PowerBack ~ Todd "Don't Call Me"Gurley Georgia BullDogs ~ 6006/222
I've come to believe that any HalfBack that doesn't bring a Passing Game element to the BattleField is...incomplete.
Hence, the term "FlexBack" ~ although quite cool, I believe!! ~ short-circuits the Evaluation Process.
As to how I break them down, I expect that the terms are pretty self-explanatory:
PowerBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work between the Tackles..
SpeedBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work outside the Tackles.
The PowerBack prototype would be about 5115/220 or so.
The SpeedBack prototype would be about 5010/200 or so.
Those are gross oversimplifications, of course, and many HalfBacks will manifest Attributes of both styles. Indeed, Power and Speed ~ better yet: Agility ~ are crucial to the Success of either kind of HalfBack. But I believe that it advances the discussion and better serves my Fellow FootBall Fanatics if I make an effort to distinguish between types.
This is how I break things down, when evaluating all HalfBacks:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Upper body Power is important, but lower body Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. An HalfBack's Capacity to break Tackles is more about Core Power than anything else.
Agility: Launch Velocity, Fluidity, Acceleration, and Ricochet. Long Speed is all well and good, but at the end of the day, it is Gravy. What wins Championships is Moving The Chains. And Moving The Chains is accomplished far more consistently by the guys who exhibit the Agility ~ and the Focus ~ to consistently pick up 5 and sometimes 10 Yards at a time.
Processing Speed: Diagnostic Velocity. Field Vision. That ethereal Capacity to Rapidly Read & React to the Rapidly Roiling & Boiling Tactical LandScape...and to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
Blocking: Having an HalfBack who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle. Most HalfBacks just coming out'f College are mediocre Blockers, but this is a crucial Aspect of the Game that they'll need to master.
Receiving: Whether he be a PowerBack or a SpeedBack, an HalfBack that can effectively present a genuine Threat in the Passing Game dramatically increases his Team's Options on any given Play. The more dynamic the Threat, the more valuable to'is Team on the Field of Battle, whether he's just slipping out'f the BackField or splitting out Wide.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Core Power is most of it. Tyrannosaurus Rex would've made an Hell of an HalfBack.
* Torso Power doesn't hurt, though.
* Launch Velocity
* Long Speed
* That ethereal Capacity to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
Agility: Excellent. Impressive Launch Velocity, remarkable Fluidity, and tremendous Ricochet out'f'is Breaks.
Field Vision: Outstanding. Gurley occasionally flashes Impatience, but for the most part he displays tremendous Patience, and his capacity to Rapidly Read & React effectively to the Tactical LandScape is consistently terrific.
Blocking: Mediocre. Outstanding Power, but marginal Combat Skills & Motor.
Receiving: Tremendous. Terrific Tracking & Timing, soft Hands, and of course he's a dangerous Navigator.
And once he gets up an Head of Steam, it's even worse.
Gurley might very well be the most Powerful HalfBack in the entire League, the very moment that he steps on the Field.
But what renders'm terrifying is that that extraordinary Power converges with a diabolical level of slippery Fluidity, explosive Ricochet, and rapid Processing Speed. Gurley's ability to combine the capacity to blast holes right through the middle of Defenses or slip, burst, and then run away from Defenses is simply devastating, all in itself.
But the fact that he is so adept at rapidly reading the Tactical LandScape in front''f'm and choosing whether he wants to go through a Defender or around'm ~ without the poor fellow knowing which it's gonna be, of course ~ while being able to apply his choice to destructive affect...well, suffice to say that that capacity increases the Threat dramatically.
And he's also a legitimate Weapon in the Passing Game and a potentially outstanding Blocker, if he applies himself, so we're talking about a guy who can play on any Down and at a potentially phenomenal level.
And his ACL Injury doesn't affect my Grade: If the Team that drafts'm is smart, they give'm all of 2015 to Take It Through The Gears, as an ACL Injury warrants, thus allowing them to toll the Year and allowing him to get back to 100%.
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!!