Bucs Blitz Prospect Watch Week 3 Goes to Clemson, Louisville, and BYU

Each week during the college football season, we will discuss some of the college prospects who have good matchups to watch.

Louisville @ Clemson, September 17th on ESPN

Shaq Lawson, Defensive End, Clemson

Shaq Lawson is a 6’3” 270 lb defensive end who worked in as a reserve in 2014 due to a loaded Clemson defensive front that included Vic Beasley. With Beasley and co. moved on to the NFL, Lawson will be relied on heavily in 2015 to provide a rush off the edge.  

·         Good size and frame. NFL body.

·         Plus quickness in tight spaces.

·         Below average when anchoring and holding the point against runs to the edge

·         Reaction time off the ball needs work.

·         Enters week three of the NCAA season with a sack and 3.5 tackles for a los thru 2 games.

·         Look for Lawson to improve his get off at the snap and ability to finish off plays against Louisville. Lawson needs more snaps and 2015 will provide him just that.  

Current draft outlook: Day 2 Selection

Devonte Fields, Defensive End, Louisville

Devonte Fields comes in at 6’4” and 254 lbs and is a TCU transfer. Fields biggest question marks will come off the field as he was dismissed due to allegations of domestic violence. Fields proved as a freshman for TCU as a 5 star recruit that he could rush the pass, tallying 10 sacks as a freshman in 2012. Fields will look to put together a solid season on the field and a clean one off it before most likely jettisoning to the NFL.

·         Good length and build

·         Good bend and balance when turning the corner

·         Raw technique needs work

·         Natural athlete at the position who currently beats lineman with solely his athleticism.

·         Watch for improved technique and better usage of his speed to power rush. Fields body can easily hold more muscle and it will serve him well when going against NFL caliber lineman.

Current draft outlook: Day 2 Selection

 

Idaho State @ Boise State, September 18th on CBSSN

Darian Thompson, Free Safety, Boise State

Darian Thompson is a lanky free safety standing 6’2” and weighing 210 lbs. Thompson is a Senior for Boise State and entered 2015 coming off a 7 interception season that included another 8 passes defended.

·         Tall and lean athlete

·         Versatile safety who plays the run and pass equally well

·         Good range at the position with an aggressive style of play.

·         Will over pursue against the run at times and will need to improve his discipline

·         Needs to improve his overall movements and tighten up his running style to stay more compact and swift in space

Current draft outlook: Day 2 Selection

 

Brigham Young @ UCLA, September 19th on FS1

Bronson Kaufusi, Defensive End, Brigham Young

Kaufusi is a Senior with great size at 6’7” and 263 lbs.  He began his career at BYU playing behind eventual top 5 pick Ezekiel Ansah and from a mental standpoint, is well ahead of Ansah at this point in the process. Kaufusi is still an ascending player whose production has increased in each of his 3 previous seasons and enters week 3 with a sack thru one game. Kaufusi has been experimented with inside and standing as linebacker but is back at defensive end, where he belongs, in 2015.

·         Lengthy, well-conditioned two sport athlete (Now sole focus on football)

·         Plays the run well and utilizes his length well to work against tackles

·         Has shown ability to win one on one as well as against the double team

·         Look for Kaufusi to continue to ascend and rise up boards as the season progresses. For this week, Kaufusi will be tasked with slowing down UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen.

Current draft outlook: Early Day 2 Selection

 

Fabian Moreau, Corner Back, UCLA

Moreau is a senior from Sunrise Florida who stands at 5’11” and weighs in at 195 lbs.  Moreau is entering his third season as a starter and comes off a 2014 campaign where he earned 2nd team ALL-Pac-12 recognition after breaking up 8 passes in 14. 

·         Good tackler in the open field and comes up to make the play in the flats

·         Man coverage ability as well as the fluidity to have success in the slot at the next level

·         Moreau tends to give some space to receivers to bait the quarterback into throws. Shows good acceleration to the ball in these instances.

·         Ability to make plays on the ball can improve but for the time being, does a good job using his hands to break up passes while staying off the receiver

·         Look for Moreau to tighten up his overall play and become a playmaker, not just a play stopper when it comes to the ball being in the air. If Moreau can improve in this area he can drastically help out his draft stock.

Current draft outlook: Day 3 Selection


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