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Dixon l Mixed results from top prospects during Auburn vs Clemson

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Dixon l Mixed results from top prospects during Auburn vs Clemson

#13 Auburn Tigers @ #6 Clemson Tigers


Score:  Auburn (6) v Clemson (14)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Auburn Tigers

Kamryn Pettway, RB #36 (Jr) He diagnosed blitz schemes quickly. His body size helped him be effective as a pass protector by stopping rushers’ momentum in their tracks. His lateral agility was not quick enough to consistently create his own running room (possibly due to his recent recovery from a heel injury). It seemed at times that he was content to run behind his blockers’ butt when the hole was clogged. Despite his stocky size, he was not effective in the short running game because he did not gain much momentum in the short distance from the handoff to the line of scrimmage.  Stock: Down

Braden Smith, RG #71 (Sr) Displayed his power in the running game. During one play, he put Christian Wilkins onto his back. Did well to maneuverer his way to the second level. Even better, once on the second level he latched onto his block with powerful hands and ran his feet. There were a couple plays that showed him driving back the other team’s best LB several yards after contact. Needs to improve maintaining an upright and balanced stance throughout his pass blocking. In pass protection, he has a habit of leaning forward after contact thus making him vulnerable to rushers’ last second moves.  Stock: Up

Jeff Holland, OLB #4 (Jr) He wreaked havoc on the QB the entire game. He didn’t have a marquee move. However, he kept his hands moving throughout his entire pass rush to get past blockers. Naturally got rid of O linemen hands by swiping them away as he simultaneously bent the edge. His bend ability was average but his timing of getting rid of the blocker’s hands before immediately bending the edge was smooth. His stock is up because of the constant pass rush. However, more evaluation is needed because he is listed as a LB but was used mainly as a DE pass rusher; I didn’t see him drop into coverage much. Stock: Up

Carlton Davis, DB #6 (Jr) He battled top tier WR Deon Cain all night. His big body frame and long arms allowed him to compete. He is patient at the los while in press coverage. Shadowed Cain’s releases at the los well. He has long arms that he uses to contest passes. Physical tackler. More suitable as a zone coverage corner because his hip fluency is below average while in man coverage. However, he has the power to lay the boom if he can sit, read, and react to a route. Auburn played him in a lot of man coverage where he was beaten by quick cutting routes such as slants. His one-dimensional cover skills bring down his stock but he could become a very good zone corner for a zone heavy NFL team. Stock: Down

Tray Matthews, S #28 (Sr) He made solid tackles the entire game. Remained balanced to not be beaten by cut back juke moves. He always found his way to the ball. Eventually, he was rewarded for his effort with the opportunity to recover a fumble. Seems like he has a good relationship with his teammates and seen as a leader on defense. Disappointed that he didn’t lay the boom to stop Clemson’s final 3rd and short run in the 4th quarter to give his offense another chance.  His stock remains neutral because although he showed above average tackling, his pass coverage will need to be further evaluated. Stock: Same


Clemson Tigers

Deon Cain, WR #8 (Jr) He is very fluent stemming the DB to beat press coverage. He has the jumping and body control ability to be another beast with jump balls. He didn’t get a lot of opportunities this game but I still saw ability to be a WR1 on an NFL team. Pleasantly surprised with his understanding of stems within routes and his efficient cuts at the top of routes to gain separation; this aspect of his game is above average, borderline elite. Stock: Up

Clelin Ferrel, DE #99 (RS Soph) Has a strong rip move when pass rushing around the edge. Showed good speed when he ran straight down the los to tackle the WR who took the handoff on a jet sweep running toward his side. Keeps his hands moving during pass rush. When QB rolled out to his side, he fought through the offensive tackle and RB pass protector to still get pressure on QB. Does not have great bend to shorten the edge much. Used other methods to shorten his edge like violently knocking down the offensive tackle’s upfield forearm. During a critical 3rd down pass rush, he executed a beautiful spin inside that was set up all game by his speed rush. May have took advantage of learning the offense’s snap count because during several plays he exploded out of his stance as soon as the ball snapped and once was called for false start.   Stock: Up

Christian Wilkins, DT #42 (Jr) He had a couple tackles for loss and sacks this game. However, he did not show the effort needed to become a consistent impact. For too many plays, he was content with standing in front of the blocker and watching the play instead of using his elite quickness to penetrate the line. Ironically, he used elaborate celebrations to make sure the crowd knew the few plays that he did make. My radar is up on him as a player that is faking his effort and trying to make people believe he is more dominant than what he is. Stock: Down

Kendall Joseph, LB #34 (Jr) Plays with great balance at the tackle point to enforce solid tackling technique. Has great anticipation of the open hole to meet the RB at the los. Did well scraping over the clogs of the trenches to tackle the RB trying to run off tackle. He went full throttle when blitzing up the A gap, gaining one sack. Was ran backwards by O lineman during a few plays when he was hit squarely on the 2nd level. His ability to defeat O linemen blocks on the 2nd level needs to be further evaluated. Other than that, he looks like a solid LB prospect. Stock: Up

Ray-Ray McCloud, WR #34 (Jr) He is extremely quick out of his cuts. His quickness is enough to gain several yards of separation even during simple slant routes. His quickness and instincts killed the DB during a slant and go route but the QB didn’t throw it. Great concentration to catch a pass thrown over his outside shoulder during a go route. They use him on jet sweeps and screens because he is dynamic after the catch. I think that he can be used as a RB/WR in an NFL offense to create matchups. He can initially line up as a RB but then motion out to WR and create a 5-wide look v LBs. Dangerous punt returner. Stock: Up

Mitch Hyatt, LT #75 (Jr) Solid in pass protection. Gained depth in pass protection and stayed in kickback motion for as long as possible. Good pop of the pads during initial contact during run plays. Rotates his upper body to completely shield defender away from the ball carrier. He may have trouble v bull rushers; will need to be further evaluated. His feet stopped after contacting defenders on the 2nd level. Stock: Same

Doran O’Daniel, LB #6 (Sr) I got very excited about this prospect after this game. He has a ton of speed and his long body allows him to cover a lot of ground in a hurry. His long and rangy speed allowed him to track down players from behind. During one play, he ran down and full length dived to sling down a WR running after the catch. His range allowed him to comfortably contain outside leverage vs a blocker yet still tackle the RB running through the inside lane. Stock: Up

Mark Field, DB #2 (Jr) He was flagged on a few early pass interference calls. However, I didn’t see that as the focal point of his evaluation. I saw tremendous speed to consistently stay on top of WR deep routes. If he was not on top of the route, then he was always right in the WRs’ hip. Even on the few PI calls, he was just battling a little too tough. This is the first game Fields has popped on tape for me but he will be a DB I will take a serious look at because his speed to stay in the WRs’ hip is lethal. Stock: Up

Hunter Renfrow, WR #13 (R Jr) He is a sure handed wide receiver. Caught a couple passes with all hands despite tight defensive coverage. Great awareness to toe tap while remaining concentrated on the catch along the sideline. Extremely efficient cuts at the top of his routes to not use extra steps. Not quick out of his cuts like Cole Beasley or Ryan Switzer but runs his routes with more smoothness and has a larger catch radius than them.  Stock: Up

Best players on the field

Braden Smith RG #71 (Sr) of Auburn

Jeff Holland OLB #4 (Jr) of Auburn

Ray-Ray McCloud WR #34 (Jr) of Clemson

Kendall Joseph LB #34 (Jr) of Clemson

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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