Week 6 Risers & Sliders

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Week 6 on the college schedule saw a major upset at the top of the rankings as Iowa State took down Oklahoma. Otherwise there were plenty of interstate rivalries as well as a few outstanding performances from offensive line prospects. Here are the Risers & Sliders for Week 6.

Tyler Jones/OL/North Carolina State: Jones was someone we raved about during our Wolfpack preview, and he was flawless during N.C. State's victory over Louisville. The Cardinals rank in the top half of the ACC in sacks, yet they never laid a hand on quarterback Ryan Finley. Jones’ ability in pass protection was stellar, as he displayed quick, fluid footwork off the edge and excellent lateral blocking range. Jones also got the job done run blocking and looked exceptional blocking in motion. As mentioned in August, lack of height could keep Jones from playing left tackle on Sundays but I have no doubt he’ll be starting somewhere along an offensive line in the NFL.

Billy Price/C/Ohio State: It almost looked unfair -- as Ohio State rolled over Maryland by a score of 62-14, Price mashed all opponents in the middle of the line. His dominance was unreal, as Price totally annihilated anyone he was matched up against. He used a great combination of power, blocking fundamentals and non-stop intensity. Price looked every bit the potential top-25 pick we recently rated him as.

Ross Pierschbacher/G/Alabama: It was a similar story for Pierschbacher during the Tides' victory over Texas A&M -- he devastated anyone who dared to line up across from him. Though not as nimble as the aforementioned Price or Jones, the fundamentals Pierschbacher blocks with are almost clinical. He’s a big-bodied lineman who sets with a wide base and does a great job bending his knees. The combination of his natural power and textbook fundamentals helps Pierschbacher easily annihilate opponents. Though more of a small-area lineman, he looks worthy of the third-round grade we stamped him with over the summer.

Josh Sweat/DE/FSU: Despite being on the losing side of the scoreboard, Sweat really stood out during the Florida State-Miami game and made his presence felt. He finished the game with five tackles (1.5 for loss), defended 2 passes and was credited with a half-sack. His versatility is incredible and, even more exciting, Sweat is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential. Known as a great athletic talent, Sweat is transitioning those skills into football ability.

Kerryon Johnson/RB/Auburn: We stamped Johnson as a potential fifth-round pick during our Auburn prospect preview, but the junior has definitely improved his draft grade since then. Against Mississippi, he posted 204 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 28 carries (7.3 yard average), and Johnson has rushed for more than 100 yards in three of the four games he’s suited up for this season. He’s an explosive back with nice size as well as an excellent burst, which helps him pick up big chunks of yardage from the line of scrimmage.

Ja'Von Rolland-Jones/DE-OLB/Arkansas State: Rolland-Jones is someone I’ve mentioned in passing since the start of the season, and he really stood out during a victory over Georgia Southern. His final stats included five tackles, two tackles for loss, two sacks and a quarterback hurry. Primarily coming out of a three-point stance, Rolland-Jones is quick, athletic and easily moves to every direction of the field. He should have no problem transitioning to outside linebacker at the next level.

Sleeper Prospect -- Jordan Martin/DB/Syracuse: Ignored by NFL scouts, Martin is a prospect I mentioned often last summer after first noticing him off the 2016 Toledo game film. Over the past 10 months, the big defensive back transferred to Syracuse then transitioned to safety and is taking well to his new position. During Saturday's victory over Pittsburgh, the senior made positive plays against both the run and the pass, finishing the game with five tackles while breaking up two throws. Martin is an imposing physical specimen, measuring 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, and plays to those numbers. Most effective facing the action, the move to safety has been natural for him and good predraft workouts could help Martin slip into the late rounds of next year’s draft.

Small School Prospect - Ross Dwelley/TE/San Diego: Our Week 2 small-school prospect featured highly rated tight end Dallas Goedert of South Dakota State. This week we move further west to highlight one of the more underrated players at the tight end spot. Measuring 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Dwelley times and plays in the 4.7s, using his size and speed to exploit opponents. He’s a natural pass catcher with the frame to grow into a blocking tight end on the NFL level. After a slow start to the season Dwelley has been on fire recently, catching six passes for 82 yards against Dayton and making six receptions for 101 yards against Butler the prior week. I fully expect Dwelley to be participating in an All Star game such as the Shrine Game and receive an invitation to the combine before sliding into the late rounds of next year’s draft.


Marcell Frazier/DE/Missouri: Entering the season, scouts handed Frazier a sixth-round grade while we stamped him as undraftable. Thus far in 2017 he’s performed like a free-agent prospect. Expected to be a pass-rushing force this season, Frazier has totaled just 10 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Against Kentucky the final numbers included just two tackles. He’s done nothing to distinguish himself or make anyone feel he's anything other than a size/speed guy.

Michael Boone/RB/Cincinnati: Despite struggling through the 2016 campaign with a turf toe injury, hopes were high for Boone this season and scouts graded him as a potential last-round pick. Once again the injury bug hit Boone, and he’s struggling with ankle issues. Since rushing for just 44 yards on 12 carries against Michigan in the second game of the season, Boone has totaled 40 yards on 13 carries the past two weeks. His lack of productivity and durability will destroy any chances of Boone being selected during the draft.