RoverBack ~ Derrick Kindred ~ Texas
Christian Horny Frogs ~ 5100/207
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:
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, and Processing Speed.
Pass Coverage: Agility and Processing Speed.
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
* Processing Speed
* Processing Speed
Processing Speed: Effective. Impressive in Pass Coverage. Sufficient in Run Defense.
Run Defense: Excellent. Looked like Hell in 2015, but as it turned out, he played the entire Year with a broken CollarBone. When he's healthy, he exhibits just adequate Field Vision, but outstanding Combat Skills and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Impressive. A nice combination of Field Vision and Agility.
Kindred was universally expected to go UFA by the Sites that I read, but ended up sneaking all the way up into the end of the 4th Round. I strongly suspect that the general perspective of him ~ in the Media, anyway ~ got skewed by the CollarBone Injury that inhibited his Play last Year, and I believe that the Browns made a very wise Choice.
Kindred brings a classic Box Safety Thumper Mentality to the Field of Battle, consistently exhibiting a tremendous combination of Core Power, Combat Skills to navigate Traffic, and a ferocious, violent Tackling.
But what sets'm apart from most Rovers, I think, is that he's actually effective in Coverage.
An Enforcer who can cover effectively? That's a rare and beautiful thing, my Friends.
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the invaluable Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!