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Auburn Tigers vs Mississippi State Bulldogs 10/08/2016

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Auburn Tigers vs Mississippi State Bulldogs 10/08/2016

Auburn Tigers v Mississippi State Bulldogs

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Davis Wade Stadium/Starkville, MS

Score:  Auburn (48), Mississippi State (14)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Auburn Offense

Braden Smith, G, Junior:  Smith displayed good power and timing when executing blocks and a tenacity to work his hands and hips to achieve ideal body positioning throughout the down. He has a strong anchor and sets proper pocket depth. He was impressive getting out into space and making blocks and sealing off second level defenders. Smith used his length and power to his full advantage and played extremely well. Stock:  Up

Alex Kozan, G, Senior:  Kozan posses many of the same attributes as his teammate Smith but isn’t quite as powerful or as quick. Like Smith, he plays with good timing and works his body positioning but his punch is quite as strong and his all-around mobility isn’t the same caliber. He is a sound player but not quite as excitable based on this game.  Stock:  Same

Auburn Defense

Carl Lawson, EP, Junior:  Lawson was dominant and this game speaks to what I feel his ceiling as a NFL player can be. Lawson did a great job against the run by setting the edge and maintaining outside leverage while showing quality discipline on the backside. On one rep, MSU ran a reverse to his side and Lawson showed excellent eye discipline and stayed at home to shut down the play. He was exceptional as a pass rusher compiling 2 sacks including a strip sack while applying steady pressure. His get off, hand technique, burst, bend and twitch were dynamic as a rusher. He utilized his physical tools and length to dominate his pass rush reps. Lawson demonstrated good speed to power conversion and overall play strength to press proper rush angles. Lawson did miss a clear shot sack but his overall game was outstanding. Stock:  Up

Montravious Adams, DT, Senior:  This game was the most consistent I have seen Adams play in terms of technique and effort. Adams was quick off the ball and play with a high motor. His hand moves were sudden and he pursued the ball well which lead him to 2 fumble recoveries including one returned for a touchdown. I hope to see continued consistency from Adams the rest of the way. Stock:  Up

Jonathan Ford, S, Junior:  The more I watch Ford, the more I really like his upside. Ford process plays quickly and reacts well. He is a physical and aggressive tackler that repeatedly shoots into the box or boundary to make tackles. He is sound in coverage making him a complete player. Ford finished with 6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and a pass breakup.  Stock:  Up

Mississippi State Offense

Fred Ross, WR, Senior:  This was a performance Ross will want to forget. Pegged as a top receiver prospect, Ross had a bad outing. I counted 3 drops on the day and 2 of which were not in contested situations or poorly thrown balls. The other drop was a rep where he failed to work back to the football and the corner drove on the football. Additionally, Ross muffed two punts. Ross did score a late touchdown on a crossing route and good move in the open field to make the defender miss.  Stock:  Down

Mississippi State Defense

Richie Brown, LB, Senior:  Brown had an active day, contributing 14 tackles but he failed to demonstrate baseline athletic traits and was slow to process play designs. He has some functional ability in small spaces but he range or ability to react quickly is questionable. Stock:  Down

Best Players on the Field

Carl Lawson, EP, Auburn

Jonathan Ford, S, Auburn

Forgettable Performances

Fred Ross, WR, Mississippi State

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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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