Risers/Sliders: Week Thirteen
Tony PaulineDraft Analyst Writer
The weekend prior to the conference title games saw one of the great Michigan-Ohio State games of all time, a contest which ended in controversy but gave us two risers. Here are the Risers & Sliders for week thirteen.
Ryan Glasgow/DT/Michigan: It was a game for the ages as OSU pulled out a controversial victory in double OT. And while there were plenty of risers on the Michigan side I was most impressed with Glasgow. He posted 2 tackles but also recorded 1.5 tackles for loss and came up with a big sack. What stood out was not recorded on the stat sheet; the way Glasgow attracted the attention of multiple Buckeye blockers on the inside, holding the point and occupying the gaps as well as making plays during important moments of the game. Last year Glasgow's brother made a mad dash up draft boards during Shrine week and the Senior Bowl but Ryan already has a head start.
Raekwon McMillan/LB/Ohio State: Though I don’t grade McMillan as highly as former teammate Darron Lee at equal points in their careers there’s no denying the junior linebacker is the real deal. In the midst of a terrific season, McMillan was all over the field making plays against the Wolverines and finished the contest with 16 tackles. He needs a little polish on his game and must improve his coverage skills but McMillan is set to be the next Buckeye defender to land in round one.
Adoree’ Jackson/CB-RS/USC: Jackson often takes a backseat to Jabrill Peppers and many, including myself, feel it’s unjustified. The USC junior is just as explosive and as much a play maker as his Wolverine counterpart, something he proved against Notre Dame. Jackson scored three times against the Irish, the first time on a 55-yard punt return then catching a 52-yard touchdown pass and finally bringing a kick back 97-yards. He also broke up a pair of throws. Jackson has home run hitting speed, comes with rare athleticism and is a developing cornerback who shuts down opponents. I stamped him with a first round grade prior to the season and feel Jackson has only improved his game in 2016.
Stacey Coley/WR/Miami-Fl: Coley has been productive all season long and is the workhorse of the Hurricane receiver corp. He lead the team with 49 reception while also posting 585-receiving yards and 8 TD’s. Though slightly disappointed in his yards per catch average, scouts are impressed with Coley’s ability to control games as well as his nose for the end zone. Several teams have stamped Coley as a second day pick.
Dante Barnett/S/Kansas State: After his junior season of 2014 I graded Barnett as a late round prospect before he was sidelined with a shoulder injury in 2015. Stamped as roster fodder by scouts before the 2016 campaign, Barnett has played productive football all season long. He ranks fourth on the K-State defense with 58 tackles and has displayed himself as a forceful run defender. Pre-draft workouts are important but Barnett has the skill set to line-up as a strong safety/special team’s player.
Jahad Thomas/RB/Temple: Once the doormat of IA football, Temple has developed into a consistent bowl team and this year is no different. For the second consecutive season the Owls will be playing in the AAC title game and the versatile Thomas has been key on offense. A threat every time he handles the ball, he’s posted 856-rushing yards this season, scoring 12 times while adding 402 receiving yards on 30 receptions with 6 more touchdowns. Thomas lacks classic next level size (5-feet/10-inches, 185-pounds) but has the ability to line up as a third down back on Sunday.
Sleeper Prospect- Forrest Lamp/OL/Western Kentucky: Entering the season graded as an undrafted free agent by scouts, Lamp has been on a straight shot north up draft boards and is now being talked about as an early third day pick. Lining up at tackle for the Hilltoppers, Lamp blocks with solid fundamentals and does a great job protecting his passer. He has the movement skills to line-up in a zone blocking system on Sunday, where I expect Lamp will move inside to guard.
Small School Prospect- Chad Williams/WR/Grambling: Barely three years ago the Grambling program was in distress as the team boycotted practice and subsequently forfeited a game due to a variety of issues. Things quickly turned around and after demolishing Southern in the Bayou Classic the team will be playing for the SWAC Championship this weekend. Williams is a player I’ve pegged as a next level prospect all along and the junior has continually improved his game. At the completion of the season Williams lead the SWAC in receptions (80), receiving yards (1191) and posted 10 TD’s. He’s a nice sized receiver with sure hands and solid run after the catch skill. I would expect Williams to receive a draftable grade from scouts moving into his senior season then slide into the middle rounds if he continues to progress on the field.
Devonte' Fields/DE-OLB/Louisville: The pass rush specialist entered the season stamped as a second day prospect but has fallen short of expectations. For the season Fields finished with 5 sacks, three which came in one game, as well as 8 tackles for loss. During the final two games of the season, both devastating losses for Louisville, he combined for 3 tackles and 1 tackle for loss.