Saturday Film Session Week 11

While you are enjoying college football this weekend join NFL scouts by putting your grade on these marquee individual match-ups with draft implications. We will revisit the “Main Event” early next week to see who came out on top of their battle.

Main Event

#8 Deon Cain, Clemson, WR

VS

#4 Tavarus McFadden, Florida State, CB


Undercard Matchups


#9 Bradley Chubb, NC State, Edge

VS

#7 Harold Landry, Boston College, Edge


#3 LJ Scott, Michigan State, RB

VS

#17 Jerome Baker, Ohio State, LB

What We Learned In College Football Week 10

Who’s Up?

DJ Chark, WR, LSU:  DJ Chark was excluded from my most recent top 64 big board. The more I watch Chark the more convinced I am that leaving him off this list was a mistake. Chark has good size, will test well at the combine, and has quietly been very productive for LSU this season. Chark is a dangerous player with the ball in his hands. Whether he is lined up at WR, returning kicks/punts, or even carrying the rock from the backfield, DJ is a guy that opposing teams must locate before the snap.


Who’s Down?

Adonis Alexander, CB, Virginia Tech:  Everyone, like a lot of prospects this early in the process, has a different opinion and projection for Alexander. Mine, to be frank, isn’t very high. Alexander is a big and physical CB that may project better as a safety in the NFL. His play in coverage has been inconsistent this season and he has been in the VT dog house as well. Alexander has good size and has enough talent but at this point he has more questions than answers.


I See You

Devin White, LB, LSU:  I recently had someone ask why I haven’t taken notice of LSU LB Devin White. I certainly have taken notice of White but the only reason I haven’t given him any love until this point is that he is a true sophomore and not draft eligible. While it is certainly way too early to put a specific ranking on him you can expect to see White’s name on my 2019 preseason top 50 list next summer.

Donte Pettis, WR, Washington:  It is official. No one has returned as many punts for touchdowns in the NCAA as Washington senior Donte Pettis. Pettis returned his fourth punt of the season to the house Saturday against Oregon in a convincing Husky win over the Ducks. Pettis is a very dynamic and sudden returner who always seems to have his blocks mapped out before they develop. Pettis may never be a true number one WR in the NFL but is certainly a guy that will not be a liability in the passing game either. I think Pettis has the chance to be a day two prospect.


Who is The Winner of The Main Event?

Bradley Chubb vs. Clelin Ferrell  Saturday Film Session Week 10

Ferrell, very quietly so, had a dominant performance against NC State on Saturday. Clelin lines up almost exclusively at RE for the Tigers and hardly ever misses a snap. He has been a productive pass rusher on the season. The sack total isn’t as high as you would expect of a player of Ferrell’s quality but it is important to consider the rest of the talent in Clemson’s front. It often becomes a race to the opposing QB. Clelin is well coached and it was perhaps never more evident than on Saturday. Ferrell did a great job on more plays than I could count setting a hard edge and keeping contain on NC State backs. It is a thing of beauty watching Ferrell force a RB back inside and then pouncing on the ball carrier with his explosive quickness. Play recognition is something that Ferrell excells in. Clelin recorded 12 tackles, 1 sack, and 5 tackles for loss on Saturday.

I have watched Bradley Chubb dominate several games from the DE position for NC State. This was not one of them. Chubb only got into the backfield and influenced a couple of passing plays on the game. In fact, he managed to steal the towel from Clemson QB Kelly Bryant’s belt three more times than he had recorded sacks. Weird. Unlike Ferrell, Chubb lined up on the left and the right side depending on the look that Clemson was giving on offense. He also stood up for certain plays and put his hand in the dirt for others. Chubb was never the first player off the snap Saturday and will need to improve on his quickness off the ball to dominate Sundays like he is able to dominate in college. Bradley didn’t look extremely athletic when he was caught in space. A second half Clemson touchdown, which was luckily called back for a penalty, was on an option play where Chubb didn’t take away the QB or the back on the play allowing the Tigers to pick up big yards on the score. Bradley is a true three down defender as his size is tough to block on running plays.

Bradley Chubb probably has a higher ceiling and has been more more productive than Clelin Ferrell this season. While Chubb will continue to rank higher on my board than Ferrell, Ferrell came on top for the week.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Film Session Week 10

While you are enjoying college football this weekend join NFL scouts by putting your grade on these marquee individual match-ups with draft implications. We will revisit the “Main Event” early next week to see who came out on top of their battle.

Main Event

#9 Bradley Chubb, NC State, Edge

VS

#99 Clelin Ferrell, Clemson, Edge


Undercard Matchups


#2 Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, QB

VS

#6 Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB


#34 Damien Harris, Alabama, RB

VS

#5 Derrius Guice, LSU, RB

What We Learned In College Football Week 9

Who’s Up?

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Edge, Oklahoma:  It is rare to turn on a Big 12 contest and become fixated on a defensive player but that is just the kind of player that Ogbonnia is-rare. Okoronkwo is listed at only 6’1 but plays longer as he has a very long wingspan. Okoronkwo had a nice day Saturday recording 10 tackles and a sack for the Sooners. He has now tallied 51 tackles and an impressive 7 sacks on the year. Okoronkwo was an unknown for the most part going into the season and is now getting late first round consideration.


Who’s Down?

Parris Campbell, RB/WR, Ohio State:  I was expecting Parris Campbell to jump right in and fill the void that Curtis Samuel left going to the NFL. Campbell has big-play potential and is a threat in the return game, the passing game, and as a runner but just hasn’t seemed to find a consistent role in the Buckeye offense this year. Campbell is only a JR so he could in theory come back next year and earn a bigger role, but with the emergence of sophomores JK Dobbins and KJ Hill that certainly would not be a certainty. Injuries haven’t helped either. Parris has had to leave early the last 2 games now.


I See You

Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame:  Does Josh Adams have one of the best (maybe THE best) offensive line in college football blocking for him this year? Yes, yes he does. It wouldn’t be fair to discredit the production that Adams is giving the Irish in the running game, however, for this though. His 202 yard performance against a very good NC State front puts Adams over 1,000 on the season and is very deserving of the Heisman hype and chatter that we are starting to hear out of South Bend. There really is a RB for every NFL team and system in this class. Adams can be a difference-maker in a one-cut system where he can use his explosive first step and breakaway speed the best.

Who is The Winner of The Main Event?

Mason Rudolph vs. Will Grier Saturday Film Session Week 9

Saturday was certainly not Mason Rudolph’s best game. West Virginia clearly did their homework and watched the tape from the week before against Texas that featured Rudolph struggling to get into rhythm. Texas mixed in some unique coverage packages that often included 3 safeties playing cover 3 and taking away the deep ball. Rudolph is such a good college QB because he can be effective at different levels in the passing game. Against Texas, Rudolph didn’t seem comfortable settling for only the underneath throws and seemed like he was pressing to get the ball down the field.

West Virginia gave the Cowboys a lot of similar coverage looks that they saw the week before from Texas. While you could tell it frustrated Rudolph again on Saturday it wasn’t nearly as bad. Rudolph seemed more willing to read what West Virginia was giving him and taking advantage of it. Rudolph finished the day with a modest 216 yards passing, three passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown, and one interception. Rudolph made several NFL caliber throws (a couple third down conversions on out routes come to mind) on Saturday. He has a ton of weapons on offense and he generally does a nice job being the point guard and getting everyone involved. A good point guard knows who his go-to guy is and feed him. Rudolph did that Saturday as well by connecting with WR James Washington early and often. It wasn’t all roses for Mason, however. He floated some passes, threw the one interception at an awful time in the game, and frankly threw a couple other balls that were lucky not to be picked off as well.

While this wasn’t Mason Rudolph’s best game, Will Grier was pretty terrible on the day if we need to be honest. Sadly, this is somewhat of my first impression of Grier as this was my first opportunity to watch him in a full and live game. I am aware that Grier has had a very nice year coming into this game so I will be sure to watch him some more and give him more of a full evaluation.

Grier threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns so it wasn’t all bad. He had a nice drive to end the half at a crucial time in the game. He had some impressive throws and it is very evident that he is the leader of the huddle. Grier also threw four interceptions and had a fumble (that fortunately bounced out of bounds). To be fair, the weather was pretty terrible and his team was always playing from behind. This isn’t to make an excuse but it is only fair to put things in perspective. Grier, overall just made a lot of poor decisions. His arm seems strong enough for the NFL but he doesn’t have elite height or athleticism. There are other 6’2 QBs who aren’t mobile that have successful NFL careers. These QBs just have to be really good in all other areas in the game and frankly Grier just didn’t display these traits on Saturday.

Winner:  Mason Rudolph

Saturday Film Session Week 9

While you are enjoying college football this weekend join NFL scouts by putting your grade on these marquee individual match-ups with draft implications. We will revisit the “Main Event” early next week to see who came out on top of their battle.

Main Event

#2 Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, QB

VS

#7 Will Grier, West Virginia, QB


Undercard Matchups



#68 Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame, OT

VS

#9 Bradley Chubb, NC State, DE


#9 Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh, S

VS

#3 Quin Blanding, Virginia, S

What We Learned In College Football Week 8

Who’s Up?

Arden Key (Edge Rusher) & Derrius Guice (RB), LSU:  It sure has been an up and down year for LSU fans. It has also been an up and down year for two of their top NFL prospects in Arden Key and Derrius Guice. Both players showed Saturday why they are still deserving of first round consideration. Guice carried the ball 22 times for 276 yards and a touchdown while Key recorded 2 sacks for the Tiger’s defense. LSU will have a bye this week before traveling to Tuscaloosa on November 4th. You better believe NFL scouts will be out in full force at that one.


Who’s Down?

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State:  Rudolph has been dominant this season at the QB position. Rudolph wasn’t able to get the offense working on all cylinders Saturday at rival Texas. His statistics (25/38 for 282 yards) were very underwhelming in comparison to the numbers he has put up all season. It is ok to have a down game. To be honest, every QB in college football probably has at least one game this season that they would like to press the restart button on. What is more concerning, to me at least, is the way Oklahoma State managed the game late in regulation. The Cowboys had the ball with a chance to win the game and decided to take the ball out of Rudolph’s hands and play conservative hoping to win in overtime. If a NFL team is going to take Rudolph in the first round they are going to expect him to be able to drive his team down the field and win the game. They are also going to trust that he won’t lose the game. Obviously Rudolph can only execute the plays being called but why wouldn’t Mike Gundy want to give his guy a chance to win it?


I See You

Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State:  Gesicki may have modest statistics on the year (24 catches for 228 yards and 4 touchdowns) but there is nothing modest about Mike as a NFL prospect. He is an athletic freak for his size at 6’6 and 250 pounds. Gesicki has a background in basketball and volleyball and showed his ridiculous hops by leaping over QB Trace McSorely celebrating one of Penn State’s several scores over rival Michigan. Gesicki also catches the ball at it’s highest point. When you consider that, his 6’6 height, and his elite vertical…Gesicki is a very difficult matchup and has sure hands. Gesicki would be the primary option for almost any offense in the country but there are a lot of stars to share the ball at Penn State this year. I asked a Penn State fan a couple of weeks ago if there was a NFL comparison that reminds him of Gesicki, his response was Jimmy Graham.


Who is The Winner of The Main Event?

Mike McGlinchey vs. USC Edge Rushers  Saturday Film Session Week 8

Usually I give a quick summary of  the game that each player played, or in this case players, before deciding which party won the matchup. This one wasn’t close so I am going to save everyone some time and pronounce Mike McGlinchey the clear victor.

McGlinchey is and has been one of my favorite players to watch over the past couple of years. He is fun to scout because he is such a sound technician at his position. Mike is quick off the snap to get in his set in pass protection. He gets his long arms on his man quickly and steers him to set the pocket. He has quick feet and rarely gets beat by a speed rusher trying to run around him. McGlinchey almost never gets fooled either with stunts or delayed blitzes.  While Mike is solid in pass protection, he is even better as a run blocker. Mike wouldn’t necessarily be considered a mauler in the run game that will drive his defender 5 yards off the ball but, again, wins with technique. McGlinchey is much more athletic than he is given credit for. He hardly ever misses his block even if it is in the second level or if his job is to pull.

McGlinchey has experience playing both LT and RT and has played well at both for Notre Dame. The popular consensus would be to suggest that McGlinchey starts his career at RT in the NFL. I disagree as I believe that McGlinchey definitely has the length, attitude, and athleticism to protect his QB’s blind side on the left. It is easy to say that Notre Dame has the best LT and LG combination in college football. I will take it a step further and say that the two would form one of the better tackle/guard combinations in the NFL if they ever had the opportunity to play together on Sundays.

 

 

 

Saturday Film Session Week 8

While you are enjoying college football this weekend join NFL scouts by putting your grade on these marquee individual match-ups with draft implications. We will revisit the “Main Event” early next week to see who came out on top of their battle.

Main Event


#68 Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame, OT

VS

USC Edge Rushers


Undercard Matchups


#17 Josh Allen, Wyoming, QB

VS

National TV


#10 Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

VS

#18 Auden Tate, WR, Florida State