Bucs Blitz Prospect Watch Week 10

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

Florida State @ Clemson, November 7th on ABC @ 3:30 PM

Tyler Hunter, Safety, Florida State

Hunter is in his 5th season at FSU after a medical redshirt season in 2013 due to a neck injury.  Hunter has tallied 13 total interceptions as the deep man on defense including 4 straight seasons of 3 interceptions (Including 3 in his injury shortened 2013 campaign where he saw action in only 3 games). Hunter stands 5’11” and weighs in at about 200 lbs.

·         Quick and decisive with his movements

·         Plays well out of a backpedal and takes good angles to the ball

·         Versatile player with nickel ability as well as the ability to play both safety spots

·         As a run stopper, needs work identifying and exploding downfield to the ball

·         Risk taker, both a positive and negative as Hunter has shown repeatedly and consistently an ability to force turnovers in the air but with that comes the consequence of giving up the catch and YAC.

Current draft outlook: Day 3 Selection

 

Jayron Kearse, Safety, Clemson

Kearse is in his 3rd year as a starter at safety for Clemson. Kearse has been an impactful player in all facets of the game for Clemson through 3 seasons whether it’s getting to the QB, nabbing an interception or lowering the hit stick on backs. Standing 6’4” and 220 lbs, Kearse will draw comparisons to Telvin Smith from some people. Kearse easily can transition into the box and play a hybrid SAM/SS position.   

·         Size for days with the athleticism to match

·         Good foundation for tackling and hits like a truck

·         Above average coverage skills when covering in zone. Will struggle with speed.

·         Top end speed is not anywhere near elite.

·         Will get overaggressive and over pursue on plays

Current draft outlook: Day 2 Selection

 

Iowa @ Indiana, November 7th on ESPN @ 3:30 PM

Austin Blythe, Center, Iowa

Blythe is another offensive lineman that brings some versatility to the table having played both center (main position) and guard.  Blythe is a third year starter along the Hawkeye’s offensive line and comes into the season standing 6’2” and weighing in at 290 lbs.

·         Solid build for the position with low center of gravity when in stance

·         Shows good attitude and desire to drive opponents off the spot

·         Has shown good success as a run blocker, correctly setting blocks and creating space

·         Will struggle against pass rushers that use their hands well

·         Length is a possible issue as Blythe doesn’t have ideal arm length and can get controlled

Current draft outlook: Day 3 Selection to Undrafted

 

Jason Spriggs, Offensive Tackle, Indiana

Spriggs is coming off a great 2014 season at left tackle blocking for current Falcons change of pace back, Tevin Coleman. Spriggs has been a mainstay at Left Tackle now for three seasons and continues to grow in all phases. Spriggs stands 6’6” and weighs in at 305 lbs. 

·         Good short area quickness

·         Kick-step continues to improve as does his overall pass protection awareness

·         Mentality and desire to beat pass rushers coming off the edge is ideal for the position

·         Struggles with hand placement and extension, sometimes failing to gain control of the rusher first

·         Must continue to develop and fine tune details in his pass and run blocking techniques

Current draft outlook: Day 2 Selection

 

LSU @ Alabama, November 7th on CBS @ 8:00 PM

Vadal Alexander, Offensive Lineman, LSU

Alexander is another of LSU’s dynamic offensive lineman coming off two years as La’El Collins running mate on the left side at guard.  As a senior now, Vadal has taken back to right tackle to anchor that side of the ball for one of the most dynamic running backs in football. Alexander stands 6’5” and weighs in at 329 lbs.

·         Versatility. This word is huge for a lineman and Vadal Alexander has it. With good tape at both left guard and right tackle, Vadal will have a spot in the NFL one way or another.

·         Pro level strength at tackle with enough beef to be a very good guard inside as well.

·         True road grading run blocker

·         Plus footwork and athleticism as shown by his versatility

·         Still working and developing as a pass protector and all eyes will be on that ability to hold the edge against Alabama this week.

Current draft outlook: Day 1 Selection

 

Derrick Henry, Running Back, Alabama

Henry came into 2015 as the feature back for the first time in his tenure at BAMA as he came off a team high 990 yards rushing in 2014.  To this point, Henry has already surpassed last years stats in carries, yards and touchdowns. Henry is a 6’3” 242 lb monster of a back.

·         Lower leg drive makes him a true short yardage animal

·         Decisive runner with good feet for his size. Hits the hole with authority.

·         Pass protection is about average, could use better technique

·         Pass catching ability is in question. Not a natural route runner and hands are stiff.

·         2-down back at the next level

Current draft outlook: Day 2 Selection


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