This is clearly the game of the weekend, featuring several big name draft prospects. A lot of hyped players will need to perform, can they deliver? Keep an eye on FSU cornerback Greg Reid – he’s an excellent cover corner who plays physical but has the speed you look for at the next level. He’ll have a tough task keeping a lid on the Sooner’s pass-heavy offense and he’ll need help from the FSU defensive line. Reid in my opinion is the best player on the field tonight.
I’m not sold on the Brandon Jenkins hype. He’s a one-dimensional player in that he’s got the speed to do serious damage in college but not the repertoire to really trouble pro-lineman. Projections in the first round are premature, but another year collecting sacks will help his cause.
Everyone will be looking for a big performance from Landry Jones, but this is typically the kind of game he’s struggled in previously. He’s on the road, he’s facing a decent pass rush/secondary combo and he’s going to be out of his comfort zone. He had an easy win against a raw Seminoles side last year on home turf, this will be a very different game. If he thrives, so will his draft stock. I keep thinking back to the Missouri game last year when he was outclassed by Blaine Gabbert. Oklahoma were ranked #1 that evening too and blew it. Big game for Jones tonight.
Ryan Broyles is the latest prolific receiver to come out of the OU system. I have a hard time placing him in the NFL despite the numbers, he won’t be able to manufacture stats at the next level. A mid-round grade appears generous and based purely on production.
Expect thoughts on this game tomorrow including a review piece on other top prospects. I’ll be watching tape from Arizona-Stanford and Washington-Nebraska too over the next 48 hours.