Louisiana Tech vs Mississippi State
12PM EST SEC Network
On paper this is a mismatch in favor of Mississippi State despite the fact Louisiana Tech has played solid football this season. Even with this scouts will pay close attention to running back Kenneth Dixon of Tech.
The senior entered the season with middle round grades as he’s a nice combination of measurables (5-feet/10-inches, 215lbs and 4.5-speed) as well as production. In six games this season Dixon has posted 583-yards rushing on 95 carries (6.1-yard average) and has found the end zone six times. As a junior in 2014 Dixon totaled 1299 rushing yards with 22 touchdowns. His pass catching numbers are solid as well. Through the first half of the season Dixon has totaled 15 receptions, 148 receiving yards and two more scores.
The game against Mississippi State will be the toughest challenge of the year for Dixon.
The Bulldogs defense possess four next level prospects in the front seven, led by Ben Brown, and another four in the secondary including Will Redmond, potentially a second day pick.
No defense Dixon has faced this season or will face the remainder of the year, comes close to the talent level of Mississippi State. There is a belief Dixon will receive a coveted invitation to the Senior Bowl in January and a good performance against the State could seal the deal.
Alabama vs Texas A&M
3:30PM EST CBS
In what is a huge battle in the SEC West, tenth ranked Alabama hopes to right the ship against ninth ranked Texas A&M. The Aggies are becoming more balanced on offense yet are still a passing team and now face the historically tough Alabama secondary.
Entering the season Aggie underclassmen Ricky Seals-Jones and Josh Reynolds both carried second day grades but have been disappointing to date. The two have combined for 33 receptions, 511 receiving yards and 4 scores. By comparison true freshman Christian Kirk leads the Aggies with 32/519/4.
Both Seals-Jones and Reynolds will have decisions to make at the conclusion of the season as to whether or not they enter the draft. Right now it would be a mistake to make the jump and if they have NFL aspirations for 2016 they must quickly turn it around.
Alabama’s secondary include a pair of prospects with middle round grades. Eddie Jackson, a week six riser, has done a terrific job returning from the torn ACL which kept him sidelined in 2014 and leads the Tide with four interceptions. Senior Cyrus Jones entered the season with middle round grades and has one interception and four additional pass break-ups this year.
Seals-Jones and Reynolds have distinct size advantages over their competitors and must start to put it to use.
Florida vs LSU
7PM EST ESPN
Another top ten match-up in the SEC which will have national title implications and could also shape draft boards around the NFL. Florida has surprised pundits with its 6-0 record, defeating highly rated Mississippi along the way. LSU also comes into the game with an unblemished record and is playing the steady football the program is known for.
The focus for NFL scouts in this contest will the defensive backfield which offers a number of top 100 players.
Gators cornerback Brian Poole entered the season with late round grades but has played beyond expectations. He’s shown the ability to shut down opponents and has not made mental mistakes. Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves and safety Keanu Neal, both juniors, have struggled with injury this season but are legitimate second day picks.
LSU stars junior cornerback Tre’Davious White is considered by scouts as the real deal and a top 20 pick. The word I’ve been hearing is White will enter the draft once the season is over. Senior Jalen Mills entered the season with middle round grades and is a solid between the numbers defender with poor measurables.