Miami junior OT Ereck Flowers went No. 12 to the Rams in Todd McShay's first 2015 mock draft.
"Flowers is under the radar right now but he'll be well-known by April," McShay wrote. "His pad level is an issue, but he has a massive frame, moves well and is a finisher." Now we just wait word from Flowers on if he'll enter the draft. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported last month that Flowers "has told people he’s not thinking about the draft." Now that he's being discussed as a first-rounder, you can bet he'll start thinking seriously about the NFL.
Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl note that LSU sophomore CB TreDavious White "has the quick feet, fluidity and explosive movement skills that are coveted at the cornerback position."
"He flashes the ability to mirror receivers when left on an island in one-on-one situations," they wrote. "In addition, he displays above-average awareness and eyes in zone coverage. White has adequate size (5-11, 191 pounds) and flashes good overall ball skills, but can continue to get stronger holding up in one-on-one contested situations against bigger receivers, as well as gain more consistency as a tackler." The former four-star prospect has been on the field since he arrived on campus. As was the case for shutdown Tigers' corners that came before him like Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne, White is often asked to cover elite receivers one-on-one. You'll see him at an NFL stadium near you in the very near future.
Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard recorded a sack in Saturday's 45-10 blowout win versus Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl.
In so doing, Orchard took over the national lead with 18.5 sacks. "The one-on-one battle between Orchard and Colorado State offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo had the feel of a heavyweight battle early on, but it was the Utes' star who got the better of the matchup and won on all cards in a unanimous decision," noted NFL.com's Bryan Fischer. "Orchard... was able to disrupt the Rams' offense on just about every play, no matter where he lined up." An NFL GM recently told NFL Media that Orchard is a Day 3 prospect despite the end's consistent 2014 dominance. "While the senior didn't stand up in an outside linebacker's stance, he did display active hands, dropped into coverage to break up a pass and was able to effectively play the run to limit a high-powered offense," Fischer wrote.
Utah junior RB Devontae Booker rushed 26 times for 162 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 45-10 victory over Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Booker now faces a big NFL Draft decision, and many believe he'll end up opting for the pros. It would be hard to blame him. Despite not taking over the running back gig full time until late September, Booker rushed for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He is also a skilled receiver who caught at least four balls in each of the past five games. So long as he's not fumbling, Booker's a dynamic back who creates space in both the running and passing game. An NFL scout compared him to Arian Foster in October, and NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compares Booker to Tiki Barber.
Utah junior QB Travis Wilson passed for 158 yards and a touchdown and ran for 91 yards and three scores in Saturday's 45-10 win over Colorado State.
The 91 rushing yards were a season-high for Wilson. After getting benched for a few games in October, Wilson turned his season around and ended it quite hot. The 6-foot-7, 233-pound Wilson will lead a Utes squad that returns most of its starters in 2015 and will be looked at as a darkhorse Pac-12 contender.
Colorado State sophomore WR Rashard Higgins had seven receptions for 110 yards before leaving Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl in the fourth quarter with a lower leg injury.
The Biletnikoff Award finalist was essentially the Rams' only source of offense during the game, so of course he hurt himself before the final gun sounded. Higgins, who was named to the Associated Press All-American first team, leads the nation with 1,750 receiving yards. He finished the season with 96 receptions and 17 touchdowns.
Colorado State redshirt senior OT Ty Sambrailo struggled to contain star Utah defensive end Nate Orchard in Saturday's lopsided loss to the Utes.
NFL.com's Bryan Fischer wrote that Orchard "got the better of the matchup and won on all cards in a unanimous decision." A formerly high-powered Rams offense mustered only 10 points, though obviously the unhinging of the entire offense can't be blamed on one player, especially a lineman. Still, this was one of the bowl season's biggest matchups, and Sambrailo did not acquit himself well. Coming in, he was a consensually higher rated prospect than the player who ate his lunch. "Sambrailo, who was not matched up against Orchard on every play, did what he could to hold off the Utah defensive line by showing off his power on run blocks and strength in pass protection, but he has had better games against top competition," Fischer wrote.
Colorado State senior RB Dee Hart ran for only 21 yards on seven carries in Saturday's loss to Utah.
Once the 45-10 Utah victory got out of hand, the Rams' coaching staff pulled Hart from the game, ending his collegiate career. It was a disappointing finish for the former Alabama Crimson Tide runner, but Hart still enjoyed an ultra productive season with 1,275 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns.