Scouting Roundup College Football Week: 9

News and Notes

 

This week was another busy one in the NFL draft landscape as we saw some injuries, weird draft decisions, and some crazy trades go down. Also, I have become the NFL draft writer for the blog “Get Hammered Sports”. I did my first mock draft of the season over there and I think you guys would like it. I am not sure when it will be released but if you follow me on twitter (@DanteCollinelli) I will tweet it out when I know.

 

A report came out early this week from CBS sports that said Oregon QB Justin Herbert is likely to go back to school for his senior year. The report sighted the fact that Herbert’s brother is coming to the school as a tight end. Herbert would be a fool if he stayed in college for another year. He will be a top 5 pick guaranteed this season because this year’s quarterback class is so bad. Next season, Herbert would have to compete with Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama), Jake Fromm (Georgia), and Jacob Easton (Washington) for the QB 1 spot. That does not even include Dwayne Haskins who could also be in next years class. Herbert’s draft stock is never going to be higher than it is right now.

 

The Cowboys and Raiders struck a deal this week that sent Amari Cooper to the Cowboys for a first round pick. That now gives the Raiders three picks in the first round and all three are currently in the top 20. With all of that draft capital, the Raiders need to draft a whole new core. This year’s class is not regarded by most scouts around the NFL as a good one, so Oakland needs to be careful. They have a lot of holes on their roster to fill so hopefully John Gruden and company can get the job done in April.

 

While I was surfing through “draft twitter” this week I stumbled upon something pretty interesting. Mark Gilbert, a corner from Duke, had a season-ending injury on September 8th. Gilbert started the year in my top 5 for CBs, but I moved him down once I started watching more corners. I went to catch up on his tape this week and I realized he was injured. Sometimes when you are scouting 500 players by yourself you tend to miss things. My apologies to all you Mark Gilbert fans out there because I looked like an idiot for a couple of weeks. I think Gilbert will return to Duke for his senior season because of the injury.

Top 35 Big Board

 

1.Nick Bosa Edge Ohio State
2. Ed Oliver DT Houston
3. Jonah Williams LT Alabama
4. Devin White LB LSU
5. Clien Ferrell Edge Clemson
6. Raekwon Davis DT Alabama
7. Greedy Williams CB LSU
8. Rashan Gary DT Michigan
9. Dalton Risner OG Kansas State
10. Deionte Thompson S Alabama
11. Justin Herbert QB Oregon
12. Quinnen Williams DT Alabama
13. Noah Fant TE Iowa
14. Jachai Polite Edge Florida
15. Montez Sweat Edge Mississippi State
16. Devin Bush LB Michigan
17. Elgton Jenkins OG/C Mississippi State
18. Deandre Baker CB Georgia
19. Lamar Peters CB Mississippi State
20. David Edwards OT Wisconsin

 

21. Dre’Mont Jones DT Ohio State
22. Taylor Rapp S Washington
23. Jonathan Abram S Mississippi State
24. David Sills V WR West Virginia
25. N’Keal Harry WR Arizona State
26. Zach Allen DE Boston College
27. Greg Little OT Ole Miss
28. AJ Brown WR Ole Miss
29. Josh Allen Edge Kentucky
30. Joe Jackson Edge Miami
31. Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson
32. Kaden Smith TE Stanford
33. David Montgomery RB Iowa State
34. Jerry Tillery DT Notre Dame
35. Byron Murphy CB Washington

 

Three Must watch games for Week 9

 

Game one: Florida vs Georgia/ Saturday 10/27, 3:30 PM

Yes, I know that we have covered these teams but this is a great football game with so many NFL prospects. I am interested to see if the Florida defenders can defend Jake Fromm and the Georgia offense well.

 

Players to watch for Florida:

Martez Ivey: OG 5

Jachai Polite: Edge 3

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson: Safety 7

Players to watch for Georgia:

Issac Nauta: TE 6

Deandre Baker: CB 2

JR Reed: Safety 5

D’andre Walker: LB 8

Riley Ridley: WR 13

 

Game two: Iowa vs Penn State/ Saturday 10/27, 3:30 PM

Both of these teams have a lot of prospects that have been falling down my boards in recent weeks. Some people like Iowa’s quarterback Nate Stanley, but I am not a fan. I will give him another chance this week.

 

Players to watch for Iowa:

Noah Fant: TE 1

Noah Stanley: QB 12

 

Players to watch for Penn State:

Juwan Johnson: WR 10

Trace Mcsorley: QB 14

Miles Sanders: RB 8

Amani Oruwaryie: CB 6

Shareef Miller: DE 9

 

Game three: Miami vs Boston College/ Friday 10/26, 7:00 PM

I am shocked that neither of these teams is ranked because they both have plenty of NFL draft prospects. Also, this is just a weird game to have on a Friday. Miami still has a decent defense while Boston College is still balanced on both sides of the ball.

 

Players to watch for Miami:

Joe Jackson: Edge 7

Mike Jackson: CB 12

Jaquan Johnson: Safety 4

Shaquille Quarterman: LB 6

 

Players to watch for Boston College:

Tommy Sweeny: TE 3

Chris Lindstrom: OG 4

Lukas Denis: Safety 6

Zach Allen: Edge 5

Wyatt Ray: Edge 10

 

Tape Study for week 9:

  1. Oshane Ximines, Edge Old Dominion
  2. Trey Lamar, LB Clemson
  3. Paddy Fisher, LB Northwestern
  4. Darnell Henderson, RB Memphis

 

QB

Name School Movement
1. Justin Herbert Oregon None
2. Ryan Finley NC State None
3. Jarrett Stidham Auburn None  
4. Brett Rypien Boise State Up three spots
5. Drew Lock Missouri Down one spot
6. Will Grier West Virginia None
7. KJ Costello Stanford Up one spot
8. Clayton Thorson Northwestern Up one spot
9. Brian Lewerke Michigan State Down four spots
10. Nate Stanley Iowa Up two spots

Brett Rypien: I talked about it earlier and have mentioned a lot throughout the season but this QB class blows. Rypien has made some NFL throws with some accuracy this year. I wish he played in a better conference, but when a class is this bad you gotta take what you can get.

 

Brian Lewerke: In his most important game of the season, Lewerke finished with a total QBR of 49.8 which was 89th in the country (according to ESPN). That is awful, especially in college which allows for higher grades than the NFL. My guess is that Brian returns to school.

 

RB

Name School Movement
1.David Montgomery Iowa State None
2. Bennie Snell   Kentucky   None
3. Justice Hill Oklahoma State None
4. Devin Singletary Florida Atlantic None
5. Damien Harris Alabama None
6 Mike Weber Ohio State None
7. Damarea Crockett Missouri None
8. Miles Sanders Penn State None
9. Bryce Love Stanford None
10. Myles Gaskin Washington None

 

WR

Name School Movement
1.David Sills V West Virginia None
2. N’Keal Harry Arizona State None
3. AJ Brown Ole Miss None
4. JJ Arcega-Whiteside Stanford None
5. Marquise Brown Oklahoma None
6. Kelvin Harmon NC State None
7. Deebo Samuel South Carolina None
8. Anthony Johnson Buffalo None
9. Bryan Edwards South Carolina None
10. Juwan Johnson Penn State None

 

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. Isaac Nauta Georgia None
7. Alize Mack Notre Dame None
8. Caleb Wilson UCLA None
9. CJ Conrad Kentucky None
10.  Foster Moreau LSU None

 

IOL

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

 

 OT

Name School Movement
1. Jonah Williams Alabama None
2. David Edwards Wisconsin None
3. Greg Little Ole Miss   None
4. Mitch Hyatt Clemson None
5. Kaleb McGary Washington None
6. Yodny Cajuste West Virginia Unranked (week 8 tape study)
7. Isaiah Prince Ohio State Down one spot
8. Trey Adams Washington Down one spot
9. Bobby Evans Oklahoma Down one spot
10. Prince Tega Wanogho Auburn Down one spot

 

Yodny Cajuste: Yodny was a tape study this week and I have to say I am impressed. He his a big body that moves surprisingly well in space. He does not give up a lot of sacks and has been reliable for the high powered Mountaineers offense. He might project better as a guard but right now tackle is fine.

 

DT

Name School Movement
1.Ed Oliver Houston None
2. Raekwon Davis Alabama None
3. Rashan Gary Michigan None
4. Quinnen Williams Alabama None
5. Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State None
6. Jeffery Simmons Mississippi State None
7. Dexter Lawrence Clemson None
8. Jerry Tillery Notre Dame None
9. Isaiah Buggs Alabama None
10. Gerald Willis Miami None

 

Edge

Name College Movement
1.Nick Bosa Ohio State None
2. Clien Ferrell Clemson None
3. Jachai Polite Florida Up one spot
4. Montez Sweat Mississippi State Down one spot
5. Zach Allen Boston College None
6. Josh Allen Kentucky Position Adjustment
7. Joe Jackson Miami None
8. Brian Burns Florida State Up two spots
9. Wyatt Ray Boston College None
10. Anfernee Jennings Alabama Down three spots

 

Josh Allen: Some of you might be surprised to see Josh Allen, not on the LB list. It has become obvious to me that he primarily functions as an edge rusher, and it is his best position. Allen has improved greatly this season and could fly up boards come April.

 

Brian Burns: Burns is a prospect that channels so much debate in the draft community. Some will say that he is right up there with Nick Bosa, and others will say he is too inconsistent. I tend to fall somewhere in the middle, but I have to acknowledge the great production he is having this season.

LB

Name School Movement
1.Devin White LSU None
2. Devin Bush Michigan None
3. Cameron Smith USC None
4. TJ Edwards Wisconsin None
5. Mack Wilson Alabama Up one spot
6. Shaquille Quarterman Miami None
7. Te’Von Coney Notre Dame Unranked (week 8 tape study)
8. D’andre Walker Georgia Unranked (week 8 tape study)
9. Sutton Smith Northern Illinois Down one spot
10. Khalil Hodge Buffalo Down one spot

 

Te’Von Coney: Coney is a bit of a throwback linebacker. He is not great in coverage but will accel in the run game. He has a good frame that allows him to move sideline to sideline quickly. This tells me with some NFL coaching he might be able to improve in coverage.

 

D’Andre Walker: Walker does not accel in any one area but is more of a jack of all traits. He racks up tackles as he calls the plays for one of the better defenses in the country. Walker is limited by his upside, but he has a high football IQ.

 

CB

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

 

Trayvon Mullen: I have moved Trayvon Mullen around this season more than any other player. I made a huge mistake putting him as low as I did. After catching up on Clemson tape it is easy to see that Mullen is a physical, big, and aggressive corner. Those are all traits NFL teams love in cornerbacks.

 

Safety  

Name School Movement
1. Deionte Thompson Alabama None
2. Taylor Rapp Washington None
3. Jonathan Abram Mississippi State None
4. Jaquan Johnson Miami None
5. JR Reed Georgia None
6. Lukas Denis Boston College None
7. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson Florida None
8. Delvin Randall Temple None
9. Jah’Shawn Johnson Texas Tech None
10. Jojo Mcintosh Washington None

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