NEPD Editor: James Christensen
With Ohio State and Penn State out of the picture due to NCAA sanctions, this game featured a Wisconsin team fighting for another Rose Bowl and a Nebraska team looking to make its first big mark on the Big Ten.
Unfortunately, this game turned into a laugher early as Wisconsin put on its best impression of the Oregon Ducks.
Here are how the top 2013 NFL Draft prospects performed in the B1G Championship.
#72 OC Travis Frederick
-Starting at center – effective with shotgun and normal snaps.
-Gets to the second level after chipping DT, walls off LB.
-A little high out of his stance, loses balance after punch by DT.
-Bends well for a big guy, shows a decent punch.
-Moves very well, excellent pull to his left and cuts down linebacker with ease.
-Keeping his head on a swivel in pass protection – very aware.
-Turns DT and pushes him out of the hole, strong lower body.
-Pulls to the right, able to gain leverage on defensive end.
-Huge combo block, caves in the tackle.
-Locks on to linebacker at second level, so quick out of his stance.
-Pancakes the DT, gains leverage and drives through contact.
Overview: Frederick was the field general against Nebraska, making all the right line calls and blowing the Cornhuskers off the ball on a consistent basis. He was technically sound and showed some amazing athleticism for a 330+ pound man.
#58 LT Ricky Wagner
-Starting at left tackle, plays overload tight end at times.
-Reaching a bit, would like to see him move his feet more.
-Blocks down on DT, also gets a chip on pursuing LB.
-Whiffs his man on the second level, not balanced when trying to create contact.
-Mirrors DE, able to shuffle and shoot while keeping wide base.
-Nice anchor against the bull rush.
-Attacks the chest against swim move, stops the DE cold.
-Got his weight out in front of his feet, taken to the ground.
Overview: Wagner has a lot of raw talent, strength, and size. His balance issues are still concerning to me although I do feel that his pass protection improved this year.
#28 RB Montee Ball
-Lead running back for the Badgers.
-Falling forward after contact, finishing each run.
-Runs through ankle tackle, balanced.
-Showing some nice elusiveness, juke move leaves corner on the ground.
-Big burst to the edge, turns the corner and scores impressive TD.
-Skinny through the hole, shows a big burst to the second level, carries the DB for a few yards.
-Stopped cold, but second surge picks up the first down – running angry.
-Untouched into the end zone, easy read.
-Finds the cutback lane, makes safety miss in the hole with the juke.
-Spins out of tackle, delivers NASTY stiff arm in the open field – long TD.
Overview: Montee Ball completely out-classed Nebraska with his vision, power, speed and moves. Ball is a special running back in college football. I’m concerned with his workload on the college level, however, which might make teams shy away from him in the top fifty picks.
#3 SAF Daimion Stafford
-Playing a variety of coverages from the safety position.
-Whiffs in open space, broke down but couldn’t wrap up the ball carrier.
-Another poor tackling attempt, Ball runs right through him.
-Loses contain, very passive on the edge, out ran to the end zone by White.
-Nice angle to the ball on sweep, runs through the stiff-arm and takes Ball down.
-Sets a hard edge, gets off block and finishes for a TFL.
-Goes high on WR, called for personal foul.
-Poor angle, beat to the edge easily by Ball – just not fast enough.
-Trouble getting off a block down the field, poor tackle attempt – gives up huge play.
-Recognizes end around early, but takes poor angle underneath block.
Overview: Stafford didn’t look good. Poor angles and tackling didn’t help his completely over-matched front seven. Stafford is a late round guy.
#55 DE Baker Steinkuhler
-Did not play due to injury.