SpeedBack ~ Jordan Canzeri ~ Iowa HawkEyes
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: Excellent. His Long Speed is merely adequate, but his Acceleration is exceptional, and both his Fluidity and his Ricochet are terrific. He's a Spry Fly ~ a JitterBug ~ but a remarkably tough one.
Field Vision: Outstanding. He consistently anticipates Seems quickly and correctly.
Blocking: Marginal, of course, but not utterly horrible. Very, very scrappy.
Receiving: Excellent. Terrific Tracking & Timing and soft Hands.
God Forbid anyone ask Jordan Canzeri to run in between the Tackles, because he just might try to, the Fool.
As I write this, he is scraping along the outermost periphery of the FootBall Universe. Before I write my Reports, I sniff around for the impressions of Joshua Norris of RotoWorld, Dane Brugler of Columbia BroadCasting, Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, and a few others, to get an initial sense of a Prospect...before of course blithely ignoring the lot'f'm and cranking out my outrageously splendiferous Obloviations!! But I was astounded to see that of all the InterNet Scouts that I admire and read, only Norris ~ or at least: RotoWorld Anonymous ~ had anything to say about this guy!!
And even now, the last I heard of'm was that he was attending the Browns MiniCamp, 3 months ago!!
I actually have no Idea if he's even in a Camp, right now, 90 Man Rosters and all!!
But that's not my concern. My concern is to evaluate the Value of Jordan Canzeri's Services, disirregardless of what Value The Market places on said Services...And as I see it, we're talking about a guy who has definite Limitations ~ don't run Canzeri between the Tackles, if you give a Rats Ass about'm!! ~ but whose Potential as a combination Runner and Receiver on "Passing Downs" and in Spread Offenses and the like is absolutely tremendous.
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!!