2016 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps – Week 5

This section breaks down many college football games each week and highlights how 2016 NFL Draft Prospects have performed. Or look at the 2016 NFL Draft Stock page (link coming soon).

By Charlie Campbell.
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Florida 38, Ole Miss 10
  • There happened to be one of the top draft matchups of the year in this game with Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell going against Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. Even when Treadwell wasn’t going against Hargreaves, he was seeing other elite defensive backs with cornerback Jalen Tabor and safety Keanu Neal. Tabor is a potential first-rounder in 2017 and the junior Neal could be an early-rounder in 2016. Treadwell had a big game against Alabama a few weeks ago, but disappointed against Florida’s crop of future NFL defensive backs.

    Early in the second quarter, Treadwell got involved with a nice leaping reception, but that was really the highlight of the night for him. He had four receptions for 43 yards at the half, and Ole Miss didn’t throw at Hargreaves. In the third quarter, Treadwell beat Neal in zone coverage, running wide open downfield, but the pass was overthrown for an incompletion. Treadwell had a dropped pass a little bit later. He finished with five receptions for 42 yards.

    Overall, Treadwell was disappointing, and he struggled to get separation from any of the Gators defensive backs. The blown coverage in zone by Neal was the only play that saw Treadwell really get open for Chad Kelly. Treadwell is a big, physical receiver, but this tape gave evidence that he could have a hard time separating from NFL defensive backs. Treadwell’s stock will be harmed by this tape.

  • Conversely, Hargreaves helped himself. Hargreaves had a good tackle on a third down to limit a gain short of the first down. In the fourth quarter, he allowed a short reception that went for a first down. Shortly later, he read Kelly’s eyes to jump a pass for an interception. He raced down the sideline for 36 yards to the 5-yard line. It was Hargreaves’ third pick of the season, and he looked as good as advertised in coverage.

  • Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche is a high first-rounder according to some draft pundits. He isn’t a natural pass-rusher with only five sacks in his college career, but Nkemdiche has a rare combination of size and speed with tons of upside. In the first quarter, Nkemdiche bull-rushed the guard into the backfield and nailed quarterback Will Grier just after he got the pass off for a 36-yard touchdown.

    Throughout the first half, Nkemdiche was rotating out at some key moments, and he was huffing and puffing on the sideline. Nkemdiche and the Rebel defense looked gassed in the second quarter. In the second half, Nkemdiche was a non-factor. This tape won’t help his draft grade.

  • Florida junior wide receiver Demarcus Robinson has had a quiet start to the season and has been in the doghouse of the new coaching staff. However, Robinson looked like he viewed this as a time to breakout in his junior year. He was excellent to help the Gators build a huge lead.
  • In the first quarter, Robinson started hot with a 15-yard out and a bubble screen where he broke a tackle in the backfield to convert a third-and-short. Robinson then burned corner Tony Bridges and a safety on a deep post to haul in a 36-yard touchdown. He followed that up with a leaping one-handed catch for 16 yards.

    The Gators didn’t need Robinson in the second half, as the defense put the game away with some turnovers that set up short fields and easy points. Robinson totaled 98 yards on eight receptions. This tape will definitely help his draft grade.

    Oklahoma State 36, Kansas State 34
  • There were some nice battles in the trenches with Oklahoma State defensive ends Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean taking on a tough Kansas State offensive line led by left tackle Cody Whitehair. Ogbah is a consensus future first-rounder, while Whitehair is projected by some to be in the running as one of the top guards.

    Early in the first quarter, Ogbah bull-rushed Whitehair into the pocket and almost created a sack for the Cowboys. Shortly later, Ogbah had another nice bull rush on Whitehair. In the second quarter, he went against right tackle and beat him with first-step quickness and a rip move to get to the quarterback for a sack. He then fought through a double-team for a pressure.

    In the third quarter, Whitehair was bull-rushed by a defensive tackle and allowed a sack. Shortly later, Ogbah blasted through the left guard to get a tackle for a loss on a quarterback draw to stop a third down. Ogbah then beat Whitehair with a speed rush around the corner and was just a second away from a sack. A few plays later, Ogbah burned the right tackle to almost get a sack, but he missed the tackle. He then got up and helped finish off the scrambling quarterback with a teammate. In the final seconds of the game, Ogbah drew a holding from Whitehair to help clinch the win for the Cowboys.

    Overall, this was a good tape for Ogbah. He showed that he can beat offensive linemen with power and speed. Ogbah showed an array of pass-rushing moves and was effective lining up at a variety of spots. This was a tape that provides evidence of Ogbah being a first-round talent.

    Whitehair hurt his draft stock and showed that he needs to get stronger for the NFL. He is able to get bull-rushed and has to get better at sustaining his blocks. This performance doesn’t provide evidence that Whitehair could stay at left tackle, and the projections of a move to guard look accurate.

    Alabama 38, Georgia 10
  • This game had a ton of NFL prospects going head-to-head in the trenches. Both teams feature a physical running back going against NFL talent in the other teams front seven. Alabama junior running back Derrick Henry is a potential first-rounder, and he was taking on two future NFL linebackers in Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins. Floyd is mainly a pass-rusher and Jenkins is a balanced defender. They were all active from the start. Early in the first quarter, Henry had the ball stripped out by Jenkins to give Georgia the ball on Alabama’s side of the field. Other than that play, it was all Alabama.

    Henry helped redeem himself when he made one cut and darted down the field untouched for a 30-yard touchdown. From there, Henry was in a groove. He was running downhill on Georgia, picking up yards after contact and breaking tackles. He used his speed to hit the hole quickly and his power to finish runs well. Henry totaled 148 yards on 26 carries with the score and the fumble. Even with the turnover, this tape will help Henry to grade out as a first-rounder.

  • There weren’t many notable plays for the Georgia duo, as the Alabama offense had its way with the Bulldogs. Jenkins came close to a sack after he beat a tight end around the edge. In the third quarter, Floyd couldn’t grasp Henry in the backfield and the power back surged ahead for a gain of over 10 yards. In garbage time, Jenkins had a tackle for a loss of nine yards in the fourth quarter. Overall, Jenkins held his own in the ground game, but Floyd’s weakness in run defense were exposed. Neither player came up with an impact play in the pass rush and Georgia was curiously dropping Floyd in coverage often.

  • On the other side of the ball, Alabama has NFL prospects in defensive end Jonathan Allen, tackle A’Shawn Robinson and linebacker Reggie Ragland. They were being challenged by two tremendous sophomore running backs in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Georgia left tackle John Theus is also a NFL prospect.

    Ragland had an eventful first half. He had a bone-rattling hit on Malcolm Mitchell to break up a pass. The next play, Theus buried Ragland on a pass rush. For most of the first half, Ragland wasn’t having success rushing against Theus on obvious passing plays. Ragland then bull-rushed Theus right into the quarterback to start a sack for Alabama. That was very ugly for Theus.

    Ragland was active with tackles in the ground game and did well in coverage. This was a solid performance for him. Theus looks more like a right tackle for the NFL.

  • Georgia senior wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell really played well. He had a big 36-yard reception down the middle of the field to set up a field goal early in the game. In the third quarter, Mitchell made a tremendous adjustment to whirl around and catch a ball downfield. He totaled 65 yards on three catches, but Mitchell flashed for Georgia.

    Oklahoma 44, West Virginia 24
  • Entering this game, West Virginia senior safety Karl Joseph was tied for the lead in the nation with four interceptions and was off to a great start to his final year of college football. That trend continued with a superb game against Oklahoma.

    In the first quarter, Joseph covered the slot receiver closely for an incompletion running through the end zone. Joseph then came over the top and gave a bone-rattling hit on a wide receiver along the sideline. The massive blow knocked the ball out for an incompletion to prevent a long gain.

    Early in the fourth quarter, Joseph made a huge impact play with a leaping interception. He had tight coverage and made an impressive catch in front of the bigger receiver. Shortly later, Joseph blitzed out of the slot and dodged a blocker to get a sack. There were other plays where Joseph made stiff tackles in run support and had close coverage on receivers.

    This was a fantastic tape from Joseph. He showed everything the NFL could ask in terms of pass coverage, run defense, ball skills and instincts, as well as being assignment sound. If Joseph was taller and above 6-foot, he would be a first-round pick, but being a short thick safety he’s more likely to go in Round 2. However, being a late first-rounder like Matt Elam or Jimmie Ward seems possible.

  • Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard had some clutch plays to get the Sooners a tough road comeback win against Tennessee in Week 2. He continued his strong season with some impact plays against West Virginia. It started with a 26-yard punt return in the first half. Shepard later ran a great route as he faked a slant and then ran down the sideline for the front corner of the end zone. The ball was lofted into Shepard for an easy 28-yard touchdown as he made a nice over the shoulder hands catch after burning the cornerback. Shepard (2-35) didn’t have a big game, but found a way to make an impact.

  • Oklahoma junior cornerback Zack Sanchez has had a mixed season thus far in 2015. After an excellent game against Tennessee in Week 2, Sanchez struggled against Tulsa in Week 4. This game was more of the same with some up-and-down play.

    Early in the third quarter, Sanchez was beaten by a freshman receiver on a fade pass jump ball in the end zone. Sanchez took away the inside, and the wideout got some separation running an out. On the next drive Sanchez tripped and that allowed a deep reception to the five-yard line. A few plays later, Sanchez blitzed off the edge and got a sack. Sanchez was flagged for a holding in the fourth quarter.

    Overall, Sanchez showed that he needs to improve and get more consistent. His up-and-down play keeps him more as a second-day player. Returning for his senior year might not be a bad decision for Sanchez.

  • Oklahoma senior outside linebacker Eric Striker had a big game for the Sooners, but he did a lot of his damage going unblocked off the edge. Striker had some good and bad plays against some zone read runs. In the second quarter Striker beat the left tackle despite a hold to sack the quarterback. In the fourth quarter Striker came off the blind side unblocked to get a strip-sack. A teammate scooped up the ball and returned it for a touchdown.

    Striker also had a tackle total in the mid-teens to go along with his multi-sack performance. This was a good tape for him that showed that his explosiveness and speed make him a dangerous weapon. The problem for Striker is that his size makes him a tweener linebacker-safety for the next level. Finding a role for Striker will be a challenge in the NFL.

    TCU 50, TCU 7
  • Last week, TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson destroyed Texas Tech in a last-minute win for the Horned Frogs. He set a school record for 267 yards and three touchdowns on 18 receptions. He kept his hot play against Texas. Early in the first quarter, he caught a square in to move the chains and then made a leaping 15-yard touchdown reception in the back corner of the end zone. Doctson played basketball and out jumped the defender to high-point the ball while getting two feet in bounds before falling out of bounds. It was a phenomenal catch on a play that is called often in the NFL.

    With only seconds remaining in the first quarter, Texas was slow to get lined up, and TCU burned them on a halfback pass with Doctson running wide open down the field for a 29-yard touchdown. Shortly later, he had a dropped pass when he was slow getting his head around coming out of his break and that led to the ball getting on him faster than he expected. Doctson later went up the ladder again for another leaping grab.

    Docton totaled 129 yards on seven receptions with those two scores. Doctson is a big possession receiver for the NFL. He doesn’t have the speed and separation skills against NFL caliber cornerbacks. Still, Doctson looks like a nice target on the second day of the draft.

  • Texas defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway was a beast against Oklahoma State and Cal earlier this season. However, TCU took him out of this game. They sent double teams his direction, and their spread offense lit up the scoreboard quickly. This tape won’t hurt or help Ridgeway’s draft stock.


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