Being Linemen, they are indeed required to line up on the Line of Scrimmage before the Snap, unlike the others.
Because this places them nose to nose with the opposing CornerBack ~ whereas the SlotBacks and Flankers are allowed to align a couple steps back, thus affording them more room to maneuver ~ they need to be much bigger.
*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, the Flankers and SlotBacks. In any case, many play multiple Roles.
The most compelling Attributes of a Split End are, in my view, and in no particular order:
Release ~ How Adeptly he employs Burst, Core Strength, Fluidity, & Combat to Dust Off the Defender
Routing ~ How Adeptly ~ Crisply, Intelligently, and Reliably ~ he Runs the Route Tree
Separation ~ Fluidity & Ricochet ~ Explosiveness out'f'is Breaks
Catching ~ Reliability & Technique
Navigation ~ How well he Navigates the Field in Pursuit of Yards After Catch
Blocking ~ Core Strength, Drive Power, Fluidity, & Combat
Routing ~ Inconsistent. A very raw Route Runner.
Separation ~ Inconsistent. Ridiculously Athletic, but unrefined and unfocused.
Catching ~ Actually: Excellent. He's a notorious "Body" Catcher, but guess what? He catches everything!!
Navigation ~ Magnificent. Truly a Magician, After The Catch. My Cup Runneth Over.
Blocking ~ Bad. Needs work on Technique, and gives inconsistent Effort.
I'm not so concerned about the whispers about'is alleged lack of Intelligence, in and of themselves. But when I look at an inconsistent Motor and dubious Work Ethic ~ especially when a Run is called, which is not only a Red Flag in and of itself but a Tell to the Defense that will hurt'is Team at the Next Level ~ combined with raw Routing, poor Blocking, and difficulty getting Off the Blocks at the Line of Scrimmage against physical CornerBacks, the whispers about dubious Intelligence and unimpressive InterViews at the Combine start to paint an unflattering Profile.
Cord Patterson is a phenomenal PlayMaker...But Championships are usually won by 53 guys who give strong effort Play In and Play Out, not by guys who rack up the HighLights on SportCenter.
He has so much playmaking Talent that he's very likely to get drafted by a team that's willing to tolerate his issues.
And he may well have some success ~ perhaps even a great deal of it.
This is a Boom or Bust type Pick, make no mistake.
The Physical Talent is Top 5.
The whole Package is Day 3.
And those who get it wrong are going to look very foolish.
But, hey...That's why you pay me this Bloated Salary, right??
Consensus Market Value