Badgers ~ 6010/195
They tend to be smaller than the Split End though usually larger than the SlotBack, if there is one.
And they're actually considered "Backs" ~ like HalfBacks or FullBacks...or QuarterBacks!! ~ which I find rather cool.
*Please do note, though: Schematically, the Flanker is whoever lines up as the Flanker...But for the purposes of these Scouting Reports, I am applying this NomenClature to those who are Flankers by trade, so to speak: Those whose Skills Sets apply best to that particular Job Description. What their Coaches might do with them, once they're drafted, is another matter all together. Ditto, the Split Ends & SlotBacks. In any case, many play multiple Roles.
The most compelling Attributes of a FlankerBack in the 21st Century, are, in my view, and in no particular order:
Separation. Getting Open. This encompasses their ability to beat Press, their Acceleration out'f the Blocks, their Routing Precision, their Agility, their Ricochet, their capacity to outsmart Defenders, and their Instincts.
Catching. This encompasses Hands, Catch Radius, Vertical Agility, and Timing.
Navigation. How well he Navigates the Field in Pursuit of Yards After Catch: Power, Agility, and Field Vision.
Blocking. Having a WideOut who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle.
Catching ~ Pretty good. He's not as consistent as you'd like to see, but flashes Brilliance. Huge Mitts.
Navigation ~ Adequate. He's very Smooth, but neither Powerful nor Explosive.
Blocking ~ Not bad. Generally solid, moderately consistent Effort and good Combat Skills though little Power.
His Catching is inconsistent, his Navigation is uninspiring, and his Blocking is unremarkable.
But he is an extraordinary Route Runner, and while his Ceiling is constrained by all the above detrimental realities, he is a Tape Rat who by all accounts studies relentlessly and ferociously, whose unquenchable determination translate to an extremely high Floor...and who I believe is one of the most Battle Ready WideOuts in this entire Draft Class.
I believe that if he continues to refine his Catching ~ and I'm quite confident that he'll do just that ~ he'll earn a bounty of Snaps immediately, and make a far faster Impact than many far more talented WideOuts from this Draft Class.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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