These are the Attributes I place greatest Emphasis on, in evaluating FlexBacks:
Power. Above all: Core Power. Upper body Strength is important, but lower body Strength, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. An HalfBack's Capacity to break Tackles is more about Core Power than anything else.
Agility. Acceleration, Fluidity, and Ricochet. Long Speed is all well and good, but at the end of the day, it's Gravy. What wins Championships is Moving The Chains. And Moving The Chains is accomplished far better by guys who exhibit the Agility ~ and the Power ~ to consistently pick up 5 and sometimes 10 Yards at a time.
Processing Speed. Field Vision. That ethereal Capacity to Rapidly Read & React to the constantly transforming Tactical LandScape...and to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
Blocking. Having an HalfBack who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle.
Receiving. Even though FlexBacks are distinguished ~ at least in my fevered Imagination ~ by a certain Receiving Prowess, or at least the Potential for it, it won't usually be realistic to convey the depth of Analysis with their Receiving Capacities as I would with WideOuts, so I'll summarize the best of my Ability.
Agility ~ Tremendous. Cuts crisply and quickly, bursting emphatically out'f'is Breaks.
Processing Speed ~ Phenomenal. Tremendous Field Vision and Instincts for the developing Tactical LandScape.
Blocking ~ Raw. Needs Work.
Receiving ~ Inconsistent Hands, but terrific Agility, Navigational Skills, and Field Vision.
Storm cuts and jiggers for 7 Yards ...and then drives no less than 5 BuckEyes 5 Yards Back...backwards!!
I'm really loving the Golden Knights, this Year. Those of you who've honored my Blog with your Visitation may very well know of my early Scouting Report on QB Blake Bortles, of whom I am an enormous Fan.
Aspects of Storm Johnson's Game still need Work: Both'is Blocking and'is Receiving are raw.
But his Trajectory is that of Rapid Ascent: He's flashed tremendous Potential in both those Aspects of the Game, and his Play on the Field exhibits exactly the kind of Passion and Relentlessness that persuade me that the chances are damned good that he'll Do The Work and become a strong Blocker and a dangerous Receiver.
And he's already an outstanding Runner, combining tremendous Power, relentless Intensity, and remarkable Agility with extraordinary Field Vision. He reads Blocks well, he reads the roiling Tactical LandScape well, and he's a brutal, punishing PowerBack that bludgeons Defenses and consistently racks up Yards.
Storm Johsnon is a Big Time Impact Player.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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