2023 NFL Draft: College Game Recaps - Week 3



This section breaks down many college football games each week and highlights how 2023 NFL Draft Prospects have performed.

By Charlie Campbell.
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  • Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter is one of the top prospects for the 2023 NFL Draft, but there was doubt if he would play against South Carolina due to an ankle injury. Carter came onto the field during the first third down of the game and got off his block to get in on a tackle that stopped the running back short of a first down. Aside from that play, Carter was not used much as the Bulldogs routed the Gamecocks, which let the Bulldogs save him from a heavy work load. In the second half, Georgia pulled its starters completely. Carter will be needed later in the season, and there will be other games that are better for evaluation purposes.


  • South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler has a good arm to go along with mobility. He had an excellent 2020 season for Oklahoma before disappointing in 2021 and transferring to the Gamecocks. In his first SEC conference tilt, Rattler was streaky, flashing his big-time ability, but also having some ugly passes and inaccurate passes in a loss to Arkansas. In Week 3, Rattler saw the toughest defense he will see all season with the Bulldogs, and things did not go well for Rattler.

    In the second quarter, Rattler threw a beautiful bomb down the sideline for a 46-yard gain. He beat good coverage with his throw, lofting in a pass over the head of the defensive back. Two plays later, however, Rattler was starting to feel some pressure, and he underthrew a pass across the field, which turned into an easy interception for Georgia. It was a terrible decision and an awful throw by Rattler.

    Rattler was ineffective for the remainder of the first half, and he did not convert a third down until early on after halftime. Midway through the third quarter, Rattler threw deep into double coverage and had the pass intercepted. It was not a good throw, but the Gamecocks were desperate and his receiver had a size advantage over the defensive backs. Rattler finished completing 13-of-25 passes for 118 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions.

    Rattler has a good skill set, but he needs to improve his accuracy and decision-making while under pressure. When Rattler has a clean pocket, he can be deadly, but when he is under pressure, his decision making and accuracy are horrible. Due to his remaining eligibility, Rattler should return and improve before going to the NFL.


  • South Carolina defensive tackle Zacch Pickens is viewed as an early-round talent for the 2023 NFL Draft, but that was not evident against Georgia. Pickens had a couple of nice plays in run support, working off blocks to make some tackles. However, he was a complete non-factor as a pass rusher. Pickens did not show the ability to shed blocks or the skill set to fire past or over power blockers. This tape won't help Pickens' draft grade.





  • Other Games

    Away Team Home Team Time TV
    Florida State  at  Louisville 9/16/2022 12:00:00 PM
    Air Force  at  Wyoming 9/16/2022 12:00:00 PM CBSSN
    Wofford  at  Virginia Tech 9/17/2022 12:00:00 PM
    Georgia  at  South Carolina 9/17/2022 12:00:00 PM
    Connecticut  at  Michigan 9/17/2022 12:00:00 PM
    Oklahoma  at  Nebraska 9/17/2022 12:00:00 PM FOX
    Texas State  at  Baylor 9/17/2022 12:00:00 PM FS1
    Youngstown State  at  Kentucky 9/17/2022 12:00:00 PM
    Abilene Christian  at  Missouri 9/17/2022 12:00:00 PM
    Villanova  at  Army 9/17/2022 12:00:00 PM CBSSN



    Other Weeks:

    2023 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 1
    2023 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 2
    2023 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 3
    2023 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 4
    2023 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 5
    2023 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 6
    2023 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 7
    2023 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 8
    2023 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 9
    2023 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 10
    2023 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 11
    2023 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 12
    2023 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 13
    2023 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 14






     








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