Risers and Fallers (October)
See which college football players had their NFL Draft stock rise and fall in October 2009:
31 October 2009
WR/KR Brandon Banks, 5' 7" 157 lbs. Kansas State
He will always be compared to San Diego Charger and former Wildcat RB Darren Sproles. He isn't as thick as Sproles, but he might be faster, in fact he might be the fastest player in college football. He ranks #1 in the Big 12 and #7 in the entire NCAA in all purpose yards with an 183 average yards per game. In thier 30-42 loss to Oklahoma, Banks caught 9 passes for 156 yards and returnded 6 kick-offs for 195 yards and a TD. For the season he has returnded 30 kick-offs for 953 yards and 4 TDs.
Safety Earl Thomas, 5' 11" 190 lbs. Texas (eligible sophomore)
If Thomas enters the 2010 NFL Draft he could project as an early second rounder the way he is playing. Texas pulverized Oklahoma State and Thomas made yet another big play. He recorded 2 pass break ups, intercepted a pass and returned it 33 yards for a TD. For the year he has recorded 13 pass break-ups which ranks him #2 in the nation and his 6 interceptions rank him #3.
RB Jonathan Dwyer, 6' 0" 228 lbs. Georgia Tech (JR)
Dwyer was unstoppable in a win against Vandebilt. He is hard to bring down and runs with a purpose. He carried the ball 22 times for an impressive 190 yards and 3 TDs.
WR Danario Alexander, 6' 5" 210 lbs. Missouri
The Tigers smashed (36-17) a solid Colorado team and Alexander was spectacular. He caught 8 passes for 132 yards and 2 TDs. He is currently ranked #7 in the NCAA averaging 103 receiving yards per game.
DE Greg Hardy, 6' 4" 265 lbs. Ole Miss
The Rebels got crushed (33-20) by Auburn, but Hardy had a decent game. Maybe he is finally getting healthy, he sprained his ankle early in the season. Against Auburn Hardy recorded 2 tackles, 2 tackles for loss (TFL), and 2 sacks.
DE/OLB Brandon Sharpe, 6' 3" 245 lbs. Texas Tech
Sharpe is a sleeper for the 2010 NFL Draft. Quietly he has been racking up some impressive numbers. He is ranked #2 in the NCAA with 10.5 sacks. In Techs impressive win over Kansas he recorded 5 tackles, 3 TFLs, 2.5 sacks. Sharpe has had 6 sacks in the last 3 games.
DE Jermiane Cunningham, 6' 3" 254 lbs, Florida
Blazing fast around the end he was a big reason why Florida crushed Georgia 41-17. Cunningham recorded 4 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL (tackle for loss) and 1 forced fumble. For the season he has recorded 9.5 TFLs.
WR Terrell Hudgins, 6' 3" 225 lbs. Elon (FCS)
Hudgins caught three touchdown passes and set a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) record as Elon beat Wofford 34-6 on Saturday. He caught 11 passes for 153 yards and recorded his 24th 100 yard game to surpass NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who set the previous record from 1981-84 at Mississippi Valley State. Hudgins leads the FCS in every singe receiving category with 82 catches for 1,042 yards and 13 TDs.
DT Dan Williams, 6' 3" 321 lbs. Tennessee
The Volunteer defense has been outstanding and Dan Williams is a big reason why. Williams played excellent in the Vols 31-13 destruction of then 22 ranked South Carolina. For the season Williams has recorded an impressive 39 tackles, 3 TFLs, 1 sack and 9 quarterback hurries.
LB Quan Sturdivant, 6' 3" 230 lbs. North Carolina (JR)
All over the field in their 20-17 upset win over Virginia Tech. He recorded 7 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 quarterback hurries and 1 pass defended. If he enters the draft early, he will be a hot commodity due to his size, speed and production.
25 October 2009
Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel was named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 24. McDaniel, a 6-1, 210-pound junior from Tallahassee, Fla., collected seven tackles and made two interceptions in the Tigers' 40-37 overtime win at eighth-ranked Miami.
RB CJ Spiller, 5' 11" 195 lbs. Clemson
We use the word "explosive" far to often, and then a prospect like Spiller comes along and the word just doesn't carry enough weight. Spiller is beyond explosive, his acceleration is unparallel today in college football. He is currently #1 in college football in all purpose rushing yards with a 207 yard per game average. In Clemson's stunning 40-37 upset of Miami (FL), Spiller was unstoppable. He rushed 14 times for 88 yards, caught 6 passes for 104 yards and a TD and returned 3 kickoffs for 125 yards and another TD.
DE Carlos Dunlap, 6' 5" 290 lbs. Florida (JR)
Dunlap really hasn't been that special this year....until the Mississipi State game that is. He was exploding off the edge in this game and recorded 5 solo tackles and 3 sacks in Florida's 29-19 victory.
WR Jordan Shipley, 6' 0" 190 lbs. Texas
Shipley is Mr. consistency. In Texas's 41-7 destruction of Missouri he caught 7 passes for 108 yards and 2 TDs. He is currently ranked #8 in the NCAA with 101.86 receiving yards per game (average).
QB Tim Hiller, 6' 5" 228 lbs. Western Michigan
After a shaky start to the season, Hiller is starting to hit his stride. Over the last three games he has thrown for 1,030 yards and 7 TDs with only 1 interception. He is currently ranked #3 in the NCAA with 2,254 average passing yards while completing an impressive 62.39 percent of his passes.
Iowa Defensive Line:
They have three defensive linemen that are fantastic. The Iowa defense is ranked 14th in the NCAA in points allowed only allowing 14.75 points per game. All three of these prospects will almost certainly return to Iowa next year, but Clayborne and Ballard could be emerging stars for the 2011 NFL Draft and Binn in the 2012 NFL Draft. DE Adrian Clayborne (6' 3" 282 lbs) is the leader. Clayborne had a great game in the Hawkeys last second win over Michigan State recording 2 sacks, 3 TFLs and 1 forced fumble.
DT Christian Ballard (JR) is very quick and athletic and at 6' 5" 287 pounds will get serious attention from NFL scouts next year, especially if he can add 10-15 pounds of muscle. For a tall D-lineman he plays with very good pad level. For the season Ballard has recorded 29 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hurries.
I just updated my Super Sophomore list and I added Iowa DE Broderick Binns. Binns (6' 2" 255 lbs) is very explosive off the edge. He has accumulated some impressive numbers for a soph, this year he has 39 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss (TFL), 4 sacks, 7 pass break-ups, and 2 QB hurries.
RB Anthony Allen, 6' 1" 228 lbs. Georgia Tech (JR)
Everyone talks about Jonathan Dwyer, but Tech has another running back that might even be better. Allen ran the rock 11 times for 103 yards and scored 2 TDs in Tech's 34-9 shellacking of Virginia.
Everson Griffen, 6' 3" 265 lbs. USC (JR)
Griffen is finally living up to his vast potential. Over the last two games against Notre Dame and Oregon State, Griffen has recorded 6 solo tackles, 5 tackles for loss (TFLs), 4 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovered and returned for 9 yards.
LB Greg Jones, 6' 1" 224 lbs. Michigan State (JR)
He doesn't have an NFL body, but if you evaluate a college football prospect based off of production, you would certainly give Jones a first round grade. He is lightening fast and his tackling technique is the best I have seen this year, he has powerful legs and hips and no one ever runs through his tackles. Jones is currently ranked #2 in the nation with 97 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss (TFL) and 5 sacks
E Derrick Morgan, 6' 3" 272 lbs. Georgia Tech (JR)
An explosive pass rusher, over the last three games Morgan has recorded 3 sacks and 4 TFLs. He is currently ranked #7 in the NCAA with 8.5 sacks and 11.5 TFLs.
QB Ryan Perrilloux, (6' 4" 220 lbs) Jacksonville State
Remember him? He got kicked of the LSU squad last year and transferred to Division 1AA (FCS) Jacksonville State. He is quietly having a good year, ranked #1 in the FCS in pass efficiency with a 185.55 QB rating. He has thrown for 1,520 yards and 16 TDs with just 2 interceptions.
WR Armon Binns, 6' 4" 202 lbs. Cincinnati (JR)
Mardy Gilyard gets all the press, and he (Gilyard) could easily be a second/third round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, but Binns at 6 foot 4 inches tall will kill you if you leave him single covered. In his last two games Binns has recorded 7 catches for 106 yards and 3 TDs.
DE Greg Hardy 6' 4" 265 lbs. Mississippi
His vast talent has yet to translate to production on the field. Over the last two games Hardy has recorded just 5 tackles with zero sacks and zero tackles for loss.
WR Eric Decker, 6' 3" 224 lbs. Minnesota
Suffered a severly sprained ankle in their 38-7 blow out loss to Ohio State. It's unclear how long Decker will be out, but he was standing on the sideline in crutches in the second half.
QB Max Hall, 6' 1" 201 lbs. BYU
Hall looked dazed and confused in their crushing 38-7 loss to TCU. He (Hall) threw 1 interception and lost 1 fumble in the loss.
18 October 2009
DE Ryan Kerrigan, 6' 4" 265 lbs. Purdue
Named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 17. He had a team-high nine tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in Purdue's stunning 26-18 upset victory over No. 7 Ohio State.
WR Dezmon Briscoe, 6' 3" 206 lbs. Kansas (JR)
I am going to go out on a limb hear and make a bold statement. Dezmon Briscoe is the best receiver in the nation. Since Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant's suspension, I haven't seen anyone better.
Briscoe is ranked #1 in the nation in receiving yards per game with a 134.20 yard average. In a losing cause against Colorado he caught 8 passes for 154 yards and 1 TD and for the season has 38 catches for 671 yards and 4 TDs.
WR Golden Tate, 5' 11" 195 lbs. Notre Dame (JR):
To call him the "go to guy" would be an understatement. Opposing defenses know he is getting the ball and still can't stop him. In a losing cause against USC he caught 8 passes for 154 yards and 1 TD. For the season he has 41 receptions for 719 yards and 6 TDs, and is averaging 120 receiving yards per game. If both he and QB Jimmy Clausen come back for their senior year it will be quite a dynamic duo at Notre Dame.
CB Joe Haden, 5' 11" 190 lbs. Florida (JR):
Haden looks like the best corner in the nation to me, he is tough, a good tackler and has fantastic ball skills. For his career he has 172 tackles and 6 interceptions.
TE Anthony McCoy, 6' 5" 260 lbs. USC
Very fast for his size and yes he is listed at around 6' 5" but I wouldn't be surprised to him measure even taller at the Senior Bowl. For the season he has 14 catches for 350 yards and in an impressive 34-27 win against Notre Dame he looked fantastic with 153 receiving yards. Also keep an eye on USC fullback Stanley Havili (6' 1" 230 lbs), he is not big, but catches the ball very well and packs a thump as a blocker.
DE Jeremy Beal, 6' 3" 255 lbs. Oklahoma (JR)
Beal is one of the most explosive pass rushers in the nation. He is ranked 9th in the nation with 6.5 sacks and an additional 9.5 tackles for loss (TFLs).
OG Mike Johnson, 6' 6" 305 lbs. Alabama:
RB Mark Ingram receives a lot of credit, but if he (Ingram) wins the Heisman Trophy he should give part of it to Johnson. He (Johnson) is dominating his competition this year and opening up huge holes for Ingram to run through. Guards rarely get drafted in the first round, but Johnson might break that trend.
DE O'Brien Schofield, 6' 3" 242 lbs. Wisconsin:
This guy kind of came out of no where to emerge as a legitimate early round draft pick. Very quick off the ball, Schofield has recorded an impressive 16.5 TFLs and 6.5 sacks this year.
DT Brian Price, 6' 2" 302 lbs. UCLA (JR):
Very quick and strong, Price has recorded 21 tackles, 10.5 TFLs and 4 sacks this year. He wouldn't be a good fit in a 34 defense, but he might be a force in a Tampa two or traditional 43.
WR/PR Jeremy Kerley, 5' 10" 192 lbs. TCU (JR):
The ankle breaker Kerley can start and stop on a dime. With the ball in his hands in the open field he is dangerous indeed. He has returned 19 punts for 325 yards and 2 TDs including a scintillating 69 yard return for a TD last weekend.
DE Kevin Basped, 6' 6" 242 lbs. Nevada (JR):
Had an excellent game in a come from behind 35-32 win against Utah State. In the game he recorded 7 tackles and 2.5 sacks. For the season (so far) this lanky pass rusher has 8 TFLs and 5 sacks.
DE/OLB Willie Young, 6' 4" 252 lbs. NC State:
Prior to the 2009 season Young had played 1,667 snaps with 31.5 career tackles for loss. His 6.5 sacks last season led the team as did his 12.5 tackles for loss and 26 quarterback pressures.This season he has already recorded 9 tackles for loss (TFL) and 7 sacks.
QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma:
Bad news for Sam, he re-injured his throwing shoulder against Texas. Pro Scouts have to be questioning his durability in the NFL at this point. KC Chief's QB Brody Croyle comes to mind, Croyle and Bradford both have great arms, but just can't stay on the field.
QB Tony Pike, Cincinnati:
Pike is a great talent and long term he should be OK, but he re-injured his non throwing forearm. Last year he had a plate inserted in the same forearm and it has now shifted. Another surgery might be required.
QB Tim Tebow, Florida:
The more I watch and evaluate him playing the quarterback position the more doubts I have him playing QB in the NFL. His release is slow and his balls don't seem to have much velocity. The only quarterback that I have ever seen with a slow release in the NFL is Byron Leftwich and his success was short lived.
ILB Brandon Spikes, Florida:
Spikes had to sit on the sideline and watch his Gators almost get upset by a scrappy Arkansas team. Spikes has injured his hamstring so we will have to watch how long it takes him to get back to 100%.
11 October 2009
Bowling Green WR Freddie Barnes- An astounding 22 catches for 278 yards and 3 TD against Kent State. His 22 catches is one shy of the NCAA and MAC single game records.
Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh- named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of the weekend of October 10th. Suh is a 6' 4" 300 pound senior from Portland, Oregon and is widely regarded as the top over-all prospect for the 2010 NFL Draft. He had five unassisted tackles, one assisted tackle, one sack for a six-yard loss, an interception, a forced fumble, a pass broken up and three quarterback hurries in Nebraska's 27-12 come-from-behind victory at Missouri.
Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford- Returned from a five week absence to shred Baylor for 389 yards and a TD. If he continues this tear through the rest of the year you can once again pencil him in as a top pick.
Florida LB Brandon Spikes- Registered 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery during the Gators 13-3 over LSU, holding LSU to only 66 rushing yards.
Texas WR Jordan Shipley- Caught 11 passes for 147 yards and a TD against Colorado, over 100 yards more than the next Longhorns receiver in the game.
Alabama RB Mark Ingram- Has run for 312 yards and 3 TD the last two weeks and has scored a TD in every game this year. Ripped apart a decent Ole Miss defense with 172 yards.
Ohio State CB Kurt Coleman- Returned his second INT of the year 89 yards for a TD against Wisconsin, helping OSU (the supposed class of the Big 10) to pull out a victory in a game they had no business winning. A tackling machine on pace for 80+ tackles.
Auburn RB Ben Tate- Racked up 184 yards and 2 TD as the Tigers lone offensive threat during their dismantling at the hands of Arkansas. Tate is a fantastic runner, awesome blend of power and speed. Very underrated right now.
Kansas WR’s Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier- Duo combined for 328 yards receiving and 4 TD on 28 catches.
Duke QB Taddeus Lewis- Passed for 459 yards and 5 TD with no picks over NC State.
Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rogers- This sophomore sparkplug ran for 189 yards and 4 TD over Stanford, running his total to 13 TD in 6 games.
Utah LB Robert Johnson- Colorado State's final three drives of the game ended in INT. All three were from Johnson, keying Utah's comeback from a 17-3 deficit to win 24-17.
Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead- Threw 4 INT as the Rebels managed only 2 points against Bama’s stellar defense.
Illinois WR Arrelious Benn- Only 3 catches for 38 yards as Illinois fell to MSU 24-14. Has not had much impact all year long with only 13 catches for 176 yards and no TD.
LSU RB’s Charles Scott and Keiland Williams- LSU needed these two to bring it against Florida and neither did (54 combined rush yards, 53 from Scott). Neither is bringing much this year period as Scott got his first and only TD’s last week (2) and Williams has 5 carries in two weeks.
4 October 2009
LB Von Miller, 6' 3" 240 lbs. Texas A&M (JR)
Von who? Offensive coordinators in the Big 12 are well aware of his talent. Miller is very explosive and has the attention of NFL Scouts. He leads the entire nation with 9 sacks and ranks #2 with 10 tackles for loss. Miller has also been added to the Ted Hendricks Watch List.
WR Golden Tate, 5' 11" 195 lbs. Notre Dame (JR)
With super sophomore WR Michael Floyd out with a career ending injury, Tate needed to step up and he did in a huge way. Against a tough Washington team, Tate finished with 9 catches for 244 yards and 1 TDs. Tate currently ranks #6 in the nation with 120 receiving yards per game average.
DE Jeremy Beal, 6' 3" 253 lbs. Oklahoma (JR)
Beal is one of the best defensive ends in the Big 12 and is vastly outplaying teammate Austin English this year. Beal currently ranks #3 in the NCAA with 6 sacks and 8 tackles for loss (TFL).
OT Jason Fox, 6' 6" 315 lbs. Miami (FL)
Fox is a very athletic left tackle that looked very good stuffing DE Austin English during Saturdays 21-20 victory over Oklahoma.
TE Kyle Rudolph, 6' 6" 265 lbs. Notre Dame (Sophomore)
It takes a super sophomore for me to list him here, but he is the best looking tight end that I have seen this year. Last week, Rudolph caught the game-winner at Purdue, and on Saturday he made an NFL caliber play on a fade route that sealed the win at Washington with 1:20 left in the game.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul, 6' 6" 265 lbs. South Florida (JR)
He plays opposite of DE George Selvie which helps, but Pierre-Paul is a talent in his own right. Excellent size, strength and speed. Two weeks ago, he dominated in the Bulls 17-7 victory against Florida State and Saturday in the win at Syracuse, Pierre-Paul forced one interception and returned another one for a TD.
OLB Greg Jones, 6' 1" 223 lbs. Michigan State
A tackling machine is Jones, he is currently ranked #2 in the nation in total tackles with 60 tackles and he also has an additional 5.5 TFLs (Tackles for Loss). He was all over the field in the Spartans overtime win against Michigan.
QB Tony Pike, 6' 6" 210 lbs. Cincinnati
Pike is having a fantastic year and actually made it to the first round of my 2010 NFL Mock Draft this week. He has the Bearcats undefeated at 5-0 and ranked 10th nationally. Pike has completed 116 passes for 1,493 yards and 13 TDs.
RB Toby Gerhart, 6' 1" 237 lbs. Stanford
I have even heard his name spoken as a Heisman Trophy Candidate. He ranks #4 in the nation in rushing with 130 yards (average) per game and has scored eight touchdowns. Stanford is 4-1 and 3-0 in the Pac-10. In a win against UCLA he rushed for 134 yards and scored 3 TDs.
ILB Rolando McClain, 6' 4" 250 lbs. Alabama (JR)
McClain is the emotional leader of the Tide's #2 ranked defense and he has the size and talent to play in the NFL. McClain finished with 11 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble in their 38-20 win against Kentucky.
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