CornerBack ~ Parry Nickerson ~ Tulane Green Wave ~ 5103/182
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, Verticity ~ that's Turn & Burn Acuity, to you Earthlings!! ~ and Speed!!
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.
* Speed ~ Corner and WideOut are really the only Roles where 40 Times matter.
* 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: 90. Tremendous Speed and outstanding Fluidity and Ricochet.
Processing Speed: 90. Extraordinary Route Reading. Takes very few false steps.
Run Defense: 33. Short, Short-Armed, and Skinny, though with outstanding Aggression and excellent Tackling Technique.
Pass Coverage: 90. He cannot play Press Coverage with his large deficit of Power and Length, and he can be pushed around, down field, but his combination of Agility and Field Vision is phenomenal.
CatchPoint Capacity: 60. Enormous Liabilities of Power and Length, but Nickerson's Tracking & Timing, Vertical Agility, Hands, and even his Combat Skills are all top shelf. He racked up Interceptions at Tulane.
Ceiling? Beast!! 1st Round. Most think that his Power and Length Liabilities limit'm to SlotBack, but while he can get pushed around, Nickerson's Speed, Fluidity, Ricochet, Acceleration, and Field Vision are all extraordinary. And his CatchPoint Capacity is also impressive, despite the same Liabilities. He can compete with anyone.
Floor? Contender. 3rd Round. At that size, he might be liable to injury, though he didn't appear to be at Tulane.
Risk/Reward Ratio? Excellent. Just as long as his Team isn't stupid enough to ask'm to play Press Coverage, he stands a reasonable chance of staying off Injured Reserve. And as far as Intelligence and Drive are concerned, the one seems as sky high as the other. His Field Vision and Agility translate to multiple Pro Bowl potential, and while his smaller Frame means an elevated risk of injury, he's a smart kid who doesn't seem likely to take too many stupid chances.
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!!