Aggies ~ 5094/189
I can no longer abide the application of the pathetically weak and flaccid term "Safety" to Gladiators.
It is struck from my Vocabulary.
The erstwhile "Free Safety" is truly the CenterFielder of the Defense. Honestly, I consider the term absolutely perfect.
And the erstwhile "Strong Safety", playing an increasingly hybrid Role and constantly improvising, is a RoverBack, I think.
When analyzing the Merits of a prospective CenterFielder, this is how I personally break things down:
Intangibles: Diagnostic Acuity, Field Vision, and, above all: Processing Speed. And of course: Motor. Motor Matters.
Agility: Acceleration, Fluidity, and Closing Speed. And of course: Verticity!! Turning & Burning in Direct Coverage.
Pass Prevention: Timing, Vertical Burst, WingSpan, and don't forget the Brutality!!
Run Support: Appetite, Tactical Discipline, and Combat Skills ~ working through Traffic & Tackling Mechanics.
Agility: Impressive. Superior Fluidity & Verticity in Man Coverage. Equally adept Ricochet & Range in Zone.
Pass Prevention: Awful!! Excellent Tracking & Timing, but inadequate Height & Length, and atrocious Vertical Agility.
Run Support: Impressive for a CornerBack, and potentially excellent as a CenterFielder. Lawson consistently exhibits tremendous Read & React Rapidity, outstanding Field Vision, and exceptional Combat Skills & Tackling Technique.
Unlike LaMarcus Joyner, who I earlier propounded as a perfect candidate to take on that Hybrid CenterFielder/NickelBack Role that I'm talking about, ~ CenterFielder in "Base" Defense & NickelBack on Passing Downs ~ Nevin Lawson does not have any CenterFielder Experience on'is Resume, so far's I know. But I believe that he'd be a Natural.
There are several Attributes that I list, pursuant to the CenterFielder's Job Description, but I believe that the most crucial of these, by far, are Processing Speed, Field Vision, Fluidity, Acceleration, and Range. I believe that Lawson brings more than enough Agility to handle that Aspect of things, but what I believe could make him an extraordinary CenterFielder are the cerebral Aspects of the job: His Field Vision & Processing Speed are simply outstanding.
And the startlingly exceptional Run Defense that he flashes as CornerBack, despite consistently taking on guys who dwarf him, could very well translate into extraordinary Run Defense, playing in Space as CenterFielders do.
And at NickelBack, he'd be picking on guys his own size, who I believe he'd often be more than a match for.
There'd need to be an Investment in Time & Training, obviously, but despite its crucial Importance to the Defense ~ Last Line of Defense, and all ~ CenterFielder is one of the least difficult Roles to master in the Game.
And Nevin Lawson could very well transform into an exceptional one.
Whether or not he's deployed thus, we shall see.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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