Bucs Blitz Prospect Watch Week 9

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

West Virginia @ TCU, Thursday October 29th on FS1 @ 7:30 PM

Rushel Shell, Running Back, West Virginia

Rushel is in his 2nd season with the Mountaineers, coming off a 2014 campaign where he led the team in rushing. A Pitt transfer, Rushel was previously a highly recruited player out of high school. Rushel Shell stands 5’10” and weighs in at 221 lbs as a redshirt Jr.

·         Relaxed runner, willing to sit behind his blocks as the play develops

·         A to B running style getting downfield in a hurry

·         Runs with solid pad level and churns the legs

·         Limited versatility as a back, 2-down runner at the next level

·         Short area quickness and explosion are below average

Current draft outlook: Day 3 Selection to undrafted


Josh Doctson, Wide Receiver, TCU

Doctson is in a long line of developing receivers that will take over the late first to early third rounds in this year’s draft. Doctson is a 6’2”, 195 lb target for Trevone Boykin and the high powered TCU offense. A redshirt Senior, Doctson is looking to put a stamp on his draft status over the last several weeks of the college season.

·         Excellent length and knows how to use it

·         Shows good body control and flexibility when extending to the football

·         Springs up and highpoints the football, finishes plays

·         Shows good deep speed and breaks well in route

·         Lacks the overall strength and build some teams want in a top target

·         Needs to show he can get off press coverage at the line

Current draft outlook: Day 2 Selection


East Carolina @ Connecticut, Friday October 30th on ESPU @ 7:00 PM

Bryce Williams, Tight End, East Carolina

Williams quite possibly is the best tight end you’ve never heard of at the college level this season. A two time walk on, Williams found his way to East Carolina in 2012 and was a 2014 second team All-Conference player. Williams spent the last two seasons as a full-back and as a junior, scored four touchdown passes in the redzone.  The converted tight end is making his way towards being drafted as a project with big upside. Williams is 6’6” and weighs in at 258 lbs as a redshirt Senior.

·         H-Back skillset as a fullback-tight end hybrid

·          Solid blocker with developing athleticism when lined up in line and out wide

·         Has shown surprisingly reliable hands (38 receptions thru 8 games, already a career high)

·         Ascending player who is growing each week

·         While ascending, there are still areas of needed growth such as the route running and handling edge defenders against the run

Current draft outlook: Day 3 Selection



Georgia @ Florida, October 31st on CBS @ 3:30 PM

Leonard Floyd, Defensive End (Plays OLB in 34), Georgia

Floyd is a redshirt Junior sporting a lean 6’3” 232 lb frame, give or take some weight on the frame as reports have him adding weight heading into the season. Floyd has posted two straight seasons of 6+ sacks and through 7 games in 2015 he’s racked up 3 and that number may be going up this week against an inexperienced Gator line.   

·         Good initial get off

·         Bends well around the edge and has shown good closing speed

·         Good handwork and club move help Floyd get into the backfield

·         Lean for a defensive end prospect in a 43

·         Must work on run defense and spatial awareness when rushing the passer

Current draft outlook: Day 2 Selection


Jonathan Bullard, Defensive Lineman, Florida

Bullard still appears to be an unknown to the casual college football fan but make no doubt about it, Bullard is a potential day 1 pick in the upcoming draft. The Senior prospect stands 6’3” and weighs in at 283 lbs. Bullard splits out wide at end from time to time but has made his impact inside at 3T for the Gators.   

·         Power. Bullard is all power and he brings it from defensive end and tackle with a dominant bull rush

·         Uses length and strength as well as anyone and anchors extremely well against the run while maintaining his gap integrity. 

·         Top run defending end prospect and possess the ability to rotate inside on passing downs to provide immediate interior pass rush.

·         Lateral agility is a tick off for Bullard and is why he’ll be limited to rushing the strong side as an end. Agility is fine when comparing to interior lineman.

·         Struggles to force his own path around the edge when rushing the passer

·         Has shown the ability to take on and finish through double teams when lined up at 3-Tech

Current draft outlook: Day 2 Selection

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