CowBoys ~ 5091/192
Hence the term.
They tend to be smaller than either the Split End or the Flanker, and the best ones are remarkably Quick.
And they're actually considered "Backs" ~ like HalfBacks or FullBacks...or QuarterBacks!! ~ which I find rather cool.
*Please do note, though: Schematically, theSlotBack is whoever lines up as the SlotBack...But for the purposes of these Scouting Reports, I am applying this NomenClature to those who are SlotBacks 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, the Split Ends & Flanker. In any case, many play multiple Roles.
It should also be noted that many Coaches deploy widely different kinds of Players at SlotBack.
Furthermore, I should append that the classic SlotBack is one that I would not employ much, myself. My Reports are based on my Perception of how they'd do in Offenses that do employ classic SlotBacks ~ like Wes Welker.
If it was up to me, though, SlotBacks would be employed far more dynamically. The way that the Vikings came to employ Percy Harvin, the last couple of Years, made him a significantly more disruptive Weapon, because he became established as a genuine Threat either to Run or to Receive, and from all over the Formation.
The very location of the SlotBack ~ in the murky Zone between Ends & Backs ~ demands a dynamic, Hybrid Role.
From a Tactical standpoint, most Head Coaches are leaving a load of advantageous Possibilities on the Table.
This is the sort of Role that would solve the Mystery of what to do with guys like Denard Robinson.
For now, though, that Conceptual Role ~ I'll call it FlexWing SlotBack!! ~ exists only in my Fevered Imagination!!
The most compelling Attributes of a SlotBack 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 ~ Mediocre. Tremendous Vertical Agility but inconsistent Hands.
Navigation ~ Exceptional and with spectacular Potential. Herron's extraordinary conglomeration of Acceleration, Fluidity, and Ricochet make for genuinely dynamic Potential. However, he needs to develop better Field Vision.
Blocking ~ Mediocre. Impressive Core Power. Inconsistent Motor.
With me, it is all about Trajectory, and my Formula for Trajectory boils down to multiplying my perception of Potential times my perception of Intelligence and Drive...And while I see enough Potential to warrant a 1st/2nd Round Grade, I am less certain about his Drive. Mind you: I am not in any way denigrating the kid. I don't know him, and am fully dependent on testimony from 3rd Parties ~ and what I can read in between the lines ~ in such assessments.
I mean only that I am not possessed of sufficient certainty of his Drive to deliver such a lofty Projection.
As such, I will include an healthy dollop of Risk in my Assessment.
"Collaborator" is my term for a 400/600 Snap guy ~ Potential Starters, but more likely Role Players.
Huge Thanks for the invaluable Work done by the Beasts at Draft BreakDown and NoonKick!!
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