Terrapins ~ 5103/196
I can no longer abide the application of the pathetically weak and flaccid term "Safety" to Gladiators.
It is struck from my Vocabulary.
The erstwhile "Free Safety" is truly the CenterFielder of the Defense. Honestly, I consider the term absolutely perfect.
And the erstwhile "Strong Safety", playing an increasingly hybrid Role and constantly improvising, is a RoverBack, I think.
When analyzing the Merits of a prospective RoverBack, this is how I personally break things down:
Intangibles: Diagnostic Acuity, Field Vision, and, above all: Processing Speed. And of course: Motor. Motor Matters.
Agility: Acceleration, Fluidity, and Closing Speed. And of course: Verticity!! Turning & Burning in Direct Coverage.
Run Support: Appetite, Tactical Discipline, and Combat Skills ~ working through Traffic & Tackling Mechanics.
Pass Prevention: Timing, Vertical Burst, WingSpan, and don't forget the Brutality!!
Agility: For a CornerBack: Adequate. Nothing special, but he displays competitive Fluidity, Ricochet, Acceleration, and Range. For a Rover?? Excellent. The Roles are very different, and McDougle's good plenty of Agility to play Rover.
Pass Prevention: For a Rover?? Very adept: Impressive Tracking, Timing, and Vertical Agility should win'm a lot of Battles at the CatchPoint. Exceptional Combat Skills. At Corner, mind you, his lack of Height will be an enormous Problem.
Run Support: Outstanding. McDougle proves, yet again, that being Short doesn't mean being Small. McDougal plays Run Defense like a MidFielder ~ "LineBacker", to you Earthlings ~ hitting quickly, accurately, and forcefully.
Virtually all of what I'm reading says that he seems destined to play NickelBack at The Next Level, and I certainly agree that he's got a very good chance to earn Snaps as a Slot Corner, if that's the way it goes for'm.
But I believe that his Coaches would be making an enormous Mistake.
McDougle will probably prove to be a very good NickelBack, to such extent as he's deployed in that Role, because while his Agility is unremarkable, it is perfectly adequate, and his extraordinary Field Vision and Processing Speed would enable him to play far above his physical skill level. And he could become a real Force at the CatchPoint.
But a NickelBack is a complimentary piece ~ a Collaborator, to use one of my terms ~ who'd only be out there for half the Snaps, more or less...And while many Collaborators ~ Role Players, as you Earthlings like to call'm ~ can be and are important parts of their Teams, I believe that McDougle has the Potential to make a far larger Impact.
A common theme of Writers ~ my fellow Draft Ghouls ~ who are far Wiser or more Experienced in these matters than I when writing about McDougal is to praise an Aspect of his Game in the context of "for someone of his Size".
Reading that, I cannot help but conceive that the Writer has a far different Perception of Power than I.
I am an huge Advocate of the School of Thought that states that being Short and being Small or two entirely different things.
It's all about Core Power, with me. I do not presume to suggest that this is something easily measurable, but it is never the less crucial, I believe. And I believe that ~ measured or not ~ it can be discerned on Game Tape.
Dexter McDougle is just 5013, but he weighs in at 196 or so...And it is all Beef, Gentlemen.
I'd like to see'm lay on another 10 Pounds or so, mind you. I expect that he's been trying to stay light.
I say let'm lay on another 10 Pounds of Beef, build that Frame out to what it's destined to be, and give'm a Year or two to master the Job that it seems to me that he was destined to take on: RoverBack.
Dexter McDougal's Agility is average for a CornerBack, and mediocre for a Slot Corner.
But it is exceptional for a Rover, who's expected to pay as much attention to the Running Game as to the Passing Game, and who's Pass Coverage assignments tend to be marginally slower, beefier guys like themselves.
As a RoverBack, Dexter McDougle's combination of Agility, Combat Skills, Tracking & Timing, Vertical Agility, and, above all, his phenomenal Field Vision and his extraordinary Capacity to Rapidly Read & React to the BattleField's Tactical LandScape could potentially transform'm into a tremendous Force as the General of the Secondary.
And in Run Defense??
Man, this guy is already an Impact Player in Run Defense. And if you lay on another 10 Pounds of Beef and a Year or two of Time & Training, he could transform into a Run Defending Beast...on top of his Pass Coverage!!
Dexter McDougle missed most of 2013 due to Injury and slipped miles below the Radar.
Given a legitimate Opportunity, he could prove to be a Gold Mine.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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