CornerBack ~ Eric Murray ~ Minnesota Golden
Gophers ~ 5106/200
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.
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: Tremendous, both in Run Defense and in Pass Coverage.
Run Defense: Exceptional. Mediocre Agility but tremendous Field Vision. Excellent Appetite for Combat and exceptional Combat Skills, navigating Traffic, and impressive Tackling. A tick or two Short, but remarkably Strong.
Pass Coverage: Press Corner. Mediocre Agility, but tremendous WingSpan and exceptional Combat Skills.
His Potential is limited, God knows, due to Size which suggest that he play Slot Corner but Speed and Fluidity which suggest that he better think again...Indeed, the only thing that he's really got going for'm is'is WingSpan.
But Eric Murray is a guy who's Done The Work...And he has, through Years of Hard Work, both on and off the Field, developed both tremendous Field Vision and Processing Speed and exceptional Combat Skills.
As I am all too fond of noting: One of the greatest things about FootBall ~ and about Life ~ is that you can forge a remarkable Career out'f just a few scraps of Talent...if you've got enough Intelligence and Drive.
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!!