Slot Corner ~ Darius Phillips ~ Western Michigan Broncos ~ 5100/192
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:
Slot Corners ~ Upon Further Review, I confess that I believe that I went A Bridge Too Far with this Business of rebranding NickelBacks as CenterFielders. CenterFielders ~ "Free Safeties" to you Earthlings!! ~ are optimally Hybrids capable of Direct Coverage, anyway, and my premise that NickelBacks ought to be able to manifest the Processing Speed that CenterFielders need, as well as the Run Defense Aspect of a CenterFielder was pushing Evolution too far, too fast!!
It would be terrific for Defenses if NickelBacks were all spry yet beefy 5090/210 Pounders whose Frames could stand up to the rigors of the Run Defense that is an important Aspect of a CenterFielder's Game.
But even then, their Height would be a Liability in surveying the Tactical LandScape.
NickelBacks 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 Slot Corners:
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: Run/Pass, Routes, Picks, and such.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Agility ~ Fluidity, Ricochet, Acceleration, and Speed, baby!!
* Processing Speed ~ Reading and Reacting with Speed & Precision to Routes and WideOuts.
* Field Vision ~ Processing Speed with an emphasis on the Tactical LandScape.
* Combat Skills
* Vertical Agility
He's a former WideOut and he certainly plays CornerBack very much like one.
Agility: 90. Tremendous Speed and outstanding Fluidity and Ricochet.
Processing Speed: 90. He could be more disciplined, but his Route Reading is phenomenal.
Run Defense: 10. Yeah, he's a 10. No Power and not much Aggression at all. Huge Liability.
Pass Coverage: 100. If you're stupid enough to match'm up against Beef, then he's gonna have serious problems. But against otherwise deadly and dangerous Spry Flies like SlotBacks and FlexBacks, he's perfect. He commands a sensational combination of Intelligence and Athleticism, and it absolutely translates on the Field of Battle.
CatchPoint Capacity: 90. He can certainly lose Jump Balls to bigger WideOuts, but his Combat Skills are good, his Tracking and Timing is awesome, and his Hands are magnificent. Former WideOut and it shows.
Ceiling? Beast. 1st/2nd Round. His combination of Intelligence and Athleticism are elite ~ multiple Pro Bowl potential.
Floor? Reserve. 6th/7th Round. He's horrible against the Run, and if he doesn't develop some Aggression, he could quite conceivably never see the Field of Battle outside of Kick Returns, which alone don't offer much value, as I see it.
Risk/Reward Ratio? Strong. His matadorian "Run Support" and "Tackling" suggest, on the face of it, a complete and utter lack of Drive ~ a Prima Donna. And that possibility must be considered when evaluating his chances of developing a legitimate career. His Reputation, however, is completely the opposite of that'f a slacker, and his extraordinary craft in Coverage ~ and all the work that must necessarily've gone into developing it to that level ~ strongly supports his Reputation, which is that of an obsessed workaholic. I'd be surprised if he doesn't respond to coaching.
We'll see, but I see a guy with All Pro potential, and believe that he's got tons of Intelligence and Drive.
Final Analysis? A very viable chance of developing into an All Pro Slot Corner.
Thank you so very much, Draft BreakDown, without whom my Work would be virtually impossible.
Please also note, Fellow FootBall Fiends: These CyberScouting Reports are not intended as predictions of success or failure, but as assessments ~ ludicrously amateurish assessments ~ of potential success. FootBall is a rough and often unfair business, and many a worthy Prospect has fallen far short of his potential, sometimes not because of his own failings, but because of those of coaching, scheme, timing...or because huge investments were made on other Prospects.
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.
In other words: Caveat Emptor, Fellow FootBall Fiends!!
Enter at your own risk!!