MidFielder ~ Denzel Perryman ~ Miami Hurricanes ~ 5106/237
I don't consider Dragons that play what you Earthlings refer to as "OutSide LineBacker" in a 34 Defense to be MidFielders.
Dragons have a particular Skill Set and natural strengths which are divergent to those of MidFielders.
MidFielders, whether in a 434, a 335, a 425, a 245, or whatever you come up with, are natural Super Hybrids who can quite conceivably Rush the Passer, Drop into Coverage, and, above all, Defend against the Run.
When evaluating MidFielders, this is how I break things down:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Torso Power is important, but Core Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. All the upper body strength in the world still fails if you can't dig in your heels. But Core Power enables a Defensive Lineman to project Power in the Passing Game and to reject Power in the Running Game.
Agility: Launch Velocity, Acceleration, and above all: Fluidity or Core Agility. Core Agility is even more essential to sustained good Health ~ and to sustained good FootBall ~ than Core Power. The ability to react with Serpentine smoothness is a tremendous asset in all Aspects of the Game, and certainly in the Hand to Hand Combat that characterizes Trench Warfare. All the Power in the World goes only so far if you're stiff and lumbering out there.
Combat Skills: Paw Power, Mechanics ~ Hand Speed & Positioning ~ and of course: Frame.
Intangibles: Processing Speed and Motor. Processing Speed or Diagnostic Velocity is about how quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to how the Rapidly Roiling Tactical LandScape effects Blocking Schemes, and Motor is about Endurance and Drive: How much Work has been put into Conditioning, and how it manifests itself.
Run Defense: Power, Agility, Combat Skills, Navigating Traffic, Processing Speed, Motor, and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Agility, Processing Speed, and Catch Point Capacity.
Pass Rush: Power, Agility, and Combat Skills.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Core Power ~ lower body Power. Core Power trumps Torso Power. Tyrannosaurus Rex had exceptional Core Power.
* Torso Power ~ upper Body Power. Important, but not crucial. T Rex had lousy Torso Power...yet was King.
* Anchoring Strength against the Run.
* Drive Power in the Pass Rush.
* Fluidity, above all things: Core Agility & Flexibility makes everything possible.
* Launch Velocity ~ Speed into Contact off the Snap.
* Acceleration ~ Short Speed or Quickness.
* Verticity ~ The Ability ~ or lack thereof ~ to Flips Hips and Turn & Burn in Pass Coverage.
* Paw Power ~ The Power & Speed of the initial Punch.
* Paw Velocity ~ How active the Hands are.
* Paw Positioning ~ It's all about Angles & Leverage.
* Frame ~ Above all: WingSpan.
* Processing Speed ~ Field Vision. Rapidly Reading & Reacting to the Offense.
* Motor ~ Intensity and Duration.
* Combat Skills
* Navigating Traffic
* Processing Speed
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
* Combat Skills
Agility: Effective. Perryman's searing Processing Speed causes his Fluidity and Acceleration to appear more impressive than it actually is, I believe, and this becomes evident when he takes a false step and is forced to scramble back. Furthermore, while his Fluidity is moderate, his Verticity is really creaky, which hurts in Pass Coverage.
Combat Skills: Outstanding. Noticeable Improvement in 2014. Exceptional Mechanics and tremendous Hand Speed.
Intangibles: Phenomenal. Tremendous Field Vision and Processing Speed. Magnificent Motor. Improved his Mechanics, his Frame, and his Tactical Command dramatically over the course of 2 Years. Inspirational Leader and Mentor.
Run Defense: Exceptional. Phenomenal at The Point of Attack, routinely bringing his tremendous Processing Speed, his outstanding Combat Skills, and his extraordinary Anchoring Strength to bear. And he's actually effective in Pursuit, for although his Fluidity and Acceleration are merely moderate, his extraordinary Field Vision and Diagnostic Velocity consistently give him an early jump, which translates to far more Range than his natural athletic skills could ever conceivably account for. He navigates Traffic well, and tackles with tremendous form and terrifying Ferocity.
Pass Coverage: Mediocre. His remarkable Processing Speed goes a long way, and in Zone Coverage, he's got enough Fluidity to be competitive, but his creaky Verticity is a considerable Liability in Direct Coverage.
Pass Rush: Mediocre, but with conceivably exceptional Potential. His Frame is an hindrance, but his Drive Power is extraordinary, his Combat Skills are outstanding, and his Field Vision & Timing are extraordinary.
And having reached this Conclusion, one might be tempted, as I usually am in such matters, to write off Perryman as what you Earthlings refer to as a "2 Down Run Defender". I, myself, am more inclined to regard such MidFielders as "1 Down Run Defenders" ~ The Sub Is The New Base, Baby!! ~ and consequently adjust their Grades dramatically.
Although others far more adept at this than I disagree, I believe that when Perryman guesses wrong ~ and you gotta dig deep to find those Snaps!! ~ the mediocrity of his Fluidity and Acceleration is exposed.
And yet most of the time he plays fast.
And that, really, is what lies at the heart of my perception, with Perryman, as with many others before, that his Processing Speed ~ his Diagnostic Velocity, his Field Vision ~ is freaking awesome. It is quite simple, really.
And Processing Speed translates to the next level. And because I believe that, I believe that Perryman's Potential is greater than that of a guy like Stephone Anthony, who's Long Speed is dazzling, but whose Processing Speed is not.
Even so, I don't grade'm nearly as high as some others do.
I believe that he is and will remain mediocre, perhaps decent, in Zone Coverage and a flat out Liability in Zone Coverage.
But as the General of a Defense ~ as the Mike MidFielder, in either a 43 or a 34 ~ he brings an exquisite fusion of Ferocity and Brilliance that I believe will make him a virtually instant LockerRoom Leader and Natural Born Field General.
Denzel Perryman is the kind of MidFielder who inspires Confidence and who inspires Passion.
And I think he's just gonna get better and better. Everything about this guy's Resume ~ the way he's dramatically improved every Aspect of his Game over the last few Years, the ferocious Motor and phenomenal Processing Speed manifestly evident on every Snap ~ make it crystal clear to me that he is oozing explosive Upward Trajectory.
Put'm in the right Scheme ~ a minimum of Direct Coverage ~ and he could be awesome.
And that's where I'm placing my Bet.
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This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!