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The Cotton Bowl matchup between Texas A&M and Oklahoma featured plenty of notable NFL prospects, and based on what I saw on television it was a good day for many of them.
A trio of Aggies who headlined the game could all be first-round picks, and right tackle Jake Matthews (Grade: 87) is the most intriguing of the three.
Matthews (6-foot-5, 305 pounds) is a junior and has not yet declared for the 2013 draft, but some scouts believe Matthews is an even better pro prospect than Aggies LT Luke Joeckel (96).
Matthews has made 26 starts the last two seasons and is likely playing on the right side only because Joeckel is on the left. Matthews was very strong at the top of his pass set against the Sooners, showing a good punch and the ability to shuffle his feet and mirror pass-rushers.
Jake MatthewsPatrick Green/Icon SMIJake Matthews appears every bit as good as higher-profile teammate Luke Joeckel.
He also displayed good inline power as a run blocker and took good angles to the second level to hit moving targets. Matthews could play on the right or left side at the next level, and if he is part of the 2013 class he could very well get into the first-round mix (potentially early-first) before all is said and done.
As for Joeckel (6-foot-6, 306 pounds), he's a durable three-year starter with plenty of experience against top competition, and his footwork and awareness are excellent. He's a smooth mover and adjusts well in space, and though he could get stronger overall in terms of his anchor, he's solidly in the top half of the draft's first round at this point.
If both Joeckel and Matthews enter the draft, they will add to what is shaping up as an intriguing offensive tackle class. I've talked recently about the incredible physical tools of Oregon's Kyle Long (who could get into the first-round mix). Michigan's Taylor Lewan (94) showed well against South Carolina DE Jadaveon Clowney recently, and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher (92) is an under-the-radar prospect who also has the look of a first-rounder.
Overall, there are nine offensive tackles -- including Virginia's Oday Aboushi (86), Tennessee's Dallas Thomas (85) and Alabama's D.J. Fluker (84) -- who currently carry at least a second-round grade, and Long isn't even in that group because he doesn't yet have a full evaluation.
Teams looking for help along the offensive front could have plenty of quality players to choose from when April rolls around.
Moore, other aggies shine
Aggies DE Damontre Moore (96) didn't dominate against Oklahoma, but with his lone tackle for loss, he showed the skills that currently have him rated as the No. 2 overall prospect on our board.
Moore (6-foot-4, 248 pounds) was quick off the ball, used his hands to disengage and was able to redirect to get into the backfield to bring down the ball carrier. That's what we've seen from him all season as he piled up 12.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss. He plays with power, can reduce inside and rush from the interior, and his ability to get after the quarterback will likely make him a top-10 overall pick.
RB Christine Michael (59): Injuries have slowed Michael throughout his career, and there have been reports that he's not meshed well with coach Kevin Sumlin this season. Michael's frustration boiled over some when he was ejected from the game against Sam Houston State, and he did not get a carry in the Cotton Bowl. On tape, Michael (5-foot-11, 200 pounds) runs hard and with balance and shows the ability to fall forward and churn out some hidden yards. He's headed to the East-West Shrine game next week and has a chance there to prove his skill set and improve his current mid-round grade.
WR Ryan Swope (49): The Cotton Bowl was a nice ending to a solid season for Swope, who caught 8 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown against the Sooners. I like the instincts and savvy he shows as a route-runner, and his hands and focus in traffic are impressive. Swope has decent size (6-foot, 205 pounds) and could offer good value in the early part of Day 3.
OLB Sean Porter (48): His production dropped this season and Porter (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) is a little undersized for a 3-4 outside linebacker, but he could fit in the NFL as a strongside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. He flashes some quickness and the ability to generate pressure with speed-to-power moves, but Porter looked a little tight in space and needs to get stronger taking on blocks. He'll need some polish and is in the fourth-to-fifth-round range at this point.
No Pat Lewis or Spencer Nealy evals?
Your logic is boggling my mind
Christine Michael weighs a hell of alot more than 200 pounds.........
and is going to be given a chance by somebody at the next level.
Here's my Spencer Nealy eval...if Ben Bass can make an active roster on an NFL team as a rookie then Spencer Nealy will be collecting an NFL paycheck for a long time. Put anther 10 pounds on him and he could be a good 3-4 DE imo.
Who gets picked late?
Pat Lewis (40+ starts)
EZ Whachakoo (40+ starts)
Spencer Nealy (practice squad champ)
Jonathan Stewart (big frame)
Dusty Harris (played badass down the stretch)
Win we shall, yes we can, yes we will.
Do you think Nealy could play NT with added weight? I was impresses with the time I watched him at NT.
Proverbs 10:4 (NIV)
Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth.
Just for fun
Lewis - New Orleans 4-5 round
EZ - Miami - 7 round
Neely - Ravens 5-6 round
Stewart - Bears 6-7 round
Harris - CFL
if danny gorrer can make an nfl squad, or lionel smith, then dustin harris will def make a squad. Spencer will be a very good 3 technique in the nfl with good size, good hands, great ball get off, and good feet. EZ will get picked up late or UDFA as well as Jstew
I like Lewis to the Saints. They only have 1 center, De Lapuenta (spelling) and they have a history of making later round picks into pro bowlers (Bushrod, Evans) on the Oline. They value the ability to run a hurry up system, run out of the shotgun as much as under center and like hard-working positive minded guys.
and brees could see over his head easier
Pat would love nothing more than to get picked up by the saints.
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