CornerBack ~ Cameron Sutton ~ Tennessee Volunteers ~ 5110/189
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, and Verticity ~ that's Turn & Burn Acuity, to you Earthlings!!
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.
* 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: Impressive. Excellent Fluidity. Impressive Acceleration. Adequate Speed. His Agility Profile is clearly Off Coverage.
Processing Speed: Impressive. Exceptional at Reading Routes. Average at diagnosing Run Plays.
Run Defense: Awful. Marginal Motor, Marginal Power, Mediocre Combat Skills, and Mediocre Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Impressive. Marginal in Press Coverage, where his marginal Power and mediocre Combat Skills are exacerbated by his horrible WingSpan, but exceptional in Off Coverage, because'f'is Fluidity and Field Vision.
Catch Point Capacity: Competitive. His toxic combination of marginal Power, mediocre Combat Skills, and that horrible WingSpan are exacerbated by lousy Vertical Agility, but his Tracking & Timing are exceptional.
He went from being completely unheralded out''f High School, 4 Years ago, to being talked of as a borderline 1st Rounder on the rise, 2 Years ago, to being generally perceived as having slid into the middle of the Pack, currently.
I'd say that he's found his spot. The pure Coverage Talent tempts me to call'm a Sleeper who's a Victim of the ancient Law of Supply and Demand ~ this is an incredibly deep CornerBack Class ~ and of having gotten injured, last Year.
Yet on the other hand, his Deficiencies of Power and WingSpan, coupled with average Speed and his Liabilities both in Press Coverage and in Run Defense tempt me to call'm OverRated...I think The Market got this one right!!
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the invaluable Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!