SpeedBack ~ Jordan Wilkins ~ Ole Mississippi Rebels ~ 6006/216
I've come to believe that any HalfBack that doesn't bring a Passing Game element to the BattleField is...incomplete.
Hence, the term "FlexBack" ~ although quite cool, I believe!! ~ short-circuits the Evaluation Process.
As to how I break them down, I expect that the terms are pretty self-explanatory:
PowerBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work between the Tackles..
SpeedBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work outside the Tackles.
The PowerBack prototype would be about 5115/220 or so.
The SpeedBack prototype would be about 5010/200 or so.
Those are gross oversimplifications, of course, and many HalfBacks will manifest Attributes of both styles. Indeed, Power and Speed ~ better yet: Agility ~ are crucial to the Success of either kind of HalfBack. But I believe that it advances the discussion and better serves my Fellow FootBall Fanatics if I make an effort to distinguish between types.
This is how I break things down, when evaluating all HalfBacks:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Upper body Power is important, but lower body Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. An HalfBack's Capacity to break Tackles is more about Core Power than anything else.
Agility: Launch Velocity, Fluidity, Acceleration, and Ricochet. Long Speed is all well and good, but at the end of the day, it is Gravy. What wins Championships is Moving The Chains. And Moving The Chains is accomplished far more consistently by the guys who exhibit the Agility ~ and the Focus ~ to consistently pick up 5 and sometimes 10 Yards at a time.
Processing Speed: Diagnostic Velocity. Field Vision. That ethereal Capacity to Rapidly Read & React to the Rapidly Roiling & Boiling Tactical LandScape...and to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
Blocking: Having an HalfBack who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle. Most HalfBacks just coming out'f College are mediocre Blockers, but this is a crucial Aspect of the Game that they'll need to master.
Receiving: Whether he be a PowerBack or a SpeedBack, an HalfBack that can effectively present a genuine Threat in the Passing Game dramatically increases his Team's Options on any given Play. The more dynamic the Threat, the more valuable to'is Team on the Field of Battle, whether he's just slipping out'f the BackField or splitting out Wide.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Core Power is most of it. Tyrannosaurus Rex would've made an Hell of an HalfBack.
* Torso Power doesn't hurt, though.
* Launch Velocity
* Long Speed
* That ethereal Capacity to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
Power: 60. Not a battering ram, but not easy to take down, either, and he'll drag a few Tacklers.
Agility: 60. Sluggish Speed but impressive Acceleration, Ricochet and Fluidity.
Processing Speed: 90. I read very mixed reviews on Wilkins' Field Vision and Processing Speed, so I expected to find a lot of inconsistency, but not even close. Phenomenal efficacy and speed, time and time again.
Blocking: 33. Here, too, I read very mixed reviews, so here, too, I expected to find inconsistency, yet here, too, yet again, I did not...Unfortunately, in this case, I found'm consistently lacking both in Combat Skills and Motor.
Receiving: 66. His Routes were entirely simple stuff, even when he lined up at SlotBack. And he looked like he could use a little bit of work with those, frankly, but his Hands were consistently impressive, and while he most definitely lacks Breakaway Speed, he's Strong, he's Quick, he's Slippery, and he reads Traffic extraordinarily well.
Red Flag: Old as dirt. Turns 24 next month.
Spending a Draft Pick on an alleged SpeedBack who ran a 4.71 40 takes Balls.
Of course, at that HalfBack sweet spot that is 216 Pounds, he's really neither a SpeedBack nor a PowerBack, but even I can't justify rolling out a third sub-classification for HalfBacks. There's gotta be a line, man!!
If he doesn't apply himself to Blocking, Jordan Wilkins may have an extremely short career, because only a fool would send him out there. But if he does, his possibilities, his glacial 40 Time not withstanding, are immense.
Ceiling? Warrior. 2nd Round. 216 Pounds, as I am probably obnoxiously fond of saying, is what I consider the sweet spot for HalfBacks, as there is the theoretical possibility that a 216 Pounder is agile enough to run it effectively outside the Tackles yet powerful enough to run it effectively inside the Tackles. Jordan Wilkins is precisely that HalfBack, and, furthermore, he boasts magnificent Field Vision and Processing Speed, which can transform mediocre Talents, miraculously, into exceptional Runners, and impressive Talents like Wilkins into extraordinary Runners.
And his Potential as a Pass Catcher is enormous.
Floor? Street Fodder. UFA!! It's all about whether or not he puts in the Time & Training to master and apply the fine art of Blocking. Should he fail to do so, he simply can't be trusted on the Field of Battle.
Risk/Reward Ratio? A little shaky. His Field Vision speaks to Instincts but also quite probably to Time & Training in the Tape Room, hence, not only to Intelligence but to Drive. His Blocking, however, does not, and neither do his issues sustaining Health or good enough Grades to academically qualify to play. That's a troubling trio.
I haven't read either accolades nor complaints about his character, so I'm not about to disparage it. I say only that I have no particular reason to expect him to separate himself from other Prospects and Players, based on Intangibles.
And he's 24, next month, which takes a bite out'f value, as well.
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!!