CornerBack ~ Marshon Lattimore ~ Ohio State BuckEyes ~ 6000/192
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, 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, 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.
* 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: Magnificent. Phenomenal Fluidity, explosive Ricochet, extraordinary Acceleration, and blistering Speed.
Processing Speed: Exceptional and potentially tremendous. Remarkably adept for a 1 Year Starter.
Run Defense: Impressive, as CornerBacks go. Tough. Powerful for a Corner.
Pass Coverage: Phenomenal. Tough, Smart, and with magnificent Agility.
Catch Point Capacity: Impressive. Tough. Good Timing and Tracking. Extraordinary Vertical Agility. Adequate WingSpan.
There is certainly an Element of Risk with Marcus Lattimore, based on his Injury History, and that sways me ~ as it evidently swayed The Market ~ from pronouncing the Top 3 Grade that I otherwise would've. And of course there've been plenty of Busts whose perceived Risk was very little indeed, both in my Eyes and in that of the Market...But, given that Risk is always with us, and that there is, as I am fond of putting it, a water-thin line between Top 10 Talents and UFA Talents, the prospective Services of Marcus Lattimore seem to me to offer phenomenal Potential with a reasonable level of Risk.
And it's very much worth noting that Health is the only Risk that I factor into his Equation: His Intensity in Run Defense and in Pass Coverage, and his elevated level of Processing Speed, despite starting for just he one Campaign, give me tremendous Confidence in both his Drive and his Intelligence. If he learns better stretching habits, or, better yet, undertakes to embrace Pilates or Yoga, he's got an excellent Chance of becoming a flat out SuperStar.
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the invaluable Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!