Risers/Sliders: Week Eleven
Tony PaulineDraft Analyst Writer
Shake-up Saturday is the best way to describe week eleven on the college football schedule as three previously unbeaten teams went down to defeat. On the NFL prospect front the other junior cornerback at Florida is building a buzz for himself as is USC’s number two receiver. Here are the Risers and Sliders for week eleven.
Quincy Wilson/CB/Florida: Conventional wisdom says Jalen Tabor is the top cornerback prospect on the Gators roster yet there’s an undercurrent in the scouting community which believes Wilson will be the better pro. Wilson has better size then his teammate and also offers next level ball skills. He’s posted 3 interceptions and broke-up 3 additional passes this season. Big and physical, Wilson recorded 9 tackles during the victory over South Carolina. Forty times will be crucial in the run-up to the draft for Wilson, and I fully expect him to enter April’s event. He has secured himself as a top 40 selection.
Darreus Rogers/WR/USC: While teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster is the first name mentioned when people speak about next level receivers on the Trojans roster, scouts are also intrigued by Rogers. Entering the season stamped as a priority free agent, the senior showed his grit against Washington, which fields two of the best cornerbacks in the country. Rogers led the Trojans with 6 receptions, 84-yards and 1 score during the upset victory. His production has been moderate in 2016 (38/387/2) but his computer numbers (6-foot/220lbs/4.52s) plus the ability he’s displayed could push Rogers into the late rounds.
Corey Clement/RB/Wisconsin: It was easy pickings for the Badgers this weekend as they destroyed Illinois 48-3 and once again Clement shined. He posted 123-yards on 25-carries, finding the end zone 3 times. It’s the fourth time in the past five games Clement busted through the 100-yard mark, including a 164-yard performance against Ohio State. The ability to pick and choose his spots on the inside as well as turn the corner are very impressive. Clement’s injury woes are well documented and something teams will closely inspect in the lead up to the draft but when healthy and on his game he displays traits of being a feature ball carrier.
Kevonn Mabon/WR/Ball State: Scouts handed Mabon a sixth round grade prior to the season and thus far he’s met expectations. Just over 6-feet/220lbs, he offers reliable hands and the ability to control games. More of a possession wide out, he’s totaled 67 receptions for 794-yards this season but has found the end zone just twice. He has all the tools to line up as a fifth receiver at the next level.
Rashard Fant/CB/Indiana: Off his sophomore film of 2015 I graded Fant as a wait and see prospect and feel he’s worthy of mention based on his improvement. The Hoosiers defense have given up a lot of points this season but Fant has been very productive and makes positive plays on the ball. Ten games into the season he’s intercepted 2 passes while breaking up 16 more. Last season his totals included 22 pass break-ups. Fant is a smaller corner, which won’t sit well with scouts, but his ball skills and productivity are impressive and will get him looks as a nickel/dime back on Sunday.
Sleeper Prospect- Tanner Gentry/WR/Wyoming: Entering the season scouts graded Gentry as roster fodder but the senior is posting career numbers and turning heads. During the overtime loss to UNLV he registered 5 receptions for 184 yards with 3 touchdowns. Ten games into season the totals read 48 receptions, 778-yards (16.2yd average) with 8 scores. Gentry is a big bodied receiver (6-feet/1-inch, 210lbs) with sneaky speed (4.5s) and very reliable hands. He plays smart, tough football and I would expect him to land somewhere in the middle of day three.
Small School Prospect- Brady Gustafson/QB/Montana: Considered a street free agent entering the season by scouts, Gustafson has been on a straight shot north on draft boards. Measuring over 6-feet/5-inches and 240lbs, he possesses next level physical skills but also comes with a quarterback brain. Gustafson makes proper choices in the pocket, does not force throws and uses all his targets. He easily drives deep throws but is also adept at putting touch on the short passes when necessary. His accuracy and pass placement are spot on as he allows receivers the opportunity to pick up big yardage after the catch. Presently I grade him as a fourth rounder and expect Gustafson to have the opportunity to improve his draft stock even further at a post season All Star game.
DJ Dowdy/TE/Cincinnati: Scouts handed Dowdy a mid-third day grade, something I argued against after stamping him as barely draftable. It’s been a miserable season for the senior as he’s caught just three passes for 39 yards and has gone without a catch in six games this season. Dowdy has the measurables but his production has been awful the past three years.