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Alabama Crimson Tide vs Ole Miss Rebels

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Alabama Crimson Tide vs Ole Miss Rebels

Alabama Crimson Tide v Ole Miss Rebels

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium/University, MS

Score:  Alabama (48), Ole Miss (43)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Alabama Offense

Cam Robinson, OT, Junior:  Robinson had a terrific showing as a run blocker where his upper and lower body were synched up to maximize his power and create significant movement in the run game.  This is where he wins. His pass blocking needs work. There isn’t consistency in his kickslide and he fails to continue moving his feet to effectively use his length to ride rushers past the peak of the pocket. There was also an embarrassing rep for Robinson against Marquis Haynes where Haynes was able to bull rush Robinson, put him on skates and easily dispose of him to separate and flush the QB from the pocket. Stock:  Slightly down

OJ Howard, TE, Senior:  Another game goes by where Howard was criminally underused as a receiver. He did secure both of his targets for 24 yards. He continues to show plus skills as an inline blocker and from the slot and backfield. His blockings skills are a major factor in Alabama being able to dominate on the ground. Stock:  Same

Alabama Defense

Tim Williams, EDGE, Senior:  This may have been the best game I’ve seen from Williams in terms of technique. His hand usage was sudden and violent which allows him to disengage from blocks and pursue the passer. His bend and twitch are apparent with a surprising amount of strength to press rush angles. He demonstrated a perfectly executed bull rush that lead to the Jon Allen INT return for a TD. Williams continues to show plus skills as a pass rusher with good play strength.  Stock: Up

Jon Allen, DL, Senior:  Allen was dominant both against the run and pass. His anchor and ability to get off blocks while maintaining his run fit are outstanding. His ability to pressure the quarterback from the interior is effective because of his hand technique and quickness. His athletic ability was fully on display during his 75-yard interception return for a touchdown. Allen continues to showcase a top-10 caliber skillset. Stock:  Up

Ryan Anderson, EDGE, Senior:  Anderson impressed with terrific play strength to set the edge against the run and get after the passer. Anderson combines hand usage and power to consistently apply pressure off the edge and squeeze gaps against the run. He was part of the collective effort that limited Ole Miss running backs to only 58 yards on 19 carries. Stock:  Same

Reuben Foster, LB, Senior:  En route to 12 tackles, Foster processes quickly and gets to the football in a hurry. His play speed was exceptional and plays with a reckless amount of physicality which is evidenced in the way he deals with blockers to force them back into holes and bring down ball carriers. He is noticeably quicker this season and more and more looks like he is the future face of an NFL defense. Stock:  Up

Eddie Jackson, S, Senior:  Jackson scored his second touchdown in as many weeks, this time as a punt returner where he scored from 88 yards out. His ability with the ball in his hands is excellent and he showed his top end athleticism on the return. There were some coverage issues on the backend of the Alabama defense but Jackson was sound in his assignments. There was one 33 yard reception that Jackson wasn’t able to break on but that was more because of a perfect throw and burst at the top of the receivers route. Stock:  Same

Marlon Humphrey, CB, RS Sophomore:  Humphrey played with good physicality as a tackler, click and close skills, and his athletic ability continues to be impressive. With that said, there were multiple times at the catch point where Humphrey was unable to position himself to break on the ball and allowed a contested reception. He also allowed a substantial gain because the receiver was able to easily establish inside leverage. He did have two late pass breakups but they hardly mask what he allowed more consistently during the game. There is still development needed. Stock:  Down

Ole Miss Offense

Chad Kelly, QB, Senior:  For the most part, Chad Kelly played one of his better games against an excellent defense. Kelly completed 26 of 41 passes for 421 yards with 3 TD’s, 1 interception and 64 rushing yards. Kelly showed a willingness to test man coverage and make leverage and window throws. Kelly tested the Crimson Tide defense with success vertically and fared well when he was decisive with the ball. There were a few notable reps where Kelly’s internal clock was clearly off but and he did have one egregious decision where he rolled outside the pocket and threw the ball back across the field into double coverage. Stock:  Same, slightly up

Evan Engram, TE, Senior:  Engram was again an explosive, athletic, size mismatch as he tallied 9 catches for 138 yards and a score. He was able to find space against zone coverage. The rep I was most impressed was when he fought through contact at the top of his route to get a solid break and come up with a contested catch. Engram was also able to get completely behind the secondary for a long TD reception. While he doesn’t offer as much in terms of blocking, Engram is showcasing very exciting receiving skills. Stock:  Up

Demore’ea Stringfellow, WR, Junior:  Good things happen with Chad Kelly targets Stringfellow. He has plus ability at the catch point where he shows terrific hands and ability to extend his arms to pluck the football out of the air while effectively positioning his body to box out opponents. He was able to win on a vertical, 1-on-1 jump ball where he achieved a terrific, inside release, adjusted his body and made a tough catch through contact.  He showed impressive burst on his 33-yard reception over Marlon Humphrey before Eddie Jackson was able to break on the football where he showed advanced technique to not put his arms out until the last second to give no indication to the DB’s as to when the ball would arrive. At 6’2’’, 219 pounds, Stringfellow has the frame to pair with the traits. Stock:  Up

Ole Miss Defense

Marquis Haynes, EDGE, Junior:  Haynes is an emerging talent after racking up 17.5 sacks in his first two seasons. Against Alabama, Haynes totaled 4 tackles, 2 for loss with a sack and forced fumble. He has tremendous burst and speed off the edge to generate pressure and simply exploded by the RT for the strip sack. Later in the game he put Cam Robinson on skates on a beautiful bullrush, showcasing a surprising amount of play strenght and speed to power conversion. He also stood Robinson up in the hole on another rep against the run, setting a secure edge. Stock: Up

Tony Conner, S, Senior:  Conner is clearly not healthy but this is the best I have seen him in a long time. He showed some sound angles and physicality coming down hill and even registered a tackle for loss. Hopefully he will continue to heal and re-emerge as a nickel LB prospect. Stock: Slightly Up

Other Players that Flashed

Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama, Senior:  Tomlinson has obvious ability to play two gaps and work his hands to shed blocks. His play strength and anchor are very good.

DJ Jones, DT, Ole Miss, Senior:  Jones is a massive man with impressive movement skills. He was able to get out in space and bring down Calvin Ridley on a screen pass. He also shows the ability to plug against the run and play two gaps. There was rep that he drew a holding call because of his ability to shed blocks and play laterally down the LOS.

Terry Caldwell, LB, Ole Miss, Senior:  I did not focus on him extensively but he was certainly active and physical.

Best Players on the Field

Jon Allen, DT, Alabama

Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama

Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss

Marquis Haynes, EDGE, Ole Miss

Demore’ea Stringfellow, WR, Ole Miss

Forgettable Performances

Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

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Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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