Seminoles ~ 6027/220
I can no longer abide the application of the pathetically weak and flaccid term "Safety" to Gladiators.
It is struck from my Vocabulary.
The erstwhile "Free Safety" is truly the CenterFielder of the Defense. Honestly, I consider the term absolutely perfect.
And the erstwhile "Strong Safety", playing an increasingly hybrid Role and constantly improvising, is a RoverBack, I think.
When analyzing the Merits of a prospective RoverBack, this is how I personally break things down:
Intangibles: Diagnostic Acuity, Field Vision, and, above all: Processing Speed. And of course: Motor. Motor Matters.
Agility: Acceleration, Fluidity, and Closing Speed. And of course: Verticity!! Turning & Burning in Direct Coverage.
Run Support: Appetite, Tactical Discipline, and Combat Skills ~ working through Traffic & Tackling Mechanics.
Pass Prevention: Timing, Vertical Burst, WingSpan, and don't forget the Brutality!!
Agility: Phenomenal. Outrageous Fluidity, Ricochet, and Closing Speed.
Run Support: Mediocre but prospectively phenomenal. Smith exhibits incredible Fluidity, Closing Speed, and Core Power. With that Frame, mind you, he's a Liability as a Flank Defender...but a potential Force as a RoverBack.
Pass Prevention: Extraordinary. Smith commands tremendous Fluidity, Verticity, and Range.
First off, please allow me to establish my non-weight-discriminatory Credentials:
I wasn't just at the Cutting Edge of pounding the table on LaVonte David, two Years ago: I was The Cutting Edge.
He was my Super Alpha Uber Binky of the 2012 Draft.
And I didn't give a rat's ass that he weight a "mere" 234 Pounds.
And his Performance for his first two Campaigns has been phenomenal, Praise the Gods.
But 218 Pounds???
I don't know, man...
I like Telvin Smith. I truly do.
But for a Flanker to excel ~ or even survive ~ at The Next Level at 234 Pounds, as my boy LaVonte David has, requires an extraordinary fusion of Field Vision, Processing Speed, Core Power, Athleticism, and sweet, raging Ferocity.
I saw those in LaVonte David ~ all of those and much more ~ but while Telvin Smith boasts some of those Attributes, Core Power, Agility, and Intensity being prominent among them, I have grave concerns about his Field Vision.
And he is also far less disciplined than David was at this point.
And...I'm sorry. 218 Pounds???
I just can't see it.
Telvin Smith needs to get over being what you Earthlings call a "LineBacker" and grasp the fact that as a RoverBack.
That's "Strong Safety", to you Earthlings.
And he could prove to be an extraordinary one.
Telvin Smith is one of the most enigmatic Prospects in this entire Draft.
And he could certainly fall flat on his face even if the position switch that I am convinced is the best thing for him, for his prospective Team, and for Mankind in general comes about, despite his resistance to the idea.
But it seems to me that Telvin Smith carries within'm a combination of such incredibly explosive Agility, Power, Processing Speed, and Ferocity that he was born to play RoverBack in this League...perhaps at an Epic Level.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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