CornerBack ~ Jourdan Lewis ~ Michigan Wolverines ~ 5100/189
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:
CornerBacks ~ I find it quite amusing that the very last Skill Set on my list is the only Defensive Skill Set ~ so far!! ~ for whom I haven't adapted or invented a new Term. The Prototype would be about 6000/195.
CornerBacks are of course Pass Defense Specialists, but I will include Run Defense in my Evaluations. But I will note, of course, that as with Blocking as it pertains to WideOuts, it is desirable, yes, but its absence is no Red Flag.
This is how I break down CornerBacks:
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, Processing Speed, Motor, and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Agility, Processing Speed, and Field Vision.
CatchPoint Capacity: Tracking, Timing, Combat Skills, and WingSpan.
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
* Processing Speed
* Agility ~ Fluidity, Ricochet, Acceleration, and Speed, baby!!
* Processing Speed ~ Reading and Reacting with Speed & Precision to Offensive Tactics.
* Field Vision ~ Processing Speed with an emphasis on the Tactical LandScape.
* Combat Skills
* Vertical Agility
Agility: Phenomenal. His Combine Numbers say "Mediocre", and I respect Combine Numbers and attenuate accordingly what my Eyes tell me...But there is Intrinsic Agility, and their is Functional Agility, and Intrinsic Agility, at the end'f the Day, is simply a Means to an End, the End being Functional Agility...and on The Field of Battle, Jourdan Lewis, however FrankenStein he may be, boasts incredible Fluidity and terrific Acceleration...and effective Speed!!
Processing Speed: Magnificent...Not Sensational...Magnificent. Holds a Lien on every QuarterBack's Brain.
Run Defense: Awesome. Yeah, I cannot account for it. But...There it is. Diminutive Size, but sensational Core Power, tremendous Combat Skills in Navigating Traffic, phenomenal Motor, and extraordinary Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Magnificent. Incredible. Sensational. Covers like a Serpentine Mind Reader. There. That'll do.
Catch Point Capacity: Ridiculous. WideOut, perpetrating like a Corner. Sensational Tracking & Timing.
Jourdan Lewis possesses an undeniably unhealthy attraction to WideOuts.
His Capacity to adhere to their Paths redefines Viscosity.
Any Pass in his General Direction is a Mistake.
He is the perfect Height/Weight for Slot Corner, but he's too good not to take the Boundary.
His Combine Numbers? They suck. Slow. Weak. FrankenStein. I don't care.
And he's Under Indictment. Innocent Until Proven Guilty.
He's a freaking Genius, is what he is.
And he is Driven.
Pay the Man.
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the invaluable Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!