necessary for a successful defense. This attitude spreads.
I played, (or at least tried to play), defense my senior year in high school. We had a defensive end on our team who was our tough guy. He had dreadlocks that covered his eyes and was always getting in the other team’s head. Whenever he would make a good play or get a big sack, he would come up screaming and yelling, “LET’S GO, BABY!!” That attitude and tone spread quickly and we ended up having the number one rush defense in the whole district.
Texas A&M has always had a high motor and intense player like that in the past. Von Miller, Sean Porter, Miles Garrett. This year, Armani Watts should be that guy but a wild man down on the front seven is always a good thing. Plus, Hines could become that guy for the years to come.
Having a high motor and being excited is great, but when you pair them with natural and lighting fast instincts, well that’s even better. Hines has the instincts I’m talking about. As I study him on film, it’s clear that he was bred for this game. He naturally fills gaps and interrupts the offense like it’s just another day in the office. This is one of the major things that allows him to fill those gaps so well. These instincts give him such an advantage in a game of speed.