Slot Corner ~ Trey Caldwell ~ Monroe WarHawks
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:
Slot Corners ~ Upon Further Review, I confess that I believe that I went A Bridge Too Far with this Business of rebranding Slot Corners as CenterFielders. CenterFielders ~ "Free Safeties" to you Earthlings!! ~ are optimally Hybrids capable of Direct Coverage, anyway, and my premise that Slot Corners ought to be able to manifest the Processing Speed that CenterFielders need, as well as the Run Defense Aspect of a CenterFielder was pushing Evolution too fast.
It would be terrific for Defenses if Slot Corners were all spry yet beefy 5090/210 Pounders whose Frames could stand up to the rigors of the Run Defense that is an important Aspect of a CenterFielder's Game.
But even then, their Height would be a Liability in surveying the Tactical LandScape.
Slot Corners are of course Pass Defense Specialists, but I will include Run Defense in my Evaluations. But I will note, of course, that as with Blocking as it pertains to WideOuts, it is desirable, yes, but its absence is no Red Flag.
Agility: Acceleration, Ricochet, Fluidity, and Verticity ~ that's Turn & Burn Acuity, to you Earthlings!!
Processing Speed: How quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the developing Play.
Run Defense: Power, Agility, Combat Skills, Navigating Traffic, Processing Speed, Motor, and Tackling.
Pass Coverage: Combat Skills, Agility, Processing Speed, and Catch Point Capacity.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Fluidity, above all things: Core Agility & Flexibility makes everything possible.
* Ricochet ~ How crisply and how rapidly one breaks in a new direction.
* Acceleration ~ Short Speed or Quickness. Closing Speed.
* Verticity ~ The Ability ~ or lack thereof ~ to Flips Hips and Turn & Burn in Pass Coverage.
* How quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the developing Play.
* Combat Skills
* Navigating Traffic
* Processing Speed
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
Processing Speed: Sensational. Phenomenal in Pass Coverage and magnificent in Run Defense.
Run Defense: Excellent. He's not Tall, but neither is he Small, and while his Core Power is marginal, Caldwell is utterly Fearless, consistently anticipates the Play, and arrives at The Point of Impact with blazing, blistering Speed.
Pass Coverage: Extraordinary. Don't deploy'm in Press Coverage, but Caldwell's Processing speed is astonishing, and the consistency of his capacity to instantly explode towards the Play is simply preposterous.
You gotta dig deep into the ESPN Ranks to get WarHawk Games, in case anyone's curious.
And I only studied this kid because some Lunatics drafted'm in the 5th Round.
Caldwell's definitely a Slot Corner, but he is one Slot Corner who could prospectively compete on the OutSide. Certainly, Boundary Corner was his Role at Monroe, and he routinely broke up Passes against Foes larger and taller than'm, consistently exhibiting an amazing combination of Tracking, Timing, and Vertical Agility at The CatchPoint.
And while the Super Speeders might give'm some Problems, that's true of 90% of Corners, anyway.
And Intangibles?? I wasn't able to do any BackGround on'm, but on the Field of Battle, his scorching Processing Speed makes his acute Intelligence plain to see, and his Motor ~ his Ferocity ~ is absolutely relentless.
I can't wait to see how this kid's Career goes. If he can stay healthy, I believe that he could forge an extraordinary Career.
And I must give a loud Shout Out to the CleveLand Browns for having the Wisdom to invest in this kid.
This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!