Bucs Blitz Prospect Watch Week 8

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

California @ UCLA, Thursday October 22nd on ESPN @ 9:00 PM

Jordan Rigsbee, Offensive Guard, California

Rigsbee is a third year starter now at Cal on the inside.  Rigsbee has been the teams left guard and has gotten reps at center, where he’s possibly best suited in the NFL. Rigsbee enters his redshirt senior year standing 6’4” and weighing in at 300 lbs.

·         Struggles with balance, particularly in pass protection

·         Second level blocking and pulling are in question where his clunky short area quickness and agility become a problem

·         Plays with good leverage

·         Shows a strong punch and gets good push on initial contact

·         Shows tremendous fight and aggression throughout the snap

Current draft outlook: Day 3 Selection to undrafted

 

Kenny Clark, Defensive Tackle, UCLA

Often playing second fiddle to Myles Jack heading into the season, Jack’s injury has provided an opening for Clark to shine on his own. Inside at DT, few are better at playing the run than Clark. Clark enters his junior year standing 6’3” and weighing in at 308 lbs.

·         Scheme versatile after being well versed across multiple positions on the defensive line.

·         Good initial get off but fades quick against the pass

·         Wins with leverage and anchors well which is where he makes his money as a run defender.

·         Short area agility and quickness are not his strong suit

·         Experienced, Clark has played in every game since stepping on campus.

Current draft outlook: Day 2 Selection

 

Penn State @ Maryland, Saturday October 24th on ESPN @ 3:30 PM

Anthony Zettel, Defensive Line, Penn State

The redshirt senior has moved inside for his senior year after coming to Penn State as a defensive end. Zettel has bulked up and become a force inside, where his quickness allows him to explode into the play. Standing 6’4” and weighing in at  about 280 lbs, Zettel is a scheme versatile player that will be coveted given his experience playing across multiple fronts.   

·         Versatile, Versatile, Versatile. Like Will Gholston in Tampa, the ability to play multiple spots on a line WELL is a commodity.

·          Over pursues on the edge at times and loses contain

·         Utilizes a spin move well

·         Great first step and snap recognition

·         Violent and active hands

Current draft outlook: Day 1 Selection

 

 

Missouri @ Vanderbilt, Saturday October 24th on SEC Network @ 4:00 PM

Evan Boehm, Center, Missouri

Boehm enters the game with 47 starts under his belt and is the leader of the offensive line.  The senior prospect stands 6’3” and is a stout 320 lbs. A state champion wrestler in high school, Boehm has shown the ability to work well in tight spaces.

·         Boehm sports an NFL ready frame and the strength to back it up at center

·         One thing some of the top center prospects lack right now is playing time at center, Boehm on the other hand enters this week with 35 career starts at center

·         Shows good leg drive and punch after the snap, quickly getting his head up and setting into defenders

·         Shows good mobility when pulling and moving into the second level and has shown flexibility when battling the pass rush

·         Boehm drops his eyes and will get beat by the swim and at times spin moves due to minor lapses in vision.

Current draft outlook: Day 2 Selection

 

Caleb Azubike, Defensive End, Vanderbilt

Azubike will be a project end in the NFL for a 4-3 team like the Bucs but may offer some late round upside. Azubike is a senior standing 6’4” and weighing in at 262 lbs. For three years Azubike has played as a reserve/rotational end while seeing some time at outside linebacker last season and currently in 2015 is back to defensive end.   

·         Strong side end potential, Azubike has shown good a good power rush and the ability to hold the edge against the run

·         Has struggled to beat lineman with quickness, lacking the quickness and burst desired in pure pass rushers.

·         Strong build and NFL ready body, needs a lot of refinement in technique

·         Has shown good discipline in 2015 while racking up stops against the run, still looking to find a pass rush move aside from the bull rush.

 Current draft outlook: Day 3 Selection to Undrafted


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