CenterFielder ~ Jalen Ramsey ~ Florida State
Seminoles ~ 6012/210
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:
CenterFielders ~ This is my term for "Free Safeties", as I find the application of the term "Safety" ~ a limp, lame term, to put it kindly ~ to be an Asinine Appellation for a Gladiator. The Prototype would be about 6000/200 or so.
CenterFielders are indeed the Last Line of Defense. But I sense that with the increasing Hybridization of Skill Sets in the Years to come, it will be advantageous for Teams to seek CenterFielders who can not only act as a Reserve Defender in Support of their CornerBacks, but who can ~ at a moment's notice, if need be ~ flip into Direct Coverage.
As such, I have discovered a natural Synergy between the Skill Sets of CenterFielders...and NickleBacks.
CenterFielders, like RoverBacks and Gryphons, are Hybrids, tasked both with Pass Coverage and Run Defense. Unlike Rovers and Gryphons, however, CenterFielders are expected to prioritize Pass Defense. As such, I'll be breaking my Evaluations down along the same lines as with the others, but with a decidedly divergent Emphasis:
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: Phenomenal. And he is by all Accounts a relentless Student of the Game who's only going to improve.
Run Defense: Outstanding. Ramsey's combination of Fluidity, Speed, and Field Vision get'm to the Point of Attack with amazing Speed, his Combat Skills in navigating Traffic are tremendous, and his Tackling is savage.
Pass Coverage: Sensational. His capacity to Rapidly Read and React is amazing, and his Closing Speed is awesome.
I think Ramsey has terrific Potential as a Press Corner in the Richard Sherman mold, because he's got the Power, the Frame, the Fluidity, the Combat Skills, and the magnificent WingSpan to excel.
And I believe that he has tremendous Potential as a RoverBack, as well, for he brings an exquisitely savage HeadHunter's mentality to Run Defense, and matches up particularly well with Flex Ends in Man Coverage.
Indeed, those who're arguing that he could excel if deployed situationally will get no Argument from me.
But I believe that his best Fit is as a CenterFielder. Ramsey's Field Vision is phenomenal, and are only going to get better. He is, mentally, a perfect fit for Center Field, where the ability to Rapid Read and React to the developing Tactical LandScape is utterly vital to his Team's Success. And his Fluidity and Closing Speed are incredible.
But what really sends this guy into the stratosphere, you could argue, is his ferocious, savage Run Defense.
My Apologies if I'm gushing too profusely, but the kid impresses the Hell out'f me, as indeed he does just about everyone.
Even his Character Charts through the roof, as he is by all Accounts a voracious Worker, in Practice and in the Tape Room, a Team Captain on a deep and talented Championship Team who simply loves the Game.
I don't rate CenterFielders particularly high for the most part...But this one's worth his weight in Gold!!
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!!