2013 NFL Draft News and Notes from Week 6
Week 6 of NCAA football was much more entertaining than Week 5, not to mention we actually saw a few upsets this week with North Carolina State knocking off #3 Florida State, and #10 Florida holding #4 LSU to just six points.
The suspension of TCU quarterback Casey Pachall seemed to make a significant impact after Iowa State showed TCU what Big 12 football was all about, putting up 37 points on a defense with a lot of young talent.
Perhaps the most fun game to watch of the weekend was Arizona and Stanford which ended in overtime with Stanford pulling out the victory. Arizona has made strides offensively under new head coach Rich Rodriguez, but defensively they are still the same old Wildcats, after giving up 54 points to the Cardinal.
Here are some notes from potential 2013 NFL Draft prospects from Week 6.
- Last Thursday, Utah and USC battled out in and offensive dominated game which USC pulled out 38-28. Matt Barkley got back on track after a couple rough weeks recently by completing 23 of his 30 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns.
The good news was that he did not throw an interception and looked in control of the game. I still believe Barkley to be the best quarterback of this years draft, but he has shown some poor decision making in 2012, which is something he will need to work on as he progresses.
- Florida State seemed to be in control of their upset loss to NC State going into halftime up 16-0. But the Wolfpack defense stepped up and shut down E.J. Manuel in the second half, while scoring 17 unanswered points.
Manuel still finished with 218 yards and a touchdown, but threw a costly interception. NC State cornerback David Amerson stepped up defensively after having a rough start to the season in which he gave up big touchdowns in games to Miami (Fl.) and the opener to Tennessee. Amerson really has first round talent, but doesn’t seem to have the ability to run with receivers as he showed in 2011.
- Florida running back Mike Gillislee was the difference maker in the upset over LSU this weekend. Gillislee had his third 100+ yard performance of the season and another two touchdowns in this one.
He was responsible for all of Florida’s points and over 61% of the offense with his 146 yards. Two 12 yard touchdown runs put the Gators on top to get them to 5-0 on the season.
Defensively, LSU actually did a fair job against the Gator’s, getting pressure on Jeff Driskel with Barkevious Mingo leading the way. Mingo, Sam Montgomery, Bennie Logan and Lavar Edwards are all potential 1st and 2nd round picks at some point.
- Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray showed just why he needs to stay for his senior season against South Carolina. Murray completed just 11 of 31 passes against one of the top defenses in the nation.
South Carolina’s defensive line led by Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor kept applying big time pressure on Murray. Offensively, both Connor Shaw and Marcus Lattimore took advantage of Georgia’s lack of discipline and fundamentals.
Shaw threw for 162 yards on just six completions, while Lattimore rushed for 109 yards on 24 carries. Shaw had three touchdowns, two of them on the ground, while Lattimore added another.
- West Virginia got into a big time offensive battle with Texas, which is no surprise considering there is no defense for West Virginia.
Quarterback Geno Smith looked brilliant as usual completing 25 of 35 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns. Smith really looks like he could be a first round quarterback at this point. He is making great decisions with the football and has the arm to make the throws down field.
I would like to see him throw more accurately outside of the numbers, but he is on his way to becoming a very solid quarterback.
Wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey continue to dominate with their run after catch ability. It’s almost like having two Percy Harvin’s lining up opposite each other and is extremely unfair to opposing defenses.
- We haven’t talked much about Oklahoma this year, or their quarterback Landry Jones. Going into 2011, Jones was hyped to be as good as Matt Barkley and a contender for a #1 pick at some point.
As 2011 progressed and interception totals increased, we started to delve into the scouting of Jones and realized that he wasn’t half the quarterback Barkley is. A poor throwing motion and weak mechanics really make me hesitant to see him even drafted as a second day project.
He’s a quarterback with a good head on his shoulders but poor decision making to go along with big time mechanics issues really hurt his stock. Still, he was efficient throwing the football against Texas Tech, completing 25 of his 40 attempts for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege really has proven that he is just a product of the heavy passing attack, and struggled big time against Oklahoma throwing three interceptions.
- Arizona quarterback Matt Scott has a lot of intriguing features about him as a passer. He really has stepped up nicely in replacing Nick Foles and he had another outstanding performance against Stanford.
Scott completed 45 of his 69 pass attempts for 491 yards, completing passes to nine different receivers on the night. Dan Buckner continues to remind me of former third down clutch receiver Joe Jurevicius with his big frame and soft hands.
Stanford rusher Stepfan Taylor continues to dominate as well with another 142 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. However, it did take him 31 carries to get there. The issue with Taylor is that he is not really a home run threat as a rusher, which is one big thing that will keep him out of the first two rounds.
Stanford has two outstanding pass catching tight ends in Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo, both of which are juniors. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of the two leave early. Toilolo was huge against Arizona catching five passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Toilolo is the better blocker of the two, and the better all around tight end, and his 6’8 265 pound frame is going to be quite attractive to NFL scouts. Zach Ertz has the better hands of the two, but isn’t as good an in-line blocker as Toilolo.