It’s rivalry week, and that means we will be seeing some passionate matchups. Players really get pumped for these games, and in turn, the quality of their play elevates. Look for some star names to solidify their stardom. I will be prioritizing games with prospects that fit our primary needs. Those are as follows: Edge, T, G, RB, WR, and CB. Here are just a few games to check out, and who you should keep a keen scouting eye on throughout.
Michigan Vs. Ohio State (Sat 11/24, 12:00 PM EST, FOX)
Edge, Chase Winovich, Michigan (#15)
Chase is a very heady player, that like Gary, has an endless motor. You won’t see Winovich caught out of position or chasing ghosts.
Edge, Rashan Gary, Michigan (#3)
Gary is a raw slab of athletic ability and a motor that never runs cold. Give him some time to refine his technique and he will be a problem.
OG, Michael Jordan, Ohio State (#73)
Jordan has a great base that allows him to anchor in pass sets, and plow through people in the running game. His footwork on the other hand needs some work.
WR, Parris Campbell, Ohio State (#21)
If you are looking for a playmaker, Campbell is the guy. He is one of if not the most explosive player in the draft. Once the ball is in his hands, he always has a good chance to take it to the house.
RB, Mike Weber, Ohio State (#25)
2017 was an off year for Weber because he was suffering from injuries. When healthy, Mike is a little bowling ball with great balance, and the ability to break loose and separate in space.
RB, Karan Higdon, Michigan (#22)
Karan is a explosive little back. Once he gets into the open field, he jumps into a 2nd gear that is hard to chase down. Higdon gets to the 2nd level by using his patience and understanding of how the blocks will develop.
CB, Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State, (#8)
Kendall is a heady corner that does well in all aspects of the position, but doesn’t poses the strength needed to be a factor at the line.
CB, Lavert Hill, Michigan (#24)
Hill uses his hands very well to gain leverage in man coverage. In the run game though, he can stand to be a little less soft.
CB, David Long, Michigan (#22)
Long isn’t the tallest corner, and maybe that has helped him develop his quick hips. He has the physicality to jam receivers at the line, and fight for position down the sideline.
Other Notable prospects: QB, Shea Patterson, Michigan #2 - S, Tyree Kinnel, Michigan #23 - DT, Robert Landers, Ohio State #67 - DT, Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State #86 - Off-Ball LBer, Devin Bush Jr., Michigan #10 - Off-Ball LBer, Tuf Borland, Ohio State #32
Florida Vs. Florida State (Sat 11/24, 12:00 PM EST, ABC)
Edge, Jachai Polite, Florida (#99)
Jachai Polite has been the edge rusher on everyone’s mind early in this 2018-19 season. He shows tremendous athleticism around the edge. Pair that with his never ending motor and you have a potential monster.
Edge, Jabari Zuniga, Florida (#92)
Zuniga has a way of showing up against inferior opponents. He will have the chance today to do it against a quality team.
Edge, Brian Burns, Florida State (#99)
Burns has a variety of pass rush moves, footwork, burst and length. Brian’s ceiling as an NFL edge rusher is through the roof.
T, Jawaan Taylor, Florida (#65)
Taylor has some great size that goes well with his frame. Jawaan’s hands are heavy in pass protection. He places his punches well, and can sit down against power. Taylor moves well, but isn’t overly explosive.
T, Martez Ivey, Florida (#73)
Ivey has all the physical tools you could want in a tackle, but there are too many times he looks like a chew toy for defenders.
WR, Van Jefferson, Florida (#87)
Like many sons of coaches, Jefferson is a very smart and technically sound receiver. His route running is superb.
RB, Jordan Scarlett, Florida (#25)
Scarlett is a load to bring down, and has enough shiftiness to make defenders miss. He could carry the load, but he is forced to share snaps in Florida.
RB, Jacques Patrick, Florida State (#9)
Patrick is a one cut, physical downhill runner. Patrick sees the field cleanly and knows how to work off his blocks.
CB, Levonta Taylor, Florida State (#28)
Levonta is a little undersized, but his movement skills are something special. Taylor has lightning quick footwork, fluid hips and the speed to remain in phase with opponents to any part of the field.
Other Notable prospects: QB, Deondre Francois, Florida State #12 - DT, Demarcus Christmas, Florida State #90
Auburn Vs Alabama (Sat 11/24, 3:30 PM EST, CBS)
Edge/DI, Marlon Davidson, Auburn (#3)
Davidson is limited athletically, and possibly projects better as an interior defender. What he does have is great hand usage when attacking the O-line.
Edge, Anfernee Jennings, Alabama (#33)
Anfernee is a powerful edge setter that uses his hands very well to gain leverage. He isn’t that explosive or fast though, which hurts his pass rushing ability.
OT, Jonah Williams, Alabama (#73)
Jonah Williams is probably the most well put together tackle in the draft. He is also scheme fluid, which will drive his stock up to being a top pick in 2019.
G, Lester Cotton, Alabama (#66)
Cotton is an immovable boulder that sets the tone with aggression, and attitude. When he starts pulling, he can latch onto his blocks and utterly destroy them.
WR, Ryan Davis, Auburn (#23)
Even though Davis hasn’t found the endzone yet this year, he is still lightning in a bottle when the ball is in his hands. He is a slot that can make people miss. There is value for that.
RB, Damien Harris, Alabama (#32)
Harris is a very confident runner. He doesn’t waste any movement or time finding his running lane, and hitting it hard. Harris has good balance through contact.
CB, Javaris Davis, Auburn (#13)
Davis is a very physical corner who is not afraid to lay some wood. His technique needs some work, but that can be taught. He has good closing speed in coverage.
Other Notable prospects: QB, Jarrett Stidham, Auburn #8 - DT, Raekwon Davis, Alabama #99 - DT, Isaiah Buggs, Alabama #49 - DT, Quinnen Williams, Alabama #92 - DT, Derrick Brown, Auburn #5 - C, Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama #71 - TE, Irv Smith, Alabama #82 - LBer, Mack Wilson, Alabama #30 - LB, Deshaun Davis, Auburn #57 - S, Deionte Thompson, Alabama #14