Flanker ~ William Fuller ~ Notre Dame Fighting Irish ~ 6000/186
Split Ends are usually the bigger, taller WideOuts who line up in the X Position, on the Line of Scrimmage.
SlotBacks are usually the quicker, smaller WideOuts who line up at the Y Position, off the Line.
FlankerBacks are usually the faster WideOuts who line up at the Z Position, off the Line.
The Split End prototype would be about 6030/225 or so.
The Flanker prototype would be about 6000/200 or so.
The SlotBack prototype would be about 5010/195 or so.
However a given Coach chooses to deploy the Soldiers at his disposal is of course entirely up to him, and most WideOuts will see Snaps at multiple Positions and in multiple Alignments, but I believe that it is valuable to categorize WideOuts in terms of classic Skill Sets, to better define the differences in the kind of Impact they might wield at the next level.
This is how I break things down when I'm evaluating Split Ends, Flankers, and SlotBacks:
Separation: Getting Open. This encompasses Combat Skills & Fluidity to beat Press, Acceleration out'f the Blocks, Fluidity and Ricochet in navigating Traffic, Route Running Precision, the capacity to deceive Defenders, and Field Vision for Timing Seems and Open Zones. All other Aspects of a WideOut's Job Description are dwarfed by this one.
Catch Point Capacity: In Transit or Contested: Hands, WingSpan, Vertical Agility, Combat Skills, and Timing.
Yards After Catch are well and fine, but it seems to me that 90% of the Value of a Flex End and any WideOut is getting open and catching the Ball. Anyone who's read my Work extensively knows that I consider Blocking to be the Heart & Soul of FootBall, but that is a philosophical position, and I recognize that with most Philosophies, where it comes to Wide Receivers and Flex Ends...it's just Gravy. And so is Yards After Catch: Moving The Chains is What Wins.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Combat Skills
* Field Vision
Catch Point Capacity
Catch Point Capacity
* Combat Skills
* Vertical Agility
Catch Point Capacity: Marginal. Impressive Tracking & Timing, but he manifests an intense Aversion ~ perhaps even an Hostility ~ towards FootBalls, having buried an entire Generation of'm. Mediocre Vertical Agility, and his impressive Mechanics are undermined by his Lilliputian, FootBall-Retardant Hands and WingSpan.
And I believe that William Fuller provides a classic Case In Point of that Correlation that I perceive: That those who can run extraordinarily fast in a straight line are often far less impressive in changing directions.
I tend to come down hard on Zoomers, even though I am myself one. No Self Hatred or anything Freudian, I hope. It's just that in a Tactical Situation, the ability to change directions with Speed is, I believe, far more important that the ability to speed away in a straight line...And I must confess to a level of Sarcasm when I bring it up.
When I pore over Tape of William Fuller, the impression that I get is of a guy who is neither physically nor mentally adept at carving out the Short and Intermediate Routes that Move The Chains. In EarthSpeak: Both his Agility and his Route Running are mediocre, as I perceive it, which dramatically narrows his Utility to a Passing Game.
I would not presume to suggest that he lacks either the capacity or the Will to develop those Skills...Only that he has shown little indication of such capacity, so far ~ to my perception, anyway ~ and that drafting him therefore entails a great deal of Risk, because if he fails to develop them, he will have a very narrow, specialized Role in the Years to come.
As such, I grade William Fuller considerably lower than The Market does.
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None of this is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning!! Caveat Emptor!!