CornerBack ~ Jaire Alexander ~ LouisVille Cardinals ~ 5103/196
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: 100. Explosive Acceleration and Speed and serpentine Fluidity.
Processing Speed: 60, with 80-100 potential. Processing Speed? 100. Field Vision? 40. Gambles far too much and gets his Team burned. However, he's a former WideOut whose Instincts are acute and improving. He does need to lose the All or Nothing mentality, though. Glory Hogs get a lot of press, but tend to self destruct and take their Teams with'm.
Run Defense: 33. Marginal Core Power, poor Combat Skills in Navigating Traffic, and bad Tackling.
Pass Coverage: 60 but with 100 potential. Marginal Combat Skills in Press Coverage, and inconsistent Field Vision, reading Routes, but with sensational Verticity and Closing Speed, he could become elite if his Game develops.
CatchPoint Capacity: 75. Poor Combat Skills, but outstanding Tracking & Timing and tremendous Vertical Agility.
The downside is a combination of shaky Processing Speed, marginal Combat Skills in Press Coverage and at the CatchPoint, crappy Run Defense...and a potentially fatal penchant for Gambling. There are Red Flags aplenty.
I make allowances for Convertibles, mind you, and Alexander is a very recently converted WideOut, which goes a long way towards explaining his lack of Combat Skills and Field Vision...and even his awful Run Defense.
Even so, it's hardly guaranteed that he'll develop well enough in all these aspects of FootBall to become All That He Can Be.
There is a lot of Risk in betting on Jaire Alexander.
Potential? Top 10.
Game? 3rd/4th Round.
Chances of'is becoming All That He Can Be?
Better'n average, but fraught with Danger!!
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!!