Scouting Round up College Football Week: 2

News and Notes

 

College Football was finally back this week and boy did I miss it. There was plenty of high scoring competitive games over the weekend to keep everyone entertained but plenty has already happened off the field as we get ready for week two. Starting things off is the injury to Washington Left Tackle Trey Adams. It was released on Monday that Adams would miss significant time this season with a “Back Injury”. Adams came into the season as my fourth overall player and second overall Left Tackle. This injury hurt his stock pretty bad which I will discuss further in the revamped “Stock Report” section. This week saw a huge trade go down in the NFL that effects the first round of the draft. The Raiders sent Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears for two first round picks including one this season. I know a lot of you do not read this for my NFL opinions but I gotta say this is one bad trade. Being a person who covers the draft you would think I would be all in for those picks but picks are only useful if you know how to draft well. The Raiders track record recently has not been good and if you followed me last year you know I hated their 2018 class. In the realm of weird this week Braylon Edwards, a reporter for the Big Ten Network was suspended because of tweets he sent out during Michigan vs Notre Dame. Edwards attended the University of Michigan and lashed out pretty hard on a couple of the players. Most people took offense to what he said but I agreed with every word he said. I think the reason they suspended him was that he dropped an “F-Bomb” in the tweet. Outside of that though I do not think he deserved a lot of the hate he got.

Top 25 Big Board

 

Player                                Position                                     School

1.Nick Bosa                           DE                                        Ohio State

2.Ed Oliver                            DT                                        Houston

3.Jonah Williams                 LT                                      Alabama

  1. Raekwon Davis          DT                                       Alabama
  2. Clelin Ferrell              DE                                       Clemson
  3. Dalton Risner             OG                                      Kansas State
  4. Greedy Williams       CB                                       LSU
  5. Rashan Gary              DT                                      Michigan
  6. AJ Brown                   WR                                     Ole Miss

10.Jaquan Johnson                S                                     Miami

11.Devin Bush                    LB                                     Michigan

  1. Devin White              LB                                    LSU
  2. Justin Herbert          QB                                    Oregon

14.Noah Fant                      TE                                    Iowa

  1. Joe Jackson                DE                                  Miami
  2. David Montgomery  RB                                  Iowa State
  3. Dre’Mont Jones         DT                                  Ohio State

18.Greg Little                      LT                                   Ole Miss

19.N’Keal Harry                WR                                 Arizona State

20.Deandre Baker             CB                                  Georgia

21.Taylor Rapp                   S                                    Washington

  1. Ryan Finley             QB                                  North Carolina State
  2. David Sills V            WR                                West Virginia

24.Deionte Thompson      S                                    Alabama

  1. Jarrett Stidham        QB                                 Auburn

 

Three Must Watch Games for Week Two:

 

Game One: USC vs Stanford/ Saturday, 9/8 8:30 PM

USC vs Stanford is one of the best rivalries in all of college football. This year’s game is jam-packed with plenty of NFL talent including Heisman candidate Bryce Love. If you guys did not already I know I love players that come from Stanford so this will be a good test against a good USC team. 

Players to watch for USC:

Cameron Smith: LB 3

Marvin Tell III: Safety 10

Iman Marshall: CB 10

Taylor Petite: TE 9

Players to watch for Stanford:

Bryce Love: RB 8

Kaden Smith: TE 2

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: WR 6

Nate Herbig: IOL 5

Brandon Fanaika: IOL 10

 

Game 2: Georgia vs South Carolina/ Saturday, 9/8 3:30 PM

If you notice a lot of this week’s “Tape Study” is in this game so that makes my life just a little bit easier. Georgia is always littered with NFL talent on both sides of the ball and South Carolina has a good looking offense to watch this year. Also, Jake Fromm is my favorite prospect in the country despite him not being eligible for the draft this year.

 

Players to watch for Georgia:

Deandre Baker: CB 2

Riley Ridley: WR, Not ranked yet (tape study this week)

JR Reed: Safety 4

Players to watch for South Carolina:

Deebo Samuel: WR 5

Bryan Edwards: WR 10

Jake Bentley: QB, Not ranked yet (tape study this week)

 

Game 3: Mississippi State vs Kansas State/ Saturday, 9/8 12:00Pm

Okay I know looking at this it looks one sided but there was not a lot of great games to choose from this week and Mississippi State has a lot of NFL talent. This game also features the return of Nick Fitzgerald who started the year QB 4 and has dropped some spots already. For Kansas State, Dalton Risner is a top 10 player on my board.

Players to watch for Mississippi State:

Nick Fitzgerald: QB 7

Jeffery Simmons: DT 5

Lamar Peters: CB, Not ranked yet (tape study this week)

Montez Sweat: Edge, Not ranked yet (tape study this week)

Players to watch for Kansas State:

Dalton Risner: IOL 1

 

Tape study for week 2

  1. Jake Bentley QB South Carolina
  2. Riley Ridley WR Georgia
  3. Lamar Peters CB Mississippi State
  4. Montez Sweat Edge Mississippi State
  5. Kaleb McGary RT Washington

 

Stock report

Welcome to the new and approved “Stock Report” section. At first, I was just going to list every player who improved or worsened their stock each week but I felt like it lacked context. So I’ve decided to give you guys a top 10 for each position group and update how they change each week.

QB

Name School Movement
1. Justin Herbert Oregon None
2. Ryan Finley North Carolina State Up one spot
3. Jarrett Stidham Auburn Up one spot
4. Drew Lock Missouri Down two spots
5. Brian Lewerke Michigan State Unranked (week one tape study)
6. Will Grier West Virginia None
7. Nick Fitzgerald Mississippi State Down three spots
8. Brett Rypien Boise State None
9. Clayton Thorson Northwestern None
10. Shea Patterson Michigan Down three spots

 

Ryan Finley: Finley improved his stock by having a great game in NC State’s opener. He was accurate, efficient, and quick in his release all game. That lead to over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns

 

Jarrett Stidham: Stidham looked fantastic against a Washington defense with plenty of talent. I saw him make accurate quick throws and push the ball down the field. He led Auburn to the upset.

 

Brian Lewerke: Brian was a tape study from last week and the games I watched showed an accurate quarterback who runs a pro offense. His anticipation is above average and he has real chance to be QB 1.

Drew Lock: Lock did not drop because of his play but because I realized how much I liked Finley and Stidham. Lock can still get back to where he was but the “big arm” prototype worries me.  

 

Shea Patterson: I do not think this needs much explanation. Patterson looked really bad against Notre Dame as almost all of his fundamentals failed. He has a lot of work to do if he wants to get back into the QB 1 conversation.

 

RB

 

Name School Movement
1.David Montgomery Iowa State None
2. Benny Snell Kentucky None
3. Rodney Anderson Oklahoma None
4. Justice Hill Oklahoma State None
5. Devin Singletary FAU None
6. Damien Harris Alabama None
7. Mike Weber Ohio State None
8. Bryce Love Stanford None
9. Myles Gaskin Washington None
10. LJ Scott Michigan State None

 

WR

 

Name School Movement
1.AJ Brown Ole Miss None
2. N’Keal Harry Arizona State None
3. David Sills V West Virginia None
4. DK Metcalf Ole Miss Unranked (week one tape study)
5. Deebo Samuel South Carolina Down one spot
6. JJ Arcega-Whiteside Stanford None
7. Ahmmon Richards Miami Down two spots
8. Anthony Johnson Buffalo None
9. Juwan Johnson Penn State None
10. Ryan Davis Auburn Up two spots

 

DK Metcalf: Metcalf was a tape study from week one and he impressed me with his speed and hands. He is a fantastic compliment to AJ Brown who always lines up in the slot. Metcalf will only go up from here

 

Ahmmon Richards: Unlike Deebo Samuel who dropped down because of having to put DK Metcalf in, Ahmmon Richards had a bad game. He only had one catch before he left the game with an injury. I know his quarterback is not doing him any favors but his injury history is extensive.

 

Ryan Davis: Some scouts may view him as a gimmick player but I love his game. He can operate at any spot. He has good hands and can create after the catch. He reminds me of Dante Pettis from last year.

 

IOL

 

Name School Movement
1.Dalton Risner Kansas State None
2. Martez Ivey Florida None
3. Mike Dieter Wisconsin None
4. Hjayle Froholdt Arkansas None
5. Nate Herbig Stanford None
6. Beau Benzschawel Wisconsin None
7. Ross Pierschbacher Alabama None
8. Nick Linder Indiana None
9. Mike Jordan Ohio State None
10. Brandon Fanaika Stanford None

 

OT

 

Name School Movement
1. Jonah Williams Alabama None
2. Greg Little Ole Miss Up one spot
3. David Edwards Wisconsin Up one spot
4. Mitch Hyatt Clemson Up one spot
5. Trey Adams Washington Down three spots
6. Isaiah Prince Ohio State None
7. Bobby Evans Oklahoma None
8. Prince Tega Wanogho Auburn None
9. Daniel Cooney San Diego State None
10. Tariq Cole Rutgers None

 

Trey Adams: Adams suffered a back injury that we already talked about. As you can he see he fell three spots but still remains in the top 5 just due to his talent still being obvious.

 

DT

 

Name School Movement
1.Ed Oliver Houston None
2. Raekwon Davis Alabama None
3. Rashan Gary Michigan None
4. Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State None
5. Jeffery Simmons Mississippi State Unranked (week one tape study)
6. Dexter Lawrence Clemson Down one spot
7. Terry Beckner Missouri Down one spot
8. Christian Wilkins Clemson Down one spot
9. Jerry Tillery Notre Dame None
10. Gerald Willis III Miami Up 2 spots

 

Jeffery Simmons: Simmons was a tape study from week one and he impressed me in multiple areas. The most apparent to me was the consistent penetration that he gets in the run game. I’m excited to see him play a run-heavy team in Kansas State this week.

Gerald Willis III: It was well documented that Miami had an awful showing in their opener against LSU, but Willis showed up big time. He looked unblockable at times. He made plays in both the passing and running game.

 

Edge

 

Name College Movement
1.Nick Bosa Ohio State None
2. Clien Ferrell Clemson None
3. Joe Jackson Miami None
4. Zach Allen Boston College None
5. Anfernee Jennings Alabama None
6. Shareef Miller Penn State None
7. Austin Bryant Clemson None
8. Chase Winovich Michigan Up two spots
9. Jaelan Phillips UCLA Down 1 spot
10. Porter Gustin USC Down 1 spot

Chase Winovich: Michigan much like Miami had a disappointing start to the season but had one standout player. Winovich came into the season pegged as a one-dimensional player but he flew around the field making plays in all phases of the game.

 

LB

 

Name School Movement
1.Devin Bush Michigan None
2. Devin White LSU None
3. Cameron Smith USC None
4. Josh Allen Kentucky None
5. TJ Edwards Wisconsin None
6. Shaquille Quarterman Miami None
7. Mack Wilson Alabama None
8. Sutton Smith Northern Illinois None
9. Khalil Hodge Buffalo None
10. Christian Miller Alabama None

 

CB

 

Name Team Movement
1.Greedy Williams LSU None
2. Deandre Baker Georgia None
3. Amani Oruwariye Penn State None
4. Mark Gilbert Duke None
5. Levonta Taylor Florida State Unranked (week one tape)
6. Mike Jackson Miami Down one spot
7. Julian Love Notre Dame Up one spot
8. Trayvon Mullen Clemson Down one spot
9. Lavert Hill Michigan Down one spot
10. Kendall Sheffield Ohio State Down one spot

 

Levonta Taylor: Taylor was another tape study for week one and liked a lot of his tape but he comes with concerns. He is really small and consistently gets outmuscled by bigger WRs. His closing speed is impressive though so he could be effective in the right scheme.

Julian Love: Love made several plays against Michigan that screamed NFL corner. He looked like he worked on his ball skills in the offseason and he made Shea Pattersons night very difficult.

 

Safety  

 

Name School Movement
1.Jaquan Johnson Miami None
2. Taylor Rapp Washington None
3. Deionte Thompson Alabama None
4. JR Reed Georgia None
5. Lukas Denis Boston College None
6. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson Florida None
7. Jo-Jo Mcintosh Washington None
8. Jah’Shawn Johnson Texas Tech None
9. Andrew Wingard Wyoming None
10. D’onta Dixon Wisconsin None

 

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