Greetings 49er Faithful! After each 49ers accumulative loss, the 2017 NFL Draft starts to become the forefront on many fans' minds rather than an end of season afterthought. Therefore, instead of breaking down the match-ups of the Week 6 college football teams playing today, I'll just head onto the profiles of draft-eligible prospects for today's match-ups.
After watching the continued struggle of Blaine Gabbert miserably attempting to lead the 49ers offense, and the unknown of Colin Kaepernick apparently struggling to beat out Gabbert in practice and reach Chip Kelly's expected goal of the 2013 version of Kaepernick, I think it's best to highlight a couple of quarterbacks today that could be our future. The two quarterbacks in the mix for the 49ers first round selection are Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer and Miami's Brad Kaaya. Therefore, the three college football games we will highlight today are Notre Dame vs. NC State match-up, No. 9 Tennessee vs. No. 8 Texas A&M match-up, and No. 23 Florida State vs. No. 10 Miami match-up. So, sit back, put your scouting hat on, and let's get things started with Week 6. Here's to our future! #Future49ers
Notre Dame at NC State
Time: 9:00 AM PST
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Notre Dame is featuring several draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on. A few guys of note are: *QB DeShone Kizer, No 14; *RB Tarean Folston No. 25; *TE Durham Smythe No. 80; and *OT Mike McGlinchey No. 68.
*QB DeShone Kizer, No. 14, is arguably the best draft-eligible quarterback in this years' draft class. The former high school star three-sport athlete (football, basketball, and baseball) boasts a big arm (can attack all levels of the field) and is a natural passer with excellent touch, timing, and ball placement on his throws. Kizer shows tremendous poise in the pocket with a great presence displaying keen awareness and feel for pressure with quality movement within the pocket. Although not a "running" quarterback, the pass first signal caller has a terrific ability to extend plays with his legs scrambling with strength and suddenness keeping his eyes downfield, but will tuck it and run strong behind his pads with sound vision becoming and athletic chore to bring down.
He's a top-notch quarterback prospect displaying all the qualities NFL teams covet: big-arm talent, size, and a big-time playmaker. Superbly adept at operating as a pocket passer and zone-read quarterback, Kizer is a mouth-watering prospect that will look great operating in a Chip Kelly offense. Plus, coming out of Notre Dame will likely trigger a big thumbs up from alumnus Jed York, and the hope of recapturing the historic Norte Dame quarterback lore of Joe Montana, the 2.0 version.
*RB Tarean Folston, No. 25, is back after missing the 2015 season with a torn ACL -- #BaalkeDelight. Folston's injury occurred during the season opener against the same Texas Longhorns (only carried the ball three times for 19 yards prior to his injury); therefore, look for Folston to finish what he started. He brings good power to the position displaying good vision and instincts and the ability to pick up additional yards after contact. Shows good pad level hitting the hole getting low and through the cracks, and brings value in the passing game with good hands and decent pass protection.
*TE Durham Smythe, No. 80, is another injured Irish player that missed the majority of last season with injuries (shoulder and knee), but is determined to get back on track. Smythe displays the ability to separate and get away from man coverage with good suddenness, and is a natural pass catcher displaying reliable soft hands that he extends away from his body, and good route running. He also shows good blocking ability -- capable of blocking in space and in base with the ability to swing his hips. Looks good detached as a space blocker, as well the ability to smoothly slide laterally utilizing good hand positioning.
*OT Mike McGlinchey, No. 68, steps into the left tackle role first round pick Ronnie Stanley vacated at the end of the 2015 season. McGlinchey is poised to be the next great Irish offensive lineman to make it in the NFL, and he has the skill set to make it happen. After starting all 13 games at right tackle last season, where he only gave up 1 sack - 2 hits - 2 hurries and led the offensive line unit with the highest percentage in pass block success rate at 98.7%, McGlinchey is expected to make the transition to the left side seamlessly. Displaying tremendous length and impressive athleticism, McGlinchey shows great athletic ability to adjust in pass protection with nice skills sliding lateral adjusting to movement, as well as the toughness to finish blocks all the way to the whistle. McGlinchey, the redshirt junior, recently stated he intends to return for a fifth year with the Fighting Irish for now, but with three months left in the season and his likely first round draft status, I'm not officially taking him off the board until I'm certain he will not declare.
A few more Fighting Irish to keep an eye on are: DE Isaac Rochell No. 90; DT Jarron James No. 94; OLB James Onwualu No. 17; and CB Cole Luke No. 36.
* = indicates junior status
*QB DeShone Kizer, No 14, 6'4 1/2" - 230 lbs., 4.84 40 - (1st)
*RB Tarean Folston, No. 25, 5'9" - 215 lbs., 4.56 40 - (3rd-4th)
*TE Durham Smythe, No. 80, 6'4" - 245 lbs., 4.85 40 - (4th)
*OT Mike McGlinchey, No. 68, 6'7" - 310 lbs. 5.22 40 - (1st-2017)
DE Isaac Rochell, No. 90, 6'3" - 290 lbs., 4.86 40 - (3rd)
DT Jarron Jones, No. 94, 6'5" - 315 lbs., 5.14 40 - (2nd)
OLB James Onwualu, No. 17, 6'1" - 232 lbs., 4.76 40 - (5th-6th)
CB Cole Luke, No. 36, 5'11" - 193 lbs., 4.45 40 - (4th)
FS Max Redfield, No. 10, 6'1" - 205 lbs., 4.52 40 - (7th-UDFA) released from team
LS Scott Daly, No. 61, 6'2" - 250 lbs., 5.06 40 - (UDFA)
NC State showcases four draft-eligible prospects listed below that have a good chance of making an NFL club as an undrafted free agent rookie.
RB Matthew Dayes, No. 21, 5'9" - 203 lbs., 4.47 40 - (UDFA)
WR Bra'Lon Cherry, No. 13. 5'11" - 191 lbs., 4.56 40 - (UDFA)
C Joe Scelfo, No. 66, 6'1" - 300 lbs., 5.25 40 - (UDFA)
CB Jack Tocho, No. 29, 6'1" - 200 lbs., 4.53 40 - (UDFA)
No. 9 Tennessee at No. 8 Texas A&M
Time: 12:30 PM PST
Live Stream: CBS Sports Live Video
Tennessee has several draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on: QB Joshua Dobbs, No. 11; *RB Jalen Hurd, No. 1; *DE Derek Barnett, No. 9; OLB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, No. 21; and CB Cameron Sutton, No. 23.
*DE Derek Barnett, No. 9, is an extremely disruptive player excelling as a pash rusher with a motor running hot and is relentless in pursuit with a nose for the quarterback. Barnett provides a solid combination of size, strength, agility, balance, and athleticism. Displays decent burst off the edge with excellent bend and dipping of the shoulder flattening out with nice balance and body control.
CB Cameron Sutton, No. 23, brings decent size to the position with great length and range. The former high school baseball and basketball athlete displays fluidity to his game with solid ball skills, sound awareness, adept at playing with his back against the quarterback, shows patience in coverage, and great in press coverage (can jam with the best). He is a willing and aggressive tackler; however, his tackling skills need improvement. Sutton also brings value in the return game. MEDICAL UPDATE: Sutton suffered a fractured right ankle during the game on 9/17/16 and will be out for an "extended period of time". #BaalkeDelight
QB Joshua Dobbs, No. 11, 6'3" - 208 lbs., 4.67 40 - (6th)
*RB Jalen Hurd, No. 1, 6'3" - 230 lbs., 4.57 40 - (3rd)
OG/C Dylan Wiesman, No. 71, 6'3" - 304 lbs., 5.35 40 - (UDFA)
*DE Derek Barnett, No. 9, 6'3" - 257 lbs., 4.76 40 - (1st)
DE Corey Vereen, No. 50, 6'2" - 249 lbs., 4.84 40 - (UDFA)
DT Danny O'Brien, No. 95, 6'2" - 301 lbs., 5.18 40 - (UDFA)
OLB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, No. 21, 6'0" - 225 lbs., 4.72 40 - (4th)
CB Cameron Sutton, No. 23, 5'11" - 186 lbs., 4.50 40 - (2nd)
CB Malik Foreman, No. 13, 5'10" - 178 lbs., 4.52 40 - (UDFA)
Texas A&M has several draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on: *WR Speedy Noil, No. 2; WR Josh Reynolds, No. 11; *WR Ricky Seals-Jones, No. 9; OT Avery Gennesy, No. 65; *DE Myles Garrett, No. 15; DE Daeshon Hall, No. 10; OLB Shaan Washington, No. 33; and SS Justin Evans, No. 14.
*WR Speedy Noil, No. 2, is definitely true to his name as an amazing athlete with elite speed, the kind of speed that makes him a threat all over the field and a home run threat any time he touches the ball. The former high school track athlete (400m, long, and triple jump) explodes off the line of scrimmage quickly getting behind defenders and plays bigger than his 5'11" size with an explosive vertical and strong reliable hands to bring in contested balls. Shows the ability to break in and out of his breaks with the necessary quick feet and suddenness separating from defenders and the speed to pull away quickly. Displays the ability to make plays taking the short pass and burst to daylight with great lateral quickness making decisive cuts without losing speed. Brings value in the return game. Red flags: plenty of off field issues (team suspensions and arrest for driving without a license), and has been bothered with some nagging injuries throughout his career, so durability concerns are an issue as well.
*WR Ricky Seals-Jones, No. 9, is a physically dominant player utilizing his impressive Calvin Johnson-like size, tremendous length, impressive speed, and outstanding catch radius plucking balls away from his body with strong hands, and is a mismatch nightmare for defenders. Displays a great ability blocking in the perimeter, and utilizes his body to post up against defenders. Needs more consistency in his game (too many drops), but flashes of his dominance is eye-opening.
*DE Myles Garrett, No. 15, is the top prospect in this years' draft class. Garrett brings a perfect blend of size, length, fluidity, speed, instincts, agility, power, and athleticism. A true disruptive force, Garrett lead the SEC in sacks, tackles for loss, and forced fumbles in 2015. An outstanding pass rusher both off the edge and inside (shows great awareness in stunts), Garrett is explosive (terrific first-step) with excellent flexibility, elite quickness, burst, and acceleration with insane closing speed. He plays with excellent leverage and balance, adept at holding the point of attack and releasing with amazing change of direction skills, agility, foot quickness, and power. Displays a variety of pass rush moves and is skilled converting speed into power. Has a motor that always runs hot. Shows a high football IQ with physical traits and superior athleticism to be a dominant playmaker at the next level.
QB Trevor Knight, No. 8, 6'0" - 215 lbs., 4.76 40 - (UDFA)
*WR Speedy Noil, No. 2, 5'11" - 192 lbs., 4.36 40 - (5th)
WR Josh Reynolds, No. 11, 6'3" - 190 lbs., 4.52 40 - (5th-6th)
*WR Ricky Seals-Jones, No. 9, 6'5" - 240 lbs., 4.59 40 - (5th-6th)
OT Avery Gennesy, No. 65, 6'5" - 310 lbs., 5.08 40 - (4th)
*DE Myles Garrett, No. 15, 6'5" - 270 lbs., 4.57 40 - (1st)
DE Daeshon Hall, No. 10, 6'5" - 260 lbs., 4.78 40 - (3rd-4th)
DT Hardreck Walker, No. 98, 6'2" - 290 lbs., 5.08 40 - (UDFA)
OLB Shaan Washington, No. 33, 6'3" - 235 lbs., 4.82 40 - (7th)
SS Justin Evans, No. 14, 6'0" - 195 lbs., 4.52 40 - (4th)
No. 23 Florida State at No. 10 Miami
Time: 5:00 PM PST
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Florida State continues their NFL prospect influx with several draft-eligible candidates destined for their names to be called in the 2017 NFL Draft. A few prospects to keep an eye on today are: *RB Dalvin Cook, No. 4; *WR Travis Rudolph, No. 15; *OT Roderick Johnson, No. 77; and *DT Derrick Nnadi, No. 91.
*RB Dalvin Cook, No. 4, a dominant threat for the Seminoles, is arguably one of the best running backs in the nation. Cook displays a smoothness to his game with excellent instincts, versatility, and big-play waiting to happen at any time threat. His vision and feel for the game is tremendously impressive, showcasing a nice suddenness in traffic with elite tackle-breaking slippery skills similar to a snake sliding through the grass, and the capacity to hit the home run whenever he touches the ball. Cook's amazing talent, determined work ethic, and desire for continued improvement will bode well for him at the next level.
*WR Travis Rudolph, No. 15, a highly sought out recruit out of high school, has developed nicely over the years. Rudolph displays a great combination of size, speed, and athleticism, with impressive suddenness in his game and the ability to break in and out of cuts showing the speed and quickness to separate from defensive backs. The junior is not really a physical receiver, but has impressive toughness with the ability to make plays, taking advantage of short passes and turning them into big gains. He also shows great ball skills, good hands, and the ability to elevate for the football in traffic and in the end zone.
*OT Roderick Johnson, No. 77, is a highly aggressive road grader mauling through defenses with his brute physicality, size, and strength. The junior boasts great length with a large wing span, impressive athleticism, and relatively light feet for a man his size. Johnson has the mindset and physicalness of a nasty guard, but showcases good athleticism and decent foot speed to slide laterally and adjust to movement. Although a dominant force as a run blocker - displaying tremendous toughness finishing off blocks all the way to the whistle - Johnson is inconsistent in pass protection, where his "rawness" is still evident and technique will need to continue to improve (waist bender).
*DT Derrick Nnadi, No. 91, is a beast in the middle of the Seminoles' defense. The junior boasts a big powerful stout frame with great athleticism, foot quickness, and agility. A load in the middle, Nnadi shows great ability to play front-side blockers at the point of attack with strength and leverage, and utilizes is short area quickness and agility to defend against back-side blocks showcasing tremendous athletic ability for a bruiser of a space eater.
A few other Seminoles to keep an eye on: FB Freddie Stevenson, No. 23; DE DeMarcus Walker, No. 44; CB Marquez White, No. 27; and SS Nate Andrews, No. 29.
QB Sean Maguire, No. 10, 6'3" - 232 lbs., 5.28 40 - (UDFA)
*RB Dalvin Cook, No. 4, 5'11" - 206 lbs., 4.46 40 - (1st)
FB Freddie Stevenson, No. 23, 6'0" - 243 lbs., 4.82 40 - (6th)
*WR Travis Rudolph, No. 15, 6'1" - 189 lbs., 4.52 40 - (2nd)
WR Kermit Whitfield, No. 8, 5'8" - 180 lbs., 4.40 40 - (UDFA)
WR Jesus Wilson, No. 3, 5'10" - 186 lbs., 4.47 40 - (UDFA)
*OT Roderick Johnson, No. 77, 6'7" - 311 lbs., 5.37 40 - (1st)
OG Kareem Are, No. 72, 6'5" - 334 lbs., 5.38 40 - (UDFA)
DE DeMarcus Walker, No. 44, 6'2" - 273 lbs., 4.86 40 - (6th-7th)
DE Chris Casher, No. 21, 6'3" - 256 lbs., 4.79 40 - (UDFA)
*DT Derrick Nnadi, No. 91, 6'1" - 312 lbs., 5.09 40 - (3rd)
CB Marquez White, No. 27, 6'0" - 181 lbs., 4.49 40 - (3rd-4th)
CB Ryan Green, No. 7, 5'10" - 205 lbs., 4.52 40 - (UDFA)
SS Nate Andrews, No. 29, 5'11" - 210 lbs. 4.62 40 - (6th-7th)
Miami has a few draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on: *QB Brad Kaaya, No. 15; WR Stacy Coley, No. 3; OG Danny Isidora, No. 63; and FS Rayshawn Jenkins, No. 26.
*QB Brad Kaaya, No. 15, is a very smart pocket passer with incredible poise and savviness in his game. The lanky framed quarterback lacks the rocket arm, but displays solid touch, good ball placement (needs more consistency), a smooth over-the-top delivery, a quick release, nice zip, and makes good anticipation throws. Kaaya displays a high mental acumen with a terrific football IQ and is a quick decision maker able to swiftly process information efficiently and successfully. Although not a running threat, Kaaya shows good movement in the pocket taking subtle steps to avoid pressure and displays sound awareness. Will stand tall in the pocket and shows toughness and grit taking hits displaying his physical toughness to go along with his mental toughness. Has shown the capacity to improve, especially under new offensive minded head coach, Mark Richt, who has been known for his ability to develop quarterbacks.
*QB Brad Kaaya, No. 15, 6'4" - 215 lbs., 4.84 40 - (1st)
WR Stacy Coley, No. 3, 6'1" - 195 lbs., 4.39 40 - (3rd-4th)
TE Standish Dobard, No. 5, 6'4" - 252 lbs., 4.83 40 - (UDFA)
OG Danny Isidora, No. 63, 6'4" - 305 lbs., 5.29 40 - (7th)
OLB Jermaine Grace, No. 5, 6'1" - 205 lbs., 4.62 40 - (UDFA) Dismissed from School
CB Corn Elder, No. 29, 5'10" - 180 lbs., 4.49 40 - (UDFA)
FS Rayshawn Jenkins, No. 26, 6'2" - 210 lbs., 4.53 40 - (7th-UDFA)
SS Jamal Carter Sr., No. 6, 6'1" - 215 lbs., 4.58 40 - (UDFA)
P Justin Vogel, No. 16, 6'4" - 215 lbs., 4.94 40 - (UDFA)