Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson put together a phenomenal season for the Seminoles, but it did not end in prolific fashion. Florida did a nice job of limiting Johnson, and that helped lead the Gators to dropping Florida State to 5-7 on the year. Johnson made a number of tackles in the ground game, flowing to the ball and hunting down the Florida running quarterbacks. He also had some key pressure and came close to a few sacks. Johnson laid a bone-rattling hit on Emory Jones that helped lead to an interception for Florida State.
This was a quality tape from Johnson that will help him to be a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. He was fast off the edge, showing active hands that he used at the same time as his feet to shed blockers. While Johnson managed some pressures, Florida did a nice job of sending some chips and at slowing him up. He also was strong and physical at the point of attack with a non-stop motor to hustle after the ball as a run defender. Johnson could be a quality edge defender early in his NFL career.
Florida tight end Kemore Gamble is sleeper tight end prospect for the 2022 NFL Draft. Gamble flashed as Kyle Pitts' backup in 2021, and this season, Gamble has been hurt by the Gators' inconsistent passing offense. In this contest, however, Gamble looked like an intriguing mid-round pick with NFL potential. Early on in the first quarter, Gamble got open along the sideline for a long reception. He broke a tackle and accelerated down the sideline for a 47-yard touchdown. Shortly later, he had a gain of 25 with another nice run after the catch. Gamble totaled 88 yards on three receptions. He has potential to be a solid No. 2 tight end thanks to his big frame to block and some receiving ability. He could be a riser with strong performances at an all-star game and the combine.
Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam played well versus the Seminoles, and this performance will help him to be an early-round pick. He had a pass breakup plus provided blanket coverage to limit the Seminoles passing offense. They tested the other corners by throwing away from Elam, and Elam played really well. He likely boosted his draft grade with this tape.
It wasn't clear if Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III would be healthy enough to play this game, but he suited up to continue to add to his impressive 2021 season. On the first drive of the game, he showed good patience on a chunk run and later went through Nittany Lions safety Jaquan Brisker for a two-yard touchdown run.
Walker showed his burst in the third quarter by getting to the corner before diving into the end zone from a few yards out, but a holding call took the score back. Even though Penn State kept him out of the end zone on that occasion, Walker continued to help drain the clock and ran hard for the Spartans. Walker finished with 30 carries for 138 yardsand a touchdown.
Versus Penn State, Walker showed serious power to break tackles and pick up yards after contact. His vision was terrific at seeing small holes and cut-back lanes. Walker looks like a future three-down starter in the NFL with his impressive size, strength, quickness, vision and patience. If Walker enters the 2022 NFL Draft, he could be a second-day pick.
Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson has had a superb 2021 season, and in his penultimate game, he once again showed he is a future NFL starter. Late in the first quarter, Dotson made two big plays. For the first, he made leaping for a grab over a cornerback to convert a critical third down. Dotson finished the drive by getting open running down the sideline, allowing Sean Clifford to find him between the safety and cornerback for a 27-yard touchdown. It was a superb leaping grab from Dotson in the snow.
Dotson continued to make some critical catches, showing his strong hands and concentration while making another touchdown reception. Early in the fourth quarter, Dotson had a gain of about 20 yards on a slant, demonstrating his speed to accelerate through the catch. Late in the game, Dotson made a leaping grab between three defenders. He totaled eight receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns against Michigan State.
Dotson is small, fast, explosive, and difficult to cover. Many small wideouts don't have his reliable and strong hands while also showing an ability to make leaping grabs over defenders. For an undersized receiver, Dotson plays bigger than his numbers while displaying tremendous ball skills and high-point ability. Dotson looks like a candidate to go in the back half of the first-round or early in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Penn State cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields had an eventful game and played well for the Nittany Lions. Early in the first quarter, Castro-Fields flew over from his receiver to make a tackle on another receiver. A few plays later, Castro-Fields went across the field to chase down a tight end for a potentially touchdown-saving tackle. Late in the first quarter, Castro-Fields got bumped off a receiver on a crossing route, but he showed his recovery speed to chase down the wideout and help get in on the tackle short of first-down yardage.
This tape will help Castro-Fields as he showed starter ability for the NFL. He needs to improve his discipline because he can be prone to bite on double moves, but Castro-Fields could be a sleeper prospect who ends up being a steal due to his size, speed and athleticism.
This game was a good test for Alabama left tackle Evan Neal because Auburn has some young defensive line talent. The Tigers attacked Neal with undersized speed rushers off the edge. Neal was having some problems with the short defenders getting underneath him and charging upfield to pressure Bryce Young. Neal was called for a holding and was fortunate that some passes were released quickly by Neal. On a third-and-goal in the fourth quarter, the Auburn defensive end disengaged from Neal to chase down Young for a sack.
Overall, this tape will fortify the belief of some area scouts that Neal should be a right tackle in the NFL. He is a monster of a tackle who is a tough run blocker and has a ton of media hype. Some NFL scouts, however, think his massive size leads to him not having left tackle feet and he would be a better fit on the right side in the NFL. Regardless, Neal looks like a top-16 pick next April in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams had a noteworthy game, but no one would have expected that it would come in punt coverage. Early in the first quarter while Williams was playing gunner, and he used his elite speed to fly down the field to catch the ball at the two-yard line. Later in the first quarter, Williams got open running a deep cross for a 34-yard gain. Early in the second quarter, Williams laid out a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit in punt coverage, which drew a targeting penalty. With college football's absurd rules, that penalty ejected Williams from the game and will cost him the first half of the SEC Championship Game versus Georgia.
Overall, this tape won't hurt Williams with NFL teams. In fact, his willingness to play and tackle hard on special teams will impress pro evaluators about his team-first attitude and physicality. The 6-foot-2, 189-pound Williams has quality height, but his explosive speed with suddenness and a vertical burst that catches defensive backs by surprise are what make him truly special. The lightning bolt-fast Williams could be one of the NFL's most dangerous deep-threat receivers early in his career. Williams has put himself in contention to be a first-round pick with his dominant 2021 season.
Auburn cornerback Roger McCreary was seeing a tough test with Williams and John Metchie, but McCreary showed why he is a future NFL cover corner with a fabulous performance in his final home game.
In the second quarter, McCreary ran stride-for-stride with Metchie before making a leaping pass breakup. In the third quarter, McCreary ran with Metchie across the field, and that helped lead to an overthrow that was intercepted. Late in the third, McCreary broke hard on a deep out to make a diving breakup at the one-yard line. Late in the fourth quarter, McCreary was running close with Metchie along the sideline and reacted well to the pass dropping in to break up another pass. In the fourth overtime, Metchie got open against McCreary on a short route, slanting to the inside and then cutting back to the outside to catch the two-point conversion that won the game. It was a very difficult assignment for McCreary, and Metchie executed it perfectly with Bryce Young.
Overall though, this tape will really help McCreary with pro evaluators because he showed the ability to run the route and prevent separation. McCreary stayed in phase and didn't panic when the ball came his direction. With nice twitch, McCreary did a good job of slapping passes away and playing the ball rather than interfering with the receiver. This performance should boost McCreary, who looks like he could be a starting slot corner in the NFL.
The star of this game was Texas A&M defensive end Michael Clemons, who dominated the LSU left tackle. In the third quarter, Clemons overpowered the left tackle with a bull rush and then pushed him to the side to sack the quarterback. Clemons would get his second sack of the game in the fourth quarter via a spin move that whipped the left tackle. Shortly later, Clemons added his third sack of the game, destroying a tight end with a bull rush to rip down Maxx Johnson. Late in the fourth quarter, Clemons used a spin move again on the left tackle to get his fourth sack of the night.
Clemons may not be a first-round pick next April in the 2022 NFL Draft, but area scouts like him and think he could develop into being a starter. They feel he might start out as a backup but become a starter in his second or third year. Clemons has solid size, speed, athleticism and strength. He would fit best in the NFL as a base end in a 4-3 defense.
This could be the final game tape for LSU linebacker Damone Clark to produce for NFL teams because the Tigers may not play in a bowl, and/or, Clark may sit the bowl game out. Clark has been a tackling machine in 2021 and among the nation's leaders throughout the season. He went out in style, making some clutch plays to lead his team to a victory.
Versus the Aggies, Clark flew around the field and made a number of good tackles in run support. He also had multiple pressures on blitzes, showing lightning speed coming downhill. Late in the fourth quarter, Clark had excellent coverage in the flat to make a tackle for no gain and produce a fourth down. That was a huge tackle, as it forced a punt and gave the Tigers' offense one more chance to win the game, which they turned into the game-winning touchdown. On the final drive, Clark fired into the backfield on a delayed blitz to rip down the quarterback for a sack. On the final play of the game, Clark chased down the quarterback for his second sack to clinch the win for LSU. He finished the game with 10 tackles and two sacks.
This tape illustrates Clark's three-down starter ability to be a tough run defender, capable in pass coverage, and the instincts to stay around the ball. Team sources have been raving about Clark (6-3, 245), saying his skill set is similar to Micah Parsons. While Parsons is more explosive and violent as a tackler, Clark has better instincts. They think Clark could be a more athletic and more physical version of Zach Cunningham, who led the NFL in tackles early in his career. Clark is a future three-down starter who is a sideline-to-sideline tackling machine and can contribute well in coverage. He could rise into being a mid- to high first-rounder next April in the 2022 NFL Draft.
NFL teams that are looking for a plug-and-play guard upgrade from the 2022 NFL Draft will be examining this tape closely because there were potentially three starting guards on the field with Texas A&M's Kenyon Green, LSU's Ed Ingram and LSU's Chasen Hines. All three could go in the first two rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft, and they were all impressive in this rivalry game.
Green and Ingram were the most impressive in this contest, as each one was responsible for blasting open some holes for chunk runs. They also were rock solid in pass protection. Green has the best body, possessing the most quickness and athleticism of the trio. He was impressive at climbing to the second level to hit blocks. Hence, he might be a late first-rounder. Ingram and Hines did a nice job versus DeMarvin Leal, but late in the fourth quarter, Leal peeled off Ingram for a coverage sack after Texas A&M's defensive ends caused the disruption. Ingram and Hines look more like second-day picks, but they both could be safe second-rounders to turn into quality starters.
Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson has enjoyed a phenomenal season, and that continued in this rivalry game, as he led the Wolverines to a huge win that propelled them into the Big Ten Championship Game. Hutchinson was taking on Ohio State left tackle Nick Petit-Frere, a potential first- or second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and the best tackle who Hutchinson was seeing this season. While both players had wins, Hutchinson came up with some huge plays to help his team get the victory.
In the early going, Hutchinson flowed to the ball to pick up a couple of tackles in run support. Late in the first quarter, he made a huge play with an inside rush on the right tackle to sack C.J. Stroud on a third-and-goal. Early in the third quarter, Hutchinson had leverage with speed on Petit-Frere, and Petit-Frere held Hutchinson to prevent him from getting a sack. Shortly later, Hutchinson worked upfield against the right tackle and took down Stroud for his second sack as Stroud stepped up in the pocket.
At the end of the third quarter, Hutchinson recorded his third sack of the game, his 13th of the year, which set the Wolverines' all-time record for a single season. On the play, Hutchinson used his speed to run around Petite-Frere for the sack. Later in the fourth quarter, Petit-Frere had some wins versus Hutchinson, stuffing his bull rushes.
This tape will definitely help Hutchinson's draft grade. He showed the speed to rush around the corner, active hands, some variety in moves, good vision to adjust to the quarterback, and a relentless motor. In the ground game, Hutchinson is adequate for chasing down backs, but he does have issues defending runs coming downhill straight at him. Still, Hutchinson made history in this three-sack outing, and this tape will help him to be a high first-rounder next April in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Petit-Frere had a tough assignment with Hutchinson and defensive end David Ojabo. Both players managed some wins versus Petit-Frere to produce big plays for the Michigan defense. While Petit-Frere gave up some plays, he also had one-on-one wins going against Hutchinson and Ojabo. In the fourth quarter, Petit-Frere had a holding call while stuffing a bull rush from Hutchinson, but it was a terrible call and Petit-Frere blocked Hutchinson well on the play. Late in the fourth quarter, Ojabo went around Petit-Free with speed to get a sack. That sack was more on C.J. Stroud, who should have stepped up in the pocket since he had room to do it, but he scrambled backward and to the side.
Overall, this tape won't help Petit-Frere, as he illustrated that he as issues to clean up for the NFL. He has a quality skill set and upside, but needs to improve his hand placement and bending technique. If Petit-Frere enters the 2022 NFL Draft, he could be a first- or second-round pick.
Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson has been on fire in recent weeks, and his strong play continued versus Michigan with 10 receptions for 119 yards with a score. Early in the second quarter, Wilson was covered well running along the sideline to the front of the end zone. It was a perfect throw from C.J. Stroud, and Wilson made a leaping grab over the defender to haul in a 25-yard touchdown.
Wilson looks like a future first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, and he is in the running to be the first receiver selected. As a pro, he has the potential to be a No. 1 wideout for his team's offense. This year, Wilson has consistently shown his game-breaking speed and electrifying playmaking ability. He runs superb routes, showing suddenness in-and-out of his breaks to create separation. Along with being a fast playmaker, Wilson has good body control to adjust to the ball and is excellent after the catch. He looks like a first-round pick next April.
Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave had a solid game, making seven receptions for 88 yards. Mostly, Olave caught short passes with one exception. Midway through the fourth quarter, Olave made an impressive leaping grab for 40 yards to get the Buckeyes into Michigan territory. Overall, the Wolverines did a solid job of defending Olave.
For the NFL, Olave looks like a future starter who could be a low-end No. 1, but might be a fantastic No. 2 receiver. He does not have overwhelming size, and while he has good speed, he is not a pure burner. Olave is a well-rounded wide-out who looks like a safe pick to be a quality pro. He could end up going in the back half of the first round or early in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, depending on how his pre-draft workouts go.