SpeedBack ~ Artavis Scott ~ Clemson Tigers
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
Power: Mediocre. Best as an OutSide Runner, preferably on a Zone Scheme Team, though he's Unafraid. His Drive Power is marginal, but his Anchoring Strength is exceptional: He won't Push Piles, but he can take a Hit.
Agility: Impressive. Marginal Speed, but impressive Zero to 60 Acceleration, exceptional Ricochet, and terrific Fluidity.
Field Vision: Exceptional. Mediocre, Synchronizing Timing with'is Linemen, but extraordinary at Reading Traffic.
Blocking: Awful. Raw as Hell, of course, having played as a WideOut, and with mediocre Power.
Receiving: Tremendous, of course, as WideOuts who I propose to flip to HalfBacks ~ Ty Mongomery!!! ~ tend to be. He's got mediocre Hands for a WideOut, which is of course a big part of why I'm suggesting the Flip, but by a HalfBack's Standards: Competitive. More importantly, his Route Running Repertoire is of course elite by HalfBack Standards. Furthermore and more importantly, his Field Vision and Agility are outstanding: He Gets Open routinely.
Sorry. Is this thing on??
Unlike Curtis Samuel, who I had the Honor of profiling yesterday, Artavis Scott is almost universally considered to have a defined Position, that being of WideOut and, specifically, of SlotBack...I disagree.
I'm not suggesting that Artavis Scott can't hack it as a WideOut ~ only suggesting that his Strengths and Liabilities strongly suggest that he'd serve best ~ and be served best ~ were he to transition to HalfBack at the next level.
He's an excellent Route Runner by WideOut Standards, and could definitely become an exceptional SlotBack. Indeed, that seems like a very strong Possibility, because NFL Teams don't tend to possess either much Imagination or an Understanding of The Big Picture. Scott was a SlotBack at Clemson, so he'll likely remain one.
However, his dubious Hands place his Future as a SlotBack in Doubt.
HalfBacks, on the other hand, are asked, first and foremost, to run the Ball...and Artavis Scott has exhibited extraordinary Potential as a Runner...And if they can Run Routes and Make Plays in the Passing Game, all the better. And, despite mediocre Hands, Artavis Scott's Route Running, Field Vision, and Agility render'm a dynamic Threat.
He's not much of a Blocker, mind you...And my God, his Combine Measurements sucked Ass.
But on the Field of Battle, Artavis Scott, in my Eyes, profiles as a deceptively productive Hybrid Run/Catch Threat, particularly on a Zone Scheme Team, one who could rack up 1500 Yards a Year, on the Ground and in the Air on the right Team.
* Update: I'm gonna Walk This Back one Click ~ from a 3rd/4th Round Grade ~ but'm still rather high on Scott.
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!!