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2014 Collegiate Player Impressions

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Weeks 1 & 2: A Pretty Short List

 

QBs

None of the "big names" that I saw impressed me. Most looked like good athletes who could buy time until they found a wide-open guy. Foremost among these was Mariotta who at times looked inferior to MiSt's Cook. Cook will drive coaches crazy with great play after great play inexplicably negated by boneheaded throws.

Only one QB, VaTech's Brewer, appeared to have the head for the position... unfortunately he has little else and at least twice in the game he should have literally had his head examined for concussion symptoms.

 

RBs

Two caught my eye... Oregon's Royce Freeman and GA's Todd Gurley. Both have a speed/ power combo going for them that future employees will covet.

 

WRs/ TEs

None

 

O-line

None

 

D-line

Maybe VaTech's starter, Luther Maddy, is the real deal. But maybe OSU's line just made him look that way.

The Buckeye's Bosa flashed a few times... we shall see.

 

LBs

None

 

DBs

Trae Waynes (MI St) looked awesome. MI St may be a CB factory.

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OSU, and meatchickens QB's suck

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Is this a "Heisman trophy" discussion?

 

Pretty much to be considered for that award now one has to be a QB on a championship contending team.

Ergo, Jameis and Mariota are the top candidates.

 

Todd Gurley seemed like a possible to crack that category with his performance.

 

And lets note this: The kid that replaced JMZ at Texas A&M had a better game in his first time behind center than JFF ever did. So? Is it the system....or the player?

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Is this a "Heisman trophy" discussion?

Not necessarily... more of a notepad for players that caught an eye...

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Today's crop:

 

1. Tennesee's Marquez North (WR 6-4 221 SO) - only 3 for 15, but a pretty TD...

 

2. Ark O-line... huge guys with a couple that can move.

 

3. Ark RBs: Looks like they have their own West/ Crow 1-2 punch in Williams / Collins. Collins runs "tough"

 

4. Cinci Bearcat LB Jeff Luc is kinda fast for his 6'1 256 size...

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ESPN's Top 8 in their Heisman Watch:

 

1. Marcus Mariota..Oregon QB

2. Todd Gurley...Georgia RB

3. Alice Cooper...Alabama WR

4. Ameer Abdullah...Nebraska RB

5. Kenny Hill...Texas A&M QB

6. Everert Golson...Notre Dame QB

7. Taysom Hill...BYU QB

8. Dak Prescott...Miss. St. QB

 

no mention or Winston

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Watching Mariota and his Ducks go down against AZ last nite, I could not help but think "David Carr".

 

Most of the positive impressions were around high-motor, AZ defenders, but no player jumped off the screen and said "draft me".

 

The Duck players aside from Marcus have been reading too many press clippings...

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Bosa has the look of a 3-4 DE, but I think he's going to go too high.

 

There be some ballers on the Mississippi St. roster:

- QB Prescott has size, a nice arm and presence;

- WR Wilson has size, nice hands and looks fairly fast; and

- their 2 ILBs, McKinney (6'5, 249) and Brown (2 INTs) both look athletic.

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Saw that Brown kid. I'd like to see more on him. Good discipline and range in coverage. Nabbing another ILB would be nice because, let's be honest - Dansby's play will decline quickly in the next couple years.

 

As for Bosa, by some miracle I pray he would drop to us if the Brownies are picking in the teens.

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The Stanford DT/ NT, David Parry looks interesting... especially on the nose. good size 6'2 300, nice quicks, nice motor. 5th yr Senior.

 

On Bama Cooper looks like a really good, midsize WR prospect.

While I am wary of Bama RBs... I gotta think TJ Yeldon is going to be a good one. He always makes me think of former, 48er Saftey, Merton Hanks.

And for the next Punter as a weapon, how about Scott.

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Alabama has had a lot of players get drafted high in the NFL and not live up to expectations (or straight up leave the league)

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Parry stood out to me as well. I'd be interested in a mid round pick for him.

 

Cooper plays that John Mayer football. He runs strong routes and fights through contact, I think he'd make a fine fringe #1 WR. Is he a Julio,

Green or Alshon? No. But he is damn good in his own right.

 

As for Yeldon, I couldn't disagree more. The kid can't get past his ball security issues.

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