Super Beast ~ Elite!!
Beast ~ Top Shelf!!
Stud Horse ~ Superior Caliber!!
Starter ~ Starter!!
Potential Starter ~ Potential Starter!!
Role Player ~ Role Player!!
Reserve ~ Reserve!!
Fringe Reserve ~ BorderLine Roster Guy!!
Long Shot ~ Probable Camp Fodder!!
Dark Horse ~ Moon Shot!!
Fiendish "Market" Grades ~ By Color!!
Diagnostic Acuity ~ Analytical Prowess: FootBall Smarts!!
Processing Speed ~ Reading + Reacting Rapidity!!
Launch Velocity ~ Burst off the Snap!!
Dexterity ~ Adeptness with the Hands!!
Torsion ~ Explosiveness from an Angle + Burst out of Breaks!!
Verticity ~ Sharpness of the Turn + Burn ~ Flip of the Hip!!
Navigation/Working The Field ~ Ability to Get Open!!
Grizzlies ~ Offensive Lineman + Defensive Linemen ~ except tiny 43 Ends!!
Flex Ends ~ Hybrid Beasts: Rob Gronkowski
Wing Backs ~ Hybrid Freaks: Aaron "The Navigator" Hernandez
MidFielders ~ Middle LineBackers
(Defensive) Flankers ~ Outside LineBackers
Running Backs are an interesting lot.
Like Split Ends ~ Wide Outs, Flankers, Wide Receivers ~ they are generally give far more credit for what shows up on ESPN than they deserve...and far LESS credit for doing the little things that Move The Chains and win BALL GAMES.
Barry Sanders is considered a GOD, by many...
And yet Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier, John Riggins, Emmett Smith, and their like...are generally considered to be "Role Players" who were at the right place at the right time.
And that's just DOG shit.
Championships are won by teams that Move The Chains and play Tenacious D.
That's been true for 90 years ~ with a few random exceptions ~ and it's still true.
Let me be clear, though...
I consider an O Back's importance to be DWARFED by that of the O Line that Blocks for'm, in any team's Destiny.
And when I speak of Destiny, I don't speak of Yards.
I speak of Moving The Chains.
I speak of Wins...and Championships.
When I look to an O Back for Prowess, I look to Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed as the play develops...
I look for a guy who Navigates the Field like a Cavalry General...and who Rapidly Reads + Reacts!!
And I look to Burst, Fluidity, Verticity, and Torsion!!
Rod "Do You Think I'm Sexy???" Stewart
Even last year, when Mark Ingram was, far and away, the consensus first Tail Back expected to be drafted, those who who knew what was really going on said he wasn't even the best Tail Back on the team.
Trent Richardson is, indeed, The Complete Package.
Between the Tackles, he is a devastating, demolishing, WRECKING Ball.
Outside the Tackles, he is an elusive, explosive BEAST.
He is a savage, vicious, MAULING Blocker.
And he is a deadly threat as a Receiver.
I simply don't know who I can compare him to.
I only know that he is destined for Greatness.
Name Your Price.
Starter!! Dave Wilson doesn't possess nearly as much Diagnostic Acuity or Processing Speed I like to see, but he commands terrific Core Strength, and runs with an outstanding combination of Power + Speed.
He's a legitimate threat in the Receiving Game, as well.
His Blocking needs a lot of work, though.
He should be a lead back at the next level, and a powerfull one. Fair Value!!
Starter!! Lamar Miller commands exceptional Navigational Skills: his Fluidity, Lateral Agility, Verticity, and Torsion are all outstanding.
He also displays superior Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed in reading the play before'm.
And he gets excellent reviews for his Receiving skills.
However, his Blocking is very suspect.
And his Core Strength is questionable, as well: The Power Game is not his thing.
Still, as long as he's drafted by a Zone Blocking team, he could be an explosive Lead Back. Fair Value!!
Beast!! Doug Martin commands an intoxicating fusion of Core Strength, Explosiveness, and Agility.
He can absolutely blast it between the Tackles, and he can also be extremely effective OutSide.
Most importantly of all, he's got the Core Strength, the Core Flexibility, the Fluidity, and the Lateral Agility to consistently be a threat, on any given play, to go through you or around you.
He's a solid Receiver.
And he's a solid Blocker.
In short, Doug Martin commands everything needed to become an outstanding Lead Back. Steal!!
Role Player!! I like Christopher Polk, but he doesn't command the Core Strength, Burst, or Agility I'd like to see for him to succeed at the next level.
He does bring outstanding Diagnostic Acuity, Vision, and Processing Speed to the table, but just doesn't have the physical skill set to take full advantage of'm.
Mind you: He's a very effective Receiver.
And he's crafty enough to survive as a Blocker.
This is a smart kid who could definitely prove me wrong on his limitations ~ and I hope he does!! ~ but as of now I see him as Role Player. OverRated!!
Role Player!! Isaiah Pead doesn't have the greatest Core Strength in the world, so he's definitely not going to be your Hard Yard Masher or Pile Mover.
And he doesn't have the greatest Lateral Agility or Fluidity, much less Veriticity or Torsion on'is breaks.
But he does command an exceptional Burst, which could go a long way ~ haw ~ in a Power Scheme!!
He could use some improvement as a Blocker.
But he's effective in the Passing Game as a Receiver.
Looks like he could earn his keep as a situational 3rd Down kind of Role Player, but his Market Value is a little lofty for my tastes, at his current level. OverRated!!
Reserve!! Bernard Pierce commands one trait that I place tremendous value on: Verticity ~ the ability to cut out'f'is Breaks with Precision and Velocity.
For the rest of it, he's not very impressive to these eyes: Mediocre Power and Agility.
Furthermore, his Blocking is very weak.
And his Receiving Resume doesn't exist.
Still, I could see him carving out a role for'imself, based on that sweet, sweet Verticity, alone...But the Value I'd place on'im, at this time, is Reserve. OverRated!!
Super Sub!! LaMichael James is a classic Slot Back ~ I apologize, but I cannot abide "Scat Back", which is an hideous and disgusting term, in my eyes.
He's got terrific Burst and Range to the edge, and can create plays in the Open Field.
Just don't ask'm to run Between the Tackles.
He's surprisingly solid as a Blocker.
And he's phenomenal as a Receiver.
Normally, I'd put him in the usual 4th-5th Round "Role Player" range, but, despite his uselessness between the Tackles, those last two attributes elevate him, even as a Role Player, to a special level, I believe. Fair Value!!
Beast!! Cyrus Gray brings excellent Core Strength to the table, and employs exceptional Lateral Agility and Fluidity, sharp Verticity, and explosive Torsion to consistently hit the holes that are there, and to create, when they aren't.
He commands outstanding Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed, and the Patience to work with his Linemen and wait for the Blocks to develop.
He's one of the very best Navigators in this Class.
He's a ferocious, motivated Blocker, and a good one.
And he's an emerging Receiving threat.
His best attribute is his attitude, however, as all agree his is an awesome, team-first team mate with a tremendous Work Ethic...
And yet his Market Value is floating somewhere around the 3rd or 4th Round!! Super Sleeper!!
Reserve!! Ronnie Hillman doesn't bring much in the way of Power, Explosiveness, or Agility to the table, nor is there anything remarkable about either his Blocking or his Receiving.
Looks like a Reserve to me. OverRated!!
Role Player!! Christopher Rainey is fragile as Hell, and he'd BEST lay on a solid 10-15 pounds of BEEF, if he wants to survive in this League...
But, having said that, he is EXPLOSIVE.
Don't ask'm to run between the Tackles, but while his Burst doesn't equal his Long Speed, it's still pretty damned good, and his Agility isn't bad, either.
He's surprisingly decent as a Blocker, a tough one.
And he's a dangerous weapon, though a raw one, as a Receiver in the Passing Game.
Looks like an effective 3rd Down Back. Fair Value!!
Starter!! Tauren Poole commands an extremely intriguing combination of Diagnostic Acuity, highly impressive Processing Speed under fire, tremendous Burst out'f the Blocks, and Power.
He certainly doesn't bring an overload of Agility to the table, mind you: Verticity and Torsion are not his greatest strengths.
But as a Cavalry Commander who surveys the field, rapidly diagnoses his options, and responds with quick, decisive Power and Explosiveness, he is excellent.
Furthermore, he applies his superior Diagnostic Power and Processing Speed to his Blocking, as well.
And his Receiving Game is outstanding for similar reasons: a fusion of Intelligence and Athleticism.
All in all, Tauren Poole brings a pretty impressive Game to the table, and is as prepared as any Back in this Class to consistently Move The Chains!! Sleeper!!
Potential Starter!! Dan Herron is a solid Runner who brings adequate Power and Agility to the table.
But he boasts exceptional Processing Speed and Diagnostic Acuity, to the table, showing increasing Patience to let his Linemen develop their Blocks.
He's a very adept Blocker.
And he shows great promise as a Receiver.
I wouldn't target him as a Lead Back, because his Game isn't especially dynamic...
But I wouldn't lose a moment's sleep if he needed to step up and fill that role for any length of time, even a number of years, frankly. Deal!!
Potential Starter!! Robert Turbin brings a great load of Power and Decisiveness to the table. He reads the field well, picks his spots, and Moves The Chains.
He's not particularly Explosive or Elusive, but he can make a man miss from time to time, and isn't stiff.
He's a strong, tenacious Blocker.
And he's a very adept Receiver.
Turbin looks like he'll probably be a strong Lead Back at the next level, as he commands an unspectacular yet complete Game. Deal!!
Role Player!! Vick Ballard boasts superior Processing Speed, and he brings pretty strong Power to the field, though not a great deal of Burst or Agility.
As a Receiver, he needs a lot of work.
As a Blocker, he needs experience.
He should probably be able to carve out a role at the next level. Fair Value!!
Fringe Reserve!! Terrance Ganaway boasts excellent Power, but he is greatly hampered by a lack of Agility of any kind, a lack of Burst, and a lack of any ancillary skills, such as Receiving or Blocking acuity.
He's a long shot, in my mind. OverRated!!
Reserve!! Davin Meggett brings impressive Burst and Lateral Agility to the table, but his Game is hindered by insufficient Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed: He is an unreliable Runner, and is no sure thing to even make a roster at the next level.
He's also a sloppy Blocker.
He's a very adept Receiver, though.
Looks like a borderline guy, but if he gets it together, his upside is as a significant Role Player. Fair Value!!
Super Sub!! Bob Rainey commands an intriguing fusion of Burst, Fluidity, and Long Speed!!
He's no Power Back, mind you.
And his Blocking leaves much to be desired.
But he's pretty sharp as a Receiver.
And he is a dynamic Runner. He's more of a Slot Back, but he should be a dangerous one. Sleeper!!
Reserve!! Brandon Bolden is, quite possibly, The Most Average Back in this entire Draft Class.
He has no particular Strengths.
And he has not particular Weaknesses.
Fringe Reserve!! Marc Tyler commands superior Vision, Processing Speed, and Receiving skills, but is hampered by a dearth of Agility, a lack of Burst, and by surprisingly deficient Power and Blocking.
He's smart and versatile enough to have an outside shot, but I call him a UFA at this point.
Fringe Reserve!! Chad Diehl is a Scrapper, but his Core Strength and Power isn't what it needs to be, for him to forge a role as a Full Back at the next level.
Still, he's got a lot of Heart. I hope he makes it.
Long Shot!! I simply don't see anything in Lennon Creer's Game to warrant a roster spot. He lacks Power, Agility, and Explosion, and doesn't stand out as a Blocker or Receiver, either, I'm afraid.
Role Player!! Adonis Thomas commands an intriguing combination of Burst, Agility, and incredibly sharp Verticity and explosive Torsion out'f'is Breaks!!
He's no Hard Yard Masher, mind you.
And he's not much of a Blocker.
But he can make plays in the Passing Game, as well.
Thomas is a dynamic Threat, and should be able to carve out a significant role as a Slot Back/3rd Down Back/Passing Down Back. Sleeper!!
Fringe Reserve!! Cody Johnson commands both the Core Strength and the Power to forge a spot on an NFL Roster as a Full Back, but I'm not sure about his Agility or his Burst. He seems to be hindered by very limited Fluidity, and that could prove fatal to his chances to stick at the next level. I hope not.
Role Player!! Daryl Richardson is Flying Well Below The Radar, but he brings an intriguing combination of Burst and Explosive Agility to the table.
Even so, we have the makings of a very explosive Slot
Back, one who could make a lot of noise on Passing Downs at the next level. Sleeper!!
Rod "Do You Think I'm Sexy???" Stewart is a GNAT.
Rod Stewart is a spry, angry little Gnat.
He is spry.
And he is angry.
And he is small.
He is, in fact, an annoying, spry, angry little GNAT.
Now that we've clarified that matter...
Rod "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" Stewart can not Block.
...Because he is a GNAT.
Once you get past THAT, though...the possibilities with Rodney "The Gnat" Stewart are endless.
And that is because Rod "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" Stewart is possessed of an alarming level of Vision... of Fluidity...of Diagnostic Acuity...of Processing Speed...of Lateral Agility...of razor-sharp Verticity... and of raw, explosive Torsion out'f'is Breaks.
And he's an acute threat in the Passing Game, as well.
Rod "Do You Think I'm Sexy???" Stewart is Danny WoodHead V2.0...and that, ladies and gentlemen...is a beautifull thing. Sleeper!!