CornerBack ~ Kenneth Lamar Williams ~ Florida State Seminoles ~ 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: Impressive, but with a major Caveat: All CornerBacks ~ and all Earthlings ~ process Information faster when the Play is in front'f'm and slower when their back's to it ~ especially if they're running like Hell. But with Williams, there is a substantial divergence in Efficacy. Mentally, he is far more effective in Off Coverage than in Press.
Run Defense: Tremendous. As with virtually all Defensive Backs, his Tackling Mechanics need Work, but he is incredibly powerful, has an outstanding Motor, and makes an enormous Impact when he hits. Terrific Appetite for Combat.
Pass Coverage: Impressive. Lo, how I dislike overusing one Adjective, but this I must, for I would grade'm as exceptional in Off Coverage but mediocre in Press Coverage. Mind you, he has the Core Power and the Appetite for Combat to transform into an impressive Press Corner, but his Processing Speed in Trail is shaky as Hell, and his Mechanics are rough, as well. In Off Coverage, however, his Field Vision improves exponentially, and he Clicks & Closes with unmistakable Authority. Clearly best suited for Off Coverage. His Catch Point Capacity is marginal.
Kenneth Lamar (PJ) Williams ~ I have absolutely no idea ~ is in my eyes the Antithesis of a Trae Waynes, who is far better suited, I believe, to play Press Corner, whereas Williams seems to me to be perfectly suited for Off Coverage.
That observation will perhaps astound many, who note the highly impressive Appetite for Combat that Williams brings to the Field of Battle, and believe that he's exceptional in Press Coverage ~ and indeed I believe he's got Potential.
But the Divergence in the Comfort & Confidence that he seems to me to manifest in Press Coverage on the one hand and in Off Coverage on the other is pronounced. In Off Coverage, his Read & Reaction Speed is so rapid that I believe that he could step into a Lineup today...But in Press, frankly, he sometimes looks lost and confused. And if he's having these issues right now, I shudder to imagine how he's going to compete in Press Coverage with the athletes at this level.
Thus, yes: I do not believe that he's currently Scheme Versatile...and wouldn't bet on'm becoming so.
In my mind, that hurts his Stock, because the 21st Century Defenses need to be Hybrid.
SideNote: I think he'd make an exceptional CenterFielder ~ that's "Free Safety", to you Earthlings.
However, I prefer a CenterFielder to excel as a Slot Corner...and I don't perceive that to be a Strength of Williams's.
As for his MisDeeds off the Field: I, frankly, am not concerned with them.
Seems to me that there are far more Busts because of lack of Talent or Effort than because of Malfeasance.
In other Words: It's a Risk Factor, but a relatively small one in the Grand Scope of Things.
I retain, as always, the Right to retroactively dramatically attenuate my Grade based on Shit That Comes Out Later.
Shit that turned out to be evident at Interviews that I, alas, am not privy to.
Ironically, that means that I'm grading'm a full Round lower than Consensus Market Value ~ my best estimation of it, that is ~ but that I'm not discounting him a Tick for his Extracurricular Transgressions...so we ultimately Break Even!!
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!