RoverBack ~ Jamal Adams ~ Louisiana State Fighting Tigers ~ 5115/216
Old Roles are getting dramatically transformed, and virtually every Front 7 ~ or Front 6!! ~ Defensive Job Description is transitioning into an Hybrid Role where the Defender is asked to excel in multiple Roles and in multiple Fronts.
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, Processing Speed, Motor, and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Agility, Processing Speed, and Field Vision.
CatchPoint Capacity: Tracking, Timing, Combat Skills, and WingSpan.
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
* Agility ~ Fluidity, Ricochet, Acceleration, and Speed, baby!!
* Processing Speed ~ Reading and Reacting with Speed & Precision to Offensive Tactics.
* Field Vision ~ Processing Speed with an emphasis on the Tactical LandScape.
* Combat Skills
* Vertical Agility
Agility: Extraordinary. Tremendous Fluidity, outstanding Acceleration, and phenomenal Closing Speed.
Processing Speed: Magnificent. Adams Reads & Reacts to the Tactical LandScape with sensational Speed & Precision.
Run Defense: Phenomenal. Adams routinely anticipates the flow of the Play, exhibits outstanding Combat Skills and Field Vision in navigating Traffic roughly, toughly, and on the right Bearing. And he commands both the Power and Tackling Talent, and the Fluidity and explosive Closing Speed, to be a Force both at The Point of Attack and In Pursuit.
Pass Coverage: Outstanding. A tremendous combination of Fluidity, Combat Skills, and Speed.
CatchPoint Capacity: Competitive. Impressive Tracking & Timing. Mediocre Vertical Agility and mediocre Hands.
Some Scout or another even had'm as the #1 Prospect in the entire Draft!!
I don't believe that I'd spend #01 on a RoverBack, but my Scouting Reports aren't about what I'd spend on'm. Hell, I'd Trade Back every time I got the Chance, and then try to get 1st Round Talent with 3rd, 4th, and 7th Round Picks!!
My Scouting Report Ranks & Grades are about what I believe you can justify spending on a Prospect.
And I believe that Jamal Adams commands a combination of Fluidity, Power, Speed, and flat out Wayne Gretsky-level Field Vision, combined with a ferocious Motor, that give'm the Potential to be an elite, Top Shelf Force both in Run Defense and in Pass Coverage. I see him as becoming the virtually instantaneous Leader of the Defense that gets him, as well: a ferocious, passionate, inspirational Leader who, for all his wild physical and cerebral Talent, channels his Talents effectively, within the Scheme, always to'is Team's Advantage...and will thus inspire others to do the same.
I rarely say this about Defensive Backs, but Jamal Adams has the Potential ~ with a Sky High Chance of fulfilling that Potential ~ of become the Driving Force of an entire Defense...of making all 11 Players better.
And were someone to spend #1 on'm, I'd be the last one to call that a Mistake.
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!