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Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 10

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Week 10 marked the first release of the College Football Playoff rankings.  All week there has been banter back and forth consisting of people like my father screaming about how the Big 12 was left off yet again.  Here’s the fact of it all: it doesn’t matter – not even a little bit.

Consider this: On October 28th of last season the first college football rankings were released.  Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Ole Miss rounded out the list.  As you know, only one of those teams advanced to the actual playoff (Florida State).

The committee released the following: 1) Clemson, 2) LSU, 3) Ohio State and 4) Alabama.  I had the exact same four, just in a different order (1)LSU, 2) Ohio State, 3) Clemson, 4) Alabama). (more…)

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 9

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Every week is important, but no month is more important in the college football season than November.  With that in mind, let’s look at who’s been our biggest movers up and down the draft board thus far.

Who’s Up:

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis:  Let’s start with Lynch.  He’s gone from just “another guy” to potentially “the guy”.  We knew he had the physical attributes, but we didn’t know he would develop so quickly.  He is far from a finished product, but his raw physical attributes, impressive size and surprising accuracy on his throws has entered him into the conversation for first quarterback off the board.

Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor: One of my overall favorite players in the country.  Billings has easily been the most dominant player along the Baylor defensive front all season long.  Easily tosses offensive linemen out of his way, as he also has great technique and keeps his pad level down.  He has thrown his name into day one consideration as of this moment.

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor:  If James Jones is a ‘touchdown machine’ for the Packers, Coleman is a touchdown guarantee for Baylor. (more…)

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 8

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

If you’re looking for major intrigue between powerhouse schools, Week 8 isn’t for you. However that doesn’t mean the NFL Draft evaluators are taking a week off, and neither are the prospects. Some college football is better than no college football, right? Let’s take a look at the matchups I will be playing closest attention to this Saturday.

Iowa State vs #2 Baylor 12:00 ESPN

No, I don’t believe this will be much of a contest. But thanks to a prospect filled Baylor Bears’ roster card this noon game is worth tuning into. In case you haven’t heard, arguably the best story in college football Baylor WR Corey Coleman has absolutely set the world on fire and looks to continue that vs Iowa State. (more…)

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 7

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

We have reached Week 7 of the College Football schedule, also known as the unofficial halfway point of the season. Let’s take a peak of my personal top 4, as well as the most important games this weekend impacting the NFL Draft

Playoff Chase:

  1. Ohio State: I wonder, is anybody truly impressed with Ohio State this season?  Their toughest test, Virginia Tech, lost their quarterback halfway through what was a dog fight.  Ohio State has since beat Hawaii and Western Michigan soundly, squeaked by Northern Illinois and Indiana and looked largely unimpressive last week in a 21 point home win vs Maryland.  They do remain #1, but aren’t as rock solid as they seem.
  2. LSU: They rank 6th in total defense, 5th in total run defense. Combine that with the best player in College Football in Leonard Fournette, and you have a winning combination. Quarterback Brandon Harris hasn’t been awful either.  His stats aren’t amazing by any stretch but he has yet to throw an interception this year.  My eyes tell me LSU is better than some of these offensive juggernauts.
  3. Utah: The Michigan win suddenly looks better and better, as Utah continues to handle their schedule behind one of the best backs in the country, Devontae Booker.  Up next for the Utes, home games vs Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA and Colorado and road trips to USC, Washington and Arizona.  An undefeated season is looking more and more possible.
  4. Clemson: I know, the Big 12 powers (TCU, Baylor) aren’t listed. Fact is, Clemson has quality wins on their resume in a way neither TCU or Baylor does.  I’ve been impressed with Deshaun Watson as well.  He has turned it over some, sure.  However he’s completing 69% of his throws and has been a dual threat as well.  As of right now, they get my slightest of slight nods.


Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 6

Friday, October 9th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

NEPD is going with a slightly different format this week for Primetime Prospects to Watch.  We are going to highlight the top prospects in the national games you will be watching from noon to past midnight.

We are inching closer to the half-way point of the college football season, where teams (and more importantly prospects) start to distinguish themselves and give clarity from preseason predictions.

In Week 6, the game of the week is #23 Cal vs #5 Utah pitting together two of the nations top offensive prospects, Cal QB Jared Goff and Utah RB Devontae Booker.  NFL bottom feeders such as the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans will be eagerly watching as the top QB prospect Jared Goff leads an undermanned team into Utah, who has looked as strong as any team in the country thus far.

For my against the spread crowd, my lock of the week is Georgia (-2.5) in Knoxville to face Tennessee. (more…)

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 5

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

#23 West Virginia vs #15 Oklahoma 12:00 FOX Sports 1

We thought the Oklahoma secondary was rock solid when they held Tennessee to 17 points.  As it turns out, Tennessee’s offense is anemic and Tulsa later hung over 600 yards and 38 points on the Sooners a week later. After a bye week to regroup, the Sooners welcome the high flying Mountaineers’ offense to Norman.  Oklahoma’s top two prospects to watch, OLB Eric Striker and CB Zack Sanchez will be in the spotlight after an overall horrid performance last week vs an undermanned Tulsa squad.  (more…)

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 4

Friday, September 25th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

A slower Saturday on the big game front?  Perhaps.  However the top NFL Draft prospects won’t be taking the weekend off – and neither should your television.  Here are the most prospect oriented games to keep an eye on.

#22 BYU vs Michigan 12:00 ABC

Michigan has been trending upwards since Week 1, but possibly face their toughest test yet with BYU.  Quarterback play will be big in this noon showdown.  Michigan QB Jake Rudock has already thrown five interceptions, and likely won’t be able to overcome those mistakes against a talented BYU front. (more…)

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