Southern Eagles ~ 5090/210
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
Agility ~ Phenomenal. Those of you who've honored my Site with your Visitations on several occasions may very well know that his exceptional 40 Time ~ 441 ~ has absolutely nothing to do with my Assessment of his Agility. Both on Game Tape and at the Combine, however, McKinnon displayed an exhilarating fusion of Acceleration, Fluidity, and Ricochet.
Processing Speed ~ No clue, but presumably as Raw as Raw Oysters!! McKinnon lined up at QuarterBack or WingBack for the most part, you see, and lining up deep in the BackField will bring an entirely different Perspective. However, I do believe that it's fair to speculate that running an Option Offense speaks highly of his Processing Speed.
Blocking ~ Raw, of course. He'll need an whole lot of work, here.
Receiving ~ Rawer than Beef Tartar, baby!! Georgia Southern's Offense didn't call for McKinnon to line up as a Receiver or to catch many Passes, so I can only go by the Combine, wherein the phenomenal fusion of Acceleration, Fluidity, and Ricochet, considering this Option QuarterBacks's Route knowledge, suggest extraordinary Possibilities.
Needless to say: There wasn't a great deal of Tape to work with, so this Report is highly Speculative.
Having said that...I knew I was gonna love this Kid even before my first Click.
Suffice to say: McKinnon's a bit of a Project. But I strongly suspect that it won't take'm as long to make an Impact as most are likely to believe. He needs a ton of Work as a Blocker and as a Receiver, to be certain, but the fact that he's been regularly deployed at 3 different Positions at Georgia Southern ~ QuarterBack, WingBack, and Defensive Back ~ demonstrably testify to exceptional Diagnostic Capacity and Processing Speed.
Whatever he needs to learn, I believe he'll learn it. And quickly.
This is pure Speculation, but I believe that over the next two to three Years, Jerick McKinnon has a legitimate chance to develop into a dynamic, explosive Runner, a decent Blocker, and an explosive, dangerous Receiver.
That's not even within a million miles of a Certainty...But if he makes it all the way to what I perceive as his Potential, we're talking about a genuinely terrifying Hybrid Dual Threat...And I think he's got a legitimate shot of making it!!
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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