2013 NFL Draft: Week 13 College Football Impact Performances
Le’Veon Bell MICHIGAN ST (RB) 6'2 244- Bell is a classic workhouse back who runs with power and athleticism. Against Minnesota he helped lead the Spartans to a 26-10 win carrying the ball 35 times for 266 yards (7.6 yards/carry) and 1 TD. Bell has gone from a marginal power back prospect to a top level talent, and although he lacks prototypical running back speed he is very athletic given his big and powerful frame.
Zac Stacy VANDY (RB) 5'9 210- Stacy doesn’t receive as much pub as other SEC backs, and while I don’t see stellar pro potential here, he is worthy of consideration as a nice red zone option. Stacy is much more suited for inside runs that allow him to take advantage of his physical frame. He racked up a solid 21 carries for 180 yards (a healthy 8.6 yards/carry) and 2 TD against Wake.
Alec Ogletree GEORGIA (ILB) 6'3 232- Ogletree was all over the field making physical tackles and displaying the type of athleticism that justifies his high status among scouts. He made 15 tackles on Saturday and can clearly play the versatile kind of football the pro game now demands. The major question is maturity, after he was suspended by Mark Richt earlier this season.
Cody Hoffman BYU (WR) 6'4 215- Hoffman had a breakthrough performance, albeit against a weak New Mexico St squad, with 12 catches for 182 yards and 5 TD for the Cougars. Hoffman is a bit underrated and his frame and ball skills are solid for the possession style receiver he projects to be in the pros. Not only that but the fact he manages to return punts at 6’4 is indicative of his overall athleticism.
Tyler Wilson ARKANSAS (QB) 6'3 220- It’s been a rough year for both Wilson and the Razorbacks as a whole. He capped a forgettable season with a nice game against an elite LSU defense. He threw for 359 yards 1 TD and 1 INT completing 31 of 52 passes. Despite the less than stellar offensive line play and being battered around all year Wilson has displayed the poise, toughness, leadership and arm strength of an elite quarterback prospect (a top ten overall talent).
Theo Riddick NOTRE DAME (RB/WR) 5'11 200- The Irish are having a magical season and Riddick is an underrated contributor. He finished with 20 carries for 146 yards (7.3 yards/carry) 1 TD rushing and another 33 yards on 3 catches. Personally I like Cierre Wood much better as a running back prospect, but I think Riddick has really solid potential as an all-purpose type mainly utilized as a wide receiver on bubble screens or reverses.
Denard Robinson MICHIGAN (RB/WR/QB) 6'0 197- We all know Denard isn't fit to play quarterback in the NFL, in fact he wasn’t even the team starter the past couple of weeks. That is no knock of Robinson as the Michigan coaching staff is wisely testing him out in a position he could very well play at in the pros. He carries the ball 10 times for a very impressive 12.2 yards/carry totaling 122 yards and a TD. Robinson will definitely be playing a new position next year, and while I’m a little skeptical, he has the electric speed and change of direction skills to make an impact. Most scouts grade him out as a WR.
Sean Renfree DUKE (QB) 6'5 225 - As a prospect with prototypical height, bulk and solid arm strength, Renfree’s draft stock has been lukewarm mainly due to unspectacular stats, although Duke QBs aren’t exactly known for lighting up the scoreboard. Nevertheless he has potential due to those qualities alone and was one of only a selective few high school quarterbacks selected to the ESPN RISE Elite 11 camp. On Saturday he gave a glimpse of what he can do throwing for 432 yards (36/59) and 4 TD with no INT. I like Renfree, as you can’t teach height or drastically improve arm strength, but he needs to substantiate his physical stature with more consistent production.
Chad Bumphis MISS ST (WR) 5'11 200- Bumphis’ running style doesn't look real smooth but there is no doubt he is explosive in terms of speed. He made 6 receptions for 146 yards (a whopping 24.3 yards/catch) and 2 TD for the Bulldogs. While he won’t garner a huge amount of hype, he has what teams want in a slot receiver and return man, elite straight-line speed.
Joseph Randle OK ST (RB) 6'1 200- I recently bumped Randle up to #1 on my 2013 RB rankings and on Saturday in Bedlam it was easy to see why. Randle used 21 carries to pick up 113 yards and 4 TD. Randle has a little bit of everything and is a truly complete back. He not only blocks well but is a terrific receiver, and picked up 29 yards on 2 catches against Oklahoma. I don’t think he or any running back for that matter are worth a first round selection, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was gone towards the end of round one.
Ace Sanders SOUTH CAROLINA (WR/KR) 5'8 175- Sanders doesn’t really fit at any particular position, but makes plays for the Gamecocks when he gets the ball. A 6 catch 119 yard receiving effort along with a TD shows his ability to generate big plays and solid production without needing the ball a lot or having a bigger frame.