CornerBack ~ Dane Cruikshank ~ Arizona WildCats ~ 6012/210
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: 50. Magnificent Acceleration and phenomenal Speed, but marginal Fluidity and mediocre Ricochet. He's a textbook case of a Player who's exponentially better at running in a straight line than in changing directions.
Processing Speed: 25. He's got a long ways to go to catch up to NFL speed.
Run Defense: 80. He's often a tick late to read and react, he often misdiagnoses, and his stiff, sluggish swivel results in his overrunning some Tackles...But he fast, physical, and ferocious, with an outstanding Motor, impressive Combat Skills in navigating Traffic, and impressive Tackling Form. Mind you: I'm grading'm as CornerBack, not a Rover.
Pass Coverage: 25. I see Cruikshank's best fit as being at Corner, but I can't blame the WildCats for pulling'm back inside after a troubling 2016 out there. He's got extraordinary Acceleration and Speed, though, and his Combat Skills are impressive. I believe that he's got a lot'f potential in Press Coverage, if he dramatically improves his Field Vision.
CatchPoint Capacity: 75. Impressive Combat Skills and excellent Hands.
Secondly, I believe that his greatest Assets are his Acceleration and Speed, and that those, helped by his impressive Combat Skills, offer, as a Press Coverage Corner, not only his best chance of success, but also his greatest potential impact.
Ceiling? Beast. 1st/2nd Rounder. Cruikshank brings not only extraordinary Speed and ~ more importantly even at CornerBack ~ Acceleration, but 210 pounds of beef and the aggression to make the most of it. He's got a lot of work to do to in Route Reading, but if he ever master it, he's got genuine All Pro potential in a Press Coverage Scheme.
Floor? Special Teams. 6th/7th Round. If he doesn't make enormous mental strides, you cannot trust'm in Battle.
Risk/Reward Ratio? Long Shot, but a genuine chance to succeed. Cruinkshank's mental Game is very, very raw, but his aggressive approach to Tackling speaks well'f'is Drive. He's got a long ways to go...but it's possible.
Yeah, a top shelf Lottery Ticket. Definitely worth a Mid Rounder.
Thank you so very much, Draft BreakDown, without whom my Work would be virtually impossible.
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In other words: If any of my Super Dooper Deeper Sleepers ever fail to fulfill their vast potential, I’m confident that it goes without saying that it wasn’t their fault…or mine!!...Yes, I think that I'm being funny.
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