State Fighting Tigers ~ 5106/192
They tend to be smaller than the Split End though usually larger than the SlotBack, if there is one.
And they're actually considered "Backs" ~ like HalfBacks or FullBacks...or QuarterBacks!! ~ which I find rather cool.
*Please do note, though: Schematically, the Flanker is whoever lines up as the Flanker...But for the purposes of these Scouting Reports, I am applying this NomenClature to those who are Flankers 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, the Split Ends & SlotBacks. In any case, many play multiple Roles.
The most compelling Attributes of a FlankerBack 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 ~ Extraordinary. Plants one, every now and then, but commands an awesome fusion of Leaping Power, Concentration, incredible Agility, and a simply amazing sense of Timing. Huge, soft Hands, as well.
Navigation ~ Phenomenal. A terrifying combination of Fluidity, Ricochet, and Field Vision. Gets'is Beast on, too.
Blocking ~ Superb. Really gets after it, displays impressive Core Power, and drives him man DownField.
The Complete Package, if you will.
And he's not shy about putting'is head down and driving'is man back as a Blocker, which I love.
In my deeply twisted version of 21st Century FootBall, I would actually deploy Odell Beckham II ~ I do not abide that "Junior" BullShit ~ as a SlotBack, by which I mean to say that I would play'm both at SlotBack and at Flanker, and would also have'm go In Motion constantly, and run the Ball as much as an half dozen times per Game!!
But until Earth FootBall descends to my level of Madness, I will continue to refer to guys like Beckham as Flankers.
And he has the Potential to be a great one.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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