Seminoles ~ 6045/238
Motor > How Dedicated is he to Conditioning his body & Mentally Mastering this Great Game?
Accuracy > Projection of the Projection or Anticipatory Vision > How consistently well does he Lead his Targets?
Diagnostics > Precision & Speed > How Effectively & Rapidly does he Process his Progressions + Read & React?
Arm Strength is vastly overrated, and scrambling ability, while exciting, is ultimately worse than useless, because History makes it clear that Scramblers, over the years ~ and indeed, the same could be said about the thousands of QuarterBacks who've failed despite a great Arm ~ ultimately fail to focus all their energy on QuarterBacking.
Mobility, alike, is vastly overrated. Steve Young is the only Scrambler who ever won a Super Bowl, and he won it because he was on a great team, because Barry Switzer can't coach at the NFL level or the CowBoys would've rolled the Miners again in 1994, and because he eased up on the scrambling. He became a QuarterBack.
Mind you: I'd hardly suggest that Arm Strength isn't nice to have...But the temptation to let'er rip ~ and to relying on that Capacity ~ can have a crippling effect on developing those skills that most matter, deep in the Heart of Winter.
And often they have been.
Countless times, in fact.
And don't get me started on Scrambling.
Motor, Accuracy, and Diagnostics are what ultimately win Championships.
It's not as easy as simply counting the Rings, because Fortune & Circumstance play a large part in the Fates of Men. And it sure as Hell isn't racking up gaudy Statistic during the regular Season. It's the Capacity and the Will to do the thousands of little things that put one's team in the best position to win, day in and day out ~ and doing them well ~ that is the ultimate measure of any QuarterBack, albeit one ~ ironically ~ that's impossible to quantify.
It's the ability to Read & React with Speed & deadly Accuracy against the nastiest, wiliest Defenses on the Planet, deep in the Heart of Winter...and the Will to dedicate Years to intensive Training & Study in order to be able to.
That is what separates Tom Brady from the Pack ~ including Peyton Manning, thank you ~ and always has been.
Accuracy > Poor. Rushes too many Throws, and doesn't Lead'is Receivers very well. Conversely, he's extremely refined with'is Drop and his Mechanics in general.
Diagnostics > Sketchy. I saw a lot of rushed Passes, leading to many near misses and the occasional Disaster. Yet he often displays the capacity to work through Progressions at an advanced level. I believe that it's very important to make note that he's worked several Systems in a short College Career, and that this can make'm look relatively dazed and confused despite the fact that his knowledge of the Game is advancing far beyond his Peers.
Like a WereWolf responding to a Full Moon, that gives me Pause.
I have probably burned as many little Grey Cells ~ Agatha Christie Reference, if you're wondering ~ reflecting on the Prospects of Erik James Manuel, as on any Prospect in this entire Draft.
His occasional difficulties in working through'is Progressions greatly concern me.
And his Accuracy sucks.
Frankly, it's very tempting to add one and one and come out with "Bust".
But if I'm going to presume to deconstruct a guy, and issue words out into the ever expanding Ether that reflect my opinion of'is chances of Success or Failure at The Next Level, I've an obligation to dig deeper.
And the fact of the matter ~ in my breathtakingly unqualified Opinion ~ is that Work Ethic, as the Old Ones say, moves Mountains, that Diagnostic Capacity, applied relentlessly enough for long enough, can dramatically improve Processing Speed, and that Erik James Manuel commands such a powerful combination of Passion, Work Ethic, raw, vibrant Determination, and genuine intellectual Diagnostic Capacity that I believe that ~ when all is said and done ~ he's going to overcome his deficiencies and become a resounding Success.
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