CenterFielder ~ Senquez Golson ~ Ole Mississippi Rebels ~ 5085/175
CenterFielders ~ This is my term for "Free Safeties", as I find the application of the term "Safety" ~ a limp, lame term, to put it kindly ~ to be an Asinine Appellation for a Gladiator. The Prototype would be about 6000/200 or so.
CenterFielders are indeed the Last Line of Defense. But I sense that with the increasing Hybridization of Skill Sets in the Years to come, it will be advantageous for Teams to seek CenterFielders who can not only act as a Reserve Defender in Support of their CornerBacks, but who can ~ at a moment's notice, if need be ~ flip into Direct Coverage.
As such, I have discovered a natural Synergy between the Skill Sets of CenterFielders...and NickelBacks.
CenterFielders, like RoverBacks and Gryphons, are Hybrids, tasked both with Pass Coverage and Run Defense. Unlike Rovers and Gryphons, however, CenterFielders are expected to prioritize Pass Defense. As such, I'll be breaking my Evaluations down along the same lines as with the others, but with a decidedly divergent Emphasis:
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, and Processing Speed.
Pass Coverage: Agility and Processing Speed.
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
* Processing Speed
Processing Speed: Excellent.
Run Defense: Shockingly Exceptional!! Despite being the approximate Size of a Gnat, Golson commands extraordinary Core Power, tremendous Combat Skills, and an outstanding Motor. He's Small, but he is Tough, and he is Strong.
Pass Coverage: Tremendous. I am projecting Golson as a Corner to CenterFielder Convertible, where he'd play Running Downs and Ambiguous Downs as a CenterFielder, which'd be a new Gig. There, I believe, he'd have Tremendous Potential, because he brings an extraordinary combination of Field Vision, Fluidity, and Speed to the BattleField. And at NickelBack, where he'd play on pure Passing Downs, his Size Liability would be dramatically reduced, as the overwhelming majority of his Foes would thence be Spry Flies like himself, and thus a good Match Up.
There is an enormous Difference between being Short and being Small, and Golson's Core Power is extraordinary, which goes a long, long way to ameliorating the Effects of yon Lack of Beef...But, Senquez....175 Pounds???
And if he does do so, he'll be in danger of losing some'f'is Quicks.
So there is a substantial Risk Premium at Work, here, and my Rank & Grade for'm will be attenuated accordingly.
Having said all that: Senquez Golson's combination of Field Vision, Fluidity, and Speed is simply tremendous, and even at 175 Pounds, he is an astonishingly Tenacious Run Defender. There's no way in Hell he'd survive, mind you, playing half his Snaps at CenterFielder at 175, where Run Defense would be a far larger part of his Game, but there's really no particular reason to expect that he'd lose any of his remarkably Agility if he beefed up 15 to 20 Pounds.
This is all Theoretical unless somebody is smart enough to Develop & Deploy'm as I'm proposing, but were they to do so, I believe Golson would have the Potential to develop into one of the Game's very best, both as a roaming, marauding CenterFielder on Base Downs and Ambiguous Downs, and as a NickelBack on Passing Downs.
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!!