SpeedBack ~ Alvin Kamara ~ Tennessee Volunteers ~ 5096/216
I've come to believe that any HalfBack that doesn't bring a Passing Game element to the BattleField is...incomplete.
Hence, the term "FlexBack" ~ although quite cool, I believe!! ~ short-circuits the Evaluation Process.
As to how I break them down, I expect that the terms are pretty self-explanatory:
PowerBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work between the Tackles..
SpeedBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work outside the Tackles.
The PowerBack prototype would be about 5115/220 or so.
The SpeedBack prototype would be about 5010/200 or so.
Those are gross oversimplifications, of course, and many HalfBacks will manifest Attributes of both styles. Indeed, Power and Speed ~ better yet: Agility ~ are crucial to the Success of either kind of HalfBack. But I believe that it advances the discussion and better serves my Fellow FootBall Fanatics if I make an effort to distinguish between types.
This is how I break things down, when evaluating all HalfBacks:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Upper body Power is important, but lower body Power, 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: Launch Velocity, Fluidity, Acceleration, and Ricochet. Long Speed is all well and good, but at the end of the day, it is Gravy. What wins Championships is Moving The Chains. And Moving The Chains is accomplished far more consistently by the guys who exhibit the Agility ~ and the Focus ~ to consistently pick up 5 and sometimes 10 Yards at a time.
Processing Speed: Diagnostic Velocity. Field Vision. That ethereal Capacity to Rapidly Read & React to the Rapidly Roiling & Boiling 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. Most HalfBacks just coming out'f College are mediocre Blockers, but this is a crucial Aspect of the Game that they'll need to master.
Receiving: Whether he be a PowerBack or a SpeedBack, an HalfBack that can effectively present a genuine Threat in the Passing Game dramatically increases his Team's Options on any given Play. The more dynamic the Threat, the more valuable to'is Team on the Field of Battle, whether he's just slipping out'f the BackField or splitting out Wide.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Core Power is most of it. Tyrannosaurus Rex would've made an Hell of an HalfBack.
* Torso Power doesn't hurt, though.
* Launch Velocity
* Long Speed
* That ethereal Capacity to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
Agility: Impressive. Exceptional Acceleration through the Line of Scrimmage, though with mediocre Speed DownField, or, as you Earthlings might say: He's Quick, but he's not Fast. But being Quick ~ as I say, any way ~ is exponentially more important in the Business of winning Games and Championships. Impressive Fluidity and Ricochet, too.
Field Vision: Mediocre. He flashes Brilliance, but he hits the Seem before it's there a little too often.
Blocking: Mediocre. Decent Motor, but mediocre Combat Skills, Processing Speed, and Power.
Receiving: Excellent. An outstanding Route Runner with the impressive Agility to Get Open and exceptional Hands.
Bonus Round: Terrific FootBall Retention Rate ~ he very rarely Fumbles, as you Earthlings might say.
I mention that because you know, it's funny. After I researched Alvin Kamara, I saw the combination of sparse Statistics, from TimeSharing ~ Bravo, Tennessee Coaches!! ~ with Jalen Hurd, and that absolutely optimal Frame, and I was thinking that I was gonna love this guy...but after watching the Tape, I actually came away far from dazzled.
He's very versatile, but he just doesn't strike me as much of a dynamic Threat. I'm dubious about his Field Vision, and have doubts about his capacity to consistently pick up positive Yards and Move The Chains.
He's a mediocre Blocker, which is a Red Flag for a SpeedBack. Mind you, most HalfBacks ~ especially SpeedBacks ~ tend to be mediocre Blockers at this point, but most HalfBacks aren't getting borderline 1st Round Market Values. And his lack of Power portends a shaky Future as a Blocker...and if you can't Block effectively, you aren't getting many Snaps.
And I gotta say that his dubious level of Core Power gives me Doubts about his Long Term Durability.
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!!