BuckEyes ~ 5115/234
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 ~ Outstanding. I have to keep reminding myself that he weighs 230 or so. He JitterBugs, Cuts, Slashes, and Ricochets like a man 30 Pounds lighter. His Fluidity is sweet, and'is Ricochet out'f'is Breaks is outstanding.
Processing Speed ~ Tremendous. Such things are always inferred, of course ~ I'm not a Mind Reader!! ~ but the way that Mister Hyde consistently hits his Cuts exhibits tremendous Field Vision: He Sees What Will Be.
Blocking ~ Heh. You know, he kinda sucks at Blocking, and I saw several spectacular Misses...Yet I have to say: He commands exceptional Potential in that Aspect of the Game. Hyde is possessed of phenomenal Core Power and an utterly ferocious Temperament. He is a Savage, and with the right Coaching, could become extraordinary.
Receiving ~ He's developing into a potentially very effective Outlet Receiver, this Year.
Excessive Beastocity @ the 2:45 Mark of Ohio State's Battle with the Iowa HawkEyes!!
I'm concerned about Carlos Hyde's Stone Fingers and Psychotic Blocking ~ I'm reading Praise on both from others, so maybe they're privy to more Tape than I ~ but he took an enormous leap Forward, this Year, and has become an explosive, dangerous Threat...and I think that with Coaching he's going to become a phenomenal Blocker.
And I'm exaggerating about the Stone Fingers: He is raw and inconsistent, but has flashed considerably improved Hands as a Receiver, this Year, and projects to become a solid Outlet Receiver, I believe.
Carlos Hyde, it seems to me, is a Rarity: A Power Runner with exceptional Agility.
He is a constant threat to blast right through the Heart of a Defense on every single Play...And yet a legitimate Threat to Flip Hips and Surge into The Open. The combination can be destructive.
Add in his relentless Ferocity and raw Capacity as a Blocker, and his burgeoning Capacity as a Receiver, and I would say that Mister Hyde's presence on the Field gives his Team equally attractive options in either the Passing or the Running Game. That makes him a very dangerous 3 Down Back...and a formidable Adversary.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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