CornHuskers ~ 6020/225
Being Linemen, they are indeed required to line up on the Line of Scrimmage before the Snap, unlike the others.
As this places them nose to nose with the opposing CornerBack ~ whereas the SlotBacks & Flankers are allowed to align a couple steps back, thus affording them more room to maneuver ~ they need to be beefier.
*Please do note, though: Schematically, the Split End is whoever lines up as the Split End...But for the purposes of these Scouting Reports, I am applying this NomenClature to those who are Split Ends by trade, so to speak: Those whose Skills Sets apply best to that particular Job Description. What their Coaches might do with them, once they're drafted, is another matter all together. Ditto, Flankers & SlotBacks. In any case, many play multiple Roles.
The most compelling Attributes of a Split End, in the 21st Century, are, in my view, and in no particular order:
Separation. Getting Open. This encompasses their ability to beat Press, their Acceleration out'f the Blocks, their Routing Precision, their Agility, their Ricochet, their capacity to outsmart Defenders, and their Instincts.
Catching. This encompasses Hands, Catch Radius, Vertical Agility, and Timing.
Navigation. How well he Navigates the Field in Pursuit of Yards After Catch: Power, Agility, and Field Vision.
Blocking. Having a WideOut who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle.
Catching ~ Deficient. Intriguing Potential but Raw as Hell. Extension is good, but Hands are Stones. Needs some Work.
Navigation ~ Compelling Talent with explosive, dynamic Potential. Enunwa brings outstanding Power and a potentially terrorizing combination of Fluidity and Ricochet to the Field of Battle. But it's a question of Field Vision and Processing Speed: Can he develop the Field Vision to unleash his vast Capacities? That's the Thousand Dollar Question.
Blocking ~ Tremendous and potentially dominant. Enunwa possesses awesome Core Power and a rich Appetite for Contact. His Paw Power is excellent, his Combat Skills are impressive, and his Motor is exceptional.
Well...At least the ones worth writing about.
Frankly, I'm only comfortable applying the terms to guys who are expected to go in the first 2 Rounds or so...If one of them strikes me as a more or less pure Roll Of The Dice, then it seems appropriate, in those cases, to point it out.
But not with Day 3 guys and UFA's. That just feels like a cop-out.
Quincy Enunwa, on the other hand, severely tempts me to say "Lottery Ticket", and then move on.
The guy's raw Tools ~ Core Power, Fluidity, Ricochet ~ are all Round 1 material...Yet his current level of Development in all Aspects of the Game, with the possible exception of his Blocking, scream "Special Teams Project!!"
And, yet...Those Intangibles.
I find myself circling back, as I ultimately always to, to Trajectory.
And Trajectory, as I see it, is an ethereal Formula that multiplies Talent x Intelligence x Drive...and produces...Trajectory.
Quincy Enunwa has every chance in the World of falling flat on his face.
It's entirely possible that he'll never catch a single Reception.
But the line between Legendary Success and Used Car Salesman is wafer-thin, in case you didn't know.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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