BuckEyes ~ 6021/230
When evaluating MidFielders, these are the Attributes to which I pay most particular attention:
Run Defense ~ Processing Speed, Power, Agility, and Mechanics as he Works Traffic and of course Tackling.
Pass Coverage ~ Processing Speed, Agility, and Verticity. Tackling.
Pass Rush ~ Power, Agility, and Mechanics.
Intangibles ~ Processing Speed, Field Vision, and Motor.
Run Defense ~ Extraordinary. First off: Yes, Ryan Shazier lacks Core Power, and that's an enormous Red Flag in my eyes. But in the 21st Century version of this Great Game, Speed is more important than ever, and Shazier has it in Spades: Processing Speed, Acceleration, and Closing Speed. Furthermore, his lack of Power isn't anywhere near the Disadvantage that you might expect. Shazier's Tough as Nails, his Mechanics are advanced, his WingSpan is outstanding, and he's very adept at taking on Blockers and defeating them. Between his impressive Combat Tactics and his phenomenal Acceleration and Closing Speed, Shazier covers an enormous swath of Real Estate.
Pass Coverage ~ Awesome. Between his exceptional Processing Speed, his tremendous Fluidity and Lateral Velocity, and his incredible Acceleration and Closing Speed, Shazier is a genuine Weapon in Pass Coverage.
Pass Rush ~ Dangerous. That lack of Core Power hurts'm, but between his Launch Velocity, advanced Mechanics, albeit without much of a Repertoire at this point ~ and Closing Speed, Shazier has serious Potential as a Rusher.
Intangibles ~ Tremendous. His Field Vision is excellent and clearly improving, Year to Year. Indeed, his entire Game grew significantly in 2013, and that right there is most impressive: Shazier is clearly not afraid of Hard Work, as he obviously invested a ton of Time in Study and Training in between Campaigns. And as I'm oh so fond of saying in various ways: When Intelligence and natural physical Talent meet Fanatical Work Ethic...Greatness Ensues.
LaVonte David was my Alpha Super Uber Binky of the 2012 Draft, despite a similarly small Stature.
And his Performance for his first two Campaigns has been phenomenal.
In my Opinion, Ryan Shazier does not possess quite the sensational Processing Speed that LaVonte David had when he came out in 2012, and he certainly lacks David's incredible Core Power...But he certainly shares David's ferocious Capacity to tear through Trash, and Shazier's Athleticism simply blows David's away.
I believe that he'll be an outstanding Run Defender, with incredible Range.
And I believe that he'll be an extraordinary Pass Defender in Coverage.
What's more: As his Game continues to develop, I believe that Ryan Shazier, blessed with tremendous Launch Velocity and Closing Speed, a terrific WingSpan, and oodles of Savvy, will become an Impact Pass Rusher.
I believe, in short, that Ryan Shazier is going to become an amazing Will Flanker at The Next Level.
When Intelligence and natural physical Talent meet Fanatical Work Ethic...Greatness Ensues.
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