CenterFielder ~ Steven Nelson ~ Oregon State Beavers ~ 5100/198
CenterFielders ~ This is my term for "Free Safeties", as I find the application of the term "Safety" ~ a limp, lame term, to put it kindly ~ to be an Asinine Appellation for a Gladiator. The Prototype would be about 6000/200 or so.
CenterFielders are indeed the Last Line of Defense. But I sense that with the increasing Hybridization of Skill Sets in the Years to come, it will be advantageous for Teams to seek CenterFielders who can not only act as a Reserve Defender in Support of their CornerBacks, but who can ~ at a moment's notice, if need be ~ flip into Direct Coverage.
As such, I have discovered a natural Synergy between the Skill Sets of CenterFielders...and NickleBacks.
CenterFielders, like RoverBacks and Gryphons, are Hybrids, tasked both with Pass Coverage and Run Defense. Unlike Rovers and Gryphons, however, CenterFielders are expected to prioritize Pass Defense. As such, I'll be breaking my Evaluations down along the same lines as with the others, but with a decidedly divergent Emphasis:
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.
Run Defense: Power, Agility, Combat Skills, and Processing Speed.
Pass Coverage: Agility and Processing Speed.
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.
* How quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the developing Play.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Processing Speed
Processing Speed: Excellent.
Run Defense: Exceptional. Impressive Combat Skills and Tremendous Motor.
Pass Coverage: I'm projecting a Transition from Corner to CenterFielder for Nelson ~ 21st Century CenterFielder, Yankee Style, baby!! ~ so be prepared for massive Speculation and Extrapolation: As a CenterFielder, I believe Nelson has Excellent Potential, due to his combination of Fluidity, Acceleration, and Field Vision, and as a Slot Corner ~ that's NickelBack, if you like ~ I believe his Combat Skills and Agility give him Excellent Potential, as well.
Many Defenses are now routinely deploying in Sub Packages for 2/3 of their Snaps!!
That's why I believe that a 21st Century Defense benefits greatly by combining the Roles of their CenterFielder with their NickelBack, allowing them to field a Defense that can transition seamlessly from Base to Nickel and back without substituting, if they can find a guy with the Fluidity & Short Speed for Nickel and the Field Vision for CenterField.
And if the guy happens to be a tenacious Run Defender on top of that, then you've hit the JackPot!!
Ladies & Gentlemen??
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