Draft Prospects to watch this week in college football

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  1. LZ

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    This one might not be in the right forum, but I wanted to list some guys for those of you who are draftniks to watch tomorrow. We can kick around what we thought of their perfomance after the games on this thread if you want.

    Western Michigan vs. Michigan State - 11 AM / ESPN2

    Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State #53 (2nd Round)
    Very productive, smart football player who reads quickly and is willing to mix it up. Reminds me a little bit of DeMeco Ryans in that he plays bigger than his size would indicate. At 6'1/235, he isn't considered a big enough player to warrant first round consideration as a linebacker, but he's a leader on the field and should be a solid pro.


    Oregon State vs. TCU - 6:45 / ESPN

    Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State #54 (1st Round)
    If you've never seen him play, you won't have to look for him very long because he will jump off the screen at you. It is very rare to see a 300 pound defensive tackle who combines strength and quickness in a frame with very little body fat. Paea plays with tremendous leverage and strength and when he gets under the offensive lineman's pads, it is over. He is effective at splitting double teams and and is very quick off the snap. He's not a massive defensive tackle at 6'2/300, but he plays with the strength of a 325 pound player.

    Marcus Cannon, RT, TCU (4th Rounder)
    Cannon is a huge man at 6'5/350 and he is a very powerful run blocker. Unfortunately for Cannon, he doesn't have great quickness in pass protection as it pertains to the next level so he will probably have to play guard. Because Cannon has limited quickness (he's not brutally slow, but he's not quick either), he will be limited on how many teams are willing to look at him as an interior lineman so that will hurt him in terms of his draft positioning. Cannon should be able to maul Oregon State's DEs for most of the night, but let's see how he handles their pass rush.


    Boise State vs. Virginia Tech - 7 PM (Monday) / ESPN

    Blake DeChristopher, RT, Virginia Tech #62 (1st/2nd Round)
    DeChristoper is very well-schooled as a pass protector and in the run blocking game. Watch how nice and fluid his kick-step is in his pass protection. As a run blocker, DeChristoper is asked to be able to get to the backside LB on run plays away from him and he is able to do it with his cut blocking. We'll see if teams project him as being able to play left tackle because that would bump his draft stock.
     
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    Paea reminds me of Ndamukong Suh.
     
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    Is it accurate to say that Paea is best suited as a 3-4 end? Kind of in the mold of Richard Seymour? I haven't seen him play, but that's what it sounds like from your description.
     
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    LZ, how do you compare Cannon and Herman Johnson?

    I just went back and watched one half of play TCU/Wyoming last year.
    He went up against Mitch Unrein mostly, and did fine.
    However, he was threatened a couple of times on the edge (but Dalton took off up the middle.)
    He didn't maul guys in the run game, but did not lose any battle.
    He got help from time to time with a double team.

    In the second offensive series, another guy replaced Cannon, and didn't have any problem against Unrein at all.

    On the third (or fourth) series, they asked Cannon to step inside to block the UT, but he couldn't quite get there. The UT either forced or helped force a fumble by the RB.

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    The Cardinals drated Johnson in the 5th round and made him a project at RT.
    I watched him play 3 or 4 games last pre-season at RT on their second team, and against us this PS, of course.

    I've got to say I was more impressed with Johnson in his Jr season at LG for the LSU Tigers than I'm with Cannon at RT in this one game against Wyoming.
    Johnson seemed to have better lateral movement.

    The Texans had problem in short yardage situation and wouldn't spend a 5th on Johnson (a natural G), it seems unlikely that they will spend a 4th on Cannon (and try to convert him to G).
     
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    To start the second half, Unrein won two individual battles to stop the runner and forced a punt.
    The Horned Frogs recovered a fumble, and again, Unrein won every battles.
    On the 5yd TD run, Unrein threw Cannon aside, but luckily, the LG pulled and trapped Unrein just enough. However, if the LB, or the CB, or the safety had done their job (only one was needed) that play could have been for no gain or just a few yards.
    Honestly, I don't see Cannon as having the quickness and the agility to be effective in the NFL.
     
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    I'll give it a shot hopefully Lance will get the time to chime in but he's a busy man & this is the first weekend of College Football..... above average athlete & country strong enough @ the point of attack to play either scheme but is best suited to play inside under-center in a 4-3. He would fit in with Earl Mitchell pefectly, both are disruptive, quick & push the pocket require double teams which frees up ends, Mario would be in heaven. The NFL guy he reminds me a little of is Warren Sapp, he's very quick & explosive off the snap, gets leverage & is naturally strong to beat/gain leverage against bigger slower guards/centers. He also shows no quit, plays with a high motor & will just wear his man down, relentless.

    I'm going to DVR this one because I have to work, those who can watch it live please post what you think, TCU has a very good team & should win fairly easy, unless the Quizster goes crazy like he did against USC. local kid I think he was some sweetness to him.
     
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    I concur. Also, I think Unrein is just a notch below an NFL player at the moment. I could see him landing on the PS this year, and being a contributor on the Texans next year.

    On Paea, I agree with beerlover. Dude is a beast, quick and strong. If he played for a big name school like Nebraska, his name would be mentioned right there with Suh.
     


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    He's not as big a human, but he can be just as dominant.
     
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    Honestly, I can see him playing NT for a team like Houston who wants relative strength but athleticism, 3-technique for a team like the Colts or 3-4 DE for a team like the Steelers. I think he could potentially be THAT versatile thanks to his strength. The problem with him as a 3-4 DE is that he's too short. Teams prefer those guys to be 6'4 and taller if possible.
     
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    I think he's better than H. Johnson. Johnson is a huge guy, but there are questions about how soft he is out on the field and he plays slower than his workout speed. I think Cannon is very limited in terms of which types of teams he could play for. I could see him slipping to the 5th because of it. I don't think he can play tackle.
     
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    The Traeger - it's for real bbq'ing too!

    I am going to try and get on this board more often. I've been buried since the summer trying to get our pro and college preview magazine finished.
     
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    While Quizz is a ton of fun to watch and I've been watching him since he was a Frosh at LCHS, watch James Rodgers, his brother. James is smaller than Quizz from a weight standpoint but is one of the toughest SOBs you will ever see. He is a winner and a very, very good football player. One scout told me that more than one team has a 3rd round grade on him based on how good a football player he is and that is despite being 5'7/180. Guys that small who play WR almost never pull that kind of draft grade. He runs the ball, blocks against linemen on trap plays and returns kicks.
     
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    Thanks for putting this together.

    It is against WMU, but Jones is everywhere in the first quarter, as one would expect.
     
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    Where do I get a copy of this magazine?

    And thanks for the commentary LZ! You bring a lot to this board, and we'd love to have you post more often. Good stuff and rep your way!
     
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    Gettis from Missouri looking like a nice prospect.

    And Moe looks like a Welker clone
     
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    I came away impressed with him. Not spectacular but very, very solid. Instincts look terrific.
     
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    Shoot me an email at sidelineview@gmail.com and I can get you a link to the free preseason magazine as well as info on the weekly newsletter.
     
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    Oregon really impressed me tonight. for the first time I think they have a national champion caliber team. the adjustments they made on the fly in between the 1st & 2nd quarter was storybook. You know we always talk about prospects going to the NFL what about the coaches?

    I think the future is very bright for Chip Kelly. Just saying if things don't work out here for coach Kubes, Kelly has the moxie that could transcend well into the NFL. :twocents:
     

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