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Here is my first of two or three posts reviewing a number of players that I noticed at the East-West Shrine Game practices and in the game this past Saturday. This first post will focus on players that I thought improved their stock during the week, and the following posts will discuss guys that I thought hurt themselves during the week and guys who had up and down weeks and overall did not improve or hurt their stock. Enjoy!

Winners:

Delone Carter has the potential to be a steal if he gets drafted in the 3rd or 4th round. I think he has feature back potential.

Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse: Carter had a strong finish to his college football career with a MVP performance against Kansas State and that momentum carried through to the week of practices for him. The week culminated in him winning the Offensive MVP award in the East-West Shrine Game by producing 54 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries for the East. He is a shorter RB at about 5’9”, but he has a lot of bulk for his size. He has huge legs which explains his impressive leg drive and his ability to shed tacklers. He runs well between the tackles, looks quick and has a good burst as a runner, and he seems to have good vision to find cut-back lanes. He also showed good hands all week as I am not sure I saw him drop a pass out of the backfield all week, and that was something I did not know he was capable of since he rarely caught the ball out of the backfield at Syracuse. Carter could go as high as the 3rd or 4th round and I think he has the potential to be a quality 1,000 yard back in the NFL. He can be a feature back in my opinion, and I think he could be one of those guys who goes in the mid-rounds and outperforms guys who were thought to have higher potential after all is said and done. I was actually pretty disappointed that he didn’t garner an invite to the Senior Bowl when Daniel Thomas elected not to participate. I definitely have him graded higher than Da’Rel Scott (who ultimately took Thomas’ roster spot).

Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina: Austin consistently demonstrated the ability that made him one of the most highly touted recruits coming out of high school four years ago all week. He flashed violent hands and power, he showed more effort in pursuit than I remember seeing from him, and he was tough to move in one on one match-ups versus the run and he fought through double teams consistently all week. He wasn’t quite as lethal against the pass as I thought he might be, but he clearly has a lot of ability that is worth developing despite not playing this year and that was what he had to demonstrate. He definitely did that, so he was definitely a winner this week.

Terrence Toliver was clearly the best wide receiver in Orlando and he consistently showed that all week.

Terrence Toliver, WR, LSU: Toliver had a good week but didn’t do much in the game. Some of that had to do with his route running and some of it had to do with the inconsistent quarterback play in the game. However, Toliver showed that he was the best receiver in Orlando from the first practice in the ballroom until the end of the week. He has very reliable hands, he is tall and can make catches away from his body, he has pretty good vertical speed and he flashed good route running. He still needs to work on his route running though because he did not create consistent separation in the game from what I could see. He also is a relatively finesse receiver, and I’m not sure he is going to be very comfortable going over the middle in the NFL. He can make catches in traffic, it’s just not his forte. I think he is a solid 3rd or maybe 4th round pick after this week.

Jordan Cameron, TE, Southern Cal: Cameron was one of the biggest winners this week in my opinion. He went from relative obscurity at the beginning of the week to one of the guys who impressed everyone who watched him by the end of the week. He is raw because he has only played one year of football, but as a former basketball player turned football player he is naturally going to draw comparisons to Jimmy Graham, the TE out of Miami who had a great rookie season for New Orleans this year. He is very athletic, he can make tough catches because of this ability and he has reliable hands (especially for someone so new to the sport and the position). I didn’t have a lot of opportunity to watch him as a route runner, but his combination of size, athletic ability and soft hands makes him a very attractive option as a mid-round TE prospect. He will probably have to develop as a run and pass blocker as well as a route runner, but that is definitely coachable and considering his progression this week I don’t think that will be a problem for him. He is one of the hottest prospects in the draft right now in my opinion.

David Carter looked like an improved player during the week of practices and had a solid showing in the game as well.

David Carter, DT, UCLA: Carter had a solid season this year but it was not spectacular and he seemed to be playing with a chip on his shoulder all week. He told me he has worked very hard to improve his hand usage since UCLA’s season ended because he felt that it was something he really needed to develop. He consistently got off the ball well, fought through double teams and definitely flashed good hand usage this week. I think he would be a great 3-4 DE but he could also play DT in a 4-3. I don’t know if he will ever be a great pass rusher, but I think he has the ability to eventually develop into a starter a couple years down the road. He has the size, quickness off the ball and the work ethic to do it. Given his mediocre statistics this year he needed to show improvement this week and he definitely did that.

Martin Parker, DT, Richmond: Martin Parker was another lesser known player but he had as good a week as anyone in my opinion. Before the week started I am not sure I ever read that he was projected to be drafted, but after this week I think he has moved up to a 5th or 6th round grade. That might not sound like much, but moving up from an undrafted priority free agent to being drafted as high as the 5th round is a significant jump in your stock. He has solid size, he is pretty quick off the ball, he held up well versus the run in one on one matchups and was consistently disruptive in the backfield this week. He finished his week with a bang by winning the Defensive MVP award in the East-West Shrine Game last Saturday when he had two sacks, a forced fumble and a couple of QB pressures. He was very disruptive and it was great to see him do so well. I think he has the potential to be a solid back-up DT in the NFL that can contribute to a rotation after some development.

Perry Baker, WR, Fairmont State: Perry Baker was another relatively unknown guy before the week started, at least in most circles, but he made a bit of a name for himself this week. He still figures to be a late round pick at best barring an incredible combine showing, but being a 6th/7th round pick is still an improvement in his stock from being projected as a near-lock to be undrafted. He told me he has been timed at 4.4 flat in front of scouts not once but twice, so he is looking to break into the 4.3 range at the combine. If he does that I imagine his stock will jump because when scouts see 4.3 anything it pops off the page. He seems to be a good kid and he was a fun guy to interview, and when I talked to him he mentioned that his two biggest areas for improvement were in getting bigger and stronger and in improving his route running. That was cool because those were the two areas that I thought he needed to work on the most also, even though he flashed good route running during the week. I think he will definitely stick on a NFL team because of his speed, work ethic and long term potential as a receiver. Until then he should be an effective special teamer, and he had a nice wrap-up tackle on Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game which surprised me. He also flashed some pop as a blocker despite his rail-thin frame. I really like him as a sleeper, so I hope he gets drafted and sticks on a team either on the 53 man roster or on the practice squad as a rookie.

Justin Rogers, CB, Richmond: Rogers was another lesser-known guy from a small school but he had a pretty good showing this week. He showed good closing speed, solid footwork and ball skills to make a play on the ball and to prevent completions. I’m not sure how well he projects to a man-coverage scheme, though he does seem like he could be a solid zone coverage corner. I mentioned that he has solid ball skills, and while he does break on the ball pretty well and get his hands on the ball to knock it down he does not catch the ball well with his hands. His hands are small and he is just not a natural pass catcher, which isn’t a huge issue but it is worth mentioning. Overall, he had a good week and may be picked as high as the 5th round.

Patrick DiMarco consistently impressed me as a blocker, runner and pass catcher all week.

Patrick DiMarco, FB, South Carolina: DiMarco had a very good week and showed a lot of ability as a fullback. He is a good blocker both in the running game and in the passing game, he runs with good pad level and power when he has the ball in his hands, and he has soft hands out of the backfield. Fullbacks don’t normally get drafted very early, but DiMarco will be a nice value pick for some team in the mid-late rounds because I expect him to be an effective NFL fullback for a long time.

Anthony Sherman, FB, Connecticut: Sherman also had a good week, but I am not as confident in him as a blocker as I am in DiMarco. He does have pretty solid athletic ability, not to mention he showed soft hands out of the backfield all week. If I watch him more and he shows me ability as a blocker I think he could be a mid-late round guy, but right now I’d say he’s a 5th/6th round pick.

Greg Lloyd II, ILB, Connecticut: Greg had a good week and displayed his ability versus the run consistently all week and in the game on Saturday. He flows well to the ball, he is a good tackler, and he is an instinctual defender that reads the play quickly. He has pretty good size but he doesn’t run that well. However, I think he would be a great fit as an ILB in a 3-4 defense. He also seemed to be the leader of the defensive unit he was on the whole week and was always pumping guys up and talking to his teammates which I really liked to see. Will he get picked high? No. But I do think he warrants a 6th/7th round pick to be a special teamer and develop into a solid back-up at ILB in a 3-4. Beyond that is up to him and how hard he works. I do think he could eventually be a starter in the NFL, but at worst he will be a good special teams player and potentially a solid backup in the NFL.

Akeem Dent projects well to the ILB position in a 3-4 defense, and I think he warrants at least late round consideration.

Akeem Dent, ILB, Georgia: Akeem Dent had a similar week to Lloyd in that he didn’t look great in coverage and doesn’t run that well but he supported the run well, showed good gap responsibility and seemed to read run pretty well and get himself in position to help stuff it for a short gain. Dent is a great tackler and he was a fun guy to interview. He comes off as a very hard worker and he was aware that he needs to work to improve in coverage but was quick to give credit to everyone else on his defensive unit at Georgia when I asked him how he learned to defend the run so well. He seems like a good guy and he plays well when he can defend the run and play downhill, so I think he would fit very well in a 3-4 defense at ILB much like Lloyd. He probably won’t go before the 6th round, but I think he can stick on a roster and eventually develop into a starter despite his limitations in coverage.

Dontay Moch, OLB, Boise State: Moch was impressive overall this week, though I was not as impressed with him as some were. However, when he weighed in at only 229 pounds to start the week he needed to show some fluidity in coverage as he transitions to an OLB in a 3-4 defense or maybe even a 4-3 OLB if he develops well enough in that regard. I think it would make more sense for him to bulk up to 240 and give 3-4 OLB a shot because he is so good off the edge and such a threat rushing the passer, but I suppose he could be a hybrid version of what Brian Orakpo was in a 4-3 where he plays SLB on run downs and then puts his hand down on obvious passing downs to give the defense a good match-up against a RT or something. That would be fun to watch. He has a lot of potential and showing what he could do with limited practice dropping into coverage only helps his value as a draft prospect, so he definitely helped himself this week even though he still has work to do.

Sorry for the delay on this information. Getting back to school and diving in head-first into all of my classes has taken up a lot of time so I haven’t been able to do as much draft work as I would like. Hopefully this will tide everyone over for a couple days while I work through the next couple of posts. Thanks for reading!

–Tom

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Here are my notes that I took when I was watching this game live. It was a fantastic game and I didn’t take as many notes as I would have liked, but I will definitely be re-watching it soon and I will get more play-by-play notes as well as player specific stuff then. Here are some more general notes that I have from the game though. Enjoy!

Boise State-Nevada:

Colin Kaepernick has not been incredibly impressive to me as a passer in this game. He is a playmaker and he has his team in the game down 10 with some momentum heading into the 4th quarter, but despite his arm strength I’m not that impressed with him as a passer. He can definitely make whatever throws he wants, but when he has to make more than one or two reads he usually tries to scramble to extend the play and improvise on a broken play. That’s fine, but he was struggling early largely because Boise State was bottling him up and forcing him to throw from the pocket. He has definitely made some NFL throws, such as medium/deep outs, curls and he delivers the ball on time when his first read comes open. If they don’t he usually holds onto the ball too long as he tries to scramble to extend the play outside of the pocket. I am not a big fan of his pocket poise, and I have some doubts about how much he will improve in that regard even with NFL coaching. He definitely has a pretty high ceiling because of his size, athletic ability and arm strength, but his pocket poise and mechanics could use some work. His throwing motion isn’t the cleanest, but it can probably be tweaked a bit. He definitely has some tools worth developing, which probably means he will get picked in the 3rd-4th round range this year, but he has some things to work on without a doubt. I am really looking forward to see how he performs down 10 in the 4th quarter with a chance to come back.

Well, that game was absolutely insane. Kaepernick helped lead a huge comeback but the majority of the comeback came from the running game. However, Kaepernick made some very clutch throws as the game went on. Obviously the most critical one was the one he delivered on a rollout to his left to Rishard Matthews for the game tying touchdown. I had no personal stake in this game, but I found myself rooting for Nevada to make a game out of it and I found myself exclaiming in excitement when they tied the game to potentially and ultimately force the game to overtime. This was bar none one of the most exciting and dramatic games I have ever seen, and Kaepernick had a lot to do with that. He made some NFL throws in this game to be sure, and while he doesn’t have to make a lot of them every game, he showed he was definitely capable of doing so in this game. But more than that, he proved that he makes his teammates better for being on the field and came up with some clutch plays as the game went on. He may not have made every play to keep them in the game obviously, but without him they obviously could not have pulled this upset off and that became more and more evident as he continued to throw and help them convert first downs. Obviously the running game is the key to their offense, but without Kaepernick throwing the ball Boise State would have walked away a winner here. Kaepernick really made me a believer tonight from a passing standpoint (though he needs some work, but he is better than I gave him credit for to be sure) and from an intangibles standpoint. He’s the leader of that unit and probably that team and he proved it tonight. What a great win for that program.

Kellen Moore, on the other hand, still played very well (as he usually does) but he came up short in one of the two games that really mattered this year to be perfectly honest. At the beginning of the season everyone looked at Boise State’s schedule and said: “Well, the two potentially tough games for them are Virginia Tech in week one and Nevada at the end of the year.” I know this is another can of worms entirely, but this just proves to me that Boise State didn’t deserve to be in the National Title conversation. Even if they won this game, which they definitely could have, why should a team that plays two legitimate teams that they don’t blow out a year be in the same conversation as a team in the Pac-10, Big-12 or SEC that doesn’t lose or loses once? I have believed for quite some time that if Boise State was in the Pac-10 they would not go undefeated in the regular season like they have been in the WAC, and my opinion has not changed obviously. Not to take any credit away from Nevada, because they played great, but Boise State was overrated in my opinion, as is TCU. I don’t think they should move up by default because they play bad teams and avoid losing while other teams play tougher games week in and week out. It reinforces teams in tough conferences like the SEC to schedule pathetic out of conference schedules to make sure they don’t give themselves more than the necessary chances to trip themselves up, and that is bad for college football in general. I wish Boise State would have moved into the Pac-10 and TCU into the Big-12, because I think it would be an eye opener for everyone who thinks they belong in the National Title game. I’m absolutely not saying they both aren’t good teams, because they are, but just because you are a good team and you can beat two or three quality teams in a season does not mean you belong in the National Title game. I have said before and I’ll say it again, if Boise State had been in the Pac-10 for the past two years they would not have been on a 24 game winning streak before tonight and TCU would not be on an 12 game winning streak right now if they were in the Big-12. The competition is just much tougher week in and week out, and the announcers pointed it out over and over that Boise State just isn’t used to having to play a full 60 minutes of football because most of their games are over by the 4th quarter.

Now that I have gotten that rant out of the way I can talk about how Kellen Moore played today. Obviously he had a good statistical game as he always does, and he showcased his very impressive accuracy and he showed a better arm than I thought he had on that hail mary pass to Titus Young, but despite having pretty good pocket poise he looked rattled by the pressure and his accuracy and footwork deteriorated a bit while Nevada was making their comeback. In the first half, or perhaps the first 35+ minutes, every time Boise State got into a 2nd or 3rd and long I just sat back and waited for Moore to deliver a strike for a first down, and he did. But as the game progressed he struggled to do that more and more, and passes that he was completing with ease earlier were not being placed as well or they had less zip on them, etc. He didn’t react to the pressure well, and that was disappointing from a scouting perspective. A QB’s play is most critical in pressure packed situations and when the blitz is coming, and Moore’s play underwhelmed me in those situations as the game got closer and closer to the end. That’s not to say he was a scrambled mess under pressure, but you could tell that he wasn’t used to having people in his face nor was he used to getting hit, and it showed. He still played better than I may have expected him to, and I believe that he has a good enough combination of accuracy, above average arm strength and overall intelligence to eventually adjust to the NFL. I don’t know that he will ever be a starter, especially considering some of his potential issues with pressure and his lack of ideal size and arm strength, but he definitely strikes me as a smart enough guy to pick up a pro-style offense if he is drafted in the 4th-5th round and developed as a #3 and eventually into a back-up. Perhaps in the next couple games and during his senior season he will show improved pocket poise, but as of now I wouldn’t project him as anything more than a stop-gap/fill-in starter in the NFL, but he could be a nice back-up.

Rishard Matthews was obviously very impressive for Nevada. He’s a junior WR (#15) and he had over 200 yards of total OFFENSE by himself between his 150+ yards receiving and his electrifying 44 yard touchdown run where it looked like he was going to get tackled for a two or three yard loss but he cut back when he recognized the overpursuit by the Boise State defenders, broke a tackle, stayed on his feet and was off to the races. I could not believe he made that play, and it was one of the best plays in a game full of amazing moments. He also had the game tying touchdown reception for Nevada that eventually set up overtime. I like players who show up in critical situations and especially late in games when his team needs him to perform, which is one reason why I think so much more of Colin Kaepernick after this game than I did before, and Matthews certainly came up big when his team needed him to in this game. Not just once or twice either, but regularly. He seems to have reliable hands and he really exploded onto the scene in this game as he only had about 600 yards receiving with three touchdowns prior to this big game. I look forward to seeing him play two more games this year, and hopefully he progresses as a player even without Kaepernick next year. He’s not the biggest receiver, and I didn’t pay close enough attention to see what his tendencies were as a receiver, but when I re-watch the game I will make an effort to figure him out.

Dontay Moch was a guy who really surprised me. I had seen his stat-line before, but I had never watched him play. He and Ryan Coulson were very active for Nevada all game long. Moch had 19.5 TFL’s and eight sacks heading into the game against Boise State and in the second half he was coming off either edge with a purpose and he really helped make Kellen Moore uncomfortable and keep him from getting back into his first half rhythm. He’s a smaller guy at about 6’1”, 245-250 pounds (and that is listed) but he looks like he has a good motor and he has some edge speed, so even if he isn’t a starting defensive lineman or outside linebacker (depending on the scheme) he could definitely contribute on special teams and be a rotational guy in the NFL from what I saw of him last night. I will definitely pay closer attention to him when I re-watch this game and watch him in other contests though.

Coulson seemed to be more involved in the run game to me, and he was regularly making good tackles at or near the line of scrimmage in this game. He does not seem to be the impact pass rusher that Moch is, but he definitely strikes me as a guy with a NFL future on special teams and in a back-up role based off of his tackling in this game. I didn’t pay attention to him and scout him specifically, but I kept hearing his name and I kept seeing him make plays, so I need to go back and watch him.

That’s about all I have for Boise State-Nevada. I will probably have more in-depth notes when I re-watch the game, but these were my impressions from seeing everything happen live. Hopefully you enjoyed the read. Thanks again!

–Tom