CornerBack ~ Michael Hughes ~ Central Florida Knights ~ 5100/189
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:
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.
This is how I break down CornerBacks:
Agility: Acceleration, Ricochet, Fluidity, Verticity ~ that's Turn & Burn Acuity, to you Earthlings!! ~ and Speed!!
Processing Speed: How quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the developing Play.
Run Defense: Power, Agility, Combat Skills, Processing Speed, Motor, and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Agility, Processing Speed, and Field Vision.
CatchPoint Capacity: Tracking, Timing, Combat Skills, and WingSpan.
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.
* Speed ~ Corner and WideOut are really the only Roles where 40 Times matter.
* How quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the developing Play.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Agility ~ Fluidity, Ricochet, Acceleration, and Speed, baby!!
* Processing Speed ~ Reading and Reacting with Speed & Precision to Offensive Tactics.
* Field Vision ~ Processing Speed with an emphasis on the Tactical LandScape.
* Combat Skills
* Vertical Agility
Agility: 90. Horrible Combine Numbers, but The Tape says that his Fluidity, Acceleration, and Speed are all outstanding.
Processing Speed: 40. Very mentally raw. He's about to play for'is 5th Team in 5 Years.
Run Defense: 66. Field Vision and a small Frame hurt'm, but he's got excellent Core Power, tremendous Combat Skills in Navigating Traffic ~ though shaky Tackling Form ~ and, above all, an aggressive, physical Attitude.
Pass Coverage: 75, and with 100 upside. He's a raw Route Reader, despite having "QuarterBack" on'is resume ~ probably having to do with 4 Teams in 4 Years, and counting!! ~ but his Combat Skills in Press Coverage are tremendous, his all-around Agility is outstanding, and if he can settle down and master his craft, he's got elite potential.
CatchPoint Capacity: 75, and with 100 upside. Short, and with a short WingSpan, Hughes is at a natural disadvantage, but nevertheless acquits himself well, exhibiting great Combat Skills, Vertical Agility, and, surprisingly, Tracking & Timing.
He might've been wiser to stay with the Knights for another year and refine things a bit or two...But considering that his Coach left for another School and that Hughes got drafted in the 1st Round, nobody's calling'm an idiot.
A big reason for his winding path is that he got booted out'f North Carolina after two legal issues.
Two issues isn't a trend, but it is a pattern, and I consider it a genuine Red Flag.
The fact that Processing Speed and Field Vision are his weakest aspects is another Red Flag in my book, as Intelligence and Drive play enormous parts in my CyberScouting...However, I also make allowances for his winding, twisting Resume. His having never settled down for more than a Year at any stop is detrimental to developing those Instincts, so I'm far less concerned about his raw Game than I'd be if he was reading and reacting at this level after years in one system.
Furthermore, the aggressive, physical approach that he takes to Run Defense speaks highly for his Character and thus his Drive...and whereas all the Processing Speed in the world can't help anyone develop Drive if it's missing, Drive can most definitely help develop Processing Speed: Drive x Time & Training = potentially vastly improved Instincts.
My bottom line? Tons of Potential. Substantial but not terrifying Risk.
Ceiling? Top 10.
Floor? There is Blow-Out potential, here, which must be acknowledged, as well as the possibility that his legal issues at North Carolina, combined with his raw Processing Speed and sometimes overly physical nature, and even his leaving School before completely refining his Game, indicate a penchant for trouble, possibly including a lack of attention to detail.
Will he become All That He Can Be?
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!!