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 and SlotBacks. In any case, many play multiple Roles.
The most compelling Attributes of a Flanker are, in my view, and in no particular order:
Release ~ How Adeptly he employs Burst, Core Strength, Fluidity, & Combat to Dust Off the Defender
Routing ~ How Adeptly ~ Crisply, Intelligently, and Reliably ~ he Runs the Route Tree
Separation ~ Fluidity & Ricochet ~ Explosiveness out'f'is Breaks
Catching ~ Reliability & Technique
Navigation ~ How well he Navigates the Field in Pursuit of Yards After Catch
Blocking ~ Core Strength, Drive Power, Fluidity, & Combat
Routing ~ Exceptional. Great Instincts. Remarkable Vision. A QuarterBacks quick Best Friend.
Separation ~ Impressive. Fluid & Instinctive.
Catching ~ Outstanding. Terrific Hands. Fearless in Traffic.
Navigation ~ Awesome. Extraordinarily Fluid & Instinctive, DownField. A dangerous, dangerous Weapon.
Blocking ~ Sketchy.
Ryan Swope, in a word, is a burgeoning Master Craftsman at'is Trade ~ a guy who's clearly demonstrated the Passion and the relentless Motor to invest thousands and thousands of Hours, over the Years, into'is Pursuit of Greatness. This is, of course, a classic TradeMark of marginally Athletic guys who succeed well beyond Reason.
Except that it just so happens that Ryan Swope also happens to be a remarkably Quick, Fluid, Explosive, and Instinctive guy who boasts blazing, blistering Long Speed ~ that was a 435 in the 40, for those scoring at Home.
Ladies & Laddies? I do believe we have a Beast on our hands.
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