INDIVIDUAL OFFENSIVE LINEMAN DRILLS BY NFL LINEMAN

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Written by: Connor Morris | 06/22/2018 - Co-Founder, CMO, Apex Sports

 

All the drills below were chosen and taught by NFL lineman Storm Norton and can be done by yourself or with one partner. You can watch Storm Norton explain and demonstrate many more offensive lineman drills and techniques by clicking here.

Steps Progression Drill

What you need: a several foot long pad or board that is approximately 1 foot wide

The steps progression drill is a great offensive line footwork drill. This drill focuses on your first 2 steps when you are run blocking. What you will do is place your board in front of you so it is pointed at the imaginary defender that you will be blocking. You will then begin in your 2 or 3 point stance. You start by only taking 1 step out of your stance, focusing on driving hard with your outside leg. You then return to your original spot and get in your stance again. This time you will take 2 steps, again focusing on driving hard with your outside leg but now taking a step with that outside leg to catch your body. Finally, you will return to your stance and this time take enough steps to reach the imaginary defender. The purpose of the board is to make sure your feet are staying shoulder width apart and never too close together. You should repeat this drill many times in order to keep improving. Watch this video to see Storm explain and demonstrate the Steps Progression drill.


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Punch Ball Drill

What you need: a partner and a medicine ball

The punch ball drill helps to work on the timing of your punch or strike in pass protection. This drill begins with you in your 2 point stance. Your partner will be approximately 4 or 5 feet in front of you with the medicine ball. When your partner says go, you will take your steps back like you would for pass protection. While you are moving your partner with throw the medicine ball at you. You must then time up your punch correctly in order to hit the incoming medicine ball. (WARNING: medicine balls are very heavy and can cause damage. This drill is not intended for youth football players.) You must focus on timing your punch correctly and hitting the ball in the center. You can have your partner move farther outside in order to work on different angles. Watch this video to see Storm explain and demonstrate the Punch Ball drill.


Fit and Finish Drill

What you need: a partner and an airbag

The fit and finish drill is a great offensive line run blocking drill. The point of this drill is to work on staying on the block when the defender tries to get away from you. You will begin with your partner right in front of you with the airbag. You start with your hands already on the airbag, pretending like you have already engaged the defender in the block. You will then take a few steps forward at the defender. The defender will then move either left or right trying to get around you. Which ever way the defender goes you must step with him or her, making sure to move your hips out to cut them off. The most important thing to focus on with this drill is making sure you don’t step under yourself because that will cause you to get off balanced. Therefore, make sure that if the defender moves to your right, you take your first step with your right foot, and vice versa for the left. Watch this video to see Storm explain and demonstrate the Fit and Finish drill.


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Mirror Drill

What you need: a partner

The mirror drill is another great offensive line footwork drill, but this time it is for pass protection. You will begin by positioning yourself in your 2 point stance with your feet shoulder width apart and your hands behind your back. This drill is focusing on your feet so at no point should you use your hands. Your partner will then stand in front of you and a little bit on your outside. It is important in pass protection to always keep your defender on your outside, so for this drill you want to line up your outside eye with their inside eye at all times. Your partner will then keep moving left or right and you must mirror every move they make by shuffling back and forth. This drill should be done in short intervals, approximately for 10 seconds, and repeated many times. Watch this video to see Storm explain and demonstrate the Mirror drill.

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