I just haven't seen indications of this ceiling over last season and 3 games with DD. He's a tad larger, sure, but if he's stronger, it doesn't show. the DT for ULM knocked him backward a few times, and stood him straight upright a few times as well. He lets guys out-leverage and get under him pretty easy, which shouldn't happen since he's one of the least tall OLs we have. He's certainly not that quick, as when I rewatched the Utah State and UTe games he has a hard time getting onto or off of the combo blocks and that's often a footwork/quickness issue. I know the staff said he led the team in pancake blocks against ULM, but I have to think most of those were downblocks after the OG stood the guy up and DD just got to clean up. I still need to rewatch that one.
SM has displayed greater functional strength - no idea if that comes across in the weight room or not, but I can't recall many times when he's been blown off the ball - maybe once in the national championship against the all world NG. He isn't that much smaller, and has a reach advantage - taller and longer arms. I hope that either he's starting soon, or if he can't get it done, that Booker takes an OG slot and we try EE at OC (where he was recruited).