Nebraska CornHuskers ~ 6025/220
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: Combat Skills in Coverage, and Timing, Vertical Burst, and WingSpan at the Catch Point.
Run Support: Appetite, Tactical Discipline, and Combat Skills ~ working through Traffic & Tackling Mechanics.
Agility: Phenomenal. Mediocre Ricochet when cutting, as one expects from taller CornerBacks, but magnificent Fluidity. His Acceleration and Range suffer from his Height, as well. Clearly a Press Corner Prospect, not a CenterFielder.
Pass Prevention: Extraordinary. Jean Baptiste's Split End Resume shines through, here, as his Tracking & Timing are outstanding. Combined with his tremendous Height and remarkable Vertical Agility, his Potential here is immense.
Run Support: Competent. Tremendous Frame for the job, but only a moderate Motor or Appetite for Contact at this point.
Therefore, the comparisons between Richard Sherman and Stanley Jean Baptiste, both of whom are former Split Ends of Towering Height, have been relentless and are of course preposterous...except that they're not.
I have noted with some bemusement the propensity among some very Intelligent but perhaps overly conservative Draft Ghouls to lay Middle Round Grades and even Late Round Grades on young Jean Baptiste, the Argument for doing so apparently being that he's still Developmental at this point. And in all fairness that's a reasonable Argument.
But it's all about Trajectory, baby!!
Stanley Jean Baptiste brings an exhilarating combination of Size and astonishing Fluidity to the BattleField. Mind you: I'm giving Double Word Score for managing such incredibly serpentine Fluidity in such a Towering Frame!!
But that fusion of Size and Fluidity, combined with his already outstanding and still improving CatchPoint skills, translate to potential dominance as a Press Corner at The Next Level...if he manages to translate his Potential.
He does not have the Ricochet, the Acceleration, or the Range to play CenterFielder, as some suggest. He's too tall.
And because of precisely those same flaws, he shouldn't be deployed in Bail & Trail too often.
And I don't believe that it's as crystal clear in Jean Baptiste's case as in some others that he possesses enough Drive and Intelligence to complete his Transformation from Split End Prospect to SuperStar Press Corner.
But there was considerable improvement in'is Game as a Senior to demonstrate that he's got plenty of both.
Enough? Probably so.
Certainly enough to place a bet on this kid, because if he and his Coaches do manage to make the most of his incredible fusion of Size and Fluidity, he could be a SuperStar for a decade to come ~ a truly dominant Press Corner.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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