NFL Draft: Knee-jerk reactions from this weekend

By Jeremy Cabler

I know it’s only one game, but there are several guys who made an impression on me. Some were good. Some were bad.

One game won’t ultimately affect a person draft stock, but for now it’s all we have, and in this day and age we all over overreact to good and bad performances equally.

So here are a few guys that had that affect. Now, obviously these aren’t the only ones who did or didn’t play well, but they are the one who caught my eye the most.

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QB, Geno Smith, West Virginia

-Smith was nearly flawless. With the weapons that he has at his disposal, Smith will put up video game numbers and will work himself into first round consideration. Against Marshall, he went 33-337, 323 yards, and 4 TD’s. He showed he can be a pocket passer who can run, not the other way around.

WR, Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

-Many thought Tyler Bray and the Vols offense would struggle with the loss of Da’Rick Rogers. Well, so much for that. Patterson accounted for 165 yards and 2 TDs while eating up the NC State defense. Paterson has plenty of talent, speed and homerun ability that NFL team could covet.

CB, Dee Millner, Alabama

-Millner was fantastic in coverage against Michigan. He played smooth, fast, and looked technique wise. Millner finished with 4 pass breakup and interception and has a chance to really develop into a true shutdown corner. I would not be surprised if he’s the first CB off the board when it’s all said and done.

OG, Chance Warmack, Alabama

-It’s saying something that Warmack is the second best O-line prospect on his team. Often overshadowed by Barrett jones, Warmack’s talents were on display against Michigan. He was dominating in the run game, showing strength as well as athleticism. He looked great in the passing game with his technique and anchor. Warmack is an NFL starter the first day he gets selected by an NFL team.

LB, Uona Kevinga, BYU

-Kevinga is a late round prospect that stood up to me. He played very disciplined and attacks the line with authority. Kevinga is a sure tackler who understands how to play the game. Not many people know who he is, but as a late round prospect could be a steal in the draft.

QB, Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)

-Against a very good Buckeye defense, Dysert performed admirably.  He finished 31-56 with 303 yards and a TD, to go along with a couple of interceptions, but wasn’t offered much help by his WR’s. Dyesert stood calm and strong in the pocket and has a good release on his balls. I think Dysert will be a climber up the rankings as the season progresses.

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QB, Jeff Tuel, Washington State

-Tuel was not impressive. If you look at the Box Score it read 30-45 doesn’t read too bad, but he only passed for 229 yards and threw 2 picks. I really thought he had a chance to display his arm strength in this game, but his throws were errant and his decision making was terrible. It could be that it will take time to get acclimated to Mike Leach’s offense, but he didn’t get off to a good start.

WR, Marquess Wilson, Washington State

-Many have Wilson as a potential first round pick, but in the game against BYU he didn’t show it. Wilson’s game was affected by poor QB play and a solid BYU defense, but I counted four times where he quit on routes and failed to come back and work for the ball. That type of negative effort will get noticed by scouts.

RB, Eddie Lacy, Alabama

-I was looking forward to seeing Lacy, and if he could become the next star Alabama RB to go in the first round. And while he still could end up being good, his spotlight was taken away by Freshman TJ Yeldon. Lacy finished with 35 yards on 9 carries and never got into a groove offensively, and defiantly didn’t look the part of high pick.

QB, Denard Robinson, Michigan

-If there was any doubt from people that Robinson would have to switch position in the NFL, watch this game. Robinson is not a QB. His footwork is terrible and offers nothing as a signal caller at the next level. Robinson will have to make the move to RB/WR/Wildcat formations to play on Sundays.

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RB, Andre Ellington, Clemson

-I caught some flak for having Ellington as my number one ranked senior RB, but he proved me right last night with 231 yards on 26 carries. He showed excellent balance, vision, speed and toughness. Many thought Ellington was just a speed scatback, but last night he showed he could be effective in between the tackles. A concern for me heading into the season was his inability to be a factor in the passing game. Unfortunately, he finished with zero catches.  Nonetheless, A season worth of tape at this pace, and Ellington will hear his name called very early.

QB, Tyler Bray, Tennessee

-Bray showed us everything that we already knew about him. He displayed that he had a cannon for an arm and made the NFL throws. He put zip on the ball to all parts of the field. At times however, he could completely erratic and has a funky throwing motion. He gets lazy at time with his progressions, and DBs started to key in on that. Bray has 1st round NFL tools, but isn’t quite a polished product.

Jeremy Cabler covers the NFL Draft and College Football for Rant Sports. Check out his Scouting Reports

Follow him on Twitter @JeremyCabler and @RantSports

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