One thing I’ve learned to always take note of when evaluating prospects: coaching. It’s a critical factor that could lead a prospect to misevaluated thanks to factors that relate to the player’s comfort and talent usage. It’s a factor that can be often overlooked and dismissed, but can be a telling positive or negative about a prospect. In the case of Jeremiah Attaochu, the change of the defensive front may have led to discomfort for him, but has given NFL evaluators more comfort-ability in knowing what he can provide at the next level.no comments
Over the weekend, Nick Saban exclaimed his disdain for pressure put on prospects, due to how many experts project a player to progress. The Alabama coach noted, “I hate it that Mel Kiper and all these guys say this is the No. 1 guy at his position. They don't even have an idea.”
What Nick Saban was talking about is near exactly what happened to Virginia Tech's quarterback, Logan Thomas. Following the 2012 NFL Draft, which featured Cam Newton going first overall, Kiper pinned Logan Thomas as his number one quarterback heading into the 2012 season and compared him to the then number one pick. Instead of projecting who he was, many followed Kiper's lead and projected who he could become. The big, strong, fast quarterback was supposed to be the next breakout superstar in college football, but a Newton only comes around once a decade, if we're lucky. Therein lies the “disappointment” of his 2012 season.
In a weekend that saw Ohio State, Stanford, and Georgia narrowly escape with victories and Arizona State come up just short against Notre Dame. This Week 6 Stock report is led by performances of Carlos Hyde, Bishop Sankey on the ground and Ty Montgomery in more places than at receiver.no comments
Leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, most draft analysts and NFL teams were excited by the talent West Virginia’s Geno Smith possessed and displayed throughout his college career. Smith showed the ball placement, confidence, and athleticism to step in early in his career and have success.
But, for reasons that may stem from his college scheme or his “character concerns”, Smith fell out of round one on draft day. And right into the Jets lap in the second round. After outplaying Matt Ryan for much of the Jets upset victory over the Falcons, Smith is starting to show the skill set many are excited and expecting to see blossom in the NFL.
Entering the game as the country’s third leading rusher, Bishop Sankey had begun to make a name for himself as a “must-watch” running back for NFL teams. After an impressive 2012, which he finished with over 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns, Sankey has averaged over 5.5 yards per carry and has yet to have a game without a touchdown.
Travelling to Stanford, easily the best team on their schedule, Sankey had the ability to show that he could thrive against an NFL-worthy front seven of Stanford. And aside from the numbers he was able to produce (27 carries, 125 yards, 2 touchdowns), Sankey showed NFL teams that his balance, body adjustment, and decision reads will allow him to thrive in the NFL.
Thursday night's action still wasn't pretty, with two starting quarterbacks going down and some very sloppy play resulting. On the bright side, we did see the emergence of Travis Benjamin, as well as proof that CJ Spiller still has big play ability.
Now we'll move on to the bulk of the week 5 schedule, and we've got some of the best match-ups of the year thus far to look forward to.
When you evaluate each position, it’s important to look at every player individually, staying away from potential stereotypes that may exist. While they are prevalent at almost every position, the quarterback position has become abound with stereotypes, specifically focused on size.
While this funny “quarterback comparison chart” says enough about how athleticism leads to comparisons, I’d like to talk about how people perceive that shorter quarterbacks lack the arm strength necessary to make all the “NFL throws”. In particular, I’d like to look at Georgia’s senior Aaron Murray’s game against LSU, where he showed ample arm strength on the perimeter to test defenses downfield.
Early in the season, it's difficult to truly notice which wide receivers are rising or falling based solely on statistics. A team can double-team, or even triple-team, a receiver, effectively making sure they don't get the ball. Going into Week 6, though, there's a trio of Pac-12 receivers making an obvious, consistent impact on their respective passing units. While they're all underclassmen, the new rookie wage scale generally devalues staying in school (for a football standpoint), especially for skill players, and it wouldn't be a stretch to see all three of them declare for the 2014 NFL Draft, as every coming draft breaks records for early declarations.no comments
Determining which draft eligible quarterbacks will end up earning the coveted “franchise quarterback” label is the most difficult yet most important thing a quarterback-needy NFL general manager needs to do. And as teams and fans alike have learned from past failures, college success doesn’t always translate to an NFL future at quarterback.
Combine those two factors, along with Johnny Manziel lack of ideal size and his concerning behavior off the field throughout this off-season, it’s easy to see why teams may be hesitate to give Manziel the keys to the franchise.
Despite an Ohio State victory, both receiver Jared Abbrederis and linebacker Chris Borland of Wisconsin posted impressive scouting performances this past weekend. Also, the SEC shootout of Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger gave NFL teams reason to be excited about both prospects. On the other note, a top cornerback prospect and a formerly intriguing quarterback struggled in this Week 5 Stock Watch.no comments