2013 NFL Draft News and Notes From Week 2
Week two for college football is in the books, with quite a few surprises and upsets happening all over the country.
NFL Soup continues its focus to prepare you for the 2013 NFL Draft, so here are some notes and updates from week two action in the NCAA.
- USC quarterback Matt Barkley had some minor struggles against a Syracuse defense that would refused to give up big plays in the air. He only threw for 187 yards on 30 attempts, but did manage six touchdowns, including three to Marqise Lee, and two to Robert Woods.
Penn State transfer Silas Redd looked great rushing just 15 times for 107 yards. He has excellent ability between the tackles and could have himself a nice NFL career with enough work.
- Oregon running back Kenjon Barner continues to produce big time, rushing 34 times for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Barner’s speed and elusive running style makes him extremely intriguing, somewhat in the mold of C.J. Spiller coming out of Clemson.
- Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones has started off well for the Sooners. Through two games he has four touchdowns and one interception, and 474 yards.
His throwing motion and mechanics are still a huge turnoff for me, and I don’t see him being higher than a second or third round pick.
- #8 Arkansas was stunned in overtime by Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, as the Warhawks took advantage of quarterback Tyler Wilson’s exit from the game after suffering too many hits to the head.
Wilson has done well in two games, completing 30 of 47 passes for 563 yards and a very impressive 11.98 yards per attempt. However, a quarterback needs to be able to take hits and keep getting back up.
Wilson stands at 6’3 220 pounds, and has a lot of excellent physical tools that could land him in the first round if he can stay healthy and have a solid season. Unfortunately, for Arkansas, their defense will keep them from winning games convincingly.
- Unless Wisconsin running back Montee Ball can get back on track, he will likely fall completely out of the Heisman race. Ball rushed for 120 yards against Northern Iowa in week one, but it took him 32 carries to get there.
Against Oregon State, he had just 61 carries on 15 rushes, and was kept out of the end zone as Wisconsin fell 10-7. Wisconsin’s offensive line is really missing Kevin Zeitler and Russell Wilson. Wilson forced teams to respect the pass, and Zeitler was one of the best guards in the nation, that helped create big running lanes for Ball.
- Unfortunately for South Carolina runner Marcus Lattimore, backup quarterback Dylan Thompson stole the show in a route of East Carolina.
Lattimore saw just 15 total touches (13 rush, 2 receiving) and racked up 48 total yards and a touchdown. I don’t doubt Lattimore’s ability as a runner though and as long as he stays healthy for the entire season, there’s no reason that he will not be a Top 20 pick come April.
- The Clemson Tiger offense just keeps impressing after putting up 52 points on Ball State. Senior rusher Andre Ellington only had 41 rushing yards on 13 carries, but did have two touchdowns on the ground.
Ellington is an explosively quick runner who makes defenders miss in the open field.
Junior receiver DeAndre Hopkins really shined once again on Saturday, catching six passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns, including a 34 yarder. Hopkins has taken advantage of Sammy Watkins’ suspension and has improved remarkably on his route running. He’s a sleeper late first/early second round talent if he continues to improve.
- In a route of FCS Georgia State, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray went 18-20 for 310 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns came to Justin Hunter with another to tight end Mychal Rivera.
Hunter and Rivera are both exceptional pass catchers that will be drafted early in 2013. Rivera is a sleeper second/third round tight end, and Hunter has first round written all over him. Week one sensation Corradelle Patterson had three catches for 71 yards as well.
- UCLA’s offense continues to roll under the leadership of freshman quarterback Brett Hundley. Running back Jonathan Franklin had another 200+ rushing performance on just 26 carries, however he did not get into the end zone.
One of the top tight ends in the nation, Joseph Fauria, caught two touchdown passes and had 42 yards in the air. Now Fauria has three touchdowns on the season and is looking to be the top tight end drafted in April.