Gryphon ~ Jalen Reeves Maybin ~ Tennessee Volunteers ~ 6003/230
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:
Gryphons ~ The Gryphon of ancient Egyptian Lore is an Hybrid of a Lion and an Eagle, and thus I believe an utterly perfect term for an emerging Role ~ and the attendant Skill Set ~ that I believe is going to become of enormous Importance in the Decades to come: The Hybrid MidFielder/RoverBack ~ that's "LineBacker/Strong Safety" to you Earthlings. The Base Formation is rapidly approaching Extinction: The Sub Package Is The New Base, Ladies & Laddies!! The next Development in the Eternal War between Offense and Defense may very well be an 11th Player ~ that same MidFielder/RoverBack Hybrid ~ playing Full Time!! The Prototype would be about 6000/225, I'd say.
The Gryphon would optimally be able to play RoverBack in "Base" Formations, and drop down to MidFielder for Big Nickel.
Gryphons could thus quite conceivably emerge as the Field Generals of the Defense in the Years to come.
When evaluating Gryphons, this is how I break things down:
Agility: Acceleration, Ricochet, Fluidity, and Verticity ~ that's Turn & Burn Acuity, to you Earthlings!!
Processing Speed: How quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the developing Play.
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, Processing Speed, and Combat Skills.
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.
* How quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the developing Play.
* Combat Skills
* Navigating Traffic
* Processing Speed
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
* Processing Speed
* Combat Skills
Processing Speed: Excellent. Consistently Reads & Reacts rapidly and ~ usually ~ effectively to Blocking Schemes, Play Action, and other Offensive Deception and general HornSwoggling. Tremendous Field Vision.
Run Defense: Excellent. Merely competitive at the Point of Attack, due to the usual Beef Liability that Gryphons bear, but his outstanding Combat Skills make up for a lot, and he is awesome In Pursuit, because'f'is Processing Speed to Rapidly Read & React, his Field Vision to anticipate the Best Path to Contact, his Combat Skills, and his Speed.
Pass Coverage: Excellent. Field Vision, Processing Speed, and Agility. Very strong In Coverage.
Pass Rush: Excellent. He times Snaps well, his Combat Skills are excellent, and he is fast.
This is a transitional Era, though, and if he is deployed as a classic MidFielder, and asked to routinely plow through the Trenches, doing Battle with 300 Pounders, there is a very strong Chance that he's gonna have a very short and Injury Riddled Career. His Frame seems maxed out, and he's simply not built for that kind of Job Description.
However, if his Coaches are smart enough to realize that this is the 21st Century, that 7 Man Fronts are now the Exception, not the Rule, and that a 230 Pounder playing a Hybrid MidFielder/Defensive Back Role as Field General is just what Defenses need to counteract 21st Century Offenses...well, Jalen Reeves Maybin is perfect for that Role.
This is, I say, a transitional Era, so I expect a lot of Casualties as foolish Coaches, lost in the Past, mindlessly butcher their Players by deploying them badly, and Gryphons are therefore treading dangerous ground.
But if Maybin brings the Combat Skills to overcome his mediocre Power and both the mental and physical Speed to make an enormous Impact in Run Defense, the Fluidity and Speed to make a strong Impact in Pass Coverage...and the Wisdom, if you'll pardon the abstruse Reference, to know the Difference. And if his Coaches are of the enlightened, transformational type, he could take Command of a Defense and lead it to tremendous Success.
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!