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 ~ Awesome. Tremendous Core Power, exceptional Fluidity, BasketBall experience via which he developed advanced skills in all the subtleties of Combat Tactics, and a ferocious Heart combine with an enormous Frame, huge, strong, soft Paws, and rapidly improving Timing & Leaping Capacity to produce a Defensive Nightmare.
Navigation ~ Tremendous. There's no Ricochet to'is Cuts, but he's Fluid, extremely Powerful, and ferocious.
Blocking ~ Terrific. See Above. Core Power, Fluidity, exceptional Combat Tactics, and Ferocity. Likes it.
And he's also a bit raw, due to only taking up this Great Game as an High School Senior: 2.5 Years at it.
But I love the kid, and I while I tremble at the idea of casting a lofty Grade at a guy with developmental Routing Skills, virtually no Ricochet to'is Cuts, and marginal Acceleration off The Line ~ I don't give a Rat's Ass about Long Speed ~ I believe that his Core Power & Core Agility are so spectacular that, combined with an exceptional BasketBall Talent's Combat Tactics Skills, his enormous Frame, and an ocean of Passion & Intensity, he's going to develop into one of the most formidable Weapons in this Great Game...and not take too long to do so!!
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