Mississippi State’s LaDarius Perkins vs. Auburn’s Tre Mason
Both LaDarius Perkins and Tre Mason failed to impress this past weekend. In fact, they combined to only register 18 carries for 70 yards. This performance doesn’t capture the talent of these two running backs. However, both will need to show more production in order to remain in the early round mix.
Perkins’ lack of production can somewhat be explained by the fact he was still nursing an injury. It’ll be important to check back on his play once he is back to full strength.
Alabama’s C.J. Mosley vs. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel
Love him or hate him, Johnny Manziel is the most exciting player in all of college football. His ability to make plays with both his feet and arm make it tough for any defense to shut him down. While his antics on and off the field are criticized, I see someone who just loves to play the game of football.
C.J. Mosley likely had some nightmares of trying to defend Manziel. Alabama did ask Mosley to spy Manziel for a large part of the game, and he struggled to keep him in the pocket. On more than a handful of plays, Manziel was able to break contain and pick up big chunks of yards.
To be fair, Mosley wasn’t the only Alabama defender who struggled against Texas A&M.
Manziel just has a knack for producing big plays. As a passer, he showed excellent touch down the field and commitment to squaring his body to his target. His lightening quick release is just another tool he uses to keep defenses off balance.
Despite the negativity surrounding his behavior on and off the field, it really just looks like Manziel loves playing the game of football. He routinely has a smile on his face and appears to be enjoying every minute on the field.
His NFL future will continue to be one of the more debated topics, but no one could argue that this kid doesn’t have talent. It might take an offensive minded head coach who understands that Manziel is a unique player who’ll provided three amazing plays for every risky decision.
Penn State’s DaQuan Jones vs. Central Florida
DaQuan Jones and the entire Penn State defense really struggled against Central Florida. The defensive line was unable to generate pressure on the quarterback or make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Jones was one of the few defensive linemen who had any success.
However, his penetration was few and far between. His overall stock isn’t hurt much by this game, but he needs a bounce back game to continue his upward momentum.
Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro vs. No. 24 TCU
Texas Tech’s upset victory over TCU is the first signature win in Cliff Kingsbury’s tenure as head coach. Tight end Jace Amaro was just one of the many players who played a key role in this win. Amaro used his size, speed and good hands to register nine receptions for 97 yards.
He showed both fluid movements while running routes and the quickness to pick up yards after the catch. NFL teams will want to see him improve as a blocker, but his impact at the next level will come as a pass-catcher.
I currently have Amaro ranked as my No. 3 tight end prospect and in the second-round range. He could easily finish the year as the top tight-end prospect thanks to the early problems surrounding Oregon’s Colt Lyerla and Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins.