Processing Speed ~ How Rapidly & Effectively they Read & React to the rapidly changing LandScape in front'f'm
Power ~ How forcefully they Run the Ball
Acceleration ~ I don't give a Rat's Ass about "40" Time. How Quickly do they Hit The Hole & Turn the Corner?
Fluidity ~ How Serpentine he flows through Traffic.
Ricochet ~ How Explosively they Burst out'f their Breaks when they Change Directions
Security ~ How reliably he holds onto the PigSkin
Pass Blocking ~ Can they stay on the field without endangering their QuarterBack's Life?
Pass Receiving ~ Are they a true Dual Threat ~ what I call a FlexBack?
I think that deploying a Feature Back is a ridiculously stupid way to go: You'll get much better results if your HalfBacks aren't constantly battered and bruised. It's the most punishing Position in the entire Game, as evidenced by the notoriously short Shelf Lives of HalfBacks ~ especially Feature Backs.
As such, it makes no sense to me to have less than 3 reasonably capable HalfBacks to share the Load.
After all: That's about 400-500 Tackles they need to absorb, each Year.
Nobody's asking any "Wide Receivers" to absorb 400 Tackles a Year, last I checked!!
And most of those are at the hands of 200 Pound CornerBacks, not 300 Pound Gorillas!!
And as it's quite obviously best for the Team to split up the Carries, it stands to reason that most HalfBacks simply don't warrant 1st Round Investments...with some few notable exceptions!!
Power ~ Adequate.
Acceleration ~ Adept.
Ricochet ~ Phenomenal.
Fluidity ~ Extraordinary.
Security ~ Decent. His Form needs Work, though, or he could have Problems.
Pass Blocking ~ Awful.
Pass Receiving ~ Excellent. Soft Hands, Hand Catcher, and with a Receiver's Instincts.
I believe that one of the greatest Potentials for seizing potentially phenomenal Assets at dramatically discounted Prices lies in the extraordinary Reality that most Pundits and ~ remarkably ~ most NFL Personnel Decision Makers, most definitely including most Coaches and General Manager, blithely ignore the historical reality that most major Injuries require 12-18 months for the Player to heal and strengthen sufficiently to regain their former Form.
The result of this is that we now have a Prospect, Ray Graham ~ who was correctly considered to be an incredibly Elusive HalfBack 18 months ago ~ is being judged by the world at large based on'is relatively pedestrian 2012 Season, and on his Mediocre "40" Time at the Combine...with no regard to what he might again become.
Don't get me wrong: I presume nothing about'is Health, nor, more to the point, to what extent he'll be able to recover his amazing former Form. And there's a bit too many Moves in'is Arsenal, and not enough DownHill, either in'is Core Strength or in'is Tactics, to inspire overwhelming confidence that he'll be consistently effective.
What it boils down to, for me, is that he does not project as a Feature Back ~ even if that were a good idea ~ because he's a bad Blocker and he's an ineffective interior Runner...
But as a FlexBack ~ a Runner or Receiver in Space ~ he should be at the very least adequate and ~ if he does recover his Former Form ~ he could become extraordinary.
Consensus Market Value