Gryphon ~ Kyzir White ~ West Virginia Mountaineers ~ 6016/220
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:
Gryphons ~ The Gryphon of ancient Egyptian Lore is an Hybrid of a Lion and an Eagle, and thus I believe an utterly perfect term for an emerging Role ~ and the attendant Skill Set ~ that I believe is going to become of enormous Importance in the Decades to come: The Hybrid MidFielder/RoverBack ~ that's "LineBacker/Strong Safety" to you Earthlings. The Base Formation is rapidly approaching Extinction: The Sub Package Is The New Base, Ladies & Laddies!! The next Development in the Eternal War between Offense and Defense may very well be an 11th Player ~ that same MidFielder/RoverBack Hybrid ~ playing Full Time!! The Prototype would be about 6000/225, I'd say.
The Gryphon would optimally be able to play RoverBack in "Base" Formations, and drop down to MidFielder for Big Nickel.
Gryphons could thus quite conceivably emerge as the Field Generals of the Defense in the Years to come.
When evaluating Gryphons, this is how I break things down:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Torso Power is important, but Core Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. All the upper body Strength in the world will still fail if you simply can't dig in your Heels. But Core Power enables an Offensive Lineman to project Power in the Running Game and to reject Power in the Passing Game.
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.
Tackling: Thunderous Booms are all very well, but I'm more interested in form and efficiency!!
Run Defense: Power, Agility, Combat Skills, Navigating Traffic, Processing Speed, Motor, and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Agility, Processing Speed, and Catch Point Capacity.
Pass Rush: Power, Agility, Processing Speed, and Combat Skills.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Core Power ~ lower body Power. Core Power trumps Torso Power. Tyrannosaurus Rex had exceptional Core Power.
* Torso Power ~ upper Body Power. Important, but not crucial. T Rex had lousy Torso Power...yet was King.
* Anchoring Strength against the Run.
* Drive Power, Rushing the Passer.
* 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
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
* Processing Speed
* Combat Skills
I was well on the way to writing White up as a RoverBack, mind you, because of his poundage ~ and it was looking pretty grim!! ~ but then it dawned on me that I was being a dumb ass, because everything that I was seeing ~ and reading, for that matter ~ made it crystal clear that White is a far, far better match as a Gryphon than as a RoverBack.
Power: 80. Excellent Torso Power. Excellent Core Power.
Agility: 40. Mediocre. That's as a Gryphon, mind you. As a Rover, I'd have to go with 33 and awful.
Processing Speed: 100. Effectively 90, but for'm to've already achieved such an extraordinarily high level of command after only two years at West Virginia, and in a complex, hybrid role, at that, I gotta give'm the other 10 points!!
Tackling: 75. Impressive Form and outstanding Impact.
Run Defense: 80. His Fluidity and Speed are mediocre, and his WingSpan is a little short for Gryphon, but his Motor is as awesome as his incredibly rapid Processing Speed. This dramatically improves his effective Range. Furthermore, his Combat Skills in navigating Traffic and his Tackling are exceptional. He's intensely smart yet sets a vicious tone.
Pass Coverage: 36. I have'm as "shaky" ~ somewhere between marginal and mediocre. His Agility is a genuine Liability, even projecting as a Gryphon, which entails Pass Coverage against more lumbering foes than a RoverBack faces. Processing Speed, Combat Skills, and Motor, though, will go a long ways to helping compete.
CatchPoint Capacity: 75. Processing Speed, Combat Skills, and Motor go a long way, not only in covering Routes, but in terms of CatchPoint Capacity: His Processing Speed ~ Tracking & Timing ~ and Combat Skills translate acutely.
Ceiling? Warrior. 2nd Round. Despite his athletic limitations, White is simply an exceptional FootBall Player, and that is of course only partly because of his excellent Power and more so because of his phenomenal Intangibles. He was an exceptional FootBall Player at West Virginia, and if he continues to develop his Game and ~ most importantly ~ is employed not as a Rover but as a Gryphon, he could become a Starter and a very good one.
Floor? Reserve. 6th/7th Rounder. With his mediocre Agility, there is a very thin line between potential starting excellence and Career Special Teamer. He needs to max out all of the rest of his Game and keep it maxed.
Risk/Reward Ratio? Outstanding. White's Intangibles are sky high. His Intelligence and Drive are awesome. He quickly became a Locker Room Leader and Starter at West Virginia, and I expect the same in the NFL.
He will probably be a Liability in Pass Coverage against certain Teams and Schemes, but if he's deployed to advantage, we're talking about an Impact Player, Leader, and 10 Year Starter....and an exceptional one.
Thank you so very much, Draft BreakDown, without whom my Work would be virtually impossible.
Please also note, Fellow FootBall Fiends: These CyberScouting Reports are not intended as predictions of success or failure, but as assessments ~ ludicrously amateurish assessments ~ of potential success. FootBall is a rough and often unfair business, and many a worthy Prospect has fallen far short of his potential, sometimes not because of his own failings, but because of those of coaching, scheme, timing...or because huge investments were made on other Prospects.
In other words: If any of my Super Dooper Deeper Sleepers ever fail to fulfill their vast potential, I’m confident that it goes without saying that it wasn’t their fault…or mine!!...Yes, I think that I'm being funny.
In other words: Caveat Emptor, Fellow FootBall Fiends!!
Enter at your own risk!!