CornerBack ~ James Bradberry ~ Samford BullDogs ~ 6006/210
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:
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: Mediocre Run Defense Field Vision and mediocre Field Vision in Pass Coverage.
Run Defense: Competitive. Decent Field Vision, Agility, and Appetite for Combat. Mediocre Combat Skills and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Mediocre, but with Potential. I'm pretty sure that BradBerry will get shredded in Zone or Off Coverage, but his combination of Fluidity, Long Speed, and a magnificent WingSpan could translate beautifully in Press Coverage.
No Hate, Samford BullDogs!! I'm actually a Fan of yours, and love trolling your Ranks for raw Talent.
Bradberry is short on Development, but long on Intriguing Skills: His combination of Fluidity and Long Speed is very rare. In fact, I generally find the two Attributes virtually mutually exclusive. But for a tall guy, he's pretty spry.
And put together with that sensational WingSpan of his, we're talking about immense Potential as a Press Corner.
Top 10 Potential.
But does he have what it takes to make it happen?? Does he possess the Will and the Way?? The FootBall Intelligence?? The Drive?? Ladies and Laddies? Your guess is as good as mine. I don't have any particular reason to doubt'm, but neither do I have any particular reason to bubble over with Confidence. He is a Hail Mary. A Lottery Ticket.
But, oh, the PayOff if he converts those amazing raw Skills into Production on the Field of Battle!!
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!!