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Ole Miss Rebels vs LSU Tigers 10/22/2016

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Ole Miss Rebels vs LSU Tigers 10/22/2016

Ole Miss Rebels @ LSU Tigers

Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 9:00 p.m.

Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Score: 21 Ole Miss v LSU 38

OLE MISS OFFENSE

 Chad Kelly, QB, Senior #10 (6’2” 224 lbs.)

He put his head down and ran well through the defense for a few plays. Probably the most notable play was on the goal line when he trucked a defender to get into the end zone. However, I was hugely disappointed with his decision making when passing. After his defense recovered a fumble, the next play on offense he threw a go route late and high in the air for an interception. There was absolutely no reason to throw the pass and yet he still did. Later in the game, he threw another pass up for grabs deep and high down the middle of the field. A few series later, he rolled out to his left and threw across his body to a trailing WR who had a LB standing right in front of the WR for another interception. He threw a lot of ill-advised passes and his team paid the price. Also, he is still patting the ball before he throws it. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: 7th-undraftd

Greg Little, T, Freshman #74 (6’5” 318 lbs.)

He is only a freshman yet he showed some abilities that may make him a future high draft pick. He moved up on the LB and stayed with him the entire play by using his long arms to push him 10 yds. downfield. I saw him use his long arms a lot in blocking, especially when in pass protection. He showed several plays where he had strong down blocks at the poa. Another play, he pulled and then cut the MLB that was trying to contain the edge. However, there were some plays where his youngness showed. For instance, he was thrown to the side by a DT who then quickly made the tackle. Later in the game, a DE raced around his outside edge and swiped his hands to send him lunging forward grasping air. He has time to clean up his technique and continue learning but he already has the natural abilities. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA too young

Evan Engram, TE, Senior #17 (6’3” 227 lbs.)

He had another good game of blocking. He cut blocked the LB after he ran across the formation to lead up for the QB run. He violently used his shoulder pad to crack block a LB during a sweep play. He made another physical block with his shoulder pad after he ran across the los and blocked the LB inside while the runner went outside; also, he did great to quickly move his hips to gain leverage after contact. He showed another great block when he led through the hole and hit the DB with great base and movement after contact to drive him out of the hole. However, he did not have a good receiving day. He dropped two passes, both after running outside stick routes. The problem was that he turned his head slowly and then his hands reacted slowly to the pass. He did do well when releasing against DB’s bump coverages. He also slithered his way out of a 2 arm wrap up attempted tackle by a DT after catching a screen pass. I did not like to see him drop passes but I am not at a level of concern yet. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 1st

Damore’ea Stringfellow, WR, Junior #3 (6’2” 219 lbs.)

He could become a good contributing WR in the NFL. He has pretty good size. He caught a long corner pass early in the game. Later, he caught a curl route and I liked that he was smooth and efficient with his arm chop when getting off the los against bump coverage. He had a strong hands catch on a slant route. On another curl route, he aggressively ran back down hill to the ball to give the QB a good angle to throw. I was also very impressed when he blocked a DB on the goal line and drove the DB to the sideline gate. However, he gave alligator arms (short arms) when attempting to catch a slant pass when a safety was coming down hill to hit him soon after the catch. He also dropped another pass that went straight through his hands when a DB had very close coverage. I don’t think he’s a world beater WR but he could provide some depth. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 6th

LSU DEFENSE

Davon Godchaux, DT, Junior #57 (6’4” 299 lbs.)

I was not overly impressed with his game because he did not provide much of a pass rush. He was consistently the last D lineman off the snap and it seemed like he was hesitant to get out of his stance. I recall during one play, he only took 2 steps forward in his pass rush.  Also, his arm chops against O linemen were soft so the linemen usually stayed right in front of him despite. Due to his weak arm chop, during a 3rd and 3, he resorted to spinning and putting his back on the O lineman which thwarted his chances of generating any pass rush. Maybe he is just not strong because a TE slid through his 2 arm wrap up tackle. However, when he did have a free path to the QB, he didn’t stop his momentum and smashed the QB soon after he threw the pass. He sacked the QB during a stunt play, but I still didn’t like how long it took him to redirect after running past the QB on his initial rush. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: 5th-6th

 Tashawn Bower, DE, Senior #46 (6’6” 253 lbs.)

He was only in the game on rotation but I liked that when he was in, he made a difference. On one play, he attacked the TE who was coming from his outside and still gained separation and outside contain before shedding and making the tackle. On another play, he executed a great club move against a guard to cause penetration and force the QB to move up in pocket. He also consistently tracked the ball carrier with speed; during one play he ran down a ball carrier 10 yds. down field. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed

Arden Key, OLB, Sophomore #49 (6’6” 238 lbs.)

He was very impressive in this game. There is a reason that he leads the SEC in sacks. First off, he has a good explosion off the ball. Secondly, he has a very powerful bull rush. On his bull rush he punches the blocker with great inside hand placement and then spears the blocker with the crown of his helmet while driving his legs to send the blocker into a back pedal. He did this move multiple times and each time it worked to collapse the pocket quickly. I also like that he violently used his hands when he rushed the blockers’ outside edge. He would arm chop and hand fight. In addition to his hands, he would quickly follow with a low dip of his shoulder or a rip move through the blockers’ arm. His combination of speed, hand fighting, shoulder dip, and rip moves forced the offense to double team him to contain him. During one play, he got off the snap fast, and then he juked multiple times to get the blocker off balance, then he violently swiped and swam inside which forced the blocker to hold him for an obvious penalty. On other plays when the blocker didn’t hold him, he continued toward the QB and made the sack. He was also effective when stunting because the two times he stunted inside, he caused pressure and then ran to sack the QB.  He has good speed to run down the ball carrier, even if they go all the way to the sideline. The one thing he could work on his disengaging from the blockers more quickly. There were some reps that he had outside leverage but he still allowed the runner to get the edge because he didn’t violently disengage from the blocker. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round 1st-3rd

Kendell Beckwith, LB, Senior #52 (6’3” 247 lbs.)

I was disappointed in his overall game although he made some nice plays. Against a swing route pass catcher, he broke down and made a solid 1 on 1 tackle. On another play he quickly filled the hole, squared up the RB and made a physical tackle. However, his effort was not consistent. During one play, he was pushed 10 yds. downfield. While the QB was rolling out, he wasn’t aware of the routes developing around him so he ran right past a WR sitting in a hole to which the QB delivered the pass for a td. During other pass play, he didn’t show automatic hustle and explosion toward the ball carrier as soon as the pass was let go; he more took his time to determine where the ball carrier was to decide if he wanted to run over there or not. I remember a play where he lackadaisically reacted to a RB who cut across him. He was cut across by a RB during a different sweep run as well. On a 3rd and 1, he allowed an O lineman to cut block him 2-3 yds. Backwards which were way too many yards against a short yard situation. Also, he was late multiple times to assess the offense’s lineup to determine which player he was supposed to guard. If it wasn’t for his team mates, there would have been multiple plays where the offense had wide open receivers. He has the ability to make very solid tackles but it’s not consistent and he doesn’t do the other little things well either. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: undrafted

Tre’Davious White, CB, Senior #18 (6’0” 197 lbs.)

I call him a coverage specialist. He has the foot quickness to stay on a WR like glue whether in man coverage or zone. When a WR ran a sit route on him on 3rd and 3, he was right on his back to cause the incompletion.  On the goal line, he quickly slid off of his WR’s slant route when he deciphered that the QB was going to throw it to the inside WR’s out route. His hips are fluent and he has quick feet to stop as soon as the WR does; on one play he flipped his hips 3 times in press coverage to mimic the WR’s movements. He has a really efficient drop step before driving on a WR. One play, he was in zone coverage and drove on Evan Engram’s route as soon as the pass was thrown to drill Engram in the back. Against a RB screen, he broke down and made a good 1 on 1 tackle. However, he is not a physical player. During a sweep play where a lineman pulled outside toward him, he attacked the lineman softly and got knocked on his butt. I was amazed to see a WR drive him off the field and into the outside gate during a block. He does not want to hit and actually slows down when a ball carrier and blocker goes his way He returns punts and he showed really good speed. I think he has 2nd round coverage skills with late round toughness. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 3rd

Jamal Adams, S, Junior #33 (6’1” 213 lbs.)

If I was picking in the top 5, I would be looking to add this prospect. I feel that he is the type of player that can bring energy, excitement, and a swagger to a defense. He plays shifty and has quick reactions when running to his assignment. During one play where he was defending against a bunch formation, he quickly pushed through another WR’s route to drive on Evan Engram’s route. During another play on the goal line, he again fought through a bunch formation to deflect another pass to Engram. All game, I saw him move quickly and have cat like reactions to the ball carrier’s movements. During another goal line play, he squeezed down on the edge and made the tackle in the back field. He does the little things well. For instance, he communicates with his teammates; he actually walked over to a teammate to give instructions when the offense was looking to the sideline for the play call. On the punt return team he crack blocked a defender and got very excited with his teammates after the play. I always saw him be his teammates #1 cheerleader; whenever a DB or defensive player made a big play he was one of the first to congratulate. He has the same swagger that made Jalen Ramsey and Vernon Hargreaves top picks. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 1st

 OLE MISS DEFENSE

Issac Gross, DT, Senior #94 (6’1” 262 lbs.) for Ole Miss

He didn’t make many plays in this game but I still saw flashes of things that I liked. He followed the blockers during an outside zone run and used his strength to stop the center from cross facing him. The very next play, he again used his strength to travel down the los in pursuit of the ball carrier and make the tackle on the RB. Even against the extra point, he bullied his way into the backfield to almost block the kick. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed

LSU OFFENSE

Danny Etling, QB, Junior #16 (6’1” 215 lbs.)

He threw some nice passes. I was especially impressed how fluently his hips turned to get into a loaded passing stance after executing run fakes. He was an obvious game manager. His ball had average velocity on them. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: undrafted

Ethan Pocic, C, Senior #77 (6’7” 302 lbs.)

He doesn’t get much power at the poa. Rather, he uses his long arms to his advantage to stop the rusher’s momentum. At the same time, he flips his hips to gain leverage on the block. His blocks are all about leverage and blocking up the holes with his frame arms. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 6th

Josh Boutte, G, Senior #76 (6’5” 346 lbs.)

He could grow into a key contributor on an NFL offensive line. I liked the power he had at the poa against defenders. When he blocked on outside zone runs, he would move anything in his way. On the goal line he pushed back the defender 2-3 yds. I also like the speed with which he helped on the 1st level and then moved up to the 2nd level. After getting to the LBs on the 2nd level, he hit them squarely and with a good base. He also ran to deliver good hits when pulling. On one play, he pulled to the outside to spring the RB for a long td run. In pass protection, he blocked with extremely long arms. I like when I saw him purposefully knock down a rusher’s arm while in pass protection because it shows that he sees all the details of a play. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 3rd-4th

Leonard Fournette, RB, Junior #7 (6’1” 235 lbs.)

His explosions through the holes are obvious. After catching a toss pitch, he patiently waited for the hole to open and then he accelerated through the hole. Once through the hole, he showed his long speed as he outran a DB to the end zone. There were multiple plays where he exploded through the hole; even if the hole was a small slit, he would hit it with authority. When he has the ball in space, he continually looks to run over oncoming tacklers. During one play, he caught a pass in the flat and then turned up field to run over a DB, so badly that I swear it should be the poster for the definition of a “run over.” Finally, I love that he attacks the los when in pass protection and delivers physical hits to rusher with his shoulder pads. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 1st

Malachi Dupre, WR, Junior #15 (6’4” 195 lbs.)

There isn’t much to say about him but I can tell that he has strong hands. Whether he uses them consistently and effectively to be a consistent pass catcher is still questionable. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed

Travin Dural, WR, Senior #83 (6’2” 207 lbs.)

I enjoy his smoothness when he runs routes. He smoothly stopped with one step at the top of a curl route while simultaneously knocking the DB’s hand down. He planted hard at the top of a 5 yd. hitch to stop within one step and then he jumped high to snag the pass with all hands. Later in the game he caught a dig route with all hands. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed

FLASH PLAYERS

Donte Jackson, DB, Sophomore #1 (5’11” 173 lbs.) for LSU

I don’t know much about him yet but I liked the competiveness he had all game. He had tight defense vs a slant route during which he stayed patient at the los and then exploded to stay tight with him after the WR cut inside. Later in the game, he climbed the ladder to intercept (with all hands) a high jump ball. He had tight coverage against a back shoulder throw during which he initially flipped his head the wrong way but still had the quickness to flip his head back around and still hit the WR’s arm in time. He even came up on a run play to fill the hole and deliver a big hit on the RB that caused a fumble. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round; NA more film needed

Maea Teuhema, OL, Sophomore #75 (6’5” 315 lbs.) for LSU

I didn’t watch him all game, but he caught my eye toward the end of the game. He delivered powerful hits at the poa. Also, multiple times I saw him sling defenders to the ground and then dive on top of them. He may be a player that I need to do more research on. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed

Fadol Brown, DL, Senior #6 (6’4” 268 lbs.) for Ole Miss

I believe he was hurt for the previous games so they eased him into this game. However, he played with a competitive spirit. When a zone run was going his way, he attacked the lineman at the poa and pushed him back to disrupt and tackle the ball carrier. During another play, he executed a fast spin move to get past the blocker. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed

BEST PLAYERS ON THE FIELD

Arden Key

Jamal Adams

Leonard Fournette

FORGETTABLE PERFORMANCES

Marquis Haynes, DE, Junior #10 (6’3” 220 lbs.)

I was largely disappointed in his play. He didn’t provide any pass rush the entire game except for one play. Besides that one play, his arm chops weren’t doing anything to the blocker and he would basically stop after his initial move didn’t work. Also, he has a huge problem disengaging from the blocker in time to make the tackle. Several times, he had opportunities to make the tackle but could not get off of the block. On one play, he was still being blocked after the ball carrier was 5 yds. past him. I heard he was supposed to be the best pass rusher on the team, and he seems like he has the potential, but potential and execution are worlds apart. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: undrafted 

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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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