Being Linemen, they are indeed required to line up on the Line of Scrimmage before the Snap, unlike the others.
As this places them nose to nose with the opposing CornerBack ~ whereas the SlotBacks & Flankers are allowed to align a couple steps back, thus affording them more room to maneuver ~ they need to be beefier.
*Please do note, though: Schematically, the Split End is whoever lines up as the Split End...But for the purposes of these Scouting Reports, I am applying this NomenClature to those who are Split Ends by trade, so to speak: Those whose Skills Sets apply best to that particular Job Description. What their Coaches might do with them, once they're drafted, is another matter all together. Ditto, Flankers & SlotBacks. In any case, many play multiple Roles.
The most compelling Attributes of a Split End, in the 21st Century, are, in my view, and in no particular order:
Separation. Getting Open. This encompasses their ability to beat Press, their Acceleration out'f the Blocks, their Routing Precision, their Agility, their Ricochet, their capacity to outsmart Defenders, and their Instincts.
Catching. This encompasses Hands, Catch Radius, Vertical Agility, and Timing.
Navigation. How well he Navigates the Field in Pursuit of Yards After Catch: Power, Agility, and Field Vision.
Blocking. Having a WideOut who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle.
Catching ~ Impressive. Hughes boasts exceptional Vertical Agility, tremendous Combat Skills, and a remarkably advanced sense of Timing. He's tough as nails, too, in Traffic or at the CatchPoint. Hard to believe he was a QuarterBack.
Navigation ~ Exceptional and potentially Dominant. Hughes has tremendous Core Power, and an increasingly acute Field Vision to go with the explosive Ricochet out'f'is Breaks: he can plant people. Raw, but yes: potentially terrifying.
Blocking ~ Can't say I'm sure. Draft BreakDown hasn't discovered this guy, yet, so I had to make do with what the beautiful beasts of NoonKick and my Hero, Brother Thorn, could come up with for full Games, and parse through the Videos, and they didn't show many Blocking Opportunities. But I will cheerfully speculate that a guy who approaches Receiving and Running with such wonderfully violent savagery will probably make for a violent, savage Blocker!!
I have sung this Evaluator's praises on several occasions, hereabouts, and I'm sure it's getting almost as obnoxious as my singing my own...You are of course free to skip this preamble, but I hope you will not, for it is warranted.
I'll be uncharacteristically brief, for no reason than out of Respect for you who honor my Site with your Visitations: I make no secret that, being myself ludicrously raw and unrefined in the Art & Science of Scouting ~ or whatever it is that you would call what those of us who write about the Draft do ~ I never miss an Opportunity to CrossCheck my own Evaluations against those of my Fellow FootBall Fiends, hoping that they'll alert me to any egregiously errant Errors.
That's a bit of an Exaggeration: I cannot conceive that I'd ever abdicate my own Judgement for that of another.
But these fine minds help me to Triangulate My Positions, so to speak.
I'm afraid that I cannot convert that into EarthSpeak.
So much for "brief." Eh?
Matt Waldman is far from perfect, as he'd be the first to tell you.
But he is...brilliant.
And the next time that I read anything he's wrote without becoming smarter as a result...will be the first time.
Getting to specifics...
I started ponying up the $20 it costs for his Rookie Scouting Portfolio, last Year, and became instantly addicted.
Mind you: I don't come within a mile of agreeing with everything he writes.
But he is incredibly informative, and, far more importantly, instructive.
I'd love to tell you that I stumbled across Kofi Hughes while I was studying Cody Latimer, and that I delved deeper entirely on my own initiative, but the fact of the matter is that the only reason that I knew to investigate further was because of the brilliant Write Up in Matt Waldman's Rookie Scouting Portfolio. And Hughes is hardly the first such case.
Full Disclosure: Brother Waldman's work is entirely dedicated ~ save for a few Cameos that appear outside the scope of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio ~ to Glamor Guys ~ QuarterBacks, HalfBacks, Tight Ends, and WideOuts.
It's Fantasy FootBall Guys, is what it is.
Even so: It's worth every penny, just to enhance, elevate, and enlighten your Education!!
And, no: He's never heard of me, much less paid me!!
It's hard to believe that Kofi Hughes graduated High School as a QuarterBack.
I don't know: maybe he took a few too many Hits, and has consequently developed an unhealthy violent streak.
Whatever the cause: With only 4 Years at WideOut under his belt, Kofi Hughes is still developing his Route Running, his Combat Skills, his Timing, and virtually every Aspect of his Game...But he's coming along nicely.
And his raw Talents ~ Size, Agility, and awesome Core Power ~ are Top Shelf.
Most importantly, at least from my Perspective, is that the Arc of his Improvement ~ his Trajectory ~ indicates to these eyes that he's demonstrated both the Intelligence and, above all, the Drive to complete his Transformation.
He's a Project, leave us not doubt that.
And Data is a little thin on this guy, so I'll not profess a deeper level of Confidence than I have.
But my Gut is telling me that he's a damned fine Bet.
And if he gets it right, he has the Potential ~ this much is clear ~ to become an Impact Player at The Next Level.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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