CornerBack ~ Trae Waynes ~ Michigan State Spartans ~ 6000/185
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.
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, Navigating Traffic, Processing Speed, Motor, and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Combat Skills, Agility, Processing Speed, and Catch Point Capacity.
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
* Navigating Traffic
* Processing Speed
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
Processing Speed: Mediocre.
Run Defense: Tremendous. Waynes is encumbered by a lanky Frame, but he possesses surprisingly acute Core Power, his Combat Skills are outstanding, his Motor is extraordinary, and he is a exceptional Tackler.
Pass Coverage: Exceptional. When I say "Exceptional", mind you, I'm writing exclusively about Press Coverage. As an Off Coverage Corner, I'd crank that Grade all the way down to Mediocre. I believe that he'll prove to be an exceptional Press Corner because he's already an excellent Jammer, as his Combat Skills are extraordinary ~ technically refined and Aggressive ~ and because his Fluidity to Trail is tremendous. But I also believe that his lethargic Ricochet and sluggish Acceleration are going to prove to be a considerable Liability at the next level, as the NFL's more advanced Athletes repeatedly explode out'f their Breaks and leave'm in the dust. His Problems would be more dramatic, I believe, in Off Coverage, where the detrimental effects of his sluggardly Ricochet and Acceleration would be exacerbated and compounded by his slumberous Processing Speed. His Catch Point Capacity is deficient in either case.
I love the way he plays FootBall. He's incredibly tough, his refined Combat Skills make it clear that he's a devoted Student of the Game who puts in the Time to master the crucial Little Things that make all the Difference, and his ferocious Devotion to the Run Game, despite his slight Frame, is that of a man who clearly loves FootBall.
But I believe that the Market's desperate Need for CornerBacks has driven his Stock far and away beyond its intrinsic level.
I believe that he's a good CornerBack Prospect. And I believe that he'll be ready to start on Opening Day.
I just don't believe that he is a great CornerBack Prospect.
I also don't believe that he's very versatile. If Press Coverage was suddenly outlawed ~ anyone want to be that it won't be, some day?? ~ I'd rate Waynes as a Contender ~ a 5th/6th Round Prospect ~ and maybe not even that high.
In Press Coverage, where he can apply his tremendous Jamming Skills, apply his outstanding Fluidity to mirror, and then usually stave off Disaster with his phenomenal Long Speed, I believe that he has exceptional Potential.
But in Off Coverage, where he'd be expected to drop back, Read & React, and then move towards the Play, he'd be thrown into a Perfect Storm of his weakest Attributes: Processing Speed, Ricochet, and Acceleration.
Compounding this, if you buy my Perception of things, is the Conversion Cost ~ the Risk associated with the fact that Waynes simply doesn't have much experience in Press Coverage, despite it being his natural Calling.
In fact it seems to me that Trae Waynes shouldn't even be on the Board of Teams that employ anything but a predominantly Press Coverage approach to Defense. Fortunately for Waynes, Press Coverage is on a rapid Ascent, nowadays.
But I believe that that lack of Schematic Flexibility ~ as I perceive it to be ~ reduces Waynes's Value considerably, as most Teams prefer to mix things up, or at least have the capacity to do so effectively. And as I also believe that he's overrated even as a Press Corner, I find myself, once again, with a dramatically different Perception than the Market has.
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This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!