WildCats ~ 5070/192
I've come to believe that any HalfBack that doesn't bring a Passing Game element to the BattleField is...incomplete.
Hence, the term "FlexBack" ~ although quite cool, I believe!! ~ short-circuits the Evaluation Process.
As to how I break them down, I expect that the terms are pretty self-explanatory:
PowerBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work between the Tackles..
SpeedBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work outside the Tackles.
The PowerBack prototype would be about 5115/220 or so.
The SpeedBack prototype would be about 5010/200 or so.
Those are gross oversimplifications, of course, and many HalfBacks will manifest Attributes of both styles. Indeed, Power and Speed ~ better yet: Agility ~ are crucial to the Success of either kind of HalfBack. But I believe that it advances the discussion and better serves my Fellow FootBall Fanatics if I make an effort to distinguish between types.
This is how I break things down, when evaluating all HalfBacks:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Upper body Power is important, but lower body Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. An HalfBack's Capacity to break Tackles is more about Core Power than anything else.
Agility: Launch Velocity, Fluidity, Acceleration, and Ricochet. Long Speed is all well and good, but at the end of the day, it is Gravy. What wins Championships is Moving The Chains. And Moving The Chains is accomplished far more consistently by the guys who exhibit the Agility ~ and the Focus ~ to consistently pick up 5 and sometimes 10 Yards at a time.
Processing Speed: Diagnostic Velocity. Field Vision. That ethereal Capacity to Rapidly Read & React to the Rapidly Roiling & Boiling Tactical LandScape...and to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
Blocking: Having an HalfBack who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle. Most HalfBacks just coming out'f College are mediocre Blockers, but this is a crucial Aspect of the Game that they'll need to master.
Receiving: Whether he be a PowerBack or a SpeedBack, an HalfBack that can effectively present a genuine Threat in the Passing Game dramatically increases his Team's Options on any given Play. The more dynamic the Threat, the more valuable to'is Team on the Field of Battle, whether he's just slipping out'f the BackField or splitting out Wide.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Core Power is most of it. Tyrannosaurus Rex would've made an Hell of an HalfBack.
* Torso Power doesn't hurt, though.
* Launch Velocity
* Long Speed
* That ethereal Capacity to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
Power ~ Mediocre, which is pretty remarkable for a Lilliputian. While Hubert lacks the Frame to project exceptional Power, he has developed extraordinary Core Power within his compact Frame, and plays with great Leverage.
Agility ~ Extraordinary. Hubert commands a mesmerizing Capacity to twist, turn, Jitterbug, and Ricochet away.
Processing Speed ~ Phenomenal. Prospects like Hubert are precisely why I consider Processing Speed the most crucial Attribute ~ though the most difficult to evaluate ~ of any Prospect. Hubert's extraordinary Capacity to Rapidly Read & React to the roiling Tactical LandScape around'm in a decisive and effective manner is awesome.
Blocking ~ Mediocre, which, again, is remarkable. His sensational Core Power, despite his diminutive Height, goes a long way towards making him at least competitive, and his Motor is Awesome, though he needs refinement.
Receiving ~ He's a raw Router, but displays great Hands and extraordinary Agility after the Catch.
Mister Waldman, for those who are not familiar with his Work, is a phenomenal evaluator of Draft Prospects, one from whom I've learned a great deal. He's been doing this for several Years, and is simply One Of A Kind.
Hubert reminds me a lot of Darren Sproles, his Predecessor at Kansas State, who Brother Waldman mentions.
I happily admit that ~ even more so than with most Scouting Reports ~ my Prospectus, here is Speculative.
Grateful Thanks to Brother Tobias and Brother Davis for their fine Work which made this Evaluation possible!!
Consensus Market Value