RoverBack ~ Ronnie Harrison ~ Alabama Crimson Tide ~ 6020/208
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:
Rovers ~ RoverBack is my term for what Earthlings refer to as "Strong Safeties". I don't find the employment of "Safety" as a moniker for a Position to be nearly as demeaning as "LineBacker", mind you, but it's still a pretty lame term for a Gladiator, if you ask me. The Prototype would be somewhere around 6000/210, or thereabouts.
Rovers are of course Hybrids, in that they are tasked equally with Run Defense and Pass Defense.
When evaluating RoverBacks, 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.
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, Processing Speed, Motor, Navigating Traffic, 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:
* 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.
* 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
* 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
Power: 66. Exceptional, but in my opinion not all that it's almost universally made out to be.
Agility: 40. Mediocre in all aspects ~ Speed, Agility, Ricochet, and Acceleration.
Processing Speed: 40. Very quick to react, but all too often wrong.
Tackling: 40. Extraordinary Impact, for which he's already famous, but horrible Form: way too many Shoulder Tackles.
Run Defense: 60. Awesome Intensity, exceptional Power, and sensational WingSpan to help his excellent Combat Skills in Traffic, yet shaky Processing Speed, Acceleration to get there, and Tackling greatly hinder his Impact.
Pass Coverage: 40. Mediocre Agility and Processing Speed.
CatchPoint Capacity: 60 with upside. Raw Tracking & Timing, but exceptional Power and a magnificent WingSpan.
Yet I read both on Ronnie Harrison...and I'm not sure that I disagree!!
Had I been cranking out CyberScouting Reports in good time, this year ~ I'm not 0 for 6 in terms of successfully adhering to a far too ambitious schedule, in so many Years!! ~ I would've certainly graded Harrison as OverRated, as he spent most'f the Draft Season looking at 1st or 2nd Round, being mocked more than once in the middle teens!!
Writing'm up, now, I'm tempted to go with underrated ~ "Sleeper", to you Earthlings!! ~ with his Stock having slid so far.
My bottom line, though, is that I believe that Harrison was yet another Tide Prospect whose Resume benefited immensely via the stalwart Front 6 or so playing in front'f'm. He made a lot of sexy Tackles, driving in from afar to blow up Runners and various other brigands...But he led far, far too often with his shoulder, setting off my Paper Tiger Radar.
In EarthSpeak: I am more than a little suspicious that Harrison, who plays with evident genuine passion, mind you, spent a lot of mental energy on producing Highlight Reel Plays ~ Flash ~ and far too little mental energy on Substance.
One must manage oneself, I get that, and Harrison's penchant for Shoulder Tackles is not reprehensible...But neither does it inspire passion for his approach to the Game, and what it bodes for the future...
I perceive an effective yet inconsistent and overrated Run Defender who might be susceptible to Big Plays because of his penchant for Shoulder Tackles, and a competent though mediocre Pass Defender.
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!!