Virginia Tech LG Wyatt Teller vs Clemson DT Christian Wilkins
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) August 14, 2017
Saturday at 7:00 CST on ABC. When you get a two top five players at their respective positions, you know you have a good one. Teller (#5 OG) uses quick feet to get into position and then a combination of strength and leverage to handle defenders. Teller will have his hands full against Clemson as he’ll face off against both Wilkins (#1 DL) and Dexter Lawrence (not draft eligible). Wilkins is a load to deal with bringing an explosive burst off the line of scrimmage and the lateral quickness to beat offensive lineman. Teller must do a better job of keeping his hands inside to lock down Wilkins. Because if he keeps his hands outside like he has in the past, Wilkins has the strength and speed to run through blocks and disrupt in the backfield.
Western Michigan LT Chukwuma Okorafor vs Ball State DE Anthony Winbush
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) September 21, 2017
Saturday at 6:00 CST on ESPN3. There was plenty of chatter about Okorafor (#9 OT) this summer as the big tackle displayed good strength and nimble feet playing the left side. Add in the opening game against USC where the Trojans registered only one sack and no QB hurries, Okorafor is quietly having a good start to the season. That will be tested here against Ball State as Anthony Winbush (#13 Edge) is second in the nation with 7.5 sacks through four games. With Winbush playing exclusively on the right side we should see these two players go at it all game long. Winbush wins based on his speed and quickness which will test Okorafor’s ability to get depth in his drops. Winbush isn’t great at bending the edge, so Okorafor will have an advantage if he’s able to get his hands on and lock him down. This is a big match up for both as Okorafor can show he can handle the speed rushers while Winbush can show he can hold up against a massive tackle.
Washington State QB Luke Falk vs USC Defense
Friday at 9:30 CST on ESPN. With all the Rosen, Darnold and Allen talk its Luke Falk that is often lost in the shuffle. Quietly Falk has continued to put up good numbers completing 76% of his passes and posting a 14:1 TD to INT ratio helping the Cougars to an undefeated 4-0 record. But his first true test of the season will come this Friday night against USC. A big game and especially a win over the Trojans would be huge for Falk to establish himself throwing into tighter windows and dealing with increased pressure. A big game and especially a win over the Trojans could really help Falk out who right now is seen as a tier below the Rosen, Allen and Darnold group.
Penn State RB Saquan Barkley vs Indiana LB Tegray Scales
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) July 21, 2017
Saturday at 2:30 CST on BTN. Nobody had a bigger game than Saquan Barkley (#1 RB) did against Iowa showing off his skills in what could lead to him being the top player in this draft. While Indiana is likely outmatched by the Nittany Lions it does give us a chance to see how consensus preseason All Big 10 LB Tegray Scales does against a prospect like Barkley. Scales is at his best coming forward and attacking the line of scrimmage. Barkely is very explosive both going forward and laterally. Scales will need to show off some quickness and hand strength to get a hold of Barkley and making tackles. With Barkley’s speed to the edge we can see Scales speed and if he has the ability to go sideline to sideline. We all know how good Barkley is, but this should give us a good look at Scales skill set and athletic ability and whether he is a mid-round pick or somebody just fighting to be draftable.
SMU WR Courtland Sutton vs UConn CB Jamar Summers
Saturday at 3:00 CST on ESPNN. SMU vs UConn isn’t a premiere game, but this match up alone should at least make you check in on it or go back and watch these two players face off. Courtland Sutton (#4 WR) is one of the better receivers in all of the college football, but is often overlooked because SMU football isn’t very good and many people haven’t really gotten a chance to watch him play. He’ll see plenty of Summers (#6 CB) who is at his best playing off coverage and reacting to the ball. Summers is quick to react to the ball in the air and uses his speed to close and make plays on the ball. Sutton may have the advantage in this game as he tends to work more downfield which can negate Summers reaction skills, but will give us a chance to see Summers play more downfield and to see how good his long speed it.
Clemson Wide Receivers vs Virginia Tech Cornerbacks
Saturday at 7:00 CST on ABC. Outside of the Teller/Wilkins match up the battle between the Tiger receivers and the Hokie corners will give us the next best match up in this highly anticipated game. Clemson doesn’t have a Mike Williams elite type receiver but Deon Cain (#5 WR), Hunter Renfrow (#8 WR) and Ray-Ray Armstrong will all be drafted when they declare. Cain is at his best using his deep speed to make plays downfield, while Renfrow uses his quickness and change of direction to move the chains in short to intermediate routes. Facing off against them the Hokies have two talented corners in Greg Stroman (#13 CB) and Brandon Faycson (#16 CB) who offer two different styles of cornerbacks. Faycson is bigger at 6’2 with good length which allows him to deal with the taller receivers while Stroman is more of a technician who uses his quickness and technique to stick with receviers. Clemson has a high powered offense, but if these Hokie corners can slow down the Tiger receivers it could allow their defense to get better pressure. Keep an eye out to see if Adonis Alexander returns from suspension. The athletic cornerback would then give the Hokies three good cover corners that would allow them to match up across the board.
New Mexico State RB Larry Rose III vs Arkansas Defense
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) June 4, 2017
Saturday at 11:00 CST on SECN. This game doesn’t do much for many, but New Mexico State has a talented running back in Larry Rose (#12 RB) and this game against Arkansas is their best match up against a Power 5 program. Larry Rose is an elusive runner who uses his speed and quickness to find creases and blow right through them. While Arkansas is struggling this year he’ll be facing bigger/faster prospects across the board than what he is use to in the Mountain West. A big game where he is able to reel off some big runs and get yards can do a lot for his stock. Especially since a guy like Tarik Cohen is ripping it up for the Chicago Bears.