Looking for some college football to watch on your brand new door-buster $250 LED HDTV after spending your wee hours of the morning stacking and shedding fellow shoppers attacking with explosion all those newly discovered frivolous items during Black Friday mania? Well, I have you covered.
Plus, are you wondering who will be our quarterback next year? Well, you are in luck, because today is quarterback day. On display we have North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky, Washington State's Luke Falk, Washington's Jake Browning (too bad he's not draft eligible - sad trombone), Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes II, and Baylor's Seth Russell. Actually, Seth Russell will not be playing today after suffering a gruesome fractured left ankle during Week 10; therefore, if Baalke is still in the mix come draft day with his affinity of drafting injured players, then there is a 85% chance Russell is our guy. Joking aside (or am I), Russell recently had successful surgery (expected to make a full recovery) and is questionable to compete at the Senior Bowl, but is looking to compete at the NFL Combine (February 28).
With that all being said, break out the Thanksgiving leftovers and away we go!
Greetings 49er Faithful! We are back with our breakdown of college football's Week 13 action. Each week throughout the college season we will break down a few college football games providing highlights and profiles of a few notable draft-eligible prospects you should pay attention to. This will help people build a list of names to know when we get into the offseason. The three college football games we will highlight today are NC State vs. North Carolina match-up, No. 5 Washington vs. No. 23 Washington State match-up, and Baylor vs. Texas Tech match-up. So, sit back, put your scouting hat on, and let's get things started with Week 13.
* = indicates junior status
** = indicates redshirt sophomore status
+ = injury status
NC State Wolfpack at North Carolina Tar Heels
Time: 9:00 AM PST
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
RB Matthew Dayes, No. 21, 5'9" - 203 lbs., 4.47 40 - (5th-6th)
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 - (7th-UDFA)
RB Matthew Dayes, No. 21, is a hard nosed playmaker with tremendous instincts, patience, and vision. A complete and natural running back, Dayes displays a solid combination of size, speed, quickness, physicality, balance, athleticism, and elusiveness. He accelerates around the edges, one-cuts and explodes, and runs solid inside between the tackles making consecutive moves in a short area running low and through the cracks maintaining the desired low pad-level hitting and slashing the hole exploding and accelerating to daylight. The home run hitter also displays excellent pass-catching ability skills with strong hands and breakaway speed capability. Shows great effort in pass protection, but needs improvement.
*QB Mitch Trubisky, No. 10, 6'3" - 220 lbs., 4.76 40 - (1st)
*RB Elijah Hood, No. 34, 5'11" - 220 lbs., 4.59 40 - (2nd-3rd)
RB T.J. Logan, No. 8, 5'10" - 190 lbs., 4.46 40 - (6th)
FB Dan Mastromatteo, No. 47, 6'2" - 235 lbs., 4.79 40 - (UDFA)
WR Ryan Switzer, No. 3, 5'10" - 185 lbs., 4.50 40 - (3rd)
+WR Mack Hollins, No. 13, 6'3" - 210 lbs., 4.55 40 - (UDFA) Out for the year collarbone injury.
WR Johnathan 'Bug' Howard, No. 84, 6'5" - 210 lbs., 4.62 40 - (5th-6th)
OT Jon Heck, No. 71, 6'7" - 300 lbs., 5.21 40 - (5th)
+OG Caleb Peterson, No. 70, 6'5" - 300 lbs., 5.23 40 - (6th-7th) Out for the year back injury.
C Lucas Crowley, No. 68, 6'2" - 290 lbs., 5.14 40 - (6th-7th)
DE Mikey Bart, No. 45, 6'3" - 270 lbs., 4.85 40 - (UDFA)
CB Des Lawrence, No. 2, 6'0" - 185 lbs., 4.50 40 - (7th-UDFA)
FS Dominique Green, No. 26, 5'11" - 190 lbs., 4.54 40 - (UDFA)
*QB Mitch Trubisky, No. 10, showcases a great combination of size (6'3" - 220 lbs.), good mobility, and athleticism with a big arm capable of making NFL level throws. He displays good patience and solid pocket presence with excellent vision and awareness, and decent mobility with quality movement in and out of the pocket (quick feet and sound athleticism, but not a true dual threat). Trubisky has a quick release and overhand delivery, which bodes well for a North Carolina offense that likes to get the ball out quick. Shows efficiency going through all his reads, great accuracy and ball placement on short to intermediate routes (inconsistent on long balls although not afraid to launch it), great zip on most of his throws, a good decision maker, and displays excellent command of the field. Trubisky will need to continue to improve upon his overall consistency and will need to work on his sloppy mechanics and footwork (upper body and footwork are not in concert relying solely on his arm), especially working from a dirty pocket. Ideally, another year will bode well for Trubisky, but a lack of quality quarterback options in this years' draft class may entice him to declare. With the lack of starts under his belt, the one-year-wonder stigma will creep into scouts' minds.
*RB Elijah Hood, No. 34, is a powerful runner that punishes defenders with his physicality and desire to run through people, rather than around them. An Eagle Scout, Hood has a great combination of size, power, and speed, as well as displaying good vision and instincts running inside with nice agility making consecutive moves in a short area. Nevertheless, Hood's bread and butter is as a violent down-hill runner bringing power behind his pads laying down the hammer on defenders.
WR Ryan Switzer, No. 3, looks like a Wes Welker clone and has a game that is more dynamic than his comparison. The former high school basketball and track star is a nightmare match-up for defenders with his amazing suddenness in and out of his breaks and his fast quick feet darting across the field like a jitter-bug making defenders miss. He is a fluid and sharp route runner with a clean technique and smoothness to his game. Switzer displays great bend on breaks popping out quickly with terrific athleticism, outstanding footwork, quickness, and erupting burst breaking away with impressive speed. He is a natural pass catcher with very strong soft reliable hands (terrific hand-eye coordination) extending arms to make the catch and excellent ball skills and is tough as nails. One of my favorite college wide receivers, Switzer is a dynamic explosive playmaker with excellent quickness and great speed. Although Switzer is only 5'10", he showcases superb ball skills, strong reliable hands, and a toughness to his game. There is not enough that can be said about his great route running, explosion off the line of scrimmage, tremendous change of direction skills, fluidity, the straight line speed to take the top off coverages, and the short area quickness (can make a defender miss in a phone booth) and terrific balance to gain separation selling routes with his impressive foot speed. A slot receiver at the next level, Switzer also bestows great vision, which gives him extra value in the return game - another electrifying aspect to his game.
WR Johnathan 'Bug' Howard, No. 84, displays an excellent combination of size (6'5" - 210 lbs. - Hello Red Zone target), length, athleticism, agility, strength, and physicality. Howard shows toughness as a blocker and is a good pass catching possession type receiver with decent speed, fair route running skills, great ball control, and strong hands. Howard will not blow people away with his speed, but utilizes his physicality, body control, and surprising quickness off his breaks to gain separation and win at the catch posting up defenders. He needs to become more consistent in his overall game, mainly in contested catches, but he does a great job attacking balls at it's highest point.
OT Jon Heck, No. 71, showcases great size (6'7" - 300 lbs.), length (long arms), large frame, agility, power, good technique, and sound awareness. Although not overly athletic, Heck displays impressive foot quickness (former high school basketball player), patience, and hand usage in pass protection, as well as being an aggressive mauler driving defenders in the run game with a toughness mentality in his game. Shows great durability, Heck is a right tackle at the next level and could likely kick inside at guard with the skill set to be a solid run blocker with fair pass protection skills.
No. 6 Washington Huskies at No. 22 Washington State Cougars
Time: 12:30 PM PST
Live Stream: FOX Sports Go
*WR John Ross, No. 1, 5'11" - 190 lbs., 4.35 40 - (1st)
TE Darrell Daniels, No. 15, 6'4" - 246 lbs., 4.44 40 - (6th)
OG Jake Eldrenkamp, No. 52, 6'5" - 285 lbs., 5.08 40 - (6th)
+DE/OLB Joe Mathis, No. 5, 6'2" - 256 lbs., 4.86 40 - (7th) Out for the year foot injury.
**DT Vita Vea, No. 50, 6'5" - 332 lbs., 5.19 40 - (1st-2nd)
*DT Elijah Qualls, No. 11, 6'1" - 321 lbs., 5.37 40 - (2nd)
OLB Psalm Wooching, No. 28, 6'4" - 230 lbs., 4.76 40 - (UDFA)
*CB Sidney Jones, No. 26, 6'0" - 180 lbs., 4.49 40 - (1st)
CB Kevin King, No. 20, 6'3" - 190 lbs., 4.56 40 - (2nd-3rd)
*FS Budda Baker, No. 32, 5'10" - 192 lbs., 4.35 40 - (1st)
K Cameron Van Winkle, No. 48, 5'10" - 190 lbs., 4.84 40 - (7th-UDFA)
*WR John Ross, No. 1, is the flag bearer of "The Legion of Zoom" boasting elite speed, great route running, and is an explosive playmaker that can hit the home run whenever he touches the ball. The former high school track star is explosive and dynamic receiver that can stretch the field taking the top off coverages and looks to score on every play. Ross displays tremendous quickness, explosion, agility, and athleticism with smooth route running and quality hands. He has an explosive burst off the line and is extremely quick getting in and out of his breaks with elite suddenness erupting out of his cuts creating separation from defenders accelerating to top speed in a hiccup. Displays elite short area quickness and has video game-like change of direction skills, does not gear down when making cuts with eye popping stop and start skills, and is extremely elusive in the open field speeding by defenders with game-breaking speed. Brings value in the return game and has played on the defensive side of the ball as a cornerback. Suffered torn ACL in 2015.
TE Darrell Daniels, No. 15, is a former wide receiver turned tight end with a great blend of speed, size, and athleticism. The hybrid Daniels is essentially a big natural receiver with a good suddenness in his game. Shows the ability to separate from defenders and extends hands away from body making the grab with soft hands. Displays a good ability as a detached blocker blocking in space, and has improved as a blocker end of line at the point of attack. Will need more consistency with his hands (catching) and blocking.
**DT Vita Vea, No. 50, is a very strong defender with great size, length, power, and athleticism. A large stout run stuffer, Vea showcases power at the point of attack, capable of handling two-gaps, great in collapsing the pocket, has sound awareness to stop ball carriers next to him utilizing good hand technique (great power in hands) stacking and shedding, and plays with good leverage and power with a high motor chasing down ball carriers coming off back-side blocks. The former high school basketball athlete and Bay Area native has quick feet with balance possessing great lateral agility navigating impressively through the trash. The space-eater two-gap defender is extremely stout against the run dominating front-side blocks at the point of attack and displays great quickness for a man his size. He has the versatility to play nose guard in a 3-4, as well as the 5-technique, which makes Vea an ideal fit for the 49ers.
*CB Sidney Jones, No. 26, is one of the top corner prospects in this years' draft class. Jones is an amazing athlete on the field showcasing tremendous quickness, burst, speed, balance, aggression, fluidity, instincts, ball skills, and athleticism. He plays with good patience excelling in off-coverage with great awareness, aggression, and excellent ball skills with a nose for the ball (will close and snatch in a blink). Jones also shows good hand usage and physicalness in press with nice fluid hips, quick feet, and stays on the hip pocket when trailing (excellent awareness playing with his back to the quarterback). He is technically sound as a cover corner and solid in run support and is an eager tackler. Has durability concerns due to a thin frame and lack of bulk.
*FS Budda Baker, No. 32, is a sensational safety with an excellent combination of fluidity, speed, agility, instincts, and top-notch athleticism. The former high school outstanding track athlete bestows impressive explosion, quick feet, elite speed, solid change of direction skills, and a great ability to cover a lot of space all over the field. An aggressive defender that plays bigger than his size, Baker shows excellent quickness and closing speed aggressively challenging opponents in run support, and is an excellent tackler in space utilizing sound angles finishing plays. Displays tremendous instincts and the speed to challenge receivers with terrific ball skills.
*QB Luke Falk, No. 4, 6'4" - 216 lbs., 4.87 40 - (2nd)
WR Gabe Marks, No. 9, 6'0" - 190 lbs., 4.53 40 - (5th-6th)
+WR River Cracraft, No. 21, 6'0" - 200 lbs., 4.59 40 - (7th-UDFA) Out for the year torn ACL.
OG Eduardo Middleton, 73, 6'5" - 316 lbs., 5.30 40 - (7th-UDFA)
C Riley Sorenson, No. 58, 6'4" - 330 lbs., 5.37 40 - (UDFA)
DT Robert Barber, No. 92, 6'3" - 305 lbs., 5.27 40 - (UDFA) Dismissed from school for allegedly assaulting and concussing another student at off campus party. Expulsion reduced to suspension. Appealing suspension allows him to play for time being.
FS Shalom Luani, No. 18, 6'0" - 205 lbs., 4.57 40 - (7th-UDFA)
*QB Luke Falk, No. 4, is a former walk-on prospect that has quickly become one of the most accurate passers in college football. The lanky Falk thrives in the quarterback friendly "Air Raid" offense boasting a strong arm capable of making all NFL throws and navigates well around the pocket with tremendous poise and good decision making. Although he dominates operating in a clean pocket (a luxury in the NFL), I love the subtle steps he uses to maneuver and climb constantly keeping his eyes down the field reading progressions across all parts of the field (not a one-read QB) with no pause in the pocket displaying great awareness, pocket presence, and feel. Falk has a compact release with a nice snap of the wrist getting the ball out quick with tremendous pinpoint accuracy (accuracy his one of his best assets) and a quality zip on the ball with good ball placement. Needs more consistency with his downfield game lacking the necessary velocity on deep throws putting too much air under the ball allowing defenses to adjust and cleanly attack the football. No a true dual threat, but does have decent mobility to escape. Operating exclusively from the shotgun, Falk will need to learn to operate under center at the next level. Although coming from a high producing college offense inflating eye popping numbers, Falk possesses enough traits and intangibles that will project success at the next level, and with his workman-like intensive film study routine always eager to improve his game, he possess the necessary capacity to improve, which will bode well for his success at the next level.
WR Gabe Marks, No. 9, is a quicker than fast receiver with a lean athletic build. Shows fluidity releasing off the line with a good ability to break in and out of cuts separating from defenders with a nice suddenness and burst. Displays great body control and ball skills looking the ball into his hands with soft hands and possesses great focus and concentration on big plays. Does not have elite speed, but runs fast in pads and shows the ability to pull away from defenders. Has durability concerns due to wiry frame, and has off the field issues in need of addressing - arrested in 2014 for his part in a bar fight that ended in a citation on four misdemeanor charges.
Baylor Bears at Texas Tech Red Raiders
Time: 3:00 PM PST
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
+QB Seth Russell, No. 17, 6'3" - 220 lbs., 4.49 40 - (5th-6th) Out for the year fractured left ankle.
RB Shock Linwood, No. 32, 5'9" - 200 lbs., 4.48 40 - (7th-UDFA) Suspended with attitude problems.
*WR K.D. Cannon, No. 9, 5'11" - 180 lbs., 4.38 40 - (5th-6th)
WR Lynx Hawthorne, No. 7, 5'11" - 200 lbs., 4.57 40 - (UDFA)
C Kyle Fuller, No. 55, 6'5" - 315 lbs., 5.29 40 - (5th)
ILB Aiavion Edwards, No. 20, 6'1" - 230 lbs., 4.68 40 - (7th-UDFA)
CB Ryan Reid, No. 9, 5'10" - 190 lbs., 4.54 40 - (7th-UDFA)
SS Orion Stewart, No. 28, 6'1" - 205 lbs., 4.58 40 - (6th)
+QB Seth Russell, No. 17, displays a solid quarterback frame with impressive athleticism and speed. Russell stands tall in the pocket, makes quick decisive decisions in a wide-open offense. Ball pops out of his hands, has decent arm strength, good touch on the deep throws, and displays solid timing. Russell shows great athleticism and awareness in the pocket with a suddenness in his movements utilizing power and strength to slip through defenders keeping his eyes downfield with decent effectiveness throwing on the run. He also displays the mental and physical toughness along with great athleticism and agility to gain yards with his legs. In 2015, he averaged 10.5 yards per pass attempt and 8.2 yards per carry. Accuracy is inconsistent and coming off a season ending neck injury in 2015, durability will raise questions at the next level. Nevertheless, Russell is potentially a very intriguing fit in a Chip Kelly offense. Russell is out for the year with a gruesome lower leg injury (fractured left ankle) suffered during Week 10.
Other than an impressive first name, RB Shock Linwood, No. 32, displays amazing speed, quickness, burst, agility, and athleticism. He brings great power behind his pads and stays low to the ground showcasing good vision, impressive cuts, and the burst and speed to pull away from defenders. Linwood is a tough runner with versatility in his game. UPDATE: Linwood was suspended 11/7/16 for attitude problems. The suspensions comes after Linwood allegedly shoved a graduate assistant coach on the sideline during Baylor's 62-22 loss to TCU.
*WR K.D. Cannon, No. 9, is true to his namesake, because "cannon" truly represents how explosive he is on the field. An elite deep threat with blazing speed displaying excellent explosion, agility, and smoothness in his game, Cannon, the former high school star track athlete sports a lanky frame, a good ability to break in and out of his cuts with with great suddenness and and amazing burst exploding out of breaks separating from defenders. Cannon extends his arms to make the catch possessing solid reliable hands, good body control, and nice ball skill tracking the deep ball. He is an amazing athlete with elite speed (4.38 40) and has a recorded time in the 100-meter dash of 10.37 seconds. He will need to add functional strength for the next level and needs to give more effort when plays are not coming his way, has a tendency to be spectator during run plays.
C Kyle Fuller, No. 55, displays an excellent combination of size, (6'5" - 315 lbs.), strength, and athleticism. Fuller displays a powerful lower half with thick thighs and the bubble-butt generating immense power and strength, which Fuller displays mauling defenders off the ball with great force and dancing steps. Even though Fuller shows good flexibility, he plays a little high. Shows good athletic ability snapping and moving laterally with decent foot agility, but occasionally loses balance (does a good job adjusting to movement). Displays a good anchor in the pocket setting a solid base. The 5th year senior has excellent football instincts and is a very smart and tough center prospect with the ability to work all interior offensive lineman positions.
*QB Patrick Mahomes II, No. 5, 6'3" - 230 lbs., 4.84 40 - (2nd)
WR Devin Lauderdale, No. 6, 6'0" - 180 lbs., 4.42 40 - (7th-UDFA)
OT/OG Baylen Brown, No. 65, 6'4" - 305 lbs., 5.37 40 - (7th-UDFA)
C Tony Morales, No. 51, 6'3" - 290 lbs., 5.36 40 - (UDFA)
DT Ondre Pipkins, No. 9, 6'3" - 325 lbs., 5.32 40 - (7th-UDFA)
CB Justis Nelson, No. 31, 6'2" - 180 lbs., 4.54 40 - (UDFA)
*QB Patrick Mahomes II, No. 5, is one of the most dynamic quarterback prospects in college football with the ability to beat you with his arm (gunslinger mentality) and his legs (slippery in the pocket). He has good size and bulk for the position (6'3" - 230 lbs.) and tremendous athleticism masterfully dancing around in the pocket eluding defenders making consecutive quick cuts in a small space. Mahomes definitely has an active arm (good arm strength with a great zip to make all NFL level throws) and the nice mobility and elusiveness in and out of the pocket displaying his tremendous awareness and quickness avoiding the rush (has eyes on the back of his head). Always keeping his eyes down the field, Mahomes has good accuracy on the run and makes plays on the move. The former high school basketball and baseball star (selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft - pitcher), embraces the Brett Favre gunslinger mentality being a creative player in the midst of chaos - mechanics be damned.
There are definitely some traits and intangibles that can translate, but he needs a lot of work at the next level. Reading defenses is another area of concern with him (it doesn't help his cause facing piss-poor defenses of the Big 12), and he's quick to maneuver off platform instead of standing tall and/or navigate smoothly in the pocket to climb to set and release. He has the arm talent to reach all three levels of the field utilizing any arm angle as a release to get the ball out, but loving the creativity comes with a lot of risks, so improving his mechanics should do wonders on his accuracy. He needs to improve on accuracy on his deep throws and ball placement is inconsistent, but he shows off the arm strength firing into tight windows and throwing across his body with nice velocity. Shows confidence in his abilities and rarely second guesses his decisions. A raw prospect with dynamic physical talent and an excellent upside. The son of former Major League Baseball pitcher Pat Mahomes - 11 years in the MLB.