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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Ohio St. Buckeyes 11/05/2016

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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Ohio St. Buckeyes 11/05/2016

Nebraska Cornhuskers @ Ohio St. Buckeyes

Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, November 5th @ 8:00 p.m.

Nebraska 3 – Ohio St. 62

Notable Players Entering the Contest


J.T. Barrett, QB, Junior #16 (6’2” 222 lbs)

I noticed some key things about him during this game. He has an elite ability to be patient in the pocket while assessing the defensive coverage. Also, he has an elite ability to manipulate the defender while he reads through his route progressions. There were multiple plays where he initially looked to one side of the field, calmly stepped up into the pocket and then delivered the pass to the other side of the field. During one play, he executed a run fake, pump faked to his left, looked through his progressions on his right, and then delivered an accurate pass for a first down. During another pass, he went through all his progressions and then wisely dumped it off to the RB on the swing route by the sideline for a positive gain. There were multiple plays in this game where he scrambled outside of the pocket but kept his eyes downfield before delivering a pass. When a free rusher came off the edge, he spun out of the tackle to scramble to his outside and delivered an accurate pass into a tight window.  While in the red zone, he saw that the routes were initially covered so he improvised by scrambling to his left while keeping his eyes downfield before throwing an accurate pass for a td. When in the pocket, his best throws were shorter passes to his right. Most of his shorter passes were deadly accurate. During one pass in the red zone to a fade-comeback route, he drilled the pass into the WR’s chest despite the DB having immensely tight coverage. He needs to work on his deep pass accuracy. He underthrew 2 open post routes and then he overthrew a wide open wheel route. There were multiple opportunities to lead the wide open receiver into open space on the deep pass but he didn’t do so. All in all, I feel that his ability to read his route progressions, step up in the pocket, and manipulate the safeties makes him a prime QB target for the mid to late rounds. I feel this way because he is more NFL ready than a Cardale Jones who was chosen in the 4th round. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 3rd-4th

Curtis Samuel, RB, Junior #4 (5’11” 197 lbs)

He was the most explosive player in the game. For good reason, they used him in a multitude of ways because he is an athlete. When they ran him on a jet sweep, he hurriedly and easily got around the corner to gain a chunk of yards. When they used him as RB, he started to the right but quickly cut back across the backfield to turn the left corner and gain another chunk of yards. He was most dangerous when used as another WR because he is too quick for LBs and too fast for safeties. When he ran a 10 yd. curl route, his plant step at the top of the route was so powerful that he could stop within only one step and efficiently ran back toward the QB. There were multiple times he ran a 5 yd. in route vs a LB, and he was way too quick at the top of his route for them to cover him. When the offense was on the goal line and ran a jump pass, he faked the safety outside to send him in the opposite direction and create 1 step of separation to complete an easy catch for the td. He also has the speed to outrun safeties, as shown in this game when he twice beat the safety on a post route. After he beat and caught a deep post route against the safety, he broke the tackle to continue for a td. I also liked when I saw him slowly move with the scrambling QB and sit in the hole vs zone coverage to catch a pass for a first down.  He hurt the defense in the run and pass game. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 2nd possible 1st depending on team interviews and research

Billy Price, RG, Junior #54 (6’4” 315 lbs)

He was a big reason why the QB had a lot of time when passing. In pass protection, he does a fantastic job of shooting his hands inside with long arm extension and keeping an upright position. Even when he got his hands swiped, he recovered very nicely to not allow the rusher pass his body. He showed long arms and great lateral movement in reaction to the rusher’s moves when pass blocking. Also, he showed great awareness to defeat stunts by moving laterally and picking them up easily. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 2nd-3rd

Pat Elflein, C, Senior #65 (6’3” 300 lbs)

He was another reason why the QB had plenty of time before passing. He moves laterally very fluently, to the point that he was able to help both guards on each side of him while in pass protection. He constantly kept his head on the swivel and ready to help his O linemen teammates. He also showed very good speed when he pulled to the outside to block the first oncoming defender. Each time, he showed good speed to get outside and to the spot, and then he finished the blocks with a great push or sometimes a pancake. I saw his nasty streak during one pull outside, when he ran the safety into the ground and then hit him again while he was on the ground.  During another pull to the outside, he got just enough push on the DB to spring the RB for a td. Even when he pulled outside in pass protection, he had efficient feet work to get out fast, and then he had a great base to move laterally when the rusher attacked. Based on this game, he could be the best center I have watched this season.  Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 1st-2nd

Marcus Baugh, TE, Junior #85 (6’5” 258 lbs)

He showed good hands to catch a couple heated passes that were not thrown within his frame. He also had some good blocks such as during a jet sweep to his side when he ran to the outside and squared up the DB on a solid block to give a huge crease for the ball carrier. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 6th

Noah Brown, WR, Sophomore #80 (6’2” 218 lbs)

He did not make many plays in this game. However, I still liked that I saw him aggressive when he had to crack block a DB during a sweep play. He also ran good routes; breaking down at the top and speedily running out of his cuts. Even though the defender was in his hip, he scored a td with a solid catch after running a fade-comeback route in the red zone. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA too young


Josh Banderas, LB, Senior #52 (6’3” 240 lbs)

He showed some of the same skills I saw in the last game I evaluated. Against the run, he flows to the ball and fills the hole to make solid tackles. I know that he can physically fill the hole against runs up the middle but it was good to see that even against a sweep play, he flowed to the ball carrier and made the tackle despite the RB trying to cut back on him. Against a jet sweep runner, he sprinted to the side line to assist on the tackle. My one hesitation on him is I don’t know how good he can be in pass coverage. I didn’t like when he hesitated instead of reacting when the QB stared down a hitch route being ran close to his zone and hence he was 1 step late to the completed pass. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 4th

Nate Gerry, S, Senior #25 (6’2” 220 lbs)

During a sweep run, he ran downhill and across the field to assist on the tackle. Against a read option, he ran downhill to fill the alley and made a solid tackle on the QB. I liked the mindset, when three times I saw him in zone coverage and jump to get a hand up in the path of the pass to try and deflect the pass. I did not like when in pass coverage, he didn’t drive downhill toward the WR after his break but instead drove horizontally. I was really happy to see him fight throughout this entire game despite losing by a lot of points. I like his consistency, solid tackling, and hustle. However, I still don’t believe that his coverage skills are elite enough to warrant a high round pick.  Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 5th


Tyquan Lewis, DE, Junior #59 (6’4” 266 lbs)

Against a read option, he showed the quickness to be patient and then speedily squeeze down to tackle the RB up the middle. He doesn’t have many pass rushing moves but if he can send the blocker backpedaling into the QB if he gets momentum behind his bull rush. Against a rollout pass, he kept outside leverage and ran through the RB lead blocker and then showed good speed to close the gap and sack the QB. He is in the same category as a Wormley from Michigan but I think that Lewis has more athleticism. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 5th

Sam Hubbard, DE, Sophomore #6 (6’5” 266 lbs)

He didn’t have much of an impact in the game because Ohio St. played sound gap control and team defense. However, he still showed some key characteristics that make him a very good prospect. Against a read option, he showed enough speed to squeeze down on the RB and then get back outside to tackle the QB. On that same play, he showed good lateral agility when the QB tried to cut back on him but he broke down to secure the tackle. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA too young

Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Freshman #86 (6’3” 280 lbs)

He created the most disruption of the Ohio St. D linemen. I was really impressed with his ability to keep his eyes on the ball carrier while he engaged with the blocker. All game, he made his presence felt. On one pass, he smashed the QB immediately after he threw the ball.  Against a rollout play, he showed good closing speed to run down the QB. During one run, he split the O linemen to get penetration and then contorted his body at the last second to make the tackle on the RB. His game was epitomized during one play when he fell to the ground but still crawled and jumped from his knees to get a hand on the RB’s foot. He showed excellent hustle, grit, and fight. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA too young

Gareon Conley, CB, Junior #8 (6’1” 195 lbs)

He had a decent game. His coverage was always tight to the WR. Some key plays were when he had very tight coverage on the other team’s best WR during a curl route. He broke down as soon as the WR did and also didn’t allow the WR to throw him by. Against a different go route, he stayed on top of the route and caused an incompletion. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: maybe 3rd-6th but I want to see him against an elite WR

Malik Hooker, S, Sophomore #24 (6’’2” 205 lbs)

He had a very good overall game. On several plays he ran up and made solid tackles, especially when he filled the alley to tackle the QB who ran the ball on read options. He has the speed to close the gap against the run. He also had good coverage on multiple plays but I was most impressed how he immediately goes to strip the ball as he makes the tackle.  In combination to his quick drop step and fast drive on a sit route in the middle of the field, he ripped the ball out of the receiver’s hands as he made the tackle. He did the same thing when he covered a slant route. He showed good speed in one high coverage to get to the sideline against a go route and intercepted the overthrown pass. After he intercepted the pass, he returned it to the end zone by following his blocks like he was a RB. It was also announced that he is a natural athlete that plays basketball and has the vertical to easily dunk the basketball. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 2nd-3rd


Cethan Carter, TE, Senior #11 (6’4” 240 lbs)

There were some good things about his game and then there were some bad things about his game. The good starts with his athleticism. He looks very fluent when running routes and getting to the block spot. As a blocker, he has more than enough speed to get to the block spot in a hurry. He moved fast within his routes as well. When he ran a slant route, he flipped his head around fast and then continued to strongly catch the ball despite the pass being thrown behind him and a DB trying to rip it out. Later in the game, he ran an out and up route that could have been a td had the pass been on target. He also did well with his route stems. During one route, he stemmed inside off the line to get the DB to move in but then he planted and ran through the DBs outside shoulder to create 1-2 steps of separation at the top of his corner route. He has good speed to get to the blocking spot but he did not do a good job of latching onto the defenders with inside hand placement. It seemed that he was more focused on getting to the spot than executing when there. Also, he dropped three balls. Two of the passes were just a little outside of his frame but still extremely catchable. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 5th

Jordan Westerkamp, WR, Senior #1 (6’0” 200 lbs)

He was the best WR for the team and he made some good plays. Such as when he got behind the DB on a go route or when he climbed the ladder to high point a pass with his hands during a seam route. However, I do not think that he has great long speed and it could be hard for him to get consistently open in the NFL. Stock: down: Draft’s bargain round: undrafted


Chris Worley, LB, Junior #35 (6’2” 228 lbs) for Ohio St

He was quietly one of the better players in the entire game. He is a very athletic LB who almost moves like a safety. He was running around all over the field making tackles. He showed a lot of patience when keeping outside leverage and then burst to the tackle. I really liked when he read the QB eyes and had great route recognition to jump a slant route being run behind him. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed

Nick Bosa, DE, Freshman #97 (6’4” 265 lbs) for Ohio St

We’ll evaluate how Joey Bosa does in the NFL and that will give a good idea how well Nick Bosa will fare. Not because they are brothers but because they play with the same exact style. They use the same moves when pass rushing. He uses his hands great when rushing by automatically swiping his hands to defeat blocks. He also understands angles when rusheing and flips his hips to gain penetration. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: up

Damon Webb, S, Junior #7 (5’10” 195 lbs) for Ohio St

I noticed him because had tight coverage on the WR each time whether they threw his way or not. He quickly stopped when the WR stopped and gave no space in his coverage. He also intercepted a tipped pass and ran it back for a td. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed


Kevin Maurice, DL, Senior #55 (6’3” 300 lbs) for Nebraska

He didn’t have any impact in this game. Even when he was blocked one on one, he still did not attack with any move but rather just stood in front of the blocker.

Michael Rose-Ivey, LB, Senior #15 (6’0” 230 lbs) for Nebraska

The QB spun out of his attempted sack after he freely rushed off the edge. He did make a good tackle on the QB during a sweep run. However, he didn’t have much of an impact on this game. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: 7th-undrafted

Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Junior #5 (6’2” 243 lbs) for Ohio St.

The defense played as one team which didn’t allow him to make many key plays in this game. However, I saw one very good play where he had great hand eye coordination while on his way to cover a RB running a swing pass; he automatically shot his hand up to deflect the pass that was thrown to a slant route behind him. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: 2nd

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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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