Gryphon ~ Foyesade Oluokon ~ Yale BullDogs
Old Roles are getting dramatically transformed, and virtually every Front 7 ~ or Front 6!! ~ Defensive Job Description is transitioning into an Hybrid Role where the Defender is asked to excel in multiple Roles and in multiple Fronts.
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:
Gryphons ~ The Gryphon of ancient Egyptian Lore is an Hybrid of a Lion and an Eagle, and thus I believe an utterly perfect term for an emerging Role ~ and the attendant Skill Set ~ that I believe is going to become of enormous Importance in the Decades to come: The Hybrid MidFielder/RoverBack ~ that's "LineBacker/Strong Safety" to you Earthlings. The Base Formation is rapidly approaching Extinction: The Sub Package Is The New Base, Ladies & Laddies!! The next Development in the Eternal War between Offense and Defense may very well be an 11th Player ~ that same MidFielder/RoverBack Hybrid ~ playing Full Time!! The Prototype would be about 6000/225, I'd say.
The Gryphon would optimally be able to play RoverBack in "Base" Formations, and drop down to MidFielder for Big Nickel.
Gryphons could thus quite conceivably emerge as the Field Generals of the Defense in the Years to come.
When evaluating Gryphons, this is how I break things down:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Torso Power is important, but Core Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. All the upper body Strength in the world will still fail if you simply can't dig in your Heels. But Core Power enables an Offensive Lineman to project Power in the Running Game and to reject Power in the Passing Game.
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.
Tackling: Thunderous Booms are all very well, but I'm more interested in form and efficiency!!
Run Defense: Power, Agility, Combat Skills, Navigating Traffic, Processing Speed, Motor, and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Agility, Processing Speed, and Catch Point Capacity.
Pass Rush: Power, Agility, Processing Speed, and Combat Skills.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Core Power ~ lower body Power. Core Power trumps Torso Power. Tyrannosaurus Rex had exceptional Core Power.
* Torso Power ~ upper Body Power. Important, but not crucial. T Rex had lousy Torso Power...yet was King.
* Anchoring Strength against the Run.
* Drive Power, Rushing the Passer.
* 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
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
* Processing Speed
* Combat Skills
Power: 66. Exceptional Power for a Gryphon at 228 Pounds.
Agility: 100. Awesome Speed. Extraordinary Fluidity.
Processing Speed: 25. His read and react speed and efficacy are inconsistent and unpredictable.
Tackling: 75. Consistently excellent Form.
Run Defense: 50, with tremendous potential if his Processing Speed increases a few gears!!
Pass Coverage: 50, with tremendous potential if his Processing Speed increases a few gears!!
Pass Rush: 50, with tremendous potential if his Processing Speed increases a few gears!! Hah!!
Ceiling? Beast!! 1st/2nd Round. The Game is rapidly becoming desperate for Gryphons, even while its Coaches foolishly continue to call them "small LineBackers", and Oluokun has the phenomenal Speed and Fluidity and the rare Power to develop into an extraordinary one if he can bring his awful Processing Speed and Field Vision up a few gears!!
Floor? Reserve. 6th/7th Round. If he can't, he'll basically just be a glorified Special Teamer.
Risk/Reward Ratio? On the long side ~ the long shot side, if you will. Bad Field Vision and Processing Speed are rarely if ever improved significantly at this point in a Player's evolution. But I'm not saying that it can't be done, of course: a Prospect's ability to become All That He Can Be is primarily determined, so says Fanatical Law, by his Drive and Intelligence, and although Oluokun's FootBall Intelligence is lacking, that is sometimes improved, given the right Coaching, if the Drive is there...And the Intensity that Oluokon exhibits on the Field strongly suggests that it is.
It's an enormous leap in competition from Yale to the NFL ~ that wasn't always the case!! ~ but I feel that that often plays in a Prospect's favor, because he also stands to benefit from a quantum leap in Coaching.
This kid is definitely worth a Mid Rounder.
Thank you so very much, Draft BreakDown, without whom my Work would be virtually impossible.
Please also note, Fellow FootBall Fiends: These CyberScouting Reports are not intended as predictions of success or failure, but as assessments ~ ludicrously amateurish assessments ~ of potential success. FootBall is a rough and often unfair business, and many a worthy Prospect has fallen far short of his potential, sometimes not because of his own failings, but because of those of coaching, scheme, timing...or because huge investments were made on other Prospects.
In other words: If any of my Super Dooper Deeper Sleepers ever fail to fulfill their vast potential, I’m confident that it goes without saying that it wasn’t their fault…or mine!!...Yes, I think that I'm being funny.
In other words: Caveat Emptor, Fellow FootBall Fiends!!
Enter at your own risk!!