Primetime Prospects to Watch : Week 11

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

Not all that interested in Bills/Jets Thursday Night Football?  Or just want to get a jump on the weekend?  No matter the case, NEPD has your viewers’ guide for the key prospects to watch in the prime time match ups, as well as a quick stock check on prospects moving up and down the draft board.

Who’s Up:

Entire Alabama Front 7: I’m kind of kidding here, kind of not.  Alabama has dominated all season long led by DT’s A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed.  Last Saturday night, LSU got a front row seat.   The defensive front bottled up Leonard Fournette all game long, embarrassing a talent laden LSU offensive line along the way.  Robinson, Reed, DE Jonathan Allen and ILB Reggie Ragland all stood out all game long.

Alabama RB Derrick Henry: Henry’s draft stock is really catching steam.  Alabama rode Henry to the Promised Land last week by the tune of  38 carries, 210 yards and 3 touchdowns.  A physical specimen who can carry the load for four quarters, I believe Henry could be productive on a NFL roster today.

Baylor WR Corey Coleman:  A 12 year old kid playing NCAA Football would have issues matching Corey Coleman’s stats.  In a hostile Manhattan, Kansas, Coleman hauled in 11 passes for 216 yards and 2 touchdowns.  His route running is improving every week and is a fluent pass catcher.

Arkansas RB Alex Collins:  In a jumbled running back class, Alex Collins is starting to separate himself.  On fourth down last week with the game on the line, he caught a backwards lateral and scampered 30 yards for a game saving first down.  A solid and tough runner, Collins’ deceptive quickness through the hole leads me to believe his NFL ceiling is as high as any in this class.

Who’s Down:

LSU OG/T Vadal Alexander: It wasn’t just Alexander for LSU, but because he’s the leader of the group I focused my attention there.  They were bullied over Saturday night.  In the first half Alexander wasn’t all that bad, but did get beat a few times off the snap and really struggled with speed.  But in the second half when things started to get away from LSU, Alabama unleashed the pass rush and surprisingly exposed some flaws in footwork and hand placement that I haven’t before seen with Alexander.

Memphis QB Paxton Lynch: Two weeks ago he was featured on the ‘Who’s Up’ list, but when you get exposed by Navy that can crash and burn in a hurry.   He looked uncomfortable most of the night and made multiple questionable decisions.  Was this one game a fluke? Maybe.  But in a class where no one QB prospect stands out, any very good (or in this case extremely bad) game can see volatile movement up or down the board.

TCU QB Trevon Boykin: He had some believers, but he’s starting to show exactly what he is: a great athlete, dual threat, COLLEGE quarterback.  Forget the 445 yards last week, Boykin made terrible decisions for four quarters, showed his weak arm strength, and struggles on non-designed easy throws.  The Cowboys got him for four picks last week, and quite frankly could have had a few more.  Boykin isn’t a NFL quarterback.

Top Prospects to circle this weekend:

#2 Alabama vs #17 Mississippi State 3:30 CBS

Alabama prospects:
ILB Reggie Ragland: With MSU’s physical downhill attack, keep a close eye on Ragland as he continues to thrive finishing downhill exploding to the ball carrier.

DT A’Shawn Robinson: Robinson established the line of scrimmage all game vs Alabama, allowing the linebackers to swoop in and bottle up the best player in the country for four quarters.  If he establishes the line of scrimmage as he did last week, MSU won’t stand a chance.

RB Derrick Henry: He should see a bunch of touches early to quiet the cow bells as I expect ‘Bama to grind MSU all game long.  Henry could arguably be the top back in this class at the moment.

Other prospects: DT Jarran Reed, DE Jonathan Allen, RB Kenyan Drake, C Ryan Kelly, TE O.J. Howard

MSU prospects:

QB Dak Prescott: The hopes of MSU reside with their senior signal caller.  Prescott has come off the NFL radar and is front and center in the NFL conversation.  He’s far from a finished product, but Prescott has improved as a thrower but more importantly as an overall quarterback.  His anticipation, awareness and speed through his progressions are generating some real NFL talk.  I expect Saban to load the box, stress the edges of the pocket and make Prescott beat him with his arm.  If he does? He’ll shoot up draft rankings.

Other prospects: CB Will Redmond, WR De’Runnya Wilson, DT Chris Jones

Oregon vs #7 Stanford 7:30 FOX

Stanford prospects:

OT Kyle Murphy, ILB Blake Martinez, QB Kevin Hogan, WR Devon Cajuste

Oregon prospects:

DE DeForest Buckner: A monstrous sized human being at 6’7 290lbs, Buckner has made a living in the backfield totaling 12 TFL and 7 sacks this season so far.  His immense power with impressive burst has most offensive tackles beat at the snap.

Other prospects: WR Bralon Addison, WR Byron Marshall, OT Tyler Johnstone

#12 Oklahoma vs #6 Baylor 8:00 ABC

Oklahoma prospects:

OLB Eric Striker: This is a huge week for the underachieving Striker.  If he can show up vs a top offensive line and disrupt the high flying attack, it could launch him back on the radar.

WR Sterling Sheppard: One of my favorite players in this draft.  He needs to get more consistent, but when Sheppard gets involved – good things happen for Oklahoma.  He’s small for the next level, but his route running and quickness can carve out a roster spot for him at the next level.

Other prospects:

ILB Dominique Alexander, DE Charles Tapper, ILB Frank Shannon

Baylor prospects:

DT Andrew Billings: He’s my top DT in the draft.  He’s disruptive, sheds block and takes on double teams with ease.  Billings has shined along the defensive front all year.

WR Corey Coleman: Will this be the week Coleman is held out of the end zone? Doubt it.

Other prospects:

OG Spencer Drango, DE Shawn Oakman
#10 Utah vs Arizona 10:00 FS1

Utah Prospects

RB Devontae Booker: He’s been as solid as any all season long.  A stocky, compact runner easy on his feet, Booker makes up for his lack of top end speed with decisiveness and fearlessness.  He’s a 4-5 yard per carry runner, and is the absolute workhorse of the offense.
ILB Jared Norris, DE Jason Fanaika, OLB Hionni Paul, C Sioasi Aiono

Arizona Prospects:
OT Lene Maiava, DE Reggie Gilbert, WR Cayleb Jones

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18 Responses to “Primetime Prospects to Watch : Week 11”

  1. Dan Sullivan says:

    The Patriots should pick up another wide receiver or offensive tackle.

    Mid Season Patriots Mock Draft.
    2 Josh Doctson WR TCU
    3 John Theus OT Georgia
    3 (comp) Mehdi Abdesmad DT Boston College
    4 Pat Elfein G Ohio State
    6 Kenneth Farrow RB Houston
    6(comp) Gabe Marks WR Washington St.
    7 Trae Elston SS Ole Miss.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Kevan says:

    Gronk is throwing TJ Ward out of the club, it’s been a long time coming for that cheap shot artist.

  3. Kevan says:

    It looks like the WR’s for The Denver game will be Lafell, Martin, and Harper. Who knows we could have a Matt slater sighting on some deep routes. Maybe the pats have Chandler and Williams take care of the TE position, while Gronk gets some WR reps. For the love of god could the pats put Vollmer at LT and Cannon at RT? Cannon is a big power guy he belongs on the right side. Vollmer is your best Tackle, protect Brady’s blind side.
    Vollmer-mason-stork, right now Kline is a better pass protector but Jackson is the better run blocker-Cannon. A big power right side with big stong guys, athletes on the left side and stork puts it all together.

  4. Russell says:

    More injury issues for WR Dobson (foot) out for the year. Time to drop this guy, next year.

    • Ryan says:

      Same with Dion Lewis. Can’t keep those injury-prone players around.

      Kidding of course, but I don’t see the issue with Dobson unless he’s taking someone’s spot. He’ll be super cheap next year and could provide depth as a player who knows the system. If he’s lost a step when he gets back then that’s one thing, but I think we should wait for training camp to see if he deserves a spot on the team.

      • Jeff says:

        Too bad about Dobson, despite not getting many chances, he was productive in the snaps he got. He may not be a star wide receiver, but despite not getting many chances, he did produce when he got on the field as a depth receiver.

        • Ryan says:

          Yeah Dobson will go down as a weird case in Patriots history. He had a promising rookie year and promptly dropped off the map due to injuries and sparing usage. He would have had a tremendous opportunity this week but suffered another injury. Still, without knowing how he performed in practice we’ll never know whether it was Belicheck or Dobson who determined Dobson’s lack of playing time. I feel like we never got to find out what kind of player Dobson is, and I could see him either fizzling out or taking off outside of Foxborough. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  5. Russell says:

    A guy for the Patriots to look at CB, Vernon Harris Dartmouth, 6’1″ 195lbs 4.53 40 yd.

  6. Dan Sullivan says:

    The Patriots have plenty of injuries but the Offensive Line and Defensive Line are playing awesome. Look for big game from James White, Keshawn Martin and Akiem Hicks.

    Red Sox get that number one starter and bring back John Lackey he brings great strength to the staff.
    If you love a pet send something to Sweet Pea animal shelter in Paxton Ma. just burnt down
    and they are trying to rebuild.

    Julian Edelman think playoffs. Go Pats!

  7. John Snow says:

    Guys I’d love to see in a Patriots uniform. Just focused on offense. Let me know what you guys think.

    TE: OJ Howard (if he could ever tighten up his game.. WATCH OUT)
    WRs: Sterling Shepard, Travin Dural, Braxton Miller, Pharaoh Cooper
    OL: Dan Voltz, Pat Elflein, Greg Pike, Jason Spriggs, Tyler Marz

    Love Voltz, and I know he’s redundant, but wouldn’t he be a big upgrade at center? Especially if available in the 2nd? I think any one of those WRs in the second would be awesome. All really talented, being undervalued as of right now.

  8. John Snow says:

    Guys I’d love to see in a Patriots uniform. Just focused on offense. Let me know what you guys think.

    TE: OJ Howard (if he could ever tighten up his game.. WATCH OUT)
    WRs: Sterling Shepard, Travin Dural, Braxton Miller, Pharaoh Cooper
    OL: Dan Voltz, Pat Elflein, Greg Pike, Jason Spriggs, Tyler Marz

    Love Voltz, and I know he’s redundant, but wouldn’t he be a big upgrade at center? Especially if available in the 2nd?

  9. Kevan says:

    What about Lamichael James? He’s not coming off injuries like hunter, he’s got 20 lbs on Archer but still offers something on KR.

    • GM-in-Training says:

      LaMike James seemed like a play maker coming out of Oregon. He couldn’t crack the lineup in SF. He’s available now. Anybody have any theories on why he’s available?

  10. GM-in-Training says:


    Pats could run a 14 formation with Michael Williams and Joseph Fauria. That would be about 1,090 pounds of 6’6″+ receivers in the red zone. It could be interesting on play action and draws as well.

  11. Kevan says:

    I like the Joseph Fauria signing, if he shows he can play maybe the 4 TE package will be back for the playoffs. I know Chandler hasn’t exactly panned out but I still like the idea of Gronk, Chandler, Fauria in the redzone. All 6’6 plus. I think BB knows he can’t get the same results just plugging in someone for the injured Lewis and Edelman, so he’s gonna go in a different direction mid season. Which could be a good thing, have something unexpected for the playoffs.

  12. Dan Sullivan says:

    Amendola’s return with incredible come back blocking three I saw one was Ebner
    what a awesome play!!! Shaq Mason at fullback just running over first guy.

    Congratulations to Red Sox getting awesome closer in Craid Kimbrell.
    Now ace Johnny Cueto for a Number 1 starter and Ben Zobrist who can do it
    all plus a big time winner would make for the return of the Red Sox.

    Go Patriots just starting fourth quarter!!!!

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