CornerBack ~ Gareon Conley ~ Ohio State BuckEyes ~ 6003/195
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: Impressive. Mediocre Fluidity and mediocre Ricochet, but competitive Acceleration and tremendous Speed.
Processing Speed: Competitive. Flashes Brilliance, but also Inconsistency.
Run Defense: Exceptional. Excellent Effort. Impressive Power. Adequate Tackler.
Pass Coverage: Impressive in Zone or Off Coverage, but he projects as tremendous in Press Coverage, where his exceptional Combat Skills, Tenacity, and outstanding WingSpan play to optimal Advantage.
CatchPoint Capacity: Tremendous. Terrific Tracking & Timing, Combat Skills, and Vertical Agility, and WingSpan.
What I am concerned about are his sometimes shaky Processing Speed and Field Vision on the one hand, and his lack of Fluidity and Ricochet on the other. I am intrigued, however, by his awesome 3 Cone Numbers at The Combine, which strongly suggest extraordinary intrinsic Fluidity that he might actually develop into far more effective Fluidity on the BattleField, should he find the Wisdom to take up Pilates or Yoga an unleash his untapped Powers.
Even as it is, though, Conley's combination of impressive Power, excellent Combat Skills, tremendous Speed, and that outstanding WingSpan translate to tremendous Potential as a Press Coverage Corner.
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!