The Music City Bowl offers a stark contrast in offensive styles as the option attack of Georgia Tech tries to keep the ball away from Mississippi’s passing game. Jon Dove breaks down the top prospects in this contest.
Jeremiah Attaochu/LB/Georgia Tech: Jeremiah Attaochu is a well-rounded defender who flashes potential as a pass rusher. He’s a bit undersized but makes up for it with his long arms, high motor and athleticism. Attaochu does a good job using inside hand placement to keep clean while he bends around the edge and pursues the quarterback. It’ll be important for him to show he’s capable of dropping in coverage during the draft process—especially in the combine drills. This will be the key to how early he comes off the board because while he’s a solid pass rusher he’s far from elite. 4th Round
Donte Moncrief/WR/Ole Miss: Donte Moncrief has the physical attributes evaluators look for in a wide receiver prospect. His size creates a mismatch on the outside while his speed allows him to stretch the field. The issue is Moncrief isn’t a great route runner and struggles to create separation. He also has a tendency to disappear in games and drop catchable balls. The word is that Moncrief is leaning towards entering the draft, but he might benefit by returning to school and working out some of his concentration issues. Late 4th Round
Charles Sawyer/CB/Ole Miss: Heading into the season I had Charles Sawyer as a potential second-round prospect. However, this season as a disaster starting with an injury that hurt his play on the field and then a DUI arrest later in the year. Sawyer has the natural ability to make it at the next level but needs to show he’s not a character risk. 6th Round
Jemea Thomas/DB/Georgia Tech: Jemea Thomas has seen time at both cornerback and safety throughout his career at Georgia Tech. This year he mainly lined up at cornerback where he showed good movement skills and quickness. The issue is he seems to be thinking too much and not relying on his instincts. This could have to do with splitting time between positions. Until he proves to be a more consistent player Thomas is more of an upside type prospect. His lack of size will also hurt his draft position. 6th Round