Being Linemen, they are indeed required to line up on the Line of Scrimmage before the Snap, unlike the others.
As this places them nose to nose with the opposing CornerBack ~ whereas the SlotBacks & Flankers are allowed to align a couple steps back, thus affording them more room to maneuver ~ they need to be beefier.
*Please do note, though: Schematically, the Split End is whoever lines up as the Split End...But for the purposes of these Scouting Reports, I am applying this NomenClature to those who are Split Ends by trade, so to speak: Those whose Skills Sets apply best to that particular Job Description. What their Coaches might do with them, once they're drafted, is another matter all together. Ditto, Flankers & SlotBacks. In any case, many play multiple Roles.
The most compelling Attributes of a Split End, in the 21st Century, are, in my view, and in no particular order:
Separation. Getting Open. This encompasses their ability to beat Press, their Acceleration out'f the Blocks, their Routing Precision, their Agility, their Ricochet, their capacity to outsmart Defenders, and their Instincts.
Catching. This encompasses Hands, Catch Radius, Vertical Agility, and Timing.
Navigation. How well he Navigates the Field in Pursuit of Yards After Catch: Power, Agility, and Field Vision.
Blocking. Having a WideOut who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle.
Catching ~ Magnificent. Latimer makes employs his tremendous Core Power and Combat Skills to maximum effect at the CatchPoint, and displays tremendous Timing and Spacial Diagnostics and absolutely phenomenal Hands.
Navigation ~ Outstanding. Tremendous Core Power, impressive Fluidity, excellent Field Vision, and ferocious as Hell.
Blocking ~ Phenomenal. His outstanding combination of Core Power, Combat Skills, and Appetite for Contact remind me of Julio Jones. Not only is he one of the most dangerous Weapons in this Class ~ he might be its best Blocker.
It just goes to show: There is always another surprise Dark Horse, just around the corner.
Cody Latimer brings such a dynamic fusion of Speed, Power, Agility, and Fearless Ferocity that he could play any WideOut spot ~ Split End, SlotBack, or Flanker ~ and dominate. How he stayed Under The Radar for so long is beyond me.
His Stock has absolutely skyrocketed over the last Month, from UFA Land to the 2nd/3rd Round range!!
That, of course, is preposterous.
A Prospect with the Skill Set I've describe described deserves to go Top 10.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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