Wolverines ~ 5075/185
Hence the term.
They tend to be smaller than either the Split End or the Flanker, and the best ones are remarkably Quick.
And they're actually considered "Backs" ~ like HalfBacks or FullBacks...or QuarterBacks!! ~ which I find rather cool.
*Please do note, though: Schematically, theSlotBack is whoever lines up as the SlotBack...But for the purposes of these Scouting Reports, I am applying this NomenClature to those who are SlotBacks by trade, so to speak: Those whose Skills Sets apply best to that particular Job Description. What their Coaches might do with them, once they're drafted, is another matter all together. Ditto, the Split Ends & Flanker. In any case, many play multiple Roles.
It should also be noted that many Coaches deploy widely different kinds of Players at SlotBack.
Furthermore, I should append that the classic SlotBack is one that I would not employ much, myself. My Reports are based on my Perception of how they'd do in Offenses that do employ classic SlotBacks ~ like Wes Welker.
If it was up to me, though, SlotBacks would be employed far more dynamically. The way that the Vikings came to employ Percy Harvin, the last couple of Years, made him a significantly more disruptive Weapon, because he became established as a genuine Threat either to Run or to Receive, and from all over the Formation.
The very location of the SlotBack ~ in the murky Zone between Ends & Backs ~ demands a dynamic, Hybrid Role.
From a Tactical standpoint, most Head Coaches are leaving a load of advantageous Possibilities on the Table.
This is the sort of Role that would solve the Mystery of what to do with guys like Denard Robinson.
For now, though, that Conceptual Role ~ I'll call it FlexWing SlotBack!! ~ exists only in my Fevered Imagination!!
The most compelling Attributes of a SlotBack are, in my view, and in no particular order:
Separation. Getting Open. This encompasses their ability to beat Press, their Acceleration out'f the Blocks, their Routing Precision, their Agility, their Ricochet, their capacity to outsmart Defenders, and their Instincts.
Catching. This encompasses Hands, Catch Radius, Vertical Agility, and Timing.
Navigation. How well he Navigates the Field in Pursuit of Yards After Catch: Power, Agility, and Field Vision.
Blocking. Having a WideOut who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle.
Catching ~ Exceptional. Gallon is astonishingly Tough at the CatchPoint, exhibiting impressive Combat Skills, extraordinary Vertical Agility, great Timing and Spatial Diagnostics, and incredibly reliable Hands.
Navigation ~ Extraordinary. I persistently insist that the Running Capacity of SlotBacks ~ their Dual Threat Capacity ~ is what imparts their greatest Impact on the Field of Battle, and potentially marauding Forces like Jeremy Gallon are precisely why I think so. Gallon brings a FlexBack's mentality to the Field, attacking Secondaries with a deadly, devastating combination of Fluidity, Ricochet, penetrating Field Vision, and shockingly potent Power.
Blocking ~ Good!! Gallon isn't messing around out there, folks!! This is a FootBall Player. Gallon's Core Power is simply awesome, his Paw Power is potent, his Combat Skills are exceptional, and his Motor doesn't stop.
I don't care.
Jeremy Gallon is a boiling, bubbling Tasmanian Devil ~ a moderately agile Talent with ridiculous Core Power, tremendous Intelligence, an incredible Work Ethic, phenomenal Instincts, and voracious, insatiable Drive.
This is a Dwarf...But he is a Dwarf that you can leave in for all 3 Downs...and feel damned good about so doing.
Jeremy Gallon will Move The Chains relentlessly, he will make Plays catching the Ball, he will humiliate guys 100 Pounds heavier when he blocks them ~ a la MoJo Drew ~ he will take punishment and immediately come right back at the guy dishing it out and embarrass him...And he will do all this doubly so when it counts most. This is a Money Player, gentlemen...A guy you want on the Field in January: When The Only Games That Really Matter are played.
He'll produce. Through thick. And through thin.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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