CornerBack ~ Troy Apke ~ Penn State Nittany Lions ~ 6012/200
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, Verticity ~ that's Turn & Burn Acuity, to you Earthlings!! ~ and Speed!!
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.
* Speed ~ Corner and WideOut are really the only Roles where 40 Times matter.
* 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: 60. Phenomenal Speed. Mediocre Fluidity and Ricochet. Apke's Combine Numbers were spectacular, and when he's moving instinctively ~ which isn't often!! ~ his Speed and Fluidity are impressive, so there is the potential, as he acrrues more Time & Training, preferably at Corner, for his functional Agility to improve immensely.
Processing Speed: 25. Awful. Bad Timing, Bad Angles, Bad Anticipation.
Run Defense: 75. As a RoverBack, if his Team ~ no, I haven't checked that out, yet, and only occasionally find out, and by accident ~ is stupid enough to deploy'm there, I'd give'm a 40 or so. But as CornerBack, with a CornerBack's far lighter responsibilities in Run Support, his Power, Motor, and Ferocity translate tremendously well. He's too tall and no where nearly meaty enough to play Rover, but he's well built for a Corner, and his Run Defense would be a big Strength.
Pass Coverage: 33. Fast, but not Fluid, and hampered by choppy reaction speed and efficacy. He's got a long ways to go, but if he can develop the mental side of things and translate his raw Fluidity into functional Fluidity, he could excel.
CatchPoint Capacity: 33. Poor Combat Skills and Tracking & Timing, but with the Height and raw Power to be very good.
Please also note, Fellow FootBall Fiends: These CyberScouting Reports are not intended as predictions of success or failure, but as assessments ~ ludicrously amateurish assessments ~ of potential success. FootBall is a rough and often unfair business, and many a worthy Prospect has fallen far short of his potential, sometimes not because of his own failings, but because of those of coaching, scheme, timing...or because huge investments were made on other Prospects.
In other words: If any of my Super Dooper Deeper Sleepers ever fail to fulfill their vast potential, I’m confident that it goes without saying that it wasn’t their fault…or mine!!...Yes, I think that I'm being funny.
In other words: Caveat Emptor, Fellow FootBall Fiends!!
Enter at your own risk!!
Ceiling? Beast!! 1st/2nd Round. He's got the right Frame for CornerBack, he's got exceptional Power for a Corner, and his Speed and raw Fluidity and Ricochet are sensational. If he can put it all together, he could be a Pro Bowler.
Floor? Special Teams!! 6th/7th Round. His mental Game is very, very raw, and on top of it, he needs to switch Positions and learn how to play CornerBack, because he doesn't project as a RoverBack at the next level.
Risk/Reward Ratio? Long Shot. The fact that he wasn't able to carve out a starting role at any Position until his Senior Year, much less any role at CornerBack, and despite all that raw Talent, does not speak well to his mental FootBall Acumen. Furthermore, the fact that he's already 23 as of April cast further shade on his potential to develop.
Even so, his upside is tremendous, and certainly worth a Mid Rounder.
Thank you so very much, Draft BreakDown, without whom my Work would be virtually impossible.