2013 NFL Draft: College Football Impact Performances- Regular Season Finale
Geno Smith WEST VIRGINIA (QB) 6’3 214- Smith capped a rollercoaster ride of a regular season where he opened as a potential second day NFL prospect then burst to the unquestioned #1 overall pick and Heisman favorite and finished somewhere in between, but closer to the latter. Smith clearly is a streaky passer and probably throws the best deep ball in this year’s class. He has plus arm strength, decent mechanics and has the ability to push the ball across the field, although he seems to lose accuracy in doing so.
As far as his performance against
UCLA (RB) 5’11 195-
Travis Frederick WISCONSIN (OG) 6’4 228- This is a rare nod to a non-skill player or unit as the Badgers O-line paved the way for an astonishing 527 yards (including two backs over 200) and 8 TD on the ground.
Montee Ball WISCONSIN
(RB) 5’11 210- Running behind
Travis Frederick and company Ball burned the
Stedman Bailey WEST VIRGINIA (WR) 5’10 190- I love Bailey’s speed, route running and receiving skills and feel he projects nicely as a productive slot receiver. He can locate and adjust to the ball in the air, not just make the easy catches after he beats his man. On Saturday he made 11 catches for 159 yards and 2 TD.
Eddie Lacy ALABAMA (RB) 6’1 220- Lacy may not be Trent Richardson, but I’m telling you don’t sleep on Lacy. He has tremendous power, a wicked spin move and the ability to push the pile while keeping his churning. He scored a momentum swinging TD in the second quarter and finished with 2 scores and 181 yards on 20 tough carries.
Mike Shanahan PITT (WR/TE) 6’5 225- He had a nice one handed over the shoulder grab that made Sportscenter Top 10, but despite that small exposure will not generate much coverage on draft day. Although at 6’5 225 I think he can contribute as a receiving oriented TE and should be more than strong enough to at least serve as an adequate blocker. Including the impressive catch he totaled 9 receptions for 116 yards to bring the Panthers to bowl eligibility.
Joseph Randle OK ST.
(RB) 6’1 194- Randle is a complete back and looked good against Baylor
using 23 carries to gain 139 yards (6.0 average). He has speed, vision and
smooth change of direction skills as a runner not to mention his aptitude as
both a receiver and blocker.
Tavarres King GEORGIA (WR) 6’1 191- King is a tall and fast receiver who should go in the mid to late rounds next April and he played well in defeat against the Tide. He had 5 grabs 142 yards and a typical 28.4 yards/catch showing the explosiveness he brings to the game.
Markus Wheaten OREGON
ST. (WR) 6’1 182– Sportscenter’s
John Buccigross was right on when he called the Beavers 77-3 domination of
Alec Ogletree GEORGIA
(ILB) 6’3 232- Not to diminish
the stellar play of a guy like Manti Te’o but Ogletree is the most talented
inside linebacker in this year’s draft. He has a long frame to keep space
between blockers, the sideline to sideline speed to track down running backs
and the strength to wrestle the ball carrier to the ground. He ran back a
blocked punt for a score as