Tigers ~ 6006/204
They tend to be smaller than the Split End though usually larger than the SlotBack, if there is one.
And they're actually considered "Backs" ~ like HalfBacks or FullBacks...or QuarterBacks!! ~ which I find rather cool.
*Please do note, though: Schematically, the Flanker is whoever lines up as the Flanker...But for the purposes of these Scouting Reports, I am applying this NomenClature to those who are Flankers 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 & SlotBacks. In any case, many play multiple Roles.
The most compelling Attributes of a FlankerBack in the 21st Century, are, in my view, and in no particular order:
Separation. Getting Open. This encompasses their ability to beat Press, their Acceleration out'f the Blocks, their Routing Precision, their Agility, their Ricochet, their capacity to outsmart Defenders, and their Instincts.
Catching. This encompasses Hands, Catch Radius, Vertical Agility, and Timing.
Navigation. How well he Navigates the Field in Pursuit of Yards After Catch: Power, Agility, and Field Vision.
Blocking. Having a WideOut who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle.
Catching ~ Exceptional and dramatically improved. Great Hands and outstanding Timing & Agility.
Navigation ~ Spectacular. Armed with ludicrously explosive Ricochet out'f'is Cuts and extraordinary Core Power and Fluidity, he is a Threat both to run around the Defender or through'm. Incredibly dangerous.
Blocking ~ Outstanding. Extraordinary Core Power and an Appetite for Contact.
And so he shall.
It is rare to see such extraordinary Athleticism and such outstanding Core Power wedded with a simply stunningly, all-encompassing, and relentless Attention to Detail in all Facets of the Game...and it is a Joy to behold.
The extraordinary Matt Waldman has outdone himself with an exquisitely written Piece about Watkins's Game, so I will happily defer to'm on the details, and I devoutly hope that anyone finding this Report will invest the time to read and watch it, for Waldman is himself a Master Craftsman, and has been for several Years.
Suffice to say: It is indeed crystal clear that Sammy Watkins has been dedicating himself ~ for many Years ~ to the intensive study of all those 100's of Little Things that put him and'is Mates in the best possible position to get the most out'f every Play...And he is blessed both with the Power, Speed, and explosive Agility to do so.
Above all, he is blessed with extraordinary Processing Speed.
That Trait, which any Reader of mine knows I value above all, enables him to see Plays developing before they do.
It enables him to apply God only knows how many Hours of Study & Training over the Years to deadly effect.
It enables him to Rapidly Read & React to Defenders a tenth of a second before they do.
Combined with such explosive Talent and Ferocity, I believe he will be a Great One.
And he's also the kind of guy that I love most: The kind who will ~ with or without the Ball ~ Move The Chains.
He's the kind of guy, in short, who you trust in the January cold, when the whole Season is at stake.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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