Central Florida’s Blake Bortles vs. South Carolina’s Pass Rush
Blake Bortles is off to a fast start this season. He has really turned some heads while significantly improving his draft stock. This weekend offers his toughest matchup of the season as he prepares to face South Carolina and Jadeveon Clowney.One of Bortles’ biggest issues last season was his inconsistency when faced with heavy pressure. The combination of Clowney and Chaz Sutton will make things difficult on Bortles. He needs to show better decision making and that he can make plays in the face of adversity.
Arkansas’ Trey Flowers and Chris Smith vs. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel
Arkansas’ duo of Trey Flowers and Chris Smith has the daunting task of having to keep Johnny Manziel in the pocket. It’ll be important for both players to keep contain while working their way into the pocket.Flowers is the more impressive player of the two with the potential to work his way into the second round. He does a great job playing with balance and using change of direction to generate pressure. Manziel will test both his physical and mental capacity this weekend.
Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey vs. Washington’s Bishop Sankey
This year’s running back class continues to be a very fluid situation. There’s plenty of talented prospects looking to separate themselves from the pack. Both Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey and Washington’s Bishop Sankey will look to use this weekend’s matchup to gain some separation.Carey is an explosive runner who can score from anywhere on the field. His vision and seamless cuts make it tough for any defense to keep him in check. He needs to prove his off-field issues are behind him in order to remain in the first-round mix.
There’s a ton of love for Sankey in the draft community. However, I see a running back who is productive but also has issues. He lacks the break-away speed to consistently produce big plays. Because of this issue, Sankey’s overall potential is limited.
Colorado’s Paul Richardson vs. Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks
There are several wide-receiver prospects in this draft class who lack great size but possess a lot of explosiveness. Two of those prospects, Paul Richardson and Brandin Cooks, are facing off this weekend when Colorado takes on Oregon State.This game will give both prospects a chance to move up in the pecking order. I have Richardson currently rated as a better prospect because of his good leaping ability and long arms. He appears to be a more natural route runner and big-play threat.
However, Cooks has shown a lot of improvement from week to week. The more confidence he gains the better he produces on the field.