Dragon End ~ Trevon Young ~ LouisVille Cardinals ~ 6036/258
Old Roles are getting dramatically transformed, and virtually every Front 7 ~ or Front 6!! ~ Defensive Job Description is transitioning into an Hybrid Role where the Defender is asked to excel in multiple Roles and in multiple Fronts.
For that reason, and in order to offer NomenClature that speaks not to archaic, obsolete "Positions", but rather to Skill Sets that accurately reflect the dynamic Changes of the 21st Century Game and the Roles they have spawned, I have undertaken to craft Terminology that is designed to break Skill Sets down as they really are.
Defensive Coordinators have, since Time Immemorial, employed highly creative terminology in devising Defenses and in designating Assignments. In that Spirit, I have admittedly indulged myself considerably in devising the following NomenClature. It is undeniably colorful, but I like to think that there's an underlying Logic, as well:
Dragons ~ This is my terminology for Players who may've played either Defensive End or what you Earthlings call "OutSide LineBacker" in College, and who in any case possess the Size to player either at the next level. They would generally be deployed as Ends in a 43 or as "OutSide LineBackers" in a 34, and have even been known to get deployed as Interior Rushers in the Nascar Package. The Prototype would generally be somewhere around 6050/265 or so.
Of course, where and how any given Coach chooses to deploy his Players is his Business. Players that I characterize as Dragons may often or even routinely line up anywhere, on any given Down. My only purpose is simply to identify what I perceive as Skill Sets, to distinguish types, if you will, and perhaps create a universal Point of Reference.
Dragons in a 43 are Defensive Linemen, but Dragons in a 34, for instance, are off the Line and may be asked to drop into Pass Coverage from time to time, so that capacity ~ observed or inferred is going to be part of my Evaluations.
When evaluating Dragons, this is how I break down the Attributes to which I pay most particular attention:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Torso Power is important, but Core Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. All the upper body Strength in the world will still fail if you simply can't dig in your Heels. But Core Power enables an Offensive Lineman to project Power in the Running Game and to reject Power in the Passing Game.
Agility: Launch Velocity, Acceleration, and above all: Fluidity or Core Agility. Core Agility is even more essential to sustained good Health ~ and to sustained good FootBall ~ than Core Power. The ability to react with Serpentine smoothness is a tremendous Asset in all Aspects of the Game, and certainly in the Hand to Hand Combat that characterizes Trench Warfare. All the Power in the World goes only so far if you're lurching around like FrankenStein.
Frame: Vertical Leverage, Hands, Arm Length, and WingSpan.
Combat Skills: Horizontal Leverage, Paw Positioning, Paw Persistence, and FootWork. Above all: Pass Rush Repertoire.
Processing Speed: How quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the Rapidly Roiling Tactical LandScape!!
Motor: Intensity and Stamina: How much Work has been put into Conditioning, and how it manifests itself.
Run Defense: All the Above, applied.
Pass Rush: Ditto.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Core Power ~ lower body Power. Core Power trumps Torso Power. Tyrannosaurus Rex had exceptional Core Power.
* Torso Power ~ upper Body Power. Important, but not crucial. T Rex had lousy Torso Power...yet was King.
* Anchoring Strength against the Run.
* Drive Power, Rushing the Passer.
* Fluidity, above all things: Core Agility & Flexibility makes everything possible.
* Launch Velocity ~ Speed into Contact off the Snap.
* Acceleration ~ Short Speed or Quickness.
* Vertical Leverage. Height is crucial, but it's actually better, I believe, to be an Inch shorter than an Inch Taller.
* Hands. The larger the better, generally, but compact is never a bad Attribute in The Trenches.
* Arm Length. Absolutely crucial. He who boasts the longer Arms initiates Combat.
* WingSpan. Arm Length + Torso Width. A more complete Measurement.
* Lateral Leverage. Angles. Getting Square or better with the Target.
* Paw Positioning ~ It's all about Angles & Leverage.
* Paw Persistence ~ RPMs: Activity & Persistence.
* FootWork ~ RPMs: Activity & Persistence.
* Pass Rush Repertoire: Variety.
* Reading & Reacting to Offensive Blocking Schemes with Speed & Precision.
* Field Vision: Finding Targets & approaching them effectively.
Thus, I'm leaning very heavily on late 2017 Tape, especially the TaxSlayer Bowl against Mississippi State.
Power: 40. Struggles to anchor in Run Defense or to drive as a Pass Rusher.
Agility: 80. Excellent Launch Velocity, exceptional Fluidity, and excellent Acceleration and Closing Speed.
Frame: 90. Excellent Height for optimal Vertical Leverage and an outstanding WingSpan.
Combat Skills: 40. Lots of work to do in all aspects.
Processing Speed: 66. Got hornswoggled, here and there, but usually very impressive read & react speed & efficacy.
Motor: 90. Tremendous Intensity and Stamina.
Run Defense: 66. Effective at the Point of Attack and excellent in Pursuit.
Pass Rush: 66. He's got an extraordinary fusion of Agility and Length, albeit inhibited by mediocre Power. If he develops his Combat Skills, he's got the potential to become a tremendous Pass Rushing threat.
Ceiling? Beast!! 1st Round. If he returns to his former form, he's an All Pro Pass Rusher and an exceptional Run Defender.
Floor? Reserve. 6th/7th Round. His Combine numbers and most of his 2017 indicate a marginal Prospect.
Risk/Reward Ratio? Very, very intriguing. The TaxSlayer Bowl was revealing. Young probably wasn't 100% even then. He'd been expected back in 2016, and his having nevertheless missed the whole season strongly suggests to me that a setback did in fact occur. There's no question that he improved considerably over the course of 2017.
And in that Bowl, he was all over the place, exhibiting tremendous Agility, consistently rapid Processing Speed and Field Vision, an outstanding Motor, and he was making big Plays all over the Field.
Seems to me that most folks forgot about'm after he missed all'f 2016, looked sluggish and indecisive ~ rusty!! ~ at the beginning of 2017, and ended up with marginal statistics...But I'm all about Trajectory, not it seems to me that while Young's got plenty of work to do to get where he wants to go, he looked like a top Prospect at the end of the year.
And Intangibles? His raw Combat Skills are a mark against'm, but I'd give'm a break, considering the time he missed. And both this Field Vision and Motor speak loudly and with praise about his Intelligence and Drive.
I'm no Doctor, and Young's Combine numbers were pretty average, but my eyes are telling me that we've got a very talented, intelligent, and driven Prospect here who flying miles below the radar.
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!!