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!!
Estimated Market Value
Yankee Market Value
James Michael Johnson
Beast!! Luke Kuechly's Core Strength isn't amazing, and he's not the fastest guy on the planet, but he boasts an absolutely mesmerizing fusion of Fluidity, outstanding Lateral Agility, tremendous Diagnostic Acuity, and utterly phenomenal Processing Speed.
I am confident that he's going to be a very effective Pass Defender ~ he commands sharp Verticity, too ~ and as a Run Defender he is a One Man Swarm.
He is going to be...Great. 1st Round Steal!!
Starter!! Donta HighTower commands outstanding Core Strength and exceptional Diagnostic Skills, making him a formidable Run Defender.
He can play inside or out, and is smart enough and quick enough to stay on the field in Pass Defense.
His Fluidity and Lateral Agility aren't too remarkable, and they impose limitations on all aspects of his Game.
He brings a pretty good Pass Rush to the table, as well, when he lines up at Flanker on Passing Downs.
All in all, he looks like a solid starter. Fair Value!!
Starter!! Mychal Kendricks has a couple of concerns: His Size, and his Processing Speed in Pass Defense.
However, he brings an explosive Burst, excellent Core Strength, and an absolutely relentless Motor to the table, and is a brutal Force on the Inside Pass Rush.
He possesses intriguing Raw Athleticism, in that he crushed it on the 3 Cone, but his mediocre time on the Short Shuttle confirmed unremarkable Lateral Agility.
Kendricks is an explosive, hard-hitting Blaster with outstanding Processing Speed in the Run Game.
I've got my concerns about his Pass Defense, but he should be a real Force at the next level. Fair Value!!
Starter!! James Michael Johnson boasts considerable Core Strength and outstanding Processing Speed in Run Defense, though his T Rex Arms hurt him a great deal in shedding Blocks.
He's deficient in Pass Defense, though, due to his remarkably poor Verticity in flipping the hips.
He's very impressive as a Pass Rusher, commanding both an explosive Burst and tremendous Dexterity.
Johnson offers a strong Game, albeit not without issues, and should be able to earn a starting gig at the next level. The 4th Round is a nice Value for that. Deal!!
Boom or Bust!! Ah, the much-maligned Vontaze Burfict. The recent Top 15 Candidate has seen his Market Value collapse, and it's all his own fault.
Burfict brings a mesmerizing set of skills to the table: He commands outstanding Core Strength, phenomenal Burst off the Snap, and a Ferocity that is his, alone.
He boasts superior Fluidity and Lateral Agility, as well, though his Verticity in Pass Defense needs work.
In short, he could become a tremendous MidFielder, or perhaps a phenomenal Flanker, where his dubious Pass Defense chops will be perfectly sufficient.
The problem, of course, is that he's a lunatic.
And he took no responsibility for his awful Senior Season at the Combine, where he graded out hideously in all the Drills. I can't help but wonder if there's something physiological going on with him. My Gut is telling me: Bipolar Disorder.
Caveat Emptor. Frankly, watching his Market Value collapse might turn out to be the best thing for'm ~ Wake Up Call ~ But I wouldn't want to count on it.
He may quite possibly turn it all around and justify the 1st Round Value he so recently commanded.
But the odds seem perilously long at this point, and his presence might be a disruptive one in a locker room. So, despite an epic collapse in Market Value, I still have to call'm a Late Round Flyer. OverRated!!
Starter!! Zach Brown commands phenomenal Verticity for a Flanker. That's Turn + Burn Acuity, to you Earthlings, and it speaks to the ability to Flip the Hips and run with Receivers!!
Zach Brown is outstanding at that, and that makes him a compelling "43" candidate.
He's not nearly as physical as you might like to see, though. In fact, I have to wonder if he's contact-retardant.
That's not an especially attractive Quality.
And his Processing Speed isn't too impressive, either.
He's an intriguing Prospect, but his weaknesses make his lofty Stock pretty risky. Over Rated!!
Beast!! Shea McClellin commands a phenomenal fusion of Core Strength, Explosion, Processing Speed, amazing Passion and Worth Ethic, and Savvy!!
He boasts an impressive Pass Rushing Repertoire, and is a Beast in the Run Game, as well.
He's even showing rapidly developing Verticity, despite being new to the concept of Pass Defending.
It is rare to see such a combination of Power, Strength, Athleticism in all directions, together with such impressive Intelligence and relentless Work Ethic!!
Shea McLellin has risen all the way from UFA land to the Second Round ~ more's the pity!! ~ and even a further ascension all the way to the first Round would be fully warranted, in my view. Steal!!
Beast!! LaVonte David has a somewhat smaller Frame, so he will presumably always have some limitations in both Run Defense and in his Pass Rush.
But he commands an amazing fusion of frightening Launch Velocity, powerfull, coiled Core Strength, incredibly explosive Torsion out of his breaks, sweet Fluidity, tremendous Lateral Agility, and absolutely mesmerizing Verticity ~ Turn + Burn Acuity, to you Earthlings ~ as a Pass Defender.
But all that pales in comparison to the lofty grades he gets for exceptional Diagnostic Acuity and stunning Processing Speed: Young Mister David projects, in my book, as a Master of the Game.
He could play anywhere and contribute consistently and well, but if one were to harness his full potential, it would seem that Will Flanker ~ OutSide LineBacker, Earthlings!! ~ preferably in a Cover 2, would be his best bet.
This guy has "How the hell did such a short, small, slow guy forge such an amazing career??" written all over'm.
...If he doesn't get killed in an head on collision. Steal!!
Starter!! Bobby Wagner brings impressive Verticity to the table in Pass Defense, and has enough Core Strength and Athleticism to make a few plays in Run Defense and in the Pass Rush. Fair Value!!
Starter!! Ronnell Lewis commands an exceptional Burst off the Snap and an outstanding Motor.
His Core Strength isn't anything special, nor is his Athleticism, but there's enough there, combined with his Processing Speed, his Launch Velocity, and his sheer Passion for the Game, to make me think he'll become a solid starter at the next level. Fair Value!!
Starter!! Sean Spence commands tremendous Veriticity in Pass Defense, turning and burning with great acuity, but his Core Strength leaves much to be desired, leaving him vulnerable as a Run Defender.
He does boast exceptional Range, however, and should be a very good fit in a Tampa 2. Fair Value!!
Beast!! Bruce Irvin is, for my money, the most dangerous Pass Rusher in the entire 2012 Draft Class.
He commands frighteningly explosive Launch Velocity.
His Core Strength is only average, but he commands phenomenal Fluidity, Torsion, and Lateral Agility.
He's extremely new to the job, and he shows it, but he already exhibits tremendous Instincts and Diagnostic Acuity, which can only get better as he evolves.
His resume is very thin on Run Defense and Pass Defense. While his mesmerizing natural skills suggest that he could become awfully good at both, growing pains will abound in the early going.
His Past is scary as Hell, bad enough that he'll be off many Boards...But he's scraped and clawed his way out'f the darkness, and he now gets well deserved accolades for his Focus and Passion.
He was over hyped coming into his Senior year, but with his stats having returned to Earth, his Market Value has slid rather emphatically: He's actually looking at the 2nd or 3rd Round, at this point. If he remains that range, he'll be one of the great Steals of the Draft!!
Super Sleeper Beast!!
Reserve!! Josh Kaddu brings exceptional Burst to the table, and excellent Speed, but his Core Strength isn't very good, and his Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed are pretty bad. I see him as more of a Reserve at the next level. OverRated!!
Reserve!! Nigel Bradham brings some Speed to the table, but I'm concerned that his lack of Fluidity, combined with deficient Processing Speed when the bullets are flying, will hamstring him. OverRated!!
Beast!! DeMario Davis brings it all: excellent Core Strength, explosive Burst off the Snap, tremendous Fluidity, and absolutely outstanding Processing Speed, Diagnostic Acuity, and Instincts, to say nothing of a relentless Motor!!
He's a force in Run Defense, an effective Pass Rusher, and he commands impressive Verticity when he needs to Turn + Burn in Pass Defense.
He's ascended all the way from UFA to 3rd Rounder, to this point, but even now he's a tremendous bargain at that price, and still under the Radar!! Sleeper!!
Starter!! Travis Lewis is a Smart, Savvy player who reads the field well, anticipates plays, and commands enough Lateral Agility to consistently get there.
He doesn't boast enough Core Strength and Fluidity to avoid getting washed out of some plays, but he gets off a good Burst, and he's persistently around the ball.
He commands exceptional Verticity in Pass Defense, turning and burning quickly with great consistency.
His Day 3 Market Value is a bit of a mystery to me. He bowed out of the Combine, but this seems like an over reaction...and a great Opportunity, if true.
He's been on the radar far too long to be a "Sleeper", but if he really lasts to Day 3, he will be a clear Steal!!
Role Player!! Miles Burris doesn't boast much Fluidity, but he commands terrific Core Strength, explosive Burst off the Snap, remarkable Dexterity, exceptional Instincts and Savvy, and a ferocious Motor.
He's all heart, and he'll make plays for you, both in Run Defense and in the Pass Rush.
He doesn't really have the Veriticity you want in Pass Defense, but his Processing Speed and Burst are outstanding, and make up for a lot.
I may actually be selling the kid short. But he's certainly work a Pick, and will make far more plays than most expect of'm, I think. Deal!!
Potential Starter!! Zach Nash is extremely raw, but he commands a truly intriguing fusion of Core Strength, Burst, Fluidity, and ~ most impressive of all, to these eyes ~ Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed.
Nash is yet another tremendous Gem unearthed by the remarkable Wes Bunting of National FootBall Post!!
He has definite starter potential, this UFA. Sleeper!!