CornerBack ~ Tye Smith ~ Towson Tigers 6000/195
CornerBacks 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: Mediocre, but with flashes of Exceptional Potential. Considerably improved from 2013 ~ with obscure Teams like Towson, you gotta watch what Tapes you can find!! ~ but still inconsistent. It actually seemed like a matter of Patience and Discipline, though, as opposed to his genuinely lacking Field Vision or Processing Speed, which he exhibited in Abundance. He'll need to clean that up, but he's a big Student of Tape, and I am very optimistic.
Run Defense: Mediocre. Mediocre Appetite for Combat and Mediocre Combat Skills.
Pass Coverage: Impressive and with Tremendous Potential. Smith's Combat Skills and Mechanics in general are raw, but his Fluidity to Mirror in Press Coverage, his Ricochet in Off Coverage, and his Acceleration and Long Speed in either are excellent, and his WingSpan is a tremendous Advantage in Press Coverage, which is his Long Suit.
Having freely admitted that, I gotta say that I am still bedazzled that Tye Smith's Stock didn't go through the Roof, considering the unquenchable Appetite for CornerBacks of any Talent at the Professional level!!
He'll need Time & Training, of course, and they're gonna need to hire an extra Coach to swat'm on the nose with a rolled up NewsPaper every time he takes an unwarranted Improvisational Tactical Liberty outside the Defensive Scheme!!
But this is one Talented kid, boasting an enviable blend of Agility, Speed, and sweet, sprawling WingSpan.
I'm never 100% sure about the Character of anyone, but I do try to find and watch at least one InterView of every Prospect I evaluate, to try to get a sense of who they are. Smith wasn't overwhelming, but he was engaging, and I liked that his Monologue was dominated by him talking about Work Ethic and where it came from. And that focus is lent acute Authenticity by his Reputation, which is that of one who works very hard both on Weights and on Tapes.
I presume nothing of his Character or the Future, but I get very good Vibes from this kid and consequently like the Chances of his proving to have precisely the Intelligence and Drive that he's going to need to Succeed.
And if he does in fact do so, his Potential as a Press Corner at the next level is immense.
He could very well prove to be one of this Draft's wildest Bargains.
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!!