2022 NFL Draft: College Game Recaps - Week 3



This section breaks down many college football games each week and highlights how 2022 NFL Draft Prospects have performed.

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  • Alabama moved junior Evan Neal from right tackle to the left side for the 2021 season because Alex Leatherwood left for NFL. The 6-foot-7, 350-pound Neal is a massive blocker who is tough in the ground game and moves well for his size. He played at guard as a freshman in 2019, and then last year, he was the starting right tackle. Neal put together an excellent sophomore season, with the one exception being the SEC Championship Game, in which Florida's fast edge rushers had a good game against him and he had lot of problems keeping them out of the backfield. There was interest coming into this rematch as to how Neal would performed while also being at his new position on the blind side.

    Gators edge rusher Brenton Cox and defensive end Zachary Carter are future pros who were there to challenge Neal. On the first drive of the game, Neal was flawless, notching wins versus Carter, but on the second drive, a young speed rusher flew by Neal on a third down to force a throw. Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien tried to protect Neal by calling a lot of quick passes and not giving Florida's rushers time. At different points during the afternoon, some speed rushers, including Carter, managed to blow by Neal and he was bailed out by quarterback Bryce Young. Neal was effective as a run blocker though, tying up his defenders and creating some push at the line.

    Overall, the tape of this contest would suggest that Neal is a better fit for right tackle in the NFL. He has shocking speed and athleticism for such a massive blocker, but his feet can sometimes get stuck in the ground, which allows speed rushers to work upfield while he's not getting depth in his drop. That could be a problem as a blind-side protector in the NFL. Instead, he could be a very good pro right tackle. Neal looks like a future top-20 pick.


  • Both Carter and Cox played well in this game. Carter was a presence in the backfield and did a nice job of defending against the run. This tape gave Carter the look of a potential second-round pick, but some teams might give him consideration late in Round 1.

    Cox was very good for Florida, notching a coverage sack and coming close to other sacks thanks to blowing by the Alabama right tackle. Cox collapsed the line for some run stuffs and almost made a difficult interception when he dropped into coverage on a zone blitz. Cox's performance against the Crimson Tide will help his draft grade, and he looks like a good fit as a potential 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.


  • Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam is a potential early-round pick, and he was seeing a dangerous set of Alabama receivers. In the first half, Elam was excellent. He had tight coverage on Jamison Williams and broke up a pass downfield. Shortly later, Elam had John Metchie blanketed to force a third-down incompletion, but the officials blew the play by calling Elam for a holding when replays showed that Metchie was trying to push off Elam. It should have been offensive pass interference. Elam added another third-down pass breakup to finally get the Gators' defense to force a punt. In the second quarter, Elam was running with Metchie on a deep route and got a hand in there late to force another incompletion.

    This tape will definitely help Elam, who excelled against some future NFL receivers. Elam ran the route to prevent separation, and he used his size to get in good position while showing good timing to break up passes.





  • Other Games

    Away Team Home Team Time TV
    Ohio  at  Louisiana 9/16/2021 8:00:00 PM ESPN
    Central Florida  at  Louisville 9/17/2021 7:30:00 PM ESPN
    Maryland  at  Illinois 9/17/2021 9:00:00 PM FS1
    UAB  at  North Texas 9/18/2021 12:00:00 PM
    East Carolina  at  Marshall 9/18/2021 12:00:00 PM
    Eastern Michigan  at  Massachusetts 9/18/2021 12:00:00 PM
    Ball State  at  Wyoming 9/18/2021 12:00:00 PM
    South Carolina State  at  New Mexico State 9/18/2021 12:00:00 PM
    Chattanooga  at  Kentucky 9/18/2021 12:00:00 PM SECN+
    Southeast Missouri State  at  Missouri 9/18/2021 12:00:00 PM SECN+



    Other Weeks:

    2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 0
    2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 1
    2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 2
    2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 3
    2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 4
    2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 5
    2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 6
    2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 7
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