CornerBack ~ William Jackson ~ Houston
Cougars ~ 6003/189
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:
CornerBacks ~ I find it quite amusing that the very last Skill Set on my list is the only Defensive Skill Set ~ so far!! ~ for whom I haven't adapted or invented a new Term. The Prototype would be about 6000/195.
CornerBacks 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: Adept, both in Run Defense and in Off Man Coverage.
Run Defense: Adept. Strong Effort, moderate Tackling Technique.
Pass Coverage: I'd grade'm as Effective in Off Coverage. His Fluidity and Field Vision are sufficient but not remarkable. He can give Separation, though his outstanding Acceleration erases or reduces many such Issues. He'll probably be more effective at Press Coverage, where he need only read the Man he's covering and where Acceleration and Long Speed outweigh Fluidity in Importance, whereas the opposite is true in Off Coverage, where you need to Click & Close.
And in Press Coverage, Jackson's combination of Acceleration and Long Speed are elite. What will determine his Future, I believe, is how well he develops his moderate Combat Skills ~ his WingSpan gives'm exceptional Potential, there.
William Jackson, I believe, is clearly a Press Corner.
Of course the more Hybrid a Defense can be in as many Aspects as possible, the better. And my categorizing Jackson as a Press Corner isn't intended to suggest that he can't play in Off Coverage ~ only that he projects best in Press.
He's got Work to do as a Press Corner, as his Combat Skills need additional Time & Training, but his Acceleration and Closing Speed are extraordinary, and his exceptional WingSpan render'm potentially formidable at the Line.
And his Demeanor, both on Tape and by Reputation, is that of one who'll embrace that Challenge fully.
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This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!