CornerBack ~ Denzel Ward ~ Ohio State BuckEyes ~ 5110/182
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:
CornerBacks ~ I find it quite amusing that the very last Skill Set on my list is the only Defensive Skill Set ~ so far!! ~ for whom I haven't adapted or invented a new Term. The Prototype would be about 6000/195.
CornerBacks 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.
This is how I break down CornerBacks:
Agility: Acceleration, Ricochet, Fluidity, Verticity ~ that's Turn & Burn Acuity, to you Earthlings!! ~ and Speed!!
Processing Speed: How quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the developing Play.
Run Defense: Power, Agility, Combat Skills, Processing Speed, Motor, 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:
* 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.
* Speed ~ Corner and WideOut are really the only Roles where 40 Times matter.
* 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
Agility: 100. Fast and Fluid. Explosive and Serpentine. Acceleration, Fluidity, Ricochet, Verticity, and Speed ~ he's got it all.
Processing Speed: 100. Functionally, he's about an 80, but he's rapidly improving on short time and is clearly elite.
Run Defense: 66. Marginal Frame, but tremendous Core Power, impressive Combat Skills in Navigating Traffic, outstanding Processing Speed in reading Run Plays, effective Tackling ~ most'f the time!! ~ and an excellent Motor.
Pass Coverage: 100. An amazing fusion of Agility and Field Vision. Maybe his Combat Skills in Press Coverage need additional work, but they're already good and rapidly improving, like the rest'f'is already tremendous Game.
CatchPoint Capacity: 75. A mere 75, but also rapidly improving. I place far less emphasis on Interceptions and far more emphasis on Thwarts than most do. If he had super dooper "Ball Skills", he'd be a WideOut, for Christ's sake. I'm all set on HighLight Reel DBacks who give up as many Big Plays as they make, because they're focused on Glory, not Defense. Give me a Defender who routinely throws sand in the gears of the Offense over one'f those guys every time. Ward's shorter Height is little Liability, and his Vertical Agility is a gigantic Asset, as is his exceptional and rapidly improving ~ sense a theme, here? ~ Tracking and Timing. He tallied only 2 Interceptions at Ohio State, but mark me: At the next level, he will rack them up.
He's definitely shorter than optimal. Most consider 6000 optimal, it seems, but I would prefer a more compact 5110, so it's not like he's a dwarf. His Frame is also smaller than I'd like, but his Core Power is outstanding ~ which speaks to'is long-term Health as well as his Efficacy ~ and his comments during the Draft Season made it clear that he recognizes the crucial importance of additional Beefing Up, and I have very little doubt that he'll pack on exactly what he needs.
He's an elite Prospect, and while I value Corners less than the average bear ~ if I ever own a team, we'll go with about a 2 to 1 Run/Pass Ratio on Offense, and invest fanatically in Offensive Lines and the Defensive Front 6 ~ I'm not an idiot.
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!!