Boston College arguably boasts the top offensive line in the ACC and it gets that much stronger with the return of Jon Baker who missed all of 2017 with a season-ending injury in Week One. While Baker will need to prove he’s healthy and regain his form, the player he was in 2016 has my attention.
Like most Boston College offensive lineman, Baker is an aggressive run blocker that plays with low pads, violent hands and a desire to bury opponents with his powerful leg drive. He has the competitive mentality to finish blocks and always finds work when he’s uncovered. His functional strength shows up in pass pro where Baker absorbs contact and anchors well.
Baker executes with a high football IQ and awareness for how his role fits within the blocking scheme. His timing with combo blocks and working to the second level is precise and he has sharp mental processing skills to diagnose pressure packages from the defense.
The task ahead for Baker is picking up where he left off in 2016. If he does, Baker has an NFL future.