Slot Corner ~ Cyrus Jones ~ Alabama Crimson Tide ~ 5097/198
For that reason, and in order to offer NomenClature that speaks not to archaic, obsolete "Positions", but rather to Skill Sets that accurately reflect the dynamic Changes of the 21st Century Game and the Roles they have spawned, I have undertaken to craft Terminology that is designed to break Skill Sets down as they really are.
Defensive Coordinators have, since Time Immemorial, employed highly creative terminology in devising Defenses and in designating Assignments. In that Spirit, I have admittedly indulged myself considerably in devising the following NomenClature. It is undeniably colorful, but I like to think that there's an underlying Logic, as well:
Slot Corners ~ Upon Further Review, I confess that I believe that I went A Bridge Too Far with this Business of rebranding Slot Corners as CenterFielders. CenterFielders ~ "Free Safeties" to you Earthlings!! ~ are optimally Hybrids capable of Direct Coverage, anyway, and my premise that Slot Corners ought to be able to manifest the Processing Speed that CenterFielders need, as well as the Run Defense Aspect of a CenterFielder was pushing Evolution too fast.
It would be terrific for Defenses if Slot Corners were all spry yet beefy 5090/210 Pounders whose Frames could stand up to the rigors of the Run Defense that is an important Aspect of a CenterFielder's Game.
But even then, their Height would be a Liability in surveying the Tactical LandScape.
Slot Corners are of course Pass Defense Specialists, but I will include Run Defense in my Evaluations. But I will note, of course, that as with Blocking as it pertains to WideOuts, it is desirable, yes, but its absence is no Red Flag.
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, Navigating Traffic, Processing Speed, Motor, and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Combat Skills, Agility, Processing Speed, and Catch Point Capacity.
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
* Navigating Traffic
* Processing Speed
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
Processing Speed: Phenomenal. Excellent Run Defense Field Vision. Magnificent Pass Defense Field Vision.
Run Defense: Tremendous. That feels like a Typo, writing that about a Slot Corner, but one thing about Cyrus Jones: He's Short, but he is not Small. Not at all. His combination of Field Vision, Fluidity, and Acceleration enable'm to cover a lot of Real Estate quickly, and he brings awesome Combat Skills and Tackling and an outstanding Appetite for Combat!!
Pass Coverage: Extraordinary. Grading him as a Slot Corner, mind you: His combination of Height and Long Speed would be a Liability were he routinely deployed as a Boundary Corner, I believe. But as a Slot Corner, his combination of Acceleration, Fluidity, and Ricochet are perfect for keeping up with SlotBacks and other Spry Flies!!
I categorize'm as a Slot Corner because he's Short and because his Long Speed is only moderate. The combination of these two Factors would render'm a genuine Liability as a full time Boundary Corner, I believe.
But Jones in particular is a Slot Corner who defies other sizeable aspects of the traditional Slot Corner: He is, to repeat, Short, but not at all Small. He is a beefy, compact Tasmanian Devil, and an absolute Beast in Run Defense.
And a Slot Corner who can effectively play Press?? Cyrus Jones, Ladies & Laddies.
What I love most about this kid, though ~ the reason that I'm certain that he is destined for Excellence at the very least ~ is his ferocious Appetite for Knowledge. He is by all accounts ~ and as evidenced on The Field of Battle ~ a passionate Student of the Game, his voracious Motor equally matched by his relentless Attention to Detail.
My Formula for Trajectory states that Talent x Intelligence x Drive = Potential/Risk, and I give Jones an A in Talent and an A+ in both Intelligence and Drive. There's no such thing as A Sure Thing, but Jones is certainly Risk-Challenged.
And he so damned tough with that compact, beefy Frame of his, too, that even his Health is Low Risk.
Oh, and before I shut my Pie Hole about'm: I guarantee that he will rapidly become a Locker Room Leader.
And versatile? Oh, yeah. This erstwhile WideOut, besides having the Smarts to play CenterField if needs be, and to match up effectively with most WideOuts if he needs to play Boundary Corners, is a tremendous Kick Returner.
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!