WingBack ~ Tyler Conklin ~ Central Michigan Chippewas ~ 6030/255
Power Ends will be how I refer to the Players with a Frame built for the classic "In Line" Tight End ~ an Hybrid Player who serves as a combination Blocker and Receiver. There'll be Exceptions: I'd previously categorized Jimmy Graham as a Power End, but while his Frame is certainly that of one, his 40 Time ~ 4.53 at 260 Pounds!!! ~ trumps that.
The Prototype for a Power End would be about 6050/260 or so.
The "Tight Ends" whose Frames are better suited to be deployed in running Routes from all over the Formation, and who aren't especially renowned for their Blocking ~ though many are adept Chippers ~ I refer to as Flex Ends.
The Prototype would be about 6030/245 or so.
Those of either type who present legitimate Dual Threats ~ who can make a genuine Impact either as a Blocker or as a Receiver ~ are impossible to predict from Snap to Snap, and this renders them extraordinarily dangerous.
Conceivably even more dangerous and dynamic than either of these two types is one of my pet Positions: The WingBacks.
I employ this ancient FootBall Term, one still in active use in many High Schools and Colleges, to refer to a Role so ethereal as to be almost imaginary: an Hybrid FullBack & Flex End ~ a Super Hybrid, if you will.
The Prototype would be about 6000/240 or so.
The WingBack, optimally, would be a guy capable of Lead Blocking in the Run Game, Pass Blocking in the Passing Game, or splitting out and running Pass Patterns from SlotBack, Slot End, Split End, or Flanker. He could line up at any of those spots, or on either Wing, on the Line, or in the BackField. He could even go In Motion or run the Ball!!
Such a versatile, dynamic Player could have an explosive Impact on the Competitive LandScape.
The Game has reached a point in its Tactical History that is perfect for such a Player.
It awaits only for the NFL to realize the Opportunity.
I've previously broken down what I'll now call Power Ends into the detailed Categories of Blocking, as well as receiving, but it's occurred to me that reading those Scouting Reports is probably as much of a Chore as writing them is, so for the Benefit of both my Honored Readers and my self, I'm gonna simplify things by breaking down Power Ends the same categorical way that I do, Flex End, which is to detail the WideOut Aspects but just consolidate and summarize the Offensive Line Aspects.
Separation: Getting Open. This encompasses Combat Skills & Fluidity to beat Press, Acceleration or Short Speed, Fluidity and Ricochet in navigating Traffic, Route Running Precision, Deception of Defenders, and Processing Speed and Field Vision for Timing Seams and Open Zones. The way I see it, Separation dwarfs All other Aspects of a WideOut's Job Description in Importance. I consider Separation more important than the other WideOut Aspects combined.
Catch Point Capacity: In Transition or Contested: Hands, WingSpan, Vertical Agility, Combat Skills, and Timing. Timing is of course derivative of Processing Speed and Field Vision, and affects both Transitional Catches and Contested Catches, the latter both in terms of timing one's Jumps and in employing Combat Skills to work free at the right Moment.
Chunk Yardage: An highly overrated Aspect of the Game, I believe, so much so that in fact I didn't even include it in 2016. It is not a negligible Aspect of the Game, so I'm bringing it back, but getting open, catching the Ball, and Moving the Chains are far more crucial to a Team's Success, I believe, than making Splash Plays and getting on ESPN HighLights Reels. Power, Fluidity, Ricochet, Speed, Combat Skills, and Processing Speed/Field Vision all play into Chunk Yardage.
Blocking: Blocking of course breaks down to Power, Agility, Frame, Combat Skills, Processing Speed, and Motor, and consolidates into Run Blocking and Pass Blocking. It'll be just one Category, but half the Grade.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Combat Skills
* Field Vision
Catch Point Capacity
Catch Point Capacity
* Combat Skills
* Vertical Agility
* Combat Skills
* Field Vision
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
Separation: 66 and improving. Mediocre Acceleration and Speed, but tremendous Fluidity and Ricochet in 2016, when he was healthy, and exceptional and improving Route Running, over the course of two campaigns.
Catch Point Capacity: 100. Sensational Tracking & Timing, tremendous Vertical Agility, and magnificent Hands.
Chunk Yardage: 60. Not much Speed, but impressive Power, tremendous Agility, impressive Field Vision, and very tough.
Blocking: 60. Mediocre Power, but excellent Combat Skills and an excellent Motor.
Fair Warning, though, Fellow FootBall Fiends: I tend to jump to early conclusions after the first few Snaps...and 80-90% of the time, I stick to'm. Considering that I am a drooling amateur with plenty of misses, and that The Market, formed entirely by professionals, rates Tyler Conklin far differently than I, it's only fair to throw that disclosure out there.
But it seems to me that The Market is basing their evaluation of Conklin entirely off of 2017 Tape. That's an accusation that, on the face of it, sounds preposterous even to me, the guy who's writing it. And should I ever succeed in amassing the sprawling fortune that I aspire to, purchase the Patriots, and find that I have a Scout who only watches recent Tape, particularly when the Prospect in question is know to've been injured, I will shoot him first and then fire'm.
But there a lot of stupid and lazy people on this planet who don't take much pride or pleasure in their work...And this isn't even close to the first time that I got the impression that The Market was miles off on a Prospect.
Tyler Conklin started off College as a Zero Star Recruit in FootBall, played part'f a year of BasketBall at Northwood University, kind'f sucked at it, bailed, walked on at Central Michigan, tried a few different jobs, and eventually settled in at Tight End.
So he's still learning. But it seems to me that he's learning rapidly, and in all aspects.
A Power End, I see as Blocking being his dominant attribute.
A Flex End, I see as Receiving being his best attribute.
Conklin is truly versatile, though, which is to say that I believe he can excel in both aspects of the Game.
He doesn't have the Frame ~ the Length ~ or the Power to excel as a Blocker in The Trenches, but his Power has increased enough ~ and might yet have additional upside, considering that he's still developing as a Tight End ~ that, in combination with his exceptional and significantly improving Combat Skills and his Motor, I believe that he should be competitive and indeed adept as a Blocker in The Trenches and, with his Field Vision and Agility, extraordinary as a Flex Blocker.
And as a Receiver? Hoo hoo. He's neither Quick nor Fast, but he is very Slippery, he is very Intelligent and Crafty, and, at the Catch Point, Tyler Conklin is sensational. I believe that he will prove, pretty quickly, once he gets the chance, that he can separate exceptionally well, especially in the short and intermediate, and that he is awesome at the Catch Point.
And I believe, therefore, that he will prove to be a highly favored Target.
As I see it, Tyler Conklin projects, should he attain his Potential, as a beautifully balanced, genuine Hybrid Threat ~ an adept Trench Blocker, an extraordinary Flex Blocker, and a tremendous Receiver. In other words, he projects as a truly deadly weapon, because his presence on the Field gives the Enemy no clue at all what the Offense is likely to do.
He projects as a Joker than will win many a Hand.
Ceiling? SuperBeast!! A potential 80/1200/12 guy who excels as a Blocker.
Floor? Contender. Hell, Reserve, if I'm dead wrong about the guy.
Risk/Reward Ratio? Excellent. The Intelligence and Drive to become All That He Can Be are evident both on Tape and on his Resume, where this erstwhile Zero Star Recruit, former Hooper, and Division 47 Walk On has improved rapidly.
Tyler Conklin? Yeah, I'm a Fan.
Thank you so very much, Draft BreakDown, without whom my Work would be virtually impossible.
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!!