CornerBack ~ TreDavious White ~ Louisiana State Fighting Tigers ~ 5112/192
Old Roles are getting dramatically transformed, and virtually every Front 7 ~ or Front 6!! ~ Defensive Job Description is transitioning into an Hybrid Role where the Defender is asked to excel in multiple Roles and in multiple Fronts.
For that reason, and in order to offer NomenClature that speaks not to archaic, obsolete "Positions", but rather to Skill Sets that accurately reflect the dynamic Changes of the 21st Century Game and the Roles they have spawned, I have undertaken to craft Terminology that is designed to break Skill Sets down as they really are.
Defensive Coordinators have, since Time Immemorial, employed highly creative terminology in devising Defenses and in designating Assignments. In that Spirit, I have admittedly indulged myself considerably in devising the following NomenClature. It is undeniably colorful, but I like to think that there's an underlying Logic, as well:
CornerBacks ~ I find it quite amusing that the very last Skill Set on my list is the only Defensive Skill Set ~ so far!! ~ for whom I haven't adapted or invented a new Term. The Prototype would be about 6000/195.
CornerBacks are of course Pass Defense Specialists, but I will include Run Defense in my Evaluations. But I will note, of course, that as with Blocking as it pertains to WideOuts, it is desirable, yes, but its absence is no Red Flag.
This is how I break down CornerBacks:
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, Processing Speed, Motor, and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Agility, Processing Speed, and Field Vision.
CatchPoint Capacity: Tracking, Timing, Combat Skills, and WingSpan.
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
* Agility ~ Fluidity, Ricochet, Acceleration, and Speed, baby!!
* Processing Speed ~ Reading and Reacting with Speed & Precision to Offensive Tactics.
* Field Vision ~ Processing Speed with an emphasis on the Tactical LandScape.
* Combat Skills
* Vertical Agility
Agility: Magnificent. Serpentine Fluidity. Explosive Acceleration. Outstanding Speed.
Processing Speed: Phenomenal.
Run Defense: Mediocre. Mediocre Motor and a mediocre Tackler.
Pass Coverage: Sensational. A celestial Combination of Agility and Processing Speed.
CatchPoint Capacity: Tremendous. Mediocre Vertical Agility, but a good WingSpan and extraordinary Tracking & Timing. I've read Complaints about his low Interception Numbers, but I'm far more concerned about his outstanding Broken Passes Numbers: If his Hands were awesome, he'd be playing WideOut, not CornerBack!!
You read about an extraordinarily athletic CornerBack.
But if you read more recent Scouting Notes and Reports on TreDavious White, you read about how unexceptional his Athletic Ability is, how he's a bit stiff here and bit lumbering there, and gets by mostly on Technique.
I have immense Respect for what The Combine tells us, but one most vet its Information.
TreDavious White's Stock slid because he had a lousy Combine.
And after that lousy Combine, perceptions of his erstwhile elite Athletic Ability...vaporized.
Funny thing, too, because that awesome Athletic Ability, combined with his having developed phenomenal Field Vision and Processing Speed as well as tremendous CatchPoint Capacity, and his immense and intense Attention to Detail and everything that all that says about his Intelligence, his Drive, and, yes, therefore, his Trajectory, would've justified a SuperBeast Rank and Top 5 Grade, in my view...if his mediocre Agility hadn't been exposed at The Combine.
...except that ~ as reported by nobody ~ The Combine happened just a few weeks after he messed up his Ankle.
Pay the Man!!
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the invaluable Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!