PowerBack ~ Jonathan Williams ~ Arkansas
RazorBacks ~ 5106/220
I've come to believe that any HalfBack that doesn't bring a Passing Game element to the BattleField is...incomplete.
Hence, the term "FlexBack" ~ although quite cool, I believe!! ~ short-circuits the Evaluation Process.
As to how I break them down, I expect that the terms are pretty self-explanatory:
PowerBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work between the Tackles..
SpeedBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work outside the Tackles.
The PowerBack prototype would be about 5115/220 or so.
The SpeedBack prototype would be about 5010/200 or so.
Those are gross oversimplifications, of course, and many HalfBacks will manifest Attributes of both styles. Indeed, Power and Speed ~ better yet: Agility ~ are crucial to the Success of either kind of HalfBack. But I believe that it advances the discussion and better serves my Fellow FootBall Fanatics if I make an effort to distinguish between types.
This is how I break things down, when evaluating all HalfBacks:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Upper body Power is important, but lower body Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. An HalfBack's Capacity to break Tackles is more about Core Power than anything else.
Agility: Launch Velocity, Fluidity, Acceleration, and Ricochet. Long Speed is all well and good, but at the end of the day, it is Gravy. What wins Championships is Moving The Chains. And Moving The Chains is accomplished far more consistently by the guys who exhibit the Agility ~ and the Focus ~ to consistently pick up 5 and sometimes 10 Yards at a time.
Processing Speed: Diagnostic Velocity. Field Vision. That ethereal Capacity to Rapidly Read & React to the Rapidly Roiling & Boiling Tactical LandScape...and to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
Blocking: Having an HalfBack who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle. Most HalfBacks just coming out'f College are mediocre Blockers, but this is a crucial Aspect of the Game that they'll need to master.
Receiving: Whether he be a PowerBack or a SpeedBack, an HalfBack that can effectively present a genuine Threat in the Passing Game dramatically increases his Team's Options on any given Play. The more dynamic the Threat, the more valuable to'is Team on the Field of Battle, whether he's just slipping out'f the BackField or splitting out Wide.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Core Power is most of it. Tyrannosaurus Rex would've made an Hell of an HalfBack.
* Torso Power doesn't hurt, though.
* Launch Velocity
* Long Speed
* That ethereal Capacity to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
Agility: Exceptional. Moderate Speed and moderate Ricochet out'f'is Breaks, but extraordinary Fluidity.
Field Vision: Outstanding. Routinely anticipates Seems and times them beautifully.
Blocking: Phenomenal. Excellent Power, tremendous Combat Skills, and an awesome Motor.
Receiving: Impressive. A slippery, crafty Router with very good Hands.
I dearly hope that Jonathan Williams recovers or has already recovered his Former Form ~ and his Pro Day indicated that he was rapidly recovering, indeed!! ~ because he is by all accounts a phenomenal young man, an extraordinary and selfless TeamMate, and ~ as evidenced on the Field ~ remarkably Intelligent and Driven.
And his Talent matches his Character. Williams is a genuine PowerBack who broke about 8000 Tackles in 2014, yet brings remarkably serpentine Fluidity to the Field of Battle, as well. He doesn't have the Speed to race away for many 80 Yard TouchDowns, but his combination of Power and Fluidity, leveraged by extraordinary Field Vision and lightning fast Processing Speed, renders tackling him nightmarishly difficult. If Williams is 100%, he will terrorize Defenses.
He will rack up miles of Yardage and Move The Chains relentlessly.
And on Passing Plays, his combination of Receiving Skills ~ not explosive, but deadly efficient ~ and outstanding Blocking renders him a rare 3 way Threat ~ Running/Blocking/Receiving ~ and it means that he can play immediately.
I almost discounted because of the Possibility of lingering Structural Damage from the Ankle Injury that cost him the 2015 Campaign and sent his Stock tumbling, but my gut tells me not to. For one thing, he has very little Mileage on'm.
And he's just not the kind of guy who I believe is going to let anything stop him from becoming All He Can Be.
I think this kid is gonna be a SuperStar.
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!!