NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
Another week of college football in the books and another one just around the corner. My beloved Cyclones found yet another way to break my heart and lose a game they had won. Thankfully, I am also a Patriots fan, so the weekend ended on a good note. I know it is still early, but if we are being honest, the defense has some improvements to make if they want to hold the Lombardi trophy again this year. Finding players during the season to help is rare and the Patriots may have to wait until the off season to make the necessary changes. One player that might be on the Patriots radar come draft day is corner back Will Redmond. I sat down and watched his performance against LSU this past weekend, and here is what caught my eye.
Name: Will Redmond
School: Mississippi State (Sr.)
Weight: 185 Lbs.
|2015 Game Log||Tackles||Interceptions|
|9/5||@Southern Mississippi||W 34-16||5||5||0||0.0||0||1||24||24||24||0||0|
|9/19||Northwestern State||W 62-13||5||2||3||0.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
What I saw:
Right off the bat, you can see that Redmond has good quickness and athleticism. He plays primarily press corner and shows good foot speed in his back pedal. Redmond does a nice job of flipping his hips and turning his head to locate the ball. He has good speed to keep up with receivers down field and I didn’t see any panic in his game when the ball was thrown his way. Redmond lacks physicality, especially in the run game. There were several occasions in this game alone that he was absolutely manhandled by a receiver. He has to get stronger and work on getting off blocks. Getting stronger will also help jamming bigger receivers at the line. He plays the game aggressively and he looks to be in charge of the secondary in terms of making calls and adjustments.
Thoughts after watching this game:
Redmond intrigues me quite a bit and I cannot wait to watch more of his tape. From a coverage standpoint, he has almost everything I look for in a corner. He plays with good technique and has great speed and overall athleticism. Redmond must get bigger, plain and simple. He is just too thin and not strong enough to handle bigger, more physical wide receivers in the NFL.
Other random thoughts from this game:
I am just not a fan of Dak Prescott. I get the appeal with his combination of size and athleticism, but I just have not seen enough progression in his ability to dissect a defense and make adjustments. He has a strong arm but is wildly inconsistent. He actually had good numbers in this game, but he just doesn’t pass my eyeball test.
LSU has some intriguing wide receiver prospects in Malachi Dupree and Travin Dural. Both look to have a nice combination of size and speed and they play the position with good physicality. Dupree is only a sophomore so he will not be draft eligible, but Dural could be an early entry into the NFL and has a chance to continue the success of previous LSU receivers in the NFL.