Rover ~ Adrian Amos ~ PennSylvania State 6004/220
Rovers are of course Hybrids, in that they are tasked equally with Run Defense and Pass Defense.
When evaluating RoverBacks, this is how I break things down:
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: Mediocre.
Run Defense: Competitive. Impressive Motor and Agility, but Mediocre Field Vision and Combat Skills.
Pass Coverage: Impressive. Impressive Fluidity and Exceptional Acceleration, though Mediocre Field Vision. He's considerably more effective in Direct Coverage that in Off Man or in Zone, I believe.
I don't believe he has the Field Vision to excel as a CenterFielder, nor the level of Agility to excel as a pure CornerBack. Nor do I believe he's likely to become a SuperStar at RoverBack, mind you: He doesn't have a great deal of Power or impressive Combat Skills and his Field Vision, Acceleration and Range are only Competitive.
But as a RoverBack, his Coverage Skills are Impressive, and there is considerable Value to being able to send a guy out there at Rover who can instantly Drop Down in Direct Coverage and compete against good Receivers.
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None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!!