Our former prospects of the week
Tyreek Hill Oklahoma State ATH
Our prospect of the week
After watching Saturdays nights feature game (Oklahoma State v.s. Florida State) its easy to see why every team in the Nation wanted ATH Tyreek Hill! He ran the ball, caught the ball and had a major impact on special teams and was also a big reason why the Cowboys were driving to win with 4:00 min left in the game. Coach Gundy said “I knew he was really fast (Hill), but again I haven’t watched him play live at this level” “I knew he was really fast and there would be a time when he would get in the open field and He’d take everyone’s breath away” “Good thing for me is thats hes already satisfied that, but he needs to do it every week”. To me, the most impressive thing about Saturdays game is that Tyreek was out running (in my eyes) the fastest defense in College football. One thing that I’m 100% sure of is the fact that Ty is one of the most eclectic and dynamic players in the game and will be a must watch week in and week out!
His best quality is an absolute no brainer… speed and I’m not talking about a fast guy speed, I’m talking about elite, top end, Chris Johnson type speed! Hill is also very quick and athletic, with surprising strength for a guy with his frame. Body and build, size and speed, Tyreek has it all. One of the things I haven’t heard many people talk about is his hands and not just in the passing game, but in the return game as well. He caught several punts that were in high traffic areas with the pressure on and where that was a bit of a weakness for OSU in 2013, it looks to be a major strength for the Pokes this fall.
Theres not a lot of visible weaknesses that I see. However, Kendall Hunter wore #24 when he played in Stillwater and so the number thing draws some comparisons, but their builds are very similar and one of the knocks on Hunter come out was his size. HIll may deal with the same criticism (although I believe it to be a non-factor). Tyreek must also improve in the route running game and last weekend I saw natural ability, but to become a truly great offensive weapon he needs to sharpen up his technique.
- Draft Outlook
I know I should calm down because we’ve only seen Hill play one division I football game, but there’s no doubt the talent and god given speed are there. Scouts I know and talk with, ask about what the staff has seen and what his practice habits are like and they only ask those questions if theres legitimate interest. If Tyreek continues to trend up, he’s a guy who won’t have to wait long to hear his name called.
Quinshad Davis North Carolina Wr
Since Larry Fedora landed in North Carolina the Tar Heels offense has been able to rack up some monster numbers and it looks as if that will continue in 2014 and Quinshad Davis is a big reason for my expectations. Last season he was 2nd on the team in receiving yards (730) and led the team in TD’s with 10. Last fall Eric Ebron was all the rave for the Heels, but now it’s a legit NFL receiver named Quinshad that is taking his place. Now that Marquise Williams is the full time starter at QB, I foresee big things from Davis and the offense in 2014. Davis has a rare combination of size and speed and scouts I’ve talked with have compared him to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery… and I agree. The North Carolina offense is one of my sleeper squads this year and with playmakers like Davis, T.J. Logan, Ryan Switzer and Williams at QB, I believe the Tar Heels are in the lead to win the ACC Coastal.
Davis has a massive 6’4″ 216lbs frame to work with and last year he learned how to use it. He caught nearly twenty jump balls in 2013 and grabbed several high traffic red zone touchdowns. I would be shocked if he didn’t end up with double digit touchdowns again this year. I also talked a little about his speed and theres rumors going around that in 2012 he was clocked in the low 4.4’s.
He can get the jump ball and is great at high pointing the football, but I haven’t seen him grab as many “tough 50/50’s” as I think he should. His hands are good, but not spectacular and thats probably the one thing he really needs to improve on this fall. Quinshad has few visible weaknesses!
- Draft Outlook
The receiver position for the 2014 draft is void of a true super star and Quinshad Davis could be the type of prospect to capitalize on that. Bama has Cooper, Strong from Az State and Coates in Auburn and all those guys are very good and could become top 10 prospects, but none are elite as of now. Quinshad has the tools and god given talent to potentially pass up all three of those receivers, but he would need to have a very big season in 2014 to do so. If the draft were today, Davis is picked before the 4th round… for sure.
Karlos Williams Florida State RB
Since I released my 2015 NFL draft rankings, one thing that I’ve heard way too much about is having Karlos Williams as my #2 running back. I’ve heard things like “he only has 730 career rushing yards”, “Williams has only played a few games at RB and, like, zero starts”, “He should be on defense”! I’ll admit, I’ve seen him carry the ball about 90 times, but there is no doubting his talent. Karlos is a monster athlete and I think he could play several different positions, but running the ball suits him best. Yes, Williams had only 730 yards, he wasn’t a starter, and so on and so forth. One thing people don’t seem to realize, FSU had Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr… both are playing in the NFL right now. The Seminoles have great young depth at the position again this year, but Karlos is the clear #1.
In watching Karlos Williams in 2013 two things became very clear, when you combine dynamic speed and athleticism with a monster 6’1″ 224lb body, you get a freak. He averaged 8.0 yards a carry and he scored 11 times in his first season at running back. He has the power to run inside and the speed to get around the edge and take it to the house. A natural runner, despite the fact he hasn’t played the position since high school. Karlos runs angry and is a prototypical pro running back. BEAST!
Devonta Freeman was one of the best 3rd down backs (I hate that term but don’t know how else to put it) in the nation and could catch or block as good as anyone. My point is, Williams wasn’t on the field much on passing plays and word is, he’s a willing blocker and has solid hands. However, I’ve yet to see it. He’s a hard worker and very physically gifted, so I think he’ll be fine. I just need to see it.
- Draft Outlook
2012 was the last time we saw a RB selected in the 1st round of the draft and I fully expect that to change in ’15. With guys like Williams, Todd Gurley II, Mel Gor 3 and T.J. Yeldon, there’s too much talent not to see one come off the board in round one. I’m not saying K-Will is a 1st round lock, but I see no way he lasts past day two.
Theiran Cockran Minnesota DE
The Gophers had one of the most underrated defensive lines in the Big 10 in 2013 and their star DE Theiren Cockran was a major part of that success. Cockran lead the defense last fall with 7.5 sacks and was good enough to be named to the All B10 2nd Team. It was a little surprising he got any conference recognition at all, considering he’s constantly overlooked. Most other people in the NFL draft community are not quite as fond of the Gopher pass rusher as I am, but watch the tape and you’ll understand why I’m in love. He possesses elite size standing at 6’6″ and weighs nearly 240lbs and his athleticism is off the charts, which you can see with his first step and ability to bend the edge and get to the passer. My expectations for Theiren are very high, and in the near future I foresee those expectations spreading like wild-fire. With a solid supporting cast around him, his production should take a big step forward in ’14 and that will solidify him as one of the best ends in College football. The loss of Ra’Shede Hageman will definitely turn more attention to #55, but my confidence in his skills lead me to believe there will not be a drop in his production.
His quickness and speed are outstanding, but his length and stature may be his most impressive qualities. He is fantastic at keeping offensive lineman at arm’s length and not letting them into his body, allowing him to wreak havoc in the backfield. The way he uses his arms like weapons reminds me of Tamba Hali but Cockran is a more naturally fluid athlete.
If there is one thing Cockran needs to improve upon its his strength at the point of attack and setting the edge. He’s not bad at either but there’s definitely room for improvement and adding ten to fifteen pound would go a long way in helping him do so.
- Draft Outlook
With at least one season standing in between Theiren and the NFL draft there’s a lot of weeks, games and plays to see before we need to make an official prediction and there’s still a very good chance he’ll come back for his senior year. So a lot can happen in a year (or two), but regardless of all that I can’t see his name being called any later than the 3rd round, with a good chance of him coming off the board much, much earlier.