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Dixon | Bradley Chubb dominates in upset over Florida State

North Carolina State Wolfpack v #12 Florida State Seminoles

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 12 p.m. ET

Doak Campbell Stadium – Tallahassee, FL

North Carolina State (27), Florida State (21)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Florida State Seminoles

Derwin James, S #3 (R Soph) James was used all over the field. He blitzed from the edges and A gaps, he spied the RBs, he roamed as a high safety, he played as nickel corner in man coverage, etc.  I loved his strength at the point of attack when he blitzed; he seemed to either physically set the edge against the run or get around whatever pass protector was in his way. He showed high football IQ by adapting to the offensive’s game plan as the game wore on. Consequently, he started reading the plays and jumping them more and more. Also, we saw his ball hawking attitude when he dove over an offensive player to intercept a tipped pass. He even returned a kickoff return to the opposite 40 yd. line. James is continuing to showcase play making abilities that will solidify him in the top half of the 1st round. Stock: Up

Tavarus McFadden, DB #4 (Jr) I am almost forcing myself to appreciate McFadden’s game because so many fellow scouts praise him. However, I must stay true to my eye. McFadden has the measurables at 6’2” with long arms to contest passes and the speed to run with faster WRs. Still, he needs a lot more refinement in press coverage before he can be relied upon as a one on one press corner. While in press coverage, he was not patient; often opening his hips too soon which gave the WR either a free release or put McFadden in a position where he had to suddenly change direction. At this point, I am not seeing elite change of direction abilities from McFadden. Against several slant routes, McFadden either was totally beat, had to grab the receiver, or got stuck in in the mud during his redirect. In other games, I saw him as a reliable tackler however, there were several plays during this game where he showed no effort to tackle the ball carrier running right past him. His measurables are saving him right now because you can’t coach a player to have long arms and speed. Stock: Down

Derrick Nnadi, DT #91 (Sr) Once again, Nnadi showcased a great blend of strength and lateral agility. His upper body strength to hold off the O lineman while moving laterally with the RB during stretch zone runs was impressive. He is proving to be consistent with his dominance against the run. His consistency has increased his stock, however, his lack of pass rushing prowess may hold him back from 1st round contention. Stock: Up

Josh Sweat, DE #9 (Jr) His strength against the run has improved drastically since his earlier years. Now he attacks blockers with low pad level and an arch in his back that can sustain his balance and power. However, he must create a pass rushing arsenal. He routinely attempts to bull doze the O linemen but to no avail. Furthermore, there is a lack of bend in his lower body while trying to rush the edge. Also, he still looks like he is limping when chasing the QB outside of the pocket. If his hallmark is going to be as a run stopper, then he is going to need to be more dominant in that area. At this point, his run stopping ability has improved but he is still more than capable of being blocked. Stock: Down

Auden Tate, WR #18 (Jr) He showcased amazingly soft hands while snagging passes with heat on them. Also, he showed fantastic concentration and natural catching ability during several deep catches. He is 6’5” with decent route running ability and excellent hands. He can win with speed or he can out jump a DB. In this game, he showed that he can be relied upon to catch the over the shoulder deep pass once he gets past the DB. Unfortunately, he looked like he injured his shoulder in the 3rd quarter of this game. StockUp

Ro’Derrick Hoskins, LB #18 (Sr) There were a few plays he showcased excellent scrape through the blockers before meeting the RB in the hole for a solid tackle. When he meets RBs in the hole, he has the power behind his thump to stop their momentum. I saw him cover the wrong assignment during a passing play, which could have been a 1-time mistake but needs to be investigated further to see if this is a consistent issue. Also, I question his overall speed because the RB bounced to the outside during a critical 4th down run late in the game and easily out ran Hoskins.  Stock: Same

Rick Leonard, RT #76 (Sr) He can dominate average pass rushers. Against them, he’ll gain enough depth and maintain perfect posture within his kickback. However, against elite pass rushers, he did not have the speed to keep up with their speed rush. This forced Leonard to abandon his posture and get into chase mode while leaning forward and grabbing the back of the rusher’s jersey. Stock: Same

Deondre Francois, QB #12 (R Soph) Injured Week 1, out for season.

Matthew Thomas, LB #6 Gets injured early in the game.

North Carolina State Wolfpack

Bradley Chubb, DE #9 (Sr) The captain of the team showed that he can win as a pass rusher in a multitude of ways. He won as a speed rusher, he won with active hands to decrease his edge, and he won with powerful inside counter moves. Although he has average bend ability, he has immense strength ripping through once he becomes even with the offensive tackle. Against the run, he knew when to remain patient and when to pursue the ball carrier with urgency. He hustled the entire game, which paid dividends when he ran down and caused a fumble on a ball carrier that broke loose. The best thing I liked about Chubb’s game is that he capitalized on every opportunity to drive the QB into the dirt. Stock: Up

Jaylen Samuels, TE #1 (Sr) He was their bonafide offensive play maker. The team worked to get him the ball in as many ways as possible. He lined up as a WR, TE, H back, RB, and wildcat QB. He runs with a sort of glide that can fool you into thinking he doesn’t have the burst to break the run. However, I believe he is just patient because when he saw the hole I saw explosive spurts getting through them. His stock is up because he showed that he is an athletic play maker but his lack of a set position may hurt him during the draft. Stock: Up

Ryan Finley, QB #15 (R Jr) His offense pretty much kept it basic and asked him to dunk it to their play makers. He zip lined a few throws but was largely inaccurate while rolling out or pushing the ball downfield. He is a QB that must run the offense with timing because he does not have the athletic ability to extend plays. In fact, he will rush into ill-advised throws to avoid getting out of the pocket. Stock: Down

Nyheim Hines, RB #7 (Jr) He didn’t have many explosive runs but he ran downhill with grit the entire game. Eventually, with a little over a minute left, he broke an explosive run to seal the win. Stock: Down

Best Players on the Field

Derwin James, S #3 (R Soph)

Bradley Chubb, DE #9 (Sr)

Cam Akers, RB #3 (Fr) of FSU

Forgettable Performances

Nyheim Hines, RB #7 (Jr)

Jacob Pugh, LB #16 (Sr) of FSU

Trey Marshall, S #20 (Sr) of FSU

Roger Dixon Jr

Roger is a native of Orlando, FL. After excelling in DII football his first 2 seasons, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing on the Florida Gators football team, where he was named Special Teams Player of the Year and Team Captain. He earned his degree in Economics from UF's Warrington College of Business. Roger brings a passion for football and unique perspective of what it takes to be successful in football at the highest level.

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