PowerBack ~ Joseph Mixon ~ Oklahoma Sooners
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
Agility: Excellent. Competitive Speed, but, far more importantly: Impressive Acceleration through the Line of Scrimmage or to the Flanks. Impressive Ricochet out'f'is Cuts. But what makes his Grade is his extraordinary Fluidity.
Field Vision: Competitive. Mediocre, even Marginal, near the beginning of the Year ~ this was only his 2nd Campaign, after all ~ but by the end of the Year, the Game was clearly slowing down for'm, which bodes well.
Blocking: Impressive. Raw Combat Skills, but improving Processing Speed, impressive Motor, and exceptional Power.
Receiving: Phenomenal. Excellent Route Runner, terrific Agility, good Hands, and his combination of Power, Acceleration, and sweet, smooth, serpentine Fluidity render'm a genuinely terrifying Weapon after the Catch!!
Don't get me wrong: Any Man who hits a Lady without Provocation should serve a Prison Sentence.
But what I have to face, here, is that we simply don't know that Mixon wasn't provoked. There's no question that the Lass pushed'm, and then when he reacted to that threateningly ~ though without touching her ~ she slapped'm.
Now...I don't hit Ladies, nor do I hit Women who are less than Ladies. And I have to admit, too, that we know little to nothing of the Character of the Lady or of Joseph Mixon. And for all I know, the Lass's allegations that Mixon and his Friends previously acted disgracefully are crystalline Truth. But for all I know, Mixon is telling the Truth, and it was in fact the aforementioned Lass was was acting disgracefully. From my perspective, they both come off as credible.
If Mixon dropped an unprovoked Gay Slur ~ unprovoked, I say ~ on the Lass's Friend who was at the table with'er, she was perfectly reasonable in pushing at Mixon, the Escalation was on him, and his punching her was horrific.
If, on the other hand, his Allegations are correct ~ if she and her Friends had been dropping Racial Slurs on Mixon and his Friends, prior to the scene at the table ~ then it was she who was behaving horribly, and by then escalating things by adding physical force ~ pushing and slapping ~ to Racial Insults would make her the Bad Guy.
Would I'ave hit'er, even then? No. In the theoretical scenario of Mixon's Story being completely true and Miss Molitor's being completely false ~ and any honest person who wasn't there has to admit that that's possible ~ was Mixon's violent response admirable? No. But if he's telling the Truth, was it perfectly understandable? Hell, yes.
Once more, and with Feeling: If Amelia Molitor is telling the Truth, Joseph Mixon should've been imprisoned.
But if he's telling the Truth, his response, while regrettable, was understandable.
As it is: We don't know who is telling the Truth.
What we do know is that there is no other History ~ not dragged out yet, anyway!! ~ of Joseph Mixon running around, hitting Ladies, doing Drugs, or breaking the Law. Call me crazy, but I'm not quite ready to hang this kid.
FootBall? Yes, let's talk FootBall.
Joseph Mixon brings an awesome fusion of Power and serpentine Fluidity to the Field of Battle.
And he is a phenomenal Weapon as a Receiver.
His Field Vision and Blocking are still developing, but are already serviceable and impressive, respectively.
And they're trending upwards.
Mixon is, by all Accounts ~ save that of Miss Molitor ~ a tremendous kid.
And his Tape says that he's a Hard Worker who is quickly improving both his Field Vision and his Combat Skills.
Character Issues? Everyone is a Risk, but this is a kid that I'm not especially worried about.
And his potential Impact is as a 3 Down Back who run effectively both Between the Tackles or outside, Power and Slither his way to consistently positive Yardage, and bring genuine 80/1000 Potential to the Passing Game.
In other words: SuperStar Potential.
Pay the man.
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!!