Individual Match-Ups

Updated - 12-14-13

By: Alex Khvatov

 




(Week 15)
 
By: Alex Khvatov
 
Each week, I will be breaking down some intriguing individual match-ups between NFL Draft prospects that are eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.
 
 
1.  Senior RB Carlos Hyde (Ohio State) versus Senior LB Max Bullough (Michigan State)
 
Hyde is a bruising back with good size.  He runs hard and fights for extra yardage.  He has been carrying the Buckeyes on his shoulders in the second half of the season.  Bullough is an experienced middle linebacker and the leader of a tough Spartans defense.  He is displays terrific instincts and is a reliable tackler.      
 
2.  Redshirt Sophomore Greg Robinson (Auburn) versus Senior DE Michael Sam (Missouri)
 
Greg Robinson has ideal size for a left tackle.  He excels as a run blocker.  He uses his strength to seal defenders and drive them back.  His pass blocking will be put to the test against Michael Sam.  Sam has been terrific during his senior campaign.  He has come out of nowhere.  He has been a disruptive pass rusher this year.  However, he has been relatively quiet against top competition.  This is his chance to shine on the big stage in the SEC Championship Game.          
 
3.  Redshirt Sophomore WR Jaelen Strong (Arizona State) versus Junior CB Wayne Lyons (Stanford)
 
WR Strong has been the primary target in the passing game for Taylor Kelly this season after transferring from the Juco ranks.  He has ideal size and he knows how to use his body to shield defenders away.  He is a weapon in the redzone.  CB Lyons has good size.  He is coming off a two interception game.  He is terrific in run support and is a reliable tackler.
 

 

(Week 14)

 
By: Alex Khvatov
 
Each week, I will be breaking down some intriguing individual match-ups between NFL Draft prospects that are eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.
 
 
1.  Senior LT Jake Matthews and Junior RT Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) versus Senior DE Michael Sam and Junior DE Kony Ealy (Missouri)
 
Matthews has lived up to the hype and has played very well after moving over to left tackle during his senior season.  He is a technician.  He is an excellent run blocker.  But he has also shown quick feet and has held up well in pass protection.  He is one of the top players available in the 2014 NFL Draft.  Ogbuehi has been a revelation for the Aggies this year.  The junior RT is an athletic player with good size.  He shows good strength and the ability to sustain his blocks.  Michael Sam leads the SEC with 10 sacks and 17 tackles for loss.  He uses his exceptional quickness to get around the edge.  Kony Ealy has good size and a nice frame.  He is strong at the point of attack.  However, he needs to become more productive on the field.     
 
2.  Senior QB Tajh Boyd (Clemson) versus Junior DE Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina)  
 
Boyd is one of the top senior QB’s available in the 2014 Draft.  He is an athletic signal caller that throws an accurate deep ball.  However, he has had a difficult time against some of the top defenses this year.  Clowney has all of the physical tools to be a star at the next level.  He has the size, the speed and the athleticism that NFL teams drool over.  But he has had a relatively quiet year.  He only has two sacks this season.  This is his chance to have a big game on the national stage against Clemson. 
 

 

(Week 13)

 
By: Alex Khvatov
 
Each week, I will be breaking down some intriguing individual match-ups between NFL Draft prospects that are eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.
 
 
Redshirt Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) versus Senior LB Lamin Barrow (LSU)
 
Manziel is the most dangerous dual threat QB in the nation.  He has very good speed and is elusive in the open field.  He has improved his accuracy and has become a better overall passer this season.  Barrow has become the leader of LSU’s defense this year.  He is an athletic backer with good speed.  He will serve in the role of a spy on Manziel during this game.    
 
Junior WR Allen Robinson (Penn State) versus Senior CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska)
 
WR Allen Robinson has the size, good hand-eye coordination and tremendous body control.  He displays the ability to pick up yards after the catch.  He will make difficult catches look routine.  Senior CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste has really emerged during his senior season.  He is a physical corner with ideal size and long arms.  He also displays impressive ball skills.      
 
Junior WR Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss) versus Senior CB E.J. Gaines (Missouri)
 
Moncrief is a physical receiver with an ideal build.  He is a deep threat.  He does a good job locating the ball downfield.  He has strong hands and shows the ability to make tough catches.  Gaines demonstrates fluid hips and quick feet.  He has good ball skills.  He is better in zone coverage, but has been effective when he was asked to play man-to-man this year.


(Week 12)
 
By: Alex Khvatov
 
Each week, I will be breaking down some intriguing individual match-ups between NFL Draft prospects that are eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.
 
 
1.  Junior TE Jace Amaro (Texas Tech) versus Senior Safety Ahmad Dixon (Baylor)
 
TE Jace Amaro has been extremely productive during his junior campaign.  He is one of the top tight ends available in the 2014 draft.  He is a match-up nightmare for most defenses because of his size and speed.  He has shown consistent hands and the ability to pick up yards after the catch.  Ahmad Dixon is a physical safety that excels as a run defender.  He has good closing speed and tends to go for the big hit.  This will be a tough match-up for him against Amaro. 
 
2.  Junior RB Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska) versus Senior LB Max Bullough (Michigan State)
 
Abdullah leads the Big 10 in rushing this season.  He has been the most consistent back in the conference.  He is a tough runner between the tackles.  He lowers his shoulders and finishes his runs.  He also has a nose for the endzone.  Bullough is one of the top MLB available in the draft.  He is a very good run defender.  He is a physical LB that is not afraid to deliver the blow.  He has impressive instincts and good closing speed. 
 
3.  Senior WR Mike Davis (Texas) versus Senior CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)
 
Mike Davis has good long speed.  He uses his quickness to create separation.  He is dangerous after the catch and is one of the top deep threats in the nation.  Justin Gilbert has been playing well during his senior season.  He has the size, the speed and the athleticism that NFL teams covet.  He is also one of the most dangerous return men in college football. 
 


(Week 11)

 
By: Alex Khvatov
 
Each week, I will be breaking down some intriguing individual match-ups between NFL Draft prospects that are eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.
 
 
Senior WR Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) versus Junior CB Marcus Roberson and Junior CB Loucheiz Purifoy (Florida)
 
Jordan Matthews broke the SEC record for career receiving yards two weeks ago.  He makes tough catches look easy.  He shows good body control and great leaping ability.  He also does a good job picking up yards after the catch.  Roberson has ideal length, long arms, quick feet and shows good technique.  Unfortunately, he has battled a knee injury this season.  Purifoy is an athletic player with very good speed.  He is a confident corner that excels in man-to-man coverage.   
 
Senior QB Zach Mettenberger (LSU) versus Junior Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Alabama)
 
Mettenberger has ideal size and arm strength.  He has been very accurate on downfield throws in 2013.  His decision-making has been much better this season, although he has taken a step back in recent games.  He has thrown five interceptions in the last two games.  He played well against Alabama last year and is looking to bounce back.  Clinton-Dix is the top safety available in the 2014 NFL draft.  He is an athletic, physical safety with a good build.  He has great closing speed.  He always seems to be around the ball.      
 
Senior DT Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh) versus Senior OG Chris Watt (Notre Dame)
 
Aaron Donald has 56 tackles for loss and 27.5 sacks in his career.  He wreaks havoc in the backfield.  He is an undersized DL that is extremely quick.  He also knows how to use his hands.  Chris Watt has played in 47 straight games including 34 starts.  He has a torn PCL in his right knee, but he should play against the Panthers.  He is a tough, physical guard that excels as a run blocker.   


(Week 10)
 
By: Alex Khvatov
 
Each week, I will be breaking down some intriguing individual match-ups between NFL Draft prospects that are eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.
 
 
1.  Junior RB Devonta Freeman and Junior RB Karlos Williams (Florida State) versus Junior ILB Denzel Perryman (Miami, FL)
 
This is the key match-up during this game.  Can Miami contain Florida State’s rushing attack?  Devonta Freeman has a great burst through the hole.  He is very elusive and displays a second gear in the open field.  He is also a good receiver coming out of the backfield.  Karlos Williams is a former safety that made the switch to RB.  He is big, strong and explosive.  He will run over defenders and is hard to bring down.  Denzel Perryman is an undersized LB with sideline-to-sideline speed.  He makes plays all over the field.  He is a terrific run defender, but can also hold his own in pass coverage.    
 
2.  Senior DE Michael Sam and Junior DE Kony Ealy (Missouri) versus Junior LT Antonio Richardson and Senior RT Ja’Wuan James (Tennessee)
 
Sam has 32 total tackles, 16 TFL’s and 10 sacks so far.  He has been creating havoc behind the line of scrimmage all season long.  He is an undersized DE with a quick first step.  Ealy has 15 total tackles, 3.5 TFL’s and 3 sacks this season.  He is a good athlete with impressive length.  He is an instinctive player that does a good job reading and reacting to the play in front of him.  LT Antonio Richardson is one of the top tackles in the nation.  He is a mountain of a man.  He uses his size to seal off his defender and control him at the point of attack.  He is also a physical run blocker.  RT Ja’Wuan James is also a good run blocker that can get to the second level.  He needs to improve as a pass blocker.      
 
3.  Senior QB Aaron Murray (Georgia) versus Junior CB Marcus Roberson and Junior CB Loucheiz Purifoy (Florida)
 
Murray is a field general.  He shows good anticipation and timing on his throws.  He does a good job throwing on the run.  He is missing a lot of his weapons in the passing game, but he has led his team to a couple of big-time victories this year.  Roberson is an athletic corner with good speed.  He is a good tackler in the open field.  Purifoy has great closing speed and elite athleticism.  He excels in man coverage.  He needs to become more technically sound with his footwork. 


(Week 9)
 
By: Alex Khvatov
 
Each week, I will be breaking down some intriguing individual match-ups between NFL Draft prospects that are eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.
 
 
Junior WR Allen Robinson (Penn State) versus Junior CB Bradley Roby (Ohio State)
 
Robinson is a playmaker.  He is a physical receiver with good size and great leaping ability.  He displays terrific body control.  He also picks up a lot of yards after the catch.  Roby has all of the physical tools that you look for in a corner.  He is an athletic player with good size and great speed.  But he has struggled this year especially against top competition like Wisconsin’s WR Jared Abbrederis.  He needs a big game in order to solidify his first round status.        
 
Junior QB Sean Mannion (Oregon State) versus Junior Safety Ed Reynolds (Stanford)
 
Mannion has been impressive during his junior season.  The physical tools have always been there in terms of size and arm strength.  But he is making good decisions with the football this year.  He has also shown great poise in the pocket.  Reynolds plays the role of a playmaking centerfielder for Stanford.  He has shown good ball skills throughout his career.    
 
Junior RB Storm Johnson (Central Florida) versus Junior LB Yawin Smallwood (UConn)
 
Storm Johnson is a workhorse.  He has a good burst through the hole.  He is an athletic, powerful runner.  He shows great quickness that allows him to bounce it outside.  Johnson picks up yards after contact.  He is also a terrific receiver coming out of the backfield.  Smallwood has shown great versatility throughout his career.  He is an instinctive player that excels as a run defender.  He is also a reliable tackler.  He is one of the top inside linebackers in the nation.          
 


(Week 8)

 
1.  Junior LT Antonio “Tiny” Richardson (Tennessee) versus Junior DE Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina)
 
Richardson did a very good job against Clowney in last year’s contest.  He is a huge OT with impressive strength.  He is able to win most one-on-one battles once he gets his hands on defensive linemen.  He needs to improve his conditioning.  Once he wears down, he tends to stop his feet and lunge forward.  Clowney has played well this season despite not putting up huge statistical numbers.  Teams have double-teamed him on numerous occasions.  He has ideal size and an explosive first step.  He shows great bend around the edge and impressive strength.  Clowney just needs to improve on his stamina.           
 
2.  Junior LT Cameron Erving (Florida State) versus Junior DE Vic Beasley (Clemson)
 
Erving is an athletic LT with good size, long arms and quick feet.  He is a physical run blocker that shows the ability to get to the second level.  However, he has struggled against speed rushers this season.  DE Beasley has recorded 12.0 TFL’s and 9.0 sacks during his junior campaign thus far.  He is an explosive pass rusher that uses his quickness to get around the edge.  Beasley has an impressive swim move and a good motor.  He needs to get better against the run.        
 
3.  Redshirt Sophomore QB Brett Hundley (UCLA) versus Junior Safety Ed Reynolds (Stanford)
 
Hundley is a dual threat QB with an impressive arm.  He has been accurate on short and intermediate passes this season.  He has done a good job spreading the ball around to different receivers.  Hundley throws a very catchable ball.  He seems to have a good understanding of the offense.  Reynolds is a ball-hawking safety.  He displays good awareness in coverage and has natural ball skills.  He has been better against the run during his junior season. 


(
Week 7)
 
By: Alex Khvatov
 
Each week, I will be breaking down some intriguing individual match-ups between NFL Draft prospects that are eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.
 
 
Junior WR Odell Beckham Jr. and Junior WR Jarvis Landry (LSU) versus Junior CB Marcus Roberson and Junior CB Loucheiz Purifoy (Florida)
 
LSU receivers have been the most dangerous duo of pass catchers in the nation this season.  Odell has 35 receptions for 686 yards and six touchdowns, while Jarvis has 42 receptions for 616 yards and seven touchdowns.  Beckham Jr. is an explosive WR with great speed and the ability to pick up yards after the catch.  Landry is a physical receiver with outstanding hands and good body control.  Gators’ corners will challenge the Tigers’ receivers this weekend.  Purifoy is an athletic CB with terrific speed.  Roberson has good size, quick feet and shows great awareness in coverage.            
 
Senior WR Mike Davis (Texas) versus Senior CB Aaron Colvin (Oklahoma)
 
Davis has been the No.1 target for the Longhorns in the passing game this year.  He has outstanding speed.  He is a big play threat.  CB Aaron Colvin still hasn’t recorded a single INT this season, but he has good ball skills.  He is a physical corner with good size.   
 
Senior WR Devin Street (Pittsburgh) versus Senior CB Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech)
 
Street has good hands and terrific body control.  He has been a vertical threat in the Panthers' offense.  He also shows the ability to find open holes in zone coverage.  Fuller has been outstanding with his play during his senior season.  He has displayed good ball skills.  He has ideal size and strength for the position.  He has an advanced understanding of different coverages.     
 

 

(Week 6)

Junior WR Paul Richardson (Colorado) versus Junior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Oregon)

Richardson has 26 receptions for 487 yards and five touchdowns through the first three games of the season.  He has good hands.  He uses his terrific speed to stretch the field vertically.  Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is an athletic, physical corner.  He shows good awareness in coverage and has natural ball skills.   


Senior QB Keith Price (Washington) versus Junior Safety Ed Reynolds (Stanford)

Senior QB Keith Price is off to a very good start in the early part of this season.  He is an athletic QB that throws well on the move.  He shows good timing and accuracy on short and intermediate passes.  Safety Ed Reynolds displays great instincts in coverage.  He does a good job reading the QB's eyes.  He has also improved as a run defender this season.     

Junior RB Bishop Sankey (Washington) versus Senior LB Shayne Skov (Stanford)

Huskies' junior RB is an extremely patient runner with good vision.  He shows excellent lateral quickness and is at his best running between the tackles.  Sankey has established himself as one of the better runners in the nation.  Shayne Skov is off to a good start this season.  He looks healthier and quicker than last year.  He is a tough, hard-nosed LB that is at his best defending against the run.

 

(Week 5)

1.  Redshirt Sophomore RB Melvin Gordon and Senior RB James White (Wisconsin) versus Junior LB Ryan Shazier (Ohio State)
 
Gordon has a good combination of size and speed.  He is a big play threat.  He is a redshirt sophomore and therefore is eligible for the 2014 Draft.  Senior RB White is a patient runner.  He is a quick, shifty back that has the ability to take it the distance.  LB Ryan Shazier is the leader of the defense.  He is an instinctive LB with very good speed and athleticism. 

 
2.  Junior WR Jarvis Landry and Junior WR Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU) versus Junior CB Damian Swann (Georgia)
 
Jarvis Landry is an all-around WR.  He has terrific hands and is a precise route runner.  He makes tough catches in the middle of the field.  Odell Beckham Jr. has terrific speed.  He is a big play threat.  He is also an excellent returner.  CB Damian Swann will have his hands full against these receivers.  He is more effective in zone coverage.  He shows good awareness and has quick feet. 

 
3.  Senior Center Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma) versus Junior NT Louis Nix (Notre Dame)
 
Gabe Ikard is one of the more underrated OL in the nation.  He is a good athlete.  He is very effective in space.  He plays with a low pad level and good technique.  NT Louis Nix has very good size.  He uses his big body to take on double teams.  He is a terrific run defender.  He can also make disruptive plays behind the line of scrimmage with his surprisingly quick first step. 

 
4.  Senior WR TJ Jones and Redshirt Sophomore WR DaVaris Daniels (Notre Dame) versus Senior CB Aaron Colvin (Oklahoma)
 
TJ Jones is one of the better route runners in the nation.  He uses his quickness in and out of his breaks in order to create separation.  He is mostly effective on short and intermediate passes.  DaVaris Daniels is an athletic WR with good speed.  He is a big time vertical threat for the Irish.  Colvin has good size and ball skills.  He is a tough corner that can get physical with receivers.  He is also a good tackler in the open field. 



(Week 4)

 
1.  Junior OT Antonio “Tiny” Richardson and Senior OT JaWaun James (Tennessee) versus Junior DE/OLB Ronald Powell and DE/DT Dominique Easley (Florida)
 
Richardson played very well against Oregon's front last week.  He is a huge, massive tackle with surprisingly quick feet.  His stock is on the rise.  JaWaun James is a terrific run blocker at RT.  He has ideal size and is a good knee bender.  Dominique Easley will play DT for most of the game, but the Gators will move him around to DE on obvious passing downs.  He has been a dominant player early on this season.  He has an exceptionally quick first step and is a disruptive pass rusher.  OLB Ronald Powell has a good combination of size, strength and speed.  He specializes in getting after the QB. 
     
2.  Junior OG David Yankey (Stanford) versus Senior DT Will Sutton (Arizona State) 
 
Yankey is a very versatile OL.  He is an excellent run blocker.  He is technically sound and has good strength.  Undersized DT Will Sutton gained over 40 pounds in the off-season.  He hasn't looked particularly quick like last year.   
      
3.  Senior RB Marion Grice (Arizona State) versus Senior ILB Shayne Skov (Stanford)   
 
Grice scored four touchdowns against Wisconsin last week.  He is an elusive runner in the open field.  He is also a terrific receiver coming out of the backfield.  Senior Shayne Skov is a physical LB.  He is also a very good run defender.  
 


(Week 3)

 

1.  Redshirt Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) versus Senior LB C.J. Mosley (Alabama)
 
Manziel is a dual threat QB that can hurt the defense in a number of ways.  He can escape pressure, extend the play and make something out of nothing.  He is extremely elusive in the open field.  He throws well on the run.  The one thing that he needs to improve upon is his decision making.  Junior LB C.J. Mosley will be Johnny Manziel’s spy for most of the game.  He is an athletic LB with good speed.  He is also an instinctive player with great coverage skills.  Mosley is a playmaker and a leader of the defense.     

 
2.  Junior WR Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss) versus Senior CB Carrington Byndom and Junior CB Quandre Diggs (Texas)
 
Moncrief is a big play threat WR.  He does a good job locating the ball downfield.  He shows the ability to catch the ball at its highest point.  He needs to improve as a route runner, but he runs double moves to perfection.  Byndom has good size for the position.  He shows good awareness on short and intermediate throws.  However, he needs to get stronger and he gives up too many big plays.  Diggs is a playmaker.  He is an undersized corner with good ball skills.  He is also a good tackler.

 
3.  Senior WR TJ Jones (Notre Dame) versus Senior CB Ricardo Allen (Purdue)
 
The senior WR is an excellent route runner.  He uses his quickness to get off the line of scrimmage.  Jones is very effective on bubble screens and always makes the first defender miss in the open field.  Allen is an undersized corner with good speed.  He has natural ball skills.  He is also an outstanding tackler in the open field.          

 
4.  Senior RB Marion Grice (Arizona State) versus Senior LB Chris Borland (Wisconsin)
 
Grice is a patient runner with good size.  He has shown the ability to make guys miss in the open field.  He has soft hands and is an excellent receiver coming out of the backfield.  Inside linebacker Chris Borland has been a star for the Badgers since his freshman season.  He will be responsible for stopping ASU’s rushing attack.  He measures in at only 5’11, but he plays much bigger than that.  He has displayed great instincts throughout his career.    
 



(Week 2)

 
1.  Senior DT Dominique Easley (Florida) versus Junior OG Malcolm Bunche (Miami, FL)
Easley was impressive against Toledo in week one.  He showed a quick first step and the strength to hold up against the run.  He is a good athlete that plays with an excellent pad level.  He is versatile enough to play every position on the line.  Malcolm Bunche will match-up against Easley for most of the contest.  He played LT for Miami last year.  This year, he moved over to guard.  He has excellent size and a strong upper body.  He is a good run defender.  Bunche will be tested in pass protection.     

 
2.  Junior DE Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina) versus Senior OT Kenarious Gates (Georgia)
Clowney is an athletic beast.  He has ideal size, speed and strength for the position.  He has already drawn comparisons to Mario Williams and Julius Peppers.  But he had a subpar game in week one against North Carolina.  He had issues with conditioning.  He should bounce back against Georgia in a big way.  LT Kenarious Gates had his struggles last week against Clemson.  He gave up two sacks.  He is slow out of his stance and has a difficult time against quick speed rushers.  But he is a mauler in the run game.           

 
3.  Senior OT Morgan Moses (Virginia) versus Senior DE Taylor Hart (Oregon)
Moses has moved from the right side to left tackle this season.  He has good size.  He is a terrific run blocker.  He will have to answer questions about his feet and his pass protection skills during his senior season.  Taylor Hart has great versatility.  He has the ability to play DT in a 4-3 or be a DE in a 3-4 scheme.  He has ideal size and is a good athlete.  Hart also has very long arms.  But he is inconsistent with his leverage. 

 
4.  Senior WR Cody Hoffman (BYU) versus Senior CB Carrington Byndom and Junior Quandre Diggs (Texas)
Senior WR Cody Hoffman didn’t play against the Cavaliers in week one because of a hamstring injury, but he is expected to return against the Longhorns.  He is a big, physical receiver.  He uses his body to shield defenders away from the ball.  He is also a good route runner.  Byndom struggled last year.  He gave up too many big plays.  But he is an athletic corner with good size.  He is also a strong run defender.  Diggs is an undersized CB.  But he is very quick.  He displays good awareness in coverage and has terrific ball skills. 

 
5.  Senior QB David Fales (San Jose State) versus Junior Safety Ed Reynolds (Stanford)
Fales only completed 50% of his passes in a disappointing week one performance against Sacramento State.  Last season, he was an efficient and accurate passer on short and intermediate throws.  He needs to regain that form.  Reynolds had an interception against Fales in last year’s game.  He is a playmaker especially in coverage.  He is an instinctive safety who does a good job reading the QB’s eyes.      



(Week 1)

Each week, I will be breaking down some intriguing individual match-ups between NFL Draft prospects that are eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.
1.  Junior DE Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina) versus Senior OT James Hurst (North Carolina)
Clowney is arguably the best player in the country.  He dominated his competition during his sophomore season.  He is a physical specimen.  He has the size, the strength, the athletic ability and an explosive first step.  The senior LT has ideal size at 6’6 and 310 pounds.  He is a good run blocker.  But Hurst needs to show better awareness in pass protection.  He also doesn’t seem to have quick feet.  If Hurst has a good performance against Clowney, it could go a long way in securing an early round grade for him.       
2.  Junior WR Sammy Watkins (Clemson) versus Junior CB Damian Swann (Georgia)
Receiver Watkins had a disappointing sophomore campaign by his standards.  He was outplayed by his teammate DeAndre Hopkins.  He is looking to bounce back in a big way.  He is a big play threat.  Watkins is very dangerous after the catch.  He needs to become more consistent with his route running this season.  Junior CB Damian Swann is the most experienced defensive back for the Bulldogs.  He showcases good ball skills.  He is at his best playing zone or off-man coverage.  He will be shadowing Watkins throughout this game.        
3.  Junior WR Odell Beckham Jr. and Junior WR Jarvis Landry (LSU) versus Senior CB Jason Verrett (TCU)
WR Odell Beckham Jr. is a vertical threat.  He has shown the ability to make difficult catches.  Unfortunately, he also has a tendency to drop easy passes.  Jarvis Landry is a more complete WR for the Tigers.  He has very reliable hands.  He is also a precise route runner.  Jason Verrett will definitely have his hands full throughout this game.  He has exceptional ball skills and has a nose for making the big play.  He is undersized and needs to get stronger.     
 

 


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