Flanker ~ Tre McBride ~ William & Mary Tribe 6003/210
Split Ends are usually the bigger, taller WideOuts who line up in the X Position, on the Line of Scrimmage.
SlotBacks are usually the quicker, smaller WideOuts who line up at the Y Position, off the Line.
FlankerBacks are usually the faster WideOuts who line up at the Z Position, off the Line.
The Split End prototype would be about 6030/225 or so.
The Flanker prototype would be about 6000/200 or so.
The SlotBack prototype would be about 5010/195 or so.
However a given Coach chooses to deploy the Soldiers at his disposal is of course entirely up to him, and most WideOuts will see Snaps at multiple Positions and in multiple Alignments, but I believe that it is valuable to categorize WideOuts in terms of classic Skill Sets, to better define the differences in the kind of Impact they might wield at the next level.
This is how I break things down when I'm evaluating Split Ends, Flankers, and SlotBacks:
Separation: Getting Open. This encompasses Combat Skills & Fluidity to beat Press, Acceleration out'f the Blocks, Fluidity and Ricochet in navigating Traffic, Route Running Precision, the capacity to deceive Defenders, and Field Vision for Timing Seems and Open Zones. All other Aspects of a WideOut's Job Description are dwarfed by this one.
Catch Point Capacity: In Transit or Contested: Hands, WingSpan, Vertical Agility, Combat Skills, and Timing.
Navigation: How well he Navigates the Field after the Catch: Power, Agility, Acceleration, Long Speed, and Field Vision.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Combat Skills
* Field Vision
Catch Point Capacity
* Combat Skills
* Vertical Agility
* Long Speed
* Field Vision
Catch Point Capacity: Phenomenal. McBride brings tremendous Hands, awesome Combat Skills, extraordinary Tracking & Timing, and sensational Fluidity to the Catch Point. And he's equally effective on Jump Balls or In Transition.
Navigation: Exceptional. Again: Not explosive, by any stretch of the Imagination. His Long Speed won't stop hearts and his Ricochet won't snap ankles. But his Fluidity and Field Vision are Top Notch, and he is shockingly brutal, as well!!
Blocking: Bonus Round!! I've conceded, this Year, that Blocking is a Bonus when it comes to WideOuts, so I'll only mention it if it's exceptional...And oh it is!! I've always considered Blocking to be the most compelling and absorbing Aspect of FootBall, so watching someone like McBride was an enormous Pleasure. He's not one of those Prima Donnas who always look like they're afraid to break a nail, and who may or may not throw in the occasional BlindSider when a Defender's got'is back turned. Snap after Snap, McBride is relentless: getting dirty, blasting away, sometimes even charging DownField and taking on multiple Defenders!! He's got an Appetite for Combat, and he is good.
The guy is a remarkably smooth and crafty Route Runner, and I don't give a Rat's Ass about his lack of Explosiveness or his Level of Competition. I care, you understand, but these Factors are often dramatically overplayed, and I believe this happens to be one of those times: As I see it, McBride's Fluidity, Field Vision, and Work Ethic are Off The Charts.
As far as I'm concerned, that Trumps all those other things.
Show me a Prospect with extraordinary Field Vision and Drive, but no physical Talent, and I'll show you a Coach.
But show me a Prospect with extraordinary Field Vision and Drive and an healthy level of Talent, and I'll show you a guy with an awfully good Chance of forging a successful Career, and quite possibly an extraordinary one.
Tre McBride's Dedication & Drive is majestic. I need only watch his extraordinarily Refined Route Running, his consistent Tenacity at the Catch Point, and his deliciously and delightfully Brutal Blocking to know that.
And his Diagnostic Acuity, Processing Speed, and Field Vision are awesome. His Route Running makes that clear, as well, and so does his navigation of Traffic with the Ball or when he's blocking DownField.
And while he's not exhilaratingly Fast, he is certainly Fast enough. And not only is he surprisingly Strong, but his Fluidity, quite arguably the least appreciated yet most dangerous Attributes a Prospect can possess, is extraordinary.
"Trajectory > A mercurial Formula that blends Talent, Speed of Improvement, and the Probability of continuing that Speed of Improvement, based on perceived Intelligence, Passion, and Work Ethic: Talent x Intelligence x Drive."
Tre McBride sends all my Trajectory Sirens off, and I think his Potential is extraordinary. Not only that, but I don't believe that it's going to take him anywhere near as long to acclimate and Turn A Profit as is generally perceived!!
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!