CornerBack ~ Justin Simmons ~ Boston College
Eagles ~ 6024/203
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.
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, Navigating Traffic, Processing Speed, Motor, and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Combat Skills, Agility, Processing Speed, and Catch Point Capacity.
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
* Navigating Traffic
* Processing Speed
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
Processing Speed: Exceptional. He started for parts of 3 Years at CenterFielder and it shows.
Run Defense: Tremendous. Outstanding Core Power and WingSpan.
Pass Coverage: Impressive and potentially outstanding. Simmons has an extraordinary Fusion of Fluidity, Ricochet, and an awesome WingSpan. He needs Time & Training at Corner, but his potential Impact is immense.
It's about Liabilities as well as Assets: CenterFielders have a very different set of Responsibilities, and grading Simmons as a CenterFielder, I'd grade his Field Vision as mediocre, and we'd be looking at a 4th Round Grade.
But as a CornerBack, despite its being a more demanding and difficult Role ~ his Potential, I believe, is far, far greater.
A Corner's Processing Speed and Field Vision are far more about the single guy he's covering ~ unless it's in Zone ~ and Simmons, despite the vast majority of his Snaps having been in CenterField, is impressive in that narrower context.
Likewise his Run Defense, grading against other Corners, is far more impressive than if I'd been grading'm against other CenterFielders. And even his kind of Agility is better suited for Corner ~ preferably Press over Zone ~ because he's not really fast, but he is quick, smooth, and crisp, and his extraordinary WingSpan is perfect for Press Corner.
This guy needs Time & Training at Corner, because he's been inexplicably deployed as a CenterFielder for the most part, ere these many Years...But his Skill Set is custom made to play Press Corner, and if he successfully develops the technical aspects of the Role, he's got the Agility, the Core Power, and the WingSpan to become great.
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None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!