RoverBack ~ Davontae Harris ~ Illinois State Cardinals ~ 5112/204
Old Roles are getting dramatically transformed, and virtually every Front 7 ~ or Front 6!! ~ Defensive Job Description is transitioning into an Hybrid Role where the Defender is asked to excel in multiple Roles and in multiple Fronts.
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:
Rovers ~ RoverBack is my term for what Earthlings refer to as "Strong Safeties". I don't find the employment of "Safety" as a moniker for a Position to be nearly as demeaning as "LineBacker", mind you, but it's still a pretty lame term for a Gladiator, if you ask me. The Prototype would be somewhere around 6000/210, or thereabouts.
Rovers are of course Hybrids, in that they are tasked equally with Run Defense and Pass Defense.
When evaluating RoverBacks, this is how I break things down:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Torso Power is important, but Core Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial.
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.
Tackling: Thunderous Booms are all very well, but I'm more interested in form and efficiency!!
Run Defense: Power, Agility, Combat Skills, Processing Speed, Motor, Navigating Traffic, and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Agility, Processing Speed, and Field Vision.
CatchPoint Capacity: Tracking, Timing, Combat Skills, and WingSpan.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Core Power ~ lower body Power. Core Power trumps Torso Power. Tyrannosaurus Rex had exceptional Core Power.
* Torso Power ~ upper Body Power. Important, but not crucial. T Rex had lousy Torso Power...yet was King.
* 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
* Processing Speed
* Agility ~ Fluidity, Ricochet, Acceleration, and Speed, baby!!
* Processing Speed ~ Reading and Reacting with Speed & Precision to Offensive Tactics.
* Field Vision ~ Processing Speed with an emphasis on the Tactical LandScape.
* Combat Skills
* Vertical Agility
Power: 70. Exceptional. Were I grading'm as a CornerBack, I'd go with 100.
Agility: 40. Mediocre. Exceptional Acceleration and outstanding Speed. Marginal Fluidity, though.
Processing Speed: 33. Often a tick or two behind, and that was against Division 47 competition.
Tackling: 80. Excellent Form. Outstanding Intensity.
Run Defense: 80.. Awesome Aggression. Tremendous Combat Skills, navigating Traffic, and excellent Tackling. I'd've grade'm as 100, but his marginal Field Vision and Processing Speed take a few miles off'is Range.
Pass Coverage: 33, comprehensively, but I'd go with 50 on a pure Off or Zone Coverage Team. His Twitch ~ Ricochet and Fluidity ~ are marginal, as is his Field Vision and Processing Speed, but his Acceleration, Speed, and Combat Skills are all Assets, so if can put the play in front'f'm and let'm unleash, downfield, his chances of success improve!!
CatchPoint Capacity: 100. Exceptional Power, outstanding Combat Skills, and awesome Aggression should translate to tremendous Production, and indeed they did at Illinois State, and I believe they will in the NFL.
Red Flag: Due to turn 24 in January. That's rather dusty.
Hell, as far's I can tell: everybody thinks that!!
Ceiling? Warrior. 2nd Round. Harris's combination of Power and Speed are rare for the Secondary, and his Mentality is terrific for a RoverBack. He's burdened with Twitch issues that'll likely cap his Pass Coverage at "effective", and that only in Zone or Off Coverage, but he's got extraordinary potential as a Run Defender, and if he can overcome his sluggish Processing Speed, he could become a tone-setting centerpiece of a rugged Defense.
Floor? Special Teams. 6th/7th Round. If he doesn't develop his sluggish Processing Speed, then that, compounded by his lack of Twitch, will render his game so sluggish that he'll basically just be a guy who can only run fast in one direction, which is not the kind of guy who you can trust in any kind of Passing Down...which is most'f'm.
Risk/Reward Ratio? Shaky, but with a ray of hope. He's almost 24, so that lack of tactical mental expertise is an enormous Red Flag, and I wouldn't want to bet much capital on the chances of his developing it to the point where it's an Asset. Indeed, I have my doubts about whether it'll become good enough for'm to start. But his Drive is outstanding, and sometimes motivated Prospects develop what they need later on, with NFL-level Coaching.
If he makes it, he could be an impact player.
And I can't say that I'd want to bet any capital against Davontae Harris.
Thank you so very much, Draft BreakDown, without whom my Work would be virtually impossible.
Please also note, Fellow FootBall Fiends: These CyberScouting Reports are not intended as predictions of success or failure, but as assessments ~ ludicrously amateurish assessments ~ of potential success. FootBall is a rough and often unfair business, and many a worthy Prospect has fallen far short of his potential, sometimes not because of his own failings, but because of those of coaching, scheme, timing...or because huge investments were made on other Prospects.
In other words: If any of my Super Dooper Deeper Sleepers ever fail to fulfill their vast potential, I’m confident that it goes without saying that it wasn’t their fault…or mine!!...Yes, I think that I'm being funny.
In other words: Caveat Emptor, Fellow FootBall Fiends!!
Enter at your own risk!!