CornerBack ~ Isaiah Oliver ~ Colorado Buffaloes
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. Terrific Speed, but mediocre Acceleration, Fluidity, Ricochet, and Verticity. Basically, he can run really fast in a straight line, but even then it takes'm a while to get up to Cruising Speed.
Processing Speed: 33. Very slow to react quickly or effectively in'is Route Reading.
Run Defense: 33. Marginal Combat Skills in Navigating Traffic and inconsistent Tackling Form.
Pass Coverage: 25 in Off Coverage, but 50 in Press and with tremendous potential. Oliver's lack of Fluidity, in particular, is an enormous Liability in Off Coverage, and, combined with his sluggish Processing Speed, courts disaster. However, his gigantic WingSpan is gigantic Asset in Press Coverage, which, combined with his only Agility Asset ~ Speed, particularly Closing Speed ~ are perfect complements to each other. His Power and his Combat Skills need a considerable deal of development, but if he can put it all together, his potential as a Press Coverage Corner is excellent.
CatchPoint Capacity: 66, but with 100 potential. Oliver's Tracking & Timing are marginal ~ he's often a beat late ~ but his sprawling WingSpan, awesome Vertical Agility, and excellent Hands give him amazing CatchPoint potential.
And whereas he is usually described as an outstanding athlete, I disagree, perceiving him as possessing only Straight Line Speed, Straight Line Speed, furthermore, that lacks much in the way of explosive Acceleration. That kind of Speed is an Asset in any Coverage, and particularly in Press Coverage, I think, but his lack of Fluidity, Ricochet, and Acceleration immensely hinder his capacity to mirror WideOuts in any sort of Coverage, including Press Coverage.
There's definite potential, here, though. If he can develop his Power, Combat Skills, and Field Vision and Processing Speed to a far higher level than their currently raw states, the combination of that WingSpan and his excellent Long Speed offer tremendous potential as a Press Coverage Corner. But those are three major variables.
Ceiling? Beast. 1st Rounder.
Floor? Reserve. 6th/7th Rounder.
Risk/Reward Ratio? 50/50. Editor's Note: That's not really a Ratio but never mind. You know what I mean!!
There isn't any particular reason that I can point to, to suggest that he's more or less likely to become All That He Can Be.
There is, however, an enormous developmental process to undertake, though, and that means very risk Pick.
I get the sense that the Corner Market was a little dry this year, pushing prices a bit higher.
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!!