CornerBack ~ Joshua Jackson ~ Iowa HawkEyes
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:
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.
This is how I break down CornerBacks:
Agility: Acceleration, Ricochet, Fluidity, Verticity ~ that's Turn & Burn Acuity, to you Earthlings!! ~ and Speed!!
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.
* Speed ~ Corner and WideOut are really the only Roles where 40 Times matter.
* 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: 50. Average all-around Speed, Acceleration, and Fluidity.
Processing Speed: 80 and trending towards 100. Occasional lapses, but extraordinary instincts. Former WideOut.
Run Defense: 25. Tall, gangly, deficient Core Power, poor Combat Skills in Navigating Traffic, awful Tackling Form, and a general lack of interest. Other'n that, though, I'd put'm right up there with Dick Butkus.
Pass Coverage: 50 in Man Coverage, 90 in Zone. If Jackson wasn't such a horrible Run Defender, I'd be writing'm up as a CenterFielder. His Field Vision is so acute that he's competitive in Man Coverage ~ though preferably in Bail or Catch Coverage, because he's really shaky in Press Coverage ~ but if he plays in Zone or Off Coverage, where he plays a maximum of time looking forward, rather'n chasing, his outstanding Field Vision can be an enormous Asset.
CatchPoint Capacity: 100. 1000, really. Jackson had the Advantage of catching everyone leaning off first during his first year as a Starter, but there was no Beginner's Luck at play, here: Jackson combines extraordinary Tracking & Timing with outstanding Vertical Agility and sensational Hands. He's a former WideOut, and he plays like one.
As a Corner ~ necessary because his Run Defense is currently so matadorian ~ he carries a ton of Beta ~ Boom/Bust Risk, to you Earthlings!! ~ because in Man Coverage I believe that his ordinary Agility will likely render'm ordinary, which is not especially acceptable when you get drafted in the middle of the 2nd Round...But in Off Coverage or Zone, his tremendous Processing Speed translate to potential excellence ~ and with his amazing CatchPoint Capacity, potential Greatness.
What really intrigues me, though, is that, his matadorian Run Defense notwithstanding, he is praised to the Heavens for his Work Ethic and thus his Drive...And that strongly tempts me to suggest ~ indeed, I shall!! ~ that his atrocious Run Defense, despite evidence of disinterest, is more reflective of his gangly Frame's naturally poor fit for it than to a genuine lack of interest, and that he is far more likely than not, in time, to develop enough Power, sufficient Combat Skills in Navigating Traffic, and enough interest, to become a mediocre but passable Run Defender...perhaps even a solid one.
And the reason that I bring that up is to circle back to my opening point: All that's standing in the way of Joshua Jackson projecting to be a Pro Bowl level CenterFielder, in my opinion, is his Run Defense.
And his Reputation strongly suggests that that will not stand in his way for long.
In any case, my approach is always to grade and rank Prospects based on their being drafted by Teams that deploy them to their optimum advantage, regardless of whether or not that actually happens, so as to grade and rank them according to what I perceive to be the intrinsic value of their services. Thus, the supposition is that the Packers drafted Jackson to play Man Coverage or Zone, in which case I perceive that composite value very similar to his projection as a CenterFielder.
It should be very interesting to follow the career course of this one.
Thank you so very much, Draft BreakDown, without whom my Work would be virtually impossible.
Please also note, Fellow FootBall Fiends: These CyberScouting Reports are not intended as predictions of success or failure, but as assessments ~ ludicrously amateurish assessments ~ of potential success. FootBall is a rough and often unfair business, and many a worthy Prospect has fallen far short of his potential, sometimes not because of his own failings, but because of those of coaching, scheme, timing...or because huge investments were made on other Prospects.
In other words: If any of my Super Dooper Deeper Sleepers ever fail to fulfill their vast potential, I’m confident that it goes without saying that it wasn’t their fault…or mine!!...Yes, I think that I'm being funny.
In other words: Caveat Emptor, Fellow FootBall Fiends!!
Enter at your own risk!!