1 ~ My Vocabulary has evolved and transmogrified in many ways, since I became engulfed with The Draft in 2010!!
2 ~ As a Result, I have changed the Definitions of several Terms along the way!! Sorry for the Insanity!!
3 ~ I have thought long and hard over whether it best served you who honor my Site with your Visitations to leave everything as originally published or to retroactively change previous Posts to employ current Nomenclature, and have decided at long last to go back and change everything so that the Terminology is consistent. I hope you approve.
4 ~ My 2011 & 2012 Reports were all Republished in January of 2013 when I ReBooted the Site!!
But for me, it all comes down to Verticity, Verticity, Verticity!!
How smooth, how sharp, how crisp...is the Corner when it comes to Flipping the Hips...to Turning and Burning??
And I don't give a rat's ass about "Ball Skills"...and not too much about "40" Times!!
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Yankee Market Value
Super Beast!! Not much to say, here: Morris Claiborne commands phenomenal Verticity, turning and burning like he was born to flip his hips!!
He's explosive out'f'is Breaks.
He commands the Core Strength and Fluidity to consistently harass and rough up Split Ends off the Line.
And he's an aggressive Run Defender.
This is a dream Corner Back, and even for the 3rd Pick in the Draft, should he go that early, he'll be a Steal!!
Beast!! I will hedge that by saying that as a Press Corner, Dre KirkPatrick might be good, not great.
He brings great Core Strength to the table, mind you, and is very physical off the Line, but his Fluidity isn't all that remarkable, and he doesn't exhibit very explosive Torsion out'f'is Breaks.
As a Zone Corner, though, he should be exceptional: He commands outstanding Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed, smooth Verticity to Turn + Burn, and his length is a great asset in completing plays.
And he's a phenomenal Tackler in Run Support.
Assuming he's drafted by a team that plays a lot of Zone, he should be extraordinary. Fair Value!!
Stud Horse!! Stephon Gilmore doesn't consistently display impressive Verticity, yet on tape and at the Combine ~ where he burned a sweet 661 on the 3 Cone, to say nothing of a 394 on the Short Shuttle ~ he clearly exhibits Raw Verticity: a natural Fluidity that usually only requires Discipline and Dedication to convert into Turn + Burn prowess.
When and if he brings develops that, he should become a workable Zone Corner.
As it is, he commands enough Core Strength and Tenacity off the Line to jam Split Ends, and both the impressive Lateral Agility and Fluidity to stick with them well enough to become a superior Press Corner.
And he's an aggressive Run Defender.
He has some work to do, but he looks like a starting caliber Man Corner who should develop into a very effective one, and who should in fact become a decent Zone Corner, as well. Fair Value!!
Beast!! Janoris Jenkins boasts scintillating Verticity, as impressive as anyone's in the Draft Class, even that of Morris Claiborne: He can Turn + Burn with anyone.
His Core Strength is outstanding, and his Fluidity is amazing, but he's so small that he can still be tossed around off the Line. However, he's so freaking Spry that he's never far from his man.
He's a very dubious Run Defender, mind you.
He'll probably always be vulnerable to runs in his Direction, but all told he's got the makings of an outstanding Corner at the next level, and I would say he warrants a Mid-1st Grade. Steal!!
Starter!! Alfonzo Dennard commands sufficient Verticity to succeed at the next level, and enough Core Strength and Fluidity to compete in Press.
But his Mechanics and Dexterity suck.
He is undisciplined and inconsistent.
I don't know: I get a distinctly Terrell Buckley "Feast or Famine" vibe from this fellow, and that is not the kind of player best suited to help build a Championship team.
The talent is there to start, and to excel...But I wouldn't want to be the guy to place a large bet on this guy. I'm sure he'll rack up the stats, but will he really help his team when it counts?? I'm not so sure. OverRated!!
Stud Horse!! Jayron Hosley isn't the largest Corner in the Galaxy, and he has precious little experience playing Press Coverage, anyway, which is just as well.
But as a Zone Corner, he commands outstanding Verticity in the Turn + Burn, and tremendous Processing Speed, Reading + Reacting to Routes.
He's not an especially intimidating Run Defender.
Assuming he gets drafted by a predominantly Zone Defense, or a Cover 2, he should excel. Fair Value!!
Potential Starter!! Truth be told, I believe that Josh Robinson does have tremendous upside: not because of his celebrated "40" time, but because his exhilarating 655 3 Cone and 397 Short Shuttle speak to phenomenal Raw Verticity and Lateral Agility...some portion of which is occasionally evident on Tape.
But his entire Game ~ his Navigational Skills ~ are raw as hell, and he is awful in Press off the Line.
I would love to take a flyer on this kid's potential on Day 3, but in Round 2?? Oh, HELL, no. OverRated!!
Starter!! Brandon Boykin commands a superior level of talent at all the essentials: Veriticity, Core Strength, Fluidity, and Tenacity.
He's a scrappy Press Corner, and he can Turn + Burn in Zone Coverage or in Man.
And he's a willing, albeit sloppy, Run Defender.
Nothing spectacular there, but he's got a good shot at become a superior starter in the NFL. Fair Value!!
Reserve!! Dwight Bentley is hindered by subpar Verticity, dubious Core Strength, poor Lateral Agility, and sketchy Navigational skills.
And he ain't the crispest Run Defender, either.
I wish him well, but I think his stock has been bloated well beyond reason by a scintillating "40" time. He's got a lot of work to do, in my book. OverRated!!
Starter!! Leonard Johnson commands exceptional Verticity on the Turn + Burn, terrific Core Strength and Fluidity in Press, and superior Navigational skills.
He can use work, mind you, especially in Run Defense.
But this is a guy who can play just about anywhere and be ~ or become ~ effective, and I like his chances of earning a starting gig at the next level. Fair Value!!
Starter!! Chase MinniField commands exceptional Verticity on the Turn + Burn, and decent Fluidity and Core Strength in Press Coverage, though he could use some work in Run Defense.
All in all, a starting caliber Corner Prospect. Fair Value!!
Stud Horse!! I really like this kid.
Jamell Fleming brings absolutely outstanding Verticity ~ Turn + Burn Acuity ~ to the table.
His Lateral Agility, his Fluidity, and his Torsion ~ Burst out of Breaks ~ are all excellent.
Mind you: His Run Defense needs work.
And there were academic issues.
But his FootBall IQ is all I care about, and he commands exceptional Diagnostic Acuity + Processing Speed, in Reading + Reacting to Routes.
Jamell Fleming commands tremendous Potential, one of the greatest Corner Values of this entire Class. Steal!!
Beast!! Here we have my favorite Corner Back of the entire Draft...at least at this juncture!!
Trumaine Johnson brings a scintillating fusion of tremendous Verticity ~ Turn + Burn Acuity ~ explosive Torsion ~ Burst out of Breaks ~ and outstanding Diagnostic Acuity + Processing Speed to the Game.
As a former Receiver, he commands highly impressive Instincts for the Passing Game.
He boasts an extraordinary blend of Athleticism, Power, and Size, and while he has little experience in Press Coverage, his potential there ~ or in Zone, if you please!! ~ is immense.
I see 1st Round Potential in this kid. Yet his Market Value, while ascending, is still, inexplicably, in the 3rd or 4th Round range!! Super Sleeper!!
Potential Starter!! Omar Bolden boasts commendable Verticity and Burst out'f Breaks, but his Navigational skills are raw, and he's pretty sketchy in Run Defense.
He has some potential, but has a lot of work to do before he can start at the next level. OverRated!!
Starter!! Casey Hayward lacks sufficient Core Strength and Verticity to excel in Press or Man.
But he exhibits excellent Fluidity in short areas, and commendable Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed, all of which makes me think he'd be much more effective in Zone Coverage or a Cover 2.
And within that context, he has a pretty good chance of earning a starting gig. Deal!!
Stud Horse!! Josh Norman is pretty raw, but he offers outstanding Verticity, Fluidity and Core Strength, and his Processing Speed is very impressive, as well!!
There's genuine All Pro Potential, here. Sleeper!!
Potential Starter!! Shaun Prater brings intriguing Athleticism to the table, displaying pretty decent levels of Verticity, Fluidity, and Burst.
However, his Navigational skills are awfully raw, and his Diagnostics and Processing Speed are rough. Even so, there's something to work with, here. Fair Value!!
Starter!! Coryell Judie doesn't command the Core Strength, the Verticity, or the Navigational skills to excel as a Man or Press Corner.
But he's very impressive as a Zone Corner, exhibiting exceptional Fluidity, Burst, + Lateral Agility in short areas, as well as the Diagnostic skill and Processing Speed to effectively read the field and make plays.
He looks like a Zone Starter at the next level. Sleeper!!
Potential Starter!! Asa Jackson is rather raw, of course, and doesn't have much experience in Press, but in Off Coverage, he displayed an impressive fusion of Fluidity, Lateral Agility, and Burst in short areas.
He is a raw Navigator, but offers intriguing skills, and there is starting potential, here, probably as a Zone or Cover 2 Back. Deal!!
Moon Shot!! Desmond Marrow is hindered by awful Dexterity, raw Navigation skills, and dubious Core Strength.
But he does command rather exceptional Fluidity for his size, to which you can add nice Burst as well as impressive Diagnostics and Processing Speed.
Raw as raw can be, but if he can ever harness his raw skills, he could not only eventually earn a starting gig at the next level, he could be a damned good one. Deal!!