Slot Corner ~ Mackensie Alexander ~ Clemson
Tigers ~ 5103/189
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:
Slot Corners ~ Upon Further Review, I confess that I believe that I went A Bridge Too Far with this Business of rebranding NickelBacks as CenterFielders. CenterFielders ~ "Free Safeties" to you Earthlings!! ~ are optimally Hybrids capable of Direct Coverage, anyway, and my premise that NickelBacks ought to be able to manifest the Processing Speed that CenterFielders need, as well as the Run Defense Aspect of a CenterFielder was pushing Evolution too fast.
It would be terrific for Defenses if NickelBacks were all spry yet beefy 5090/210 Pounders whose Frames could stand up to the rigors of the Run Defense that is an important Aspect of a CenterFielder's Game.
But even then, their Height would be a Liability in surveying the Tactical LandScape.
NickelBacks 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 Slot Corners:
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: Effective. Impressive in Pass Coverage. Adequate in Run Defense.
Run Defense: Deficient. Moderate Field Vision, poor Combat Skills and Tackling, and insufficient Appetite for Combat.
Pass Coverage: Impressive, with excellent Potential. The Agility to excel is there, if his Field Vision catches up.
I'm less confident about the whole package, though.
I don't usually give much weight to Gossip about a guy's Character, but Rumors abound about a difficult Locker Room Personality, and those tend to dovetail all too neatly not only with his cocky Public Persona ~ not a bad thing in and of itself ~ but also with his haphazard Play, inconsistent Field Vision, and deficient Run Defense.
His Talent alone is of 1st Round quality.
If you don't believe me, just ask him.
But when I read about this kid, all my Prima Donna, Pain in the Ass, and More Trouble Than He's Worth Radars are braying loud and long, nor am I convinced that he's got the Focus and the Drive to fulfill his entire Potential.
He's Trouble. I get the strong sense that he'll dazzle, and that he'll make a Pro Bowl or three...But I also get the sense that in terms of building a Locker Room focused on Winning a Championship, he'll be detrimental.
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I'm right, but he'll read enough Reports ~ or maybe this Report ~ touching on this to get through to him, and that'll help wake'm up and turn his Attitude around. Or maybe he'll simply mature on'is own, without my brilliant Guidance or that of anyone else...But those who read my Reports know that I'm not inclined to give much weight to "Character" Issue slop...Yet my gut is telling me that this kid's got a lot of Risk coming along for the ride.
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!!