Slot Corner ~ Vernon Hargreaves ~ Florida
Gators ~ 5104/204
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:
Slot Corners ~ Upon Further Review, I confess that I believe that I went A Bridge Too Far with this Business of rebranding Slot Corners as CenterFielders. CenterFielders ~ "Free Safeties" to you Earthlings!! ~ are optimally Hybrids capable of Direct Coverage, anyway, and my premise that Slot Corners ought to be able to manifest the Processing Speed that CenterFielders need, as well as the Run Defense Aspect of a CenterFielder was pushing Evolution too fast.
It would be terrific for Defenses if Slot Corners were all spry yet beefy 5090/210 Pounders whose Frames could stand up to the rigors of the Run Defense that is an important Aspect of a CenterFielder's Game.
But even then, their Height would be a Liability in surveying the Tactical LandScape.
Slot Corners 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.
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, Navigating Traffic, Processing Speed, Motor, and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Combat Skills, Agility, Processing Speed, and Catch Point Capacity.
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
* Navigating Traffic
* Processing Speed
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
Processing Speed: Magnificent.
Run Defense: Impressive. Mind you: I'm grading'm as a NickelBack, but his Effort is impressive and his Tackling is solid.
Pass Coverage: Phenomenal. Terrific in Press Coverage. It amuses me that many continue to be surprised when a short Corner like Hargreaves displays excellent Combat Skills, as he does. Hargreaves is indeed constrained by a marginal WingSpan, but he exhibits tremendous Core Power, as doesn't surprise me with a guy who possesses a compact 5104/204 Frame. And in Press or Off Coverage, his amazing combination of Field Vision and Fluidity render him astonishingly difficult to shake: He reads QuarterBacks like the back'f'is hand and sticks like SuperGlue.
I've never believed that a CornerBack needs to tower over his Foes like Richard Sherman does, because I believe that the taller Athletes are hindered by a natural Leverage Liability that compromises their natural Power and Fluidity.
But Corners below 5110 are conversely susceptible to an Height Liability. This shows up on Vernon Hargreaves's Tape, and is exacerbated by marginal WingSpan and mediocre Long Speed: He gets beat Deep.
But Hargreaves brings an astonishing level of Field Vision and Fluidity to The Field of Battle. He is an absolute Natural as a NickelBack, matching up against the shorter but shiftier SlotBacks and SpeedBacks, and persistently exhibiting the serpentine Viscosity of boiled Tar. As a NickelBack and Slot Corner, his Potential is phenomenal.
And he is by all Accounts a remarkably driven and dedicated Athlete, which is certainly manifest in his Field Vision, which is at such an advanced stage of Acuity as can only be developed by Years of Diligence.
I'm categorizing him as a Slot Corner because it's my Methodology to categorize a Prospect by whatever Category I believe suits him best...But he also projects as a solid Boundary Corner who's never going to need to sit.
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!