Huskies ~ 5094/204
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 ~ Phenomenal. His Fluidity is excellent, but'is Ricochet, bursting out'f'is Breaks, is incredible. He's no so much explosive as he is crisp...But his Crispocity is of such Splendor as to make Potato Chips weep.
Processing Speed ~ Magnificent. To view Tape of Bishop Sankey approaching the Front is like watching a great Cavalry General survey the Field of Battle. One senses that he's Rapidly Reading what he oversees, as the Play develops, and that he is coolly calculating the most effective way to attack the Enemy. Bishop Sankey has consistently exhibited an extraordinary Gift for reading and exploiting the Tactical LandScape.
Blocking ~ Solid. Mechanics need Work, but his remarkable Core Power goes far farther than most would expect.
Receiving ~ Tremendous. Great Instincts and Savvy. Soft Hands. Extraordinary Navigator after the Catch.
I savor my Contempt for "40" Times.
I admit it.
And guys like Bishop Sankey are why.
He's like a JitterBug, out there.
I am in awe of how meticulously ~ how relentlessly ~ Bishop Sankey consistently carves out Yardage.
Bishop Sankey commands a deceptively diabolical combination of Processing Speed, Field Vision, implacable Patience, and stunningly explosive Ricochet. What makes him so dangerous is not some ephemeral Splash Play Capacity or dazzling "40" Speed ~ it's the fact that he is blessed with a terrifyingly acute Talent for Rapidly Reading the Tactical LandScape in front'f'm as the Blocks develop, for rapidly calculating The Optimum FlightPath, based on Down, Distance, and the Strategic Outlook of things...and for implementing The Appropriate Response.
And he does so in about a NanoSecond.
As I said: His Cuts are not so much explosive as they are crisp.
But such Crispocity is the Crispocity of dry branches snapping in late November.
Such Crispocity is, yes, what Legends are made of.
And it happens so quickly ~ with such Crispocity, one might say ~ that even Bishop Sankey isn't aware he's gone.
A FlexBack who so manifestly Reads & Reacts with such consistent Rapidity, who is so manifestly intelligent enough to focus on Moving The Chains, yet who is also clearly Brash enough to Take It To The House when Opportunity knocks...and who is blessed with the Agility to consistently implement his Vision...is special.
And to combine that with extraordinary Receiving Skills and solid Blocking makes Bishop Sankey an Elite Prospect.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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