Hence the term.
They tend to be smaller than either the Split End or the Flanker, and the best ones are remarkably Quick.
And they're actually considered "Backs" ~ like HalfBacks or FullBacks...or QuarterBacks!! ~ which I find rather cool.
*Please do note, though: Schematically, theSlotBack is whoever lines up as the SlotBack...But for the purposes of these Scouting Reports, I am applying this NomenClature to those who are SlotBacks 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 and Flanker. In any case, many play multiple Roles.
It should also be noted that many Coaches deploy widely different kinds of Players at SlotBack.
Furthermore, I should append that the classic SlotBack is that I would not employ much, myself. My Reports are based on my perception of how they'd do in Offenses that do employ classic SlotBacks ~ like Wes Welker.
The most compelling Attributes of a SlotBack are, in my view, and in no particular order:
Release ~ How Adeptly he employs Burst, Core Strength, Fluidity, & Combat to Dust Off the Defender
Routing ~ How Adeptly ~ Crisply, Intelligently, and Reliably ~ he Runs the Route Tree
Separation ~ Fluidity & Ricochet ~ Explosiveness out'f'is Breaks
Catching ~ Reliability & Technique
Navigation ~ How well he Navigates the Field in Pursuit of Yards After Catch
Blocking ~ Core Strength, Drive Power, Fluidity, & Combat
Routing ~ Startlingly Excellent at the Senior Bowl & Combine, after being egregiously misused at Texas!!
Separation ~ Outstanding. Fluid and Explosive out'f'is Breaks. Blazing Long Speed.
Catching ~ Reliable.
Navigation ~ Excellent.
Blocking ~ Not really.
His Size strongly suggests that he should be a SlotBack at the next level, and I have categorized him accordingly...
But he's so damned Fast and has such explosive leaping ability...that I think that he could not only handle a Flanker's responsibilities, but master them: I believe that His Fusion of tremendous Agility, rapidly ascending Routing Savvy, and World Class Long Speed will soon make Goodwin a phenomenally dangerous Weapon at the Next Level!!
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