Scouting Roundup College Football Week: 5

News and Notes

After multiple weeks of some quiet in the world of college football, it got very loud this week. Since this is supposed to be an article on the draft, I will start with draft news and slowly work my way to the NFL. The big draft news from this week was a video of Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons standing over a young woman and punching her repeatedly. You can watch the video on YouTube if you so choose, but warning it is not a good look. Videos like this come up every single year it seems like and it always brings into question the of ethics scouting. Simmons is currently the number 17th overall player on my big board, but next week he will drop straight off it. Any man who strikes a woman in my book is completely undraftable. The problem with this is there are plenty of NFL teams who do not agree with me.  So while you might hear other media scouts say a lot of teams have taken Simmons off there board. You must also realize that it only takes one in thirty-two teams to select him where his talent dictates and not where his character dictates. It pains me to say this, but the NFL values talent above all else. If you have enough talent the NFL will give you a shot no matter what. Sticking with college football I want to address the play of Justin Herbert this weekend. Herbert played by far the best game against a quality opponent any top QB prospect has played all year. I know they lost the game in the end but when you watch the tape it is easy to see him as QB 1. In some more positive news, four rookie quarterbacks will be starting this weekend. Sam Darnold and Josh Allen have already started multiple starts, but Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen will be making their first starts. Mayfield was obviously fantastic coming in for the injured Tyrod Taylor and bringing The Browns their first win in 635 days. Josh Rosen, on the other hand, got thrown into the worst possible situation I have seen. First off, he comes in with only enough time for two drives. Second, he is thrown into the game against the Chicago Bears defense that has one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. Third, it was all obvious passing situations so of course, the Bears were going to tee-off on him. Fourth, Rosen has almost no help around him. His offensive line is bad and his receivers are not doing him any favors either. My point with this rant is that, with quarterbacks what situation they get drafted into is the most important thing. You can ruin a great quarterback prospect quickly if you mismanage him like Arizona did Josh Rosen. Outside of the quarterbacks, I want to highlight one more player from last years draft. Leighton Vander Esch played great at LB for the Cowboys on Sunday. He made multiple stops in the backfield and was flying sideline to sideline. Vander Esch seems to be the only bright spot for Dallas right now.

 

Top 30 Big Board

 

1. Nick Bosa DE Ohio State
2. Ed Oliver DT Houston
3. Jonah Williams LT Alabama
4. Raekwon Davis DT Alabama
5. Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson
6. Dalton Risner OG Kansas State
7. Greedy Williams CB LSU
8. Rashan Gary DT Michigan
9. Devin White LB LSU
10. Deionte Thompson S Alabama
11. Devin Bush LB Michigan
12. Justin Herbert QB Oregon
13. David Sills V WR West Virginia
14. Noah Fant TE Iowa
15. Montez Sweat DE Mississippi State
16. Dre’Mont Jones DT Ohio State
17. Jeffery Simmons DT Mississippi State
18. Jaquan Johnson S Miami
19. Greg Little LT Ole Miss
20. N’Keal Harry WR Arizona State

 

21. Deandre Baker CB Georgia
22. Taylor Rapp S Washington
23. Ryan Finley QB NC State
24. Lamar Peters CB Mississippi State
25. DK Metcalf WR Ole Miss
26. Jarrett Stidham QB Auburn
27. Zach Allen DE Boston College
28. David Edwards RT Wisconsin
29. Joe Jackson DE Miami
30. AJ Brown WR Ole Miss

 

Three Must Watch Games for Week: 5

 

Game One: Ohio State vs Penn State/ Saturday, 9/29 7:30 PM

Oh yes, I have been waiting for this game all season and it is finally here. This game might include the most NFL prospects in a single game all year. Both teams have multiple players on each side of the ball, and both teams are off to good starts this season. If you care at all about the draft this is a must watch.

 

Players to watch for Ohio State:

Nick Bosa: DE 1 (Will not play)

Dre’Mont Jones: DT 4

Kendall Sheffield: CB 5

Mike Weber: RB 6

Mike Jordan: OG 10

Isaiah Prince: LT 6

Dwayne Haskins: QB (week 5 tape study)

 

Players to watch for Penn State:

Amani Oruwariye: CB 4

Shareef Miller: DE 7

Miles Sanders: RB 7

Juwan Johnson: WR 9

Trace Mcsorley: QB (week 5 tape study)

 

Game two: Stanford vs Notre Dame/ Saturday, 9/29 7:30 PM

I know what you’re going to say, “Dante please stop telling us to watch Stanford”, and to that, I say too bad. Stanford vs Notre Dame is a great rivalry, and it includes a lot of future NFL talent. Both teams are currently ranked in the top 10, so if you need more incentive their it is.

 

Players to watch for Stanford:

Bryce Love: RB 8

Kaden Smith: TE 2

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: WR 5

Nate Herbig: IOL 6

Brandon Fanaika: IOL 11

 Players to watch for Notre Dame:

Julian Love: CB 10  

Jerry Tillery: DT 9

Alize Mack: TE 6

 

Game three: Temple vs Boston College/ Saturday, 9/29 12:00 PM

I can hear all of the cries of biased right now in my head as I am typing, but again I do not care. This game has a lot of NFL talent, and bonus, I have highlighted neither team so far this season.

 

Players to watch for Temple:

Rock Ya-Sin: CB 8

Delvin Randle: Safety 8

 

Players to watch for Boston College:

Zach Allen: DE 4

Lukas Dennis: Safety 5

Tommy Sweeney: TE 3

Wyatt Ray: DE (week 5 tape study)

 

Tape Study Week 5:

  1. Dwayne Haskins QB, Ohio State
  2. Trace Mcsorley QB, Penn State
  3. Wyatt Ray DE, Boston College
  4. Jonathan Abram S, Mississippi State
  5. Marquise Brown WR, Oklahoma

 

Stock Report

 

QB

Name School Movement
1. Justin Herbert Oregon None
2. Ryan Finley NC State None
3. Jarrett Stidham Auburn None  
4. Drew Lock Missouri None
5. Brian Lewerke Michigan State None
6. Will Grier West Virginia None
7. Jake Bentley South Carolina None
8. Brett Rypien Boise State None
9. Clayton Thorson Northwestern None
10. Nick Fitzgerald Mississippi State None

 

RB

Name School Movement
1.Benny Snell Kentucky Up one spot
2. David Montgomery Iowa State Down one spot
3. Justice Hill Oklahoma State None
4. Devin Singletary Florida Atlantic None
5. Damien Harris Alabama None
6 Mike Weber Ohio State None
7. Miles Sanders Penn State Unranked (Week 4 tape study
8. Bryce Love Stanford Down one spot
9. Rodney Anderson Oklahoma Down one spot
10. Myles Gaskin Washington Down one spot

 

Benny Snell: Snell has been by far the most impressive back in this class since the injury to Rodney Anderson. He has run all over multiple SEC defenses and already possesses Kentucky’s all-time touchdown record.

 

Miles Sanders: The reason I left Sanders off the list for so long was that I was not sure he could fill Saquan’s shoes. Look, he is nowhere near as good as Saquan, but overall is still a solid prospect in his own right. He has a great chance to prove himself this week against Ohio State.

 

WR

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

 

David Sills V: I took a real hard look at my rankings this week, and it jumped out to me that Sills should be WR 1. Nobody in the entire country is better at the point of attack. He runs a better route than I gave him credit for earlier in the season.

 

DK Metcalf: Metcalf was a tape study who shot up my board, and his play is letting him rise up more. Metcalf made a great one-handed catch this weekend, and he has the ideal size for an outside WR.

 

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Okay so Whiteside has been putting up video game numbers all season for Stanford. He scored two more touchdowns on Saturday night against Oregon. Next to Sills, Whiteside is the next best jump ball guy in this class.

 

Anthony Johnson: Johnson also moved up this week because I was able to go back and review some of his tape. He gets consistent separation and he can high point the ball pretty well. He will be a popular sleeper come April.

 

AJ Brown: The reason Brown fell so many spots is less about his skill and more about him not performing as well as the other guys. Brown has disappeared against the best opponents on his schedule.  

TE

Name School Movement
1.Noah Fant Iowa None
2.Kaden Smith Stanford None
3. Tommy Sweeney Boston College None
4. Albert Okwuegbunam Missouri None
5. Dawson Knox Ole Miss None
6. Alize Mack Notre Dame None
7. Caleb Wilson UCLA None
8. CJ Conrad Kentucky None
9. Foster Moreau LSU None
10. Brandon Fritts North Carolina None

 

IOL

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

 

OT

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

 

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 None
6. Dexter Lawrence Clemson None
7. Terry Beckner Missouri None
8. Christian Wilkins Clemson None  
9. Jerry Tillery Notre Dame None
10. Gerald Willis III Miami None

 

Edge

Name College Movement
1.Nick Bosa Ohio State None
2. Clien Ferrell Clemson None
3. Montez Sweat Mississippi State None
4. Zach Allen Boston College None
5. Joe Jackson Miami None
6. Anfernee Simmons Alabama None
7. Shareef Miller Penn State None
8. Brian Burns Florida State   Unranked (Week 4 tape study)
9. Austin Bryant Clemson Down one spot
10. Chase Winovich Michigan Down one spot

 

Brian Burns: Burns is a prospect that I hate to scout so much. On some plays, he looks the part of a first round pick, but on others, he looks more of a 3-4th round guy. When Burns shows up and his motor is high, watch out.

 

LB

Name School Movement
1.Devin White LSU Up one spot
2. Devin Bush Michigan Down one spot
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 School Movement
1.Greedy Williams LSU None
2. Deandre Baker Georgia None
3. Jamal Peters Mississippi State None
4. Amani Oruwariye Penn State None
5. Kendall Sheffield Ohio State None
6. Lavert Hill Michigan Up three spots
7. Mark Gilbert Duke Down two spots
8. Trayvon Mullen Clemson Up four spots
9. Rock Ya-Sin Temple Up two spots
10. Julian Love Notre Dame Down two spots

 

Lavert Hill: Hill is yet another guy who benefits from me catching up on tape this week. He has been a shutdown corner all year for Michigan. Hill adds to what is already a great CB class. He displays the footwork and technique you want to see in an NFL CB.

 

Trayvon Mullen: I dropped Mullen off the list a couple of weeks ago, and that was a mistake. He had a bad game against Texas A@M but has bounced back nicely to the form we saw last season.

 

Rock Ya-Sin: There will be some people who will argue that I am being biased moving Ya-Sin this high, and to that I say, go watch his tape. He has locked down every single WR he has faced and has multiple interceptions. Ya-Sin is a sleeper that could creep into the second round if he continues playing at this level.

 

Safety  

Name School Movement
1. Deionte Thompson Alabama None
2. Taylor Rapp Washington None
3. Jaquan Johnson Miami 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. Delvin Randall Temple   None
9. Jah’Shawn Johnson Texas Tech   None
10. Andrew Wingard Wyoming None

 

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