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CFB Bowl Preview: Dec. 21

Friday, December 20, 2013

New Mexico Bowl: Colorado State vs. Washington State, 2:00 on ESPN

Colorado State

Senior C Weston Richburg

- Richburg is Senior Bowl bound and offers movement skills from the anchor spot. He does not deliver a powerful first punch but finds contact through his hands. I wish Richburg’s initial pop had more behind it, and an offensive lineman should never lose ground when delivering a hit. Does work to seal and get in front of his opposition. Might be some Eric Wood to Richburg’s game.

Senior TE Crockett Gillmore

- The tight end is headed to the East-West Shrine after the season, Right now he lines up in a variety of sets but might be best up the seam. Gillmore is a converted defensive end and he presents excellent size at 6’6/255 pounds.

Senior LB Shaquil Barrett

- Barrett, a Shrine Game invite, is playing as a stand up rusher next to a three man front. There are also snaps where the senior is down in a three point stance. He might draw some Joey Porter or James Harrison comparisons because of his frame, but I don’t think Barrett has that kind of talent. At least not yet. Barrett’s best trait is hand use to swat and stay away from the opposition’s latch. I don’t see that initial first step from Barrett that other edge pass rushers possess. If he had one, keeping the leverage advantage on the outside would be much easier. Nebraska-Omaha transfer.

Washington State

Senior S Deone Bucannon

- Bucannon seems to rotate between two deep and single high safety looks. I see a fast straight-line athlete, but wonder if he has the necessary movement skills to change his angle and make a play on skill position players in space. Bucannon’s change of direction worries me. For that reason he draws a T.J. McDonald comparison. There are real flashes of aggressive lines and big hits, however.

Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State vs. USC, 3:30 on ABC

Fresno State

Senior QB Derek Carr

- Carr is going to tear up the Senior Bowl, it is inevitable. I was critical of the senior heading into the season, citing his tendency to fall off too many throws or crumble in the face of pressure. I won’t say he always keeps his eyes up and naturally finds workable space in the pocket, but he has definitely improved in this area. A hernia injury in 2012 could be the culprit.

- This game could be a great test for Carr, specifically with interior pressure. USC sophomore DL Leonard Williams is a force and frequently lines up at the three technique. Carr has not had many exposures to interior disruption, which is the pinnacle of pressure. Carr is athletic and has a ridiculous arm to hit throws with velocity or touch at every level of the defense. However, his offense calls for many screens and quick throws. Hopefully, Carr is forced off his spot and stands strong rather than fall off his back foot.

- Pro comparison: Jay Cutler.

Redshirt sophomore WR Davante Adams

- Technically, Adams has two seasons of eligibility remaining. With that said, he has requested input from the NFL Draft Advisory board and we expect him to declare for May’s draft. The redshirt sophomore is a fluid mover with good body control, which helps on high point situations in the endzone. I wouldn’t say he has strong hands in contested situations, but they seem to ease the ball in and possession is made in one smooth motion.

- He frequently catches passes away from his body and displays more than adequate vision after the catch. Long speed is there as well. It isn’t the most important part of an evaluation, but Adam’s blocking effort is abysmal.

- Pro comparison: Pierre Garcon.

Senior TE Marcel Jensen

- Jensen isn’t relied on all that often, since the Bulldogs run plenty of three WR sets. From what I have seen, the senior is used in short to intermediate levels of the field on underneath patterns when outside receivers run off coverage on vertical routes. Jensen does displays straight-line movement skills, planting his foot in the dirt and getting upfield after the catch.


Junior WR Marqise Lee

- Since my first exposure to Lee I have compared him to Reggie Wayne. I haven’t so much downgraded Lee this season as much as other prospects at the position have surpassed him. This is for a variety of reasons, including: missed time, drops, and lack of consistent quarterback play.

- The evaluation stands regarding Lee’s skills. He is a very smooth and fluid mover which helps in creating separation in routes. There is very little change in his movements on a vertical route and a comeback, which always keeps corners guessing. Lee has very good sideline awareness as well.

Senior RT Kevin Graf

- Prior to the season, I was told Graf was receiving positive feedback from NFL evaluators. His pad level can be a bit high, but Graf can compensate for poor technique with a finishing attitude. I wish Graf bent from the knees rather than the waist.

Senior OLB Devon Kennard

- Transitioned from defensive end in a four man front to stand up rusher in 2013. Reminds me of Sam Acho in that his game relies on technique. Too often Kennard gets stuck at the line of scrimmage and lacks the momentum or counter move to reset the line of scrimmage. He is a “what you see is what you get” type of prospect.

Idaho Potato Bowl: Buffalo vs. San Diego State, 5:30 on ESPN


Senior OLB Khalil Mack

- Rotoworld Draft contributor Ross Fulton wrote this great review on Mack’s game against Ohio State.

Keep an eye on senior WR Alex Neutz as well.

San Diego State

Junior RB Adam Muema

- Muema is expected to declare for the draft. in fact, he posted on twitter he was making that decision, before later deleting the post. Comparing prospects from the same college is easy and sometimes lazy, but Muema does have a similar jump cut to Ronnie Hillman. He is an upright runner that thrives in open lanes, but once faced with contact he can struggle. Muema attempts to avoid it at all cost, even utilizing some jitterbug-like movements.

New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Tulane, 9:00 on ESPN


I’ve got nothing


Senior WR Ryan Grant

- I see some Emmanuel Sanders to Grant’s game. The Senior Bowl invite could be a “riser” throughout the process and should be the focal point of this bowl game. Grant is a hands catcher but could show more strength in that area. He is very good at showing a target when finding holes in coverage, and has the speed to cut a catch upfield and take it to the endzone.

Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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