Texas A&M Aggies v UCLA Bruins
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Kyle Field/College Station, TX
Score: Texas A&M 31, UCLA 24 OT
Notable Prospects Entering the Contest
Texas A&M Offense
Josh Reynolds, WR, Senior: Reynolds showed the traits we’ve come to expect from him, primarily the ability to extend his arms and secure the football away from his body in contested situations. Adept at tracking the football down the field and adjusting his body to it, Reynolds made a terrific late adjustment on his 40-yard touchdown reception. My concern with Reynolds is his narrow build (6040,193) and that was exposed on a vertical rep down the field where UCLA CB Fabian Moreau easily ate up his stem and pinned him against the sideline. Reynolds has translatable skills at the catch point but he will need to get to the catch point to win consistently in the NFL. Stock: Same
Avery Gennessy, OT, Senior: Unfortunately, Gennessy exited the game with an injury early in the fourth quarter leaving an incomplete impression of his performance. Stock: Same
Texas A&M Defense
Myles Garrett, DE, Junior: Garrett demonstrated why he is such a coveted prospect by consistently generating disruptive pressure off the edge on the passer. Garrett displayed a variety of pass rush moves including the ability to win with speed and twitch, hand technique and power. Garrett’s pressure was a big reason why UCLA QB Josh Rosen failed to develop any sort of rhythm in the passing game. Stock: Can it get higher?
Daeshon Hall, DE, Senior: Playing opposite of Myles Garrett, Hall played a consistently solid ball game with positive notes. While Hall did not record a sack, his consistent edge rush is a big reason why the Aggies defense was able to collectively register 5 sacks and 7 hurries. Hall played particularly well against the run where he set the edge, squeezed gaps and excelled chasing down plays from the backside. Stock: Slightly Up
Justin Evans, S, Senior: Evans made several plays that directly lead to the Aggies upset win over UCLA. The first was providing terrific redzone coverage on the TE resulting in an incompletion and eventual field goal attempt. Evans followed that up with an interception off a deflection because his reactionary skills lead him to the throw and another interception to force overtime when UCLA was threatening late in the game by elevating as an underneath zone defender. Finally, Evans broke up a pass on 4th down in overtime to seal the Aggies victory. Evans also contributed 8 tackles to go along with the 2 interceptions. There were a few missed tackles in the boundary but overall, Evans was the standout playmaker for his team. Stock: Up
Connor McDermott, OT, Senior: Tasked with primarily blocking Myles Garrett, McDermott fared decently in the first half but the wheels fell off as the game progressed. As the game went on, Garrett began to dominate the chess match as he evolved his early pass rush plan with counter moves later in the game that gave McDermott fits. Athletically, McDermott did not have the foot speed or agility to mirror Garrett. A prospect who I feel is overrated is some draft circles, McDermott didn’t showcase anything that altered my original views of him from summer film study. Stock: Down
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Senior: It was a welcome site to see Vanderdoes back on the field after missing nearly the entire 2015 season with a knee injury. While it wasn’t a perfect performance, Vanderdoes flashed the disruptive, penetrating talent that got me excited when viewing his 2014 game tape. Vanderdoes frequently re-set the line of scrimmage and lived in the Texas A&M backfield. He illustrated quick and effective hand technique to disengage from blocks. There were more reps than I cared to see in which Vanderdoes lined up at 5 technique where he is simply out of place. If you believe disruption is production then Vanderdoes fared well in his first game back from injury. Stock: Same
Fabian Moreau, CB, Senior: Another Bruin returning from an early season injury in 2015, Moreau played a terrific ball game. Playing physical in man coverage, Moreau was disruptive to route stems with his technique to ruin the timing of the pattern and not allow the receiver to gain leverage. Moreau also had positive reps competing at the catchpoint with the ability to track the ball with his back to the football and by driving off his back foot coming forward. Stock: Up
Randal Goforth, S, Senior: A balanced defender, Goforth is a sound football player against the run and pass which was evident against Texas A&M. Willing to fire downhill, Goforth reacted well to play concepts and contributed in the box in run support. Goforth also broke up a pass in the redzone, showcasing his coverage skills. Aside from a missed tackle in the boundary, Goforth played a sound game. Stock: Same
Other Players that Flashed
Ricky Seals-Jones, WR, Texas A&M, Junior: Seals-Jones displayed the ability to find space against zone coverage and provide a massive target for his quarterback. He worked the underneath routes well and has upside in a possession role.
Shaan Washington, LB, Texas A&M, Senior: Washington made a handful of plays near the line of scrimmage including a sack and another quarterback hurry. He looks good on the hoof (6030, 240) with a relentless, attacking style. I am eager to see more of Washington and he certainly caught my eye.
Best Players on the Field
Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M and Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M.
Connor McDermott, OT, UCLA