Scouting Roundup College Football Week: 12

News and Notes

 

We are the final stretch of the college football season which is bittersweet for the scouting community. For people like me, it means I have pounds of tape to get through before April and for real scouts, it means they are almost done for the year. It was a little slow this week but we do have some stuff to talk about thankfully.

 

Senior Bowl invites went out this week and we are starting to see some players who have accepted their invite. The Senior Bowl, if you do not know, is an All-Star game for seniors to perform in front of scouts, coaches, and GMs. This game can be a huge deal to a lot of players stock so I would recommend following who will be at the event. There are more but some notable names I have seen accept already are Rock Ya-Sin (Temple), Oshane Ximmines (Old Dominion), and Gerald Wills (Miami). The game and practices are in Mobile, Alabama which provides a unique opportunity for the whole NFL world to be crammed into one small town.

 

According to people inside NFL, there could be a total of seven head coaching jobs open at the end of the season. Clevland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Greenbay Packers,  Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, and the Denver Broncos could all be looking for a new head coach (Cleveland already is). The issue for these teams will be finding a good candidate. None of the current coordinators look like great candidates to me so expect teams to look at the college ranks this year. Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma), Matt Campbell (Iowa State), Chris Pederson (Washington), and David Shaw (Stanford) are names to keep an eye on.

 

This weeks college football schedule kinda sucked so there is no must watch game section on the roundup this week. The only game with two teams with solid draft prospects is Iowa State vs Texas. If you are looking for good competition take a look at Syracuse vs Notre Dame.  

 

Top 35 big board

1.Nick Bosa Edge Ohio State
2. Ed Oliver DT Houston
3. Quinnen Williams DT Alabama
4. Devin White LB LSU
5. Deionte Thompson S Alabama
6. Clein Ferrell Edge Clemson
7. Jonah Williams OT Alabama
8. Greddy Williams CB LSU
9. Raekwon Davis DT Alabama
10. Jachai Polite Edge Florida
11. Justin Herbert QB Oregon
12. Noah Fant TE Iowa
13. Josh Allen Edge Kentucky
14. Trayvon Mullen CB Clemson
15. Rashan Gary DT Michigan
16. Dalton Risner OG Kansas State
17. Devin Bush LB Michigan
18. Montez Sweat Edge Mississippi State
19. Dre’Mont Jones DT Ohio State
20. Deandre Baker CB Georgia

 

21. David Edwards OT Wisconsin
22. Byron Murphy CB Washington
23. Jeffery Simmons DT Mississippi State
24. Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson
25. Juan Thornhill S Virginia
26. Mack Wilson LB Alabama
27. Jerry Tillery DT Notre Dame
28. Elgton Jenkins OG/C Mississippi State
29. N’Keal Harry WR   Arizona State
30. Taylor Rapp S Washington
31. Zach Allen Edge Boston College
32. Greg Little OT Ole Miss
33. AJ Brown WR Ole Miss
34. Julian Love CB   Notre Dame
35. Yodny Cajuste OT West Virginia

 

QB

Name School Movement
1. Justin Herbert Oregon None
2. Dwayne Haskins Ohio State None
3. Daniel Jones Duke None
4. Will Grier West Virginia Up three spots
5. Brett Rypien Boise State Down one spot
6. Jarrett Stidham Auburn Down one spot
7. Ryan Finley NC State Down one spot
8. Clayton Thorson North Western None
9. Drew Lock Missouri None
10. Tyree Jackson   Buffalo   None

 

Will Grier: I said I was going to take another look at Grier’s tape and I saw some promising things. He throws with a nice touch down the field allowing him to drop the ball into a bucket. Some concerns still remain with his footwork and decision making still exist for me.

 

RB

Name School Movement
1.David Montgomery Iowa State None
2. Bennie Snell   Kentucky   None
3. Damien Harris Alabama None
4. Rodney Anderson Oklahoma Up one spot
5. Devin Singletary Florida Atlantic Down one spot
6. Miles Sanders Penn State Up three spots
7. Mike Weber Ohio State None
8. Damera Crockett Missouri None
9. Justice Hill Oklahoma State Down three spots
10. Karon Higdon Michigan Up two spots

 

Miles Sanders: Sander eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing this weekend in a win against Wisconsin, which means he is having a good year. Sanders has shown nice balance and ability to play through contact. His pass catching ability is still a big question mark but I have seen some progress in that area that makes me believe he can get the job done at the next level.

 

Justice Hill: Every week it has become more clear to me that Justice Hill is not every-down back. His production from his previous seasons would make you think otherwise but the truth of the matter is, he is just too small.

 

WR

Name School Movement
1.N’Keal Harry Arizona State None
2. AJ Brown Ole Miss Up one spot
3. Marquise Brown Oklahoma Up two spots
4. Kelvin Harmon NC State Up two spots
5. JJ Arcega-Whiteside Stanford Down one spot
6. David Sills V West Virginia Down four spots
7. Riley Ridley Georgia Up five spots
8. Deebo Samuel South Carolina Down one spot
9. Anthony Johnson Buffalo Down one spot
10. Colin Johnson Texas Up two spots

 

David Sills V: I love Sills but the fact is that he just can not compete with the athletic ability of guys like Brown and Harmon. Sills will still be a good NFL WR and a dynamic threat in the red zone but he has not shown he is more than that all year.

Riley Ridley: Ridley is a tough guy to scout because he does not get a lot of balls or snaps for Georgia. When he is given a chance he shows elite athletic ability combined with smooth route running. Ridley will be a player to watch at the combine for sure.

 

TE

Name School Movement
1.Noah Fant Iowa None
2.Kaden Smith Stanford None
3. Irv Smith JR Alabama Unranked (Week 11 tape study)
4. Albert Okwuegbunam Missouri None
5. Tommy Sweeney Boston College Down two spots
6. Dawson Knox Ole Miss Down one spot
7. Issac Nauta Georgia Down one spot
8. Alize Mack Notre Dame Down one spot
9. Caleb Wilson UCLA Down one spot
10. CJ Conrad Kentucky Down one spot

 

Irv Smith JR: Smith was a tape study from last week and overall I was impressed by his tape. He looks really fast on tape and has a big enough frame to create mismatches on the outside. Smith is not a great blocker and it is rare to see him actually go up and high point a football because he is usually wide open.

 

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. Nate Herbig Stanford None  
6. Garrett Brumfield LSU None
7. Martez Ivey Florida None
8. Beau Benzschawel Wisconsin None
9. Hjayle Froholdt Arkansas None
10. Ross Pierschbacher Alabama None

 

 OT

Name School Movement
1. Jonah Williams Alabama None
2. David Edwards Wisconsin None
3. Greg Little Ole Miss   None
4. Yodny Cajuste West Virginia Up two spots
5. Mitch Hyatt Clemson Down one spot
6. Kaleb McGary Washington Down one spot
7. Isaiah Prince Ohio State 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. Quinnen Williams Alabama None
3. Raekwon Davis Alabama None
4. Rashan Gary Michigan 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 None  
4. Josh Allen Kentucky None
5. Montez Sweat Mississippi State None
6. Zach Allen Boston College None
7. Oshane Ximines Old Dominion None
8. Brian Burns Florida State Up one spot
9. Chase Winovich Michigan Up one spot
10. Joe Jackson Miami Down two spots

 

LB

Name School Movement
1.Devin White LSU None
2. Devin Bush Michigan None
3. Mack Wilson   Alabama None  
4. Germaine Pratt NC State Unranked
5. TJ Edwards Wisconsin Down one spot
6. Cameron Smith USC Down one spot
7. Te’Von Coney Notre Dame None
8. Joe Giles-Harris Duke Unranked (week 11 tape study)
9. Shaquille Quarterman Miami Down three spots
10. Christian Miller Alabama Up one spot

 

Germaine Pratt: I can not believe it took me this long to find Pratt in this draft class. I love his tape and what he can bring to the table as an athletic high upside linebacker. He is a converted safety which allows him to be a great coverage player. He excels as blitzer while also being able to run sideline to sideline.

 

Joe Giles-Harris: Harris has been ultra-productive for Duke over the course of his career while also being a good leader in the locker room. Like Pratt, Giles is a fantastic coverage linebacker in all types of defenses. He consistently takes good angles when making tackles and always wraps up his target.

 

CB

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

 

Safety  

Name School Movement
1. Deionte Thompson Alabama None
2. Juan Thornhill Virginia Unranked (week 11 tape study)
3. Taylor Rapp Washington Down one spot
4. Jonathan Abram Mississippi State Down one spot
5. Jaquan Johnson Miami Down one spot
6. Lukas Denis Boston College Down one spot
7. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson Florida Down one spot
8. Delvon Randall Temple None
9. JR Reed Georgia Down two spots
10. Jah’Shawn Johnson Texas Tech Down one spot

 

Juan Thornhill: Thornhill has some mightly impressive ball skills on the backend of Virginia defense. He is able to combine those ball skills with some solid overall range. Thornhill was a pleasant surprise especially because not a lot of good prospects have come out of Virginia in recent years.

 

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