PowerBack ~ Jaylen Samuels ~ North Carolina State WolfPack ~ 5115/225
I've come to believe that any HalfBack that doesn't bring a Passing Game element to the BattleField is...incomplete.
Hence, the term "FlexBack" ~ although quite cool, I believe!! ~ short-circuits the Evaluation Process.
As to how I break them down, I expect that the terms are pretty self-explanatory:
PowerBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work between the Tackles..
SpeedBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work outside the Tackles.
The PowerBack prototype would be about 5115/220 or so.
The SpeedBack prototype would be about 5010/200 or so.
Those are gross oversimplifications, of course, and many HalfBacks will manifest Attributes of both styles. Indeed, Power and Speed ~ better yet: Agility ~ are crucial to the Success of either kind of HalfBack. But I believe that it advances the discussion and better serves my Fellow FootBall Fanatics if I make an effort to distinguish between types.
This is how I break things down, when evaluating all HalfBacks:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Upper body Power is important, but lower body Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. An HalfBack's Capacity to break Tackles is more about Core Power than anything else.
Agility: Launch Velocity, Fluidity, Acceleration, and Ricochet. Long Speed is all well and good, but at the end of the day, it is Gravy. What wins Championships is Moving The Chains. And Moving The Chains is accomplished far more consistently by the guys who exhibit the Agility ~ and the Focus ~ to consistently pick up 5 and sometimes 10 Yards at a time.
Processing Speed: Diagnostic Velocity. Field Vision. That ethereal Capacity to Rapidly Read & React to the Rapidly Roiling & Boiling Tactical LandScape...and to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
Blocking: Having an HalfBack who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle. Most HalfBacks just coming out'f College are mediocre Blockers, but this is a crucial Aspect of the Game that they'll need to master.
Receiving: Whether he be a PowerBack or a SpeedBack, an HalfBack that can effectively present a genuine Threat in the Passing Game dramatically increases his Team's Options on any given Play. The more dynamic the Threat, the more valuable to'is Team on the Field of Battle, whether he's just slipping out'f the BackField or splitting out Wide.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Core Power is most of it. Tyrannosaurus Rex would've made an Hell of an HalfBack.
* Torso Power doesn't hurt, though.
* Launch Velocity
* Long Speed
* That ethereal Capacity to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
Power: 40. He's no daisy, but he is far from a bulldozer. In all fairness, he was deployed more as a Receiver than as a Runner, and it was therefore more appropriate to develop Agility than to develop Power.
Agility: 40. Impressive Speed, but his Acceleration, Fluidity, and Ricochet are all mediocre.
Processing Speed: 50. Generally got what was there, but rarely created on'is own.
Blocking: 33. Pretty shaky Power, Combat Skills, and Motor. Nice WingSpan and Frame, though, so there's some Potential.
Receiving: 60. Mostly Flat Routes and other simple stuff. Mediocre Hands, but a very high comfort level with Routes, such as they are, and with transitioning from Catch to running. Impressive Field Vision after the Catch.
Jaylen Samuels certainly has Potential, but he is not, in my opinion, exploding with it.
As a Profile, PowerBack is an easy choice for me: His Frame is perfect for it, and an HalfBack who's a legitimate Receiver is always more valuable than a Receiver...provided, of course, that he passes muster as an HalfBack.
And he does past muster as an HalfBack, Jaylen Samuels...but not by much.
Ceiling? Collaborator. 3rd Round. I perceive nothing of the Runner to inspire me to wax poetic, as I perceive both his Power and his Agility to be mediocre, and his Field Vision and Processing Speed, while adequate, to be far short of being able to transform his mediocre physical qualities into anything more than a mediocre Runner...But if he can be trained not as a Receiver, as he has been, but as an HalfBack, and if he can develop Core Power and Combat Skills, he has at least the theoretical Potential, with that WingSpan, to become a good Blocker. And as an already competent Receiver, he would thence bring a versatile fusion of Skills that would render'm useful on any Down, but especially on Passing Downs.
Floor? Reserve. 6th/7th Rounder. He's been employed as a WingBack, so he is for all effective purposes a convertible ~ or should be ~ and should he fail to develop into an effective Blocker, the path to Wash Out will be a short one.
Risk/Reward Ratio? Favorable. Samuels isn't especially talented, nor does he give me the sense that he is a wellspring of Intelligence and Drive ~ that pathetic CutBlock against a Blitzer in'is QuarterBack's face on a Flea Flicker against South Carolina, which almost got'is QuarterBack decapitated, really roils me ~ but his Processing Speed in rapidly reading and reacting to Traffic seems competent, and he certainly digested and successfully translated complex roles, week after intensely complex week, at South Carolina...I just get the sense that he'll do what he needs to do.
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!!