CornerBack ~ Anthony Averett ~ Alabama Crimson Tide ~ 5111/182
Old Roles are getting dramatically transformed, and virtually every Front 7 ~ or Front 6!! ~ Defensive Job Description is transitioning into an Hybrid Role where the Defender is asked to excel in multiple Roles and in multiple Fronts.
For that reason, and in order to offer NomenClature that speaks not to archaic, obsolete "Positions", but rather to Skill Sets that accurately reflect the dynamic Changes of the 21st Century Game and the Roles they have spawned, I have undertaken to craft Terminology that is designed to break Skill Sets down as they really are.
Defensive Coordinators have, since Time Immemorial, employed highly creative terminology in devising Defenses and in designating Assignments. In that Spirit, I have admittedly indulged myself considerably in devising the following NomenClature. It is undeniably colorful, but I like to think that there's an underlying Logic, as well:
CornerBacks ~ I find it quite amusing that the very last Skill Set on my list is the only Defensive Skill Set ~ so far!! ~ for whom I haven't adapted or invented a new Term. The Prototype would be about 6000/195.
CornerBacks are of course Pass Defense Specialists, but I will include Run Defense in my Evaluations. But I will note, of course, that as with Blocking as it pertains to WideOuts, it is desirable, yes, but its absence is no Red Flag.
This is how I break down CornerBacks:
Agility: Acceleration, Ricochet, Fluidity, Verticity ~ that's Turn & Burn Acuity, to you Earthlings!! ~ and Speed!!
Processing Speed: How quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the developing Play.
Run Defense: Power, Agility, Combat Skills, Processing Speed, Motor, and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Agility, Processing Speed, and Field Vision.
CatchPoint Capacity: Tracking, Timing, Combat Skills, and WingSpan.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Fluidity, above all things: Core Agility & Flexibility makes everything possible.
* Ricochet ~ How crisply and how rapidly one breaks in a new direction.
* Acceleration ~ Short Speed or Quickness. Closing Speed.
* Verticity ~ The Ability ~ or lack thereof ~ to Flips Hips and Turn & Burn in Pass Coverage.
* Speed ~ Corner and WideOut are really the only Roles where 40 Times matter.
* How quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the developing Play.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Agility ~ Fluidity, Ricochet, Acceleration, and Speed, baby!!
* Processing Speed ~ Reading and Reacting with Speed & Precision to Offensive Tactics.
* Field Vision ~ Processing Speed with an emphasis on the Tactical LandScape.
* Combat Skills
* Vertical Agility
Agility: 80. Outstanding Acceleration and Speed, exceptional Fluidity, and excellent Ricochet.
Processing Speed: 33. Flashes brilliance occasionally, but routinely trails the developing Route by a tick or two.
Run Defense: 40. Adequate Aggressiveness, but marginal Core Power, WingSpan, and Combat Skills. He's very quick, but this is hampered by choppy Processing Speed, and he struggles to navigate Traffic and to tackle effectively.
Pass Coverage: 40. The Speed and Fluidity is there to develop into an exceptional Cover Corner ~ provided he isn't asked to play Press very often ~ but his Route Reading, slow and sluggish, is greatly impeding him.
CatchPoint Capacity: 25. Poor Tracking & Timing, and marginal Core Power, WingSpan, and Combat Skills.
Red Flag: Ancient. Due to turn 24 in November.
Ceiling? Warrior. 2nd/3rd Round. The Speed and Agility is there to excel as a Catch Corner in Off Coverage, though I would not recommend'm in Press Coverage under any circumstances, as he'd be a huge Liability.
Floor? Lunatic Fringe!! UFA. If he doesn't develop his Processing Speed considerably, he simply can't be trusted in Coverage, and even then, his Combat Skills need development, or he's a 3rd Corner, tops.
Risk/Reward Ratio? Pretty dicey. He didn't switch to full-time Corner until Alabama, but he did play Defensive Back in high school, and he's almost 24, so his marginal Field Vision and Processing Speed at this advanced stage raise grave concerns about his prospects of developing the mental part of his Game well enough to excel at this level.
His lack of Production on a Crimson Tide Defense who's Front 7 routinely dished up Deflection and Interception opportunities raises additional doubts about how he'd fare in a less advantageous position, especially considering that, even it being the SEC, he was routinely playing against young men a few crucial years younger than'm.
And he's got enormous physical Liabilities with both Power and WingSpan to deal with, as well.
There's real Talent, there, but a load of Red Flags, as well.
Thank you so very much, Draft BreakDown, without whom my Work would be virtually impossible.
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