Risers/Fallers Bowl Game Edition

Updated - 1-11-14

By: Alex Khvatov

 

Risers
 

Junior QB Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville)

He completed 35/45 passes for 447 yards, three touchdowns through the air and one TD on the ground in his final collegiate game.  His accuracy was terrific on short and intermediate passes.  Bridgewater went through his progressions and hit his receivers in stride.  He was extremely efficient and calm on third down.  His pocket awareness was also impressive.  He is currently my number one prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft.     

 

Redshirt Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)

Manziel completed 30/38 passes for 382 yards, four passing TD’s, 73 rushing yards and one TD on the ground.  The Aggies were down 38-17 at halftime, and he was able to lead them to a come from behind victory.  He displayed good velocity on his throws.  He made good decisions.  Manziel scanned the field well, showed good awareness and went through his progressions.  Once again, he was extremely dangerous running the ball.  He decided to enter the 2014 NFL Draft and should wind up as a top 10 pick. 

 

Junior WR DeVante Parker (Louisville)

This was by far his best game of the season.  Parker shined in the Russell Athletic Bowl by catching nine balls for 142 yards and one TD.  He is an athletic receiver with good long speed.  He is a big play threat.  He has tremendous body control and uses his frame to make acrobatic catches look easy.  He made the decision to return for his senior season. 

 

Junior WR Sammy Watkins (Clemson)

Watkins looked like the best player on the field in the Orange Bowl.  He had 16 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns.  He demonstrated his playmaking ability.  He showcased his soft hands.  He displayed a second gear in the open field after the catch.  His athleticism and leaping ability are off the charts.  He is my top WR in the draft.     

 

Redshirt Sophomore OT Greg Robinson (Auburn) 

The redshirt sophomore tackle played extremely well in the BCS title game.  He has good size, great athleticism and quick feet.  Robinson is a terrific run blocker.  He is physical and nasty.  His pass protection has gotten much better since the beginning of the season.  He is a player with great upside.  I currently have him rated as the No.2 tackle behind Jake Matthews.  He seems like a lock to be a top 10 pick.     
 

Fallers
 

Senior QB A.J. McCarron (Alabama) 

He completed 19/30 passes for 387 yards, two TDs and two interceptions in a loss against the Sooners in the Sugar Bowl.  McCarron also had a costly fumble at the end of the game and accounted for seven total sacks.  He really struggled with his poise in the pocket.  He was rattled and threw a number of passes off his back foot.  He made two bad decisions that resulted in interceptions.  His deep ball accuracy was once again extremely shaky.  I have him projected as a third round pick.      

 

Senior OT James Hurst (North Carolina)

I had him projected as a second round pick in the 2014 Draft before the injury.  Hurst broke his leg in his last collegiate game against Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl.  He will definitely miss the Senior Bowl and the Combine, but it remains to be seen if he will come back in time for the Pro Day.  His draft status is currently in limbo.              

 

Junior OT Cyrus Kouandjio (Alabama)

Kouandjio is an athletic OT with ideal size and long arms.  He is a very good run blocker.  But he was exposed by the Sooners’ defensive front during the Sugar Bowl.  He struggled in pass protection against speed rushers throughout the game.  He gave up a costly sack that resulted in A.J. McCarron’s fumble at the end of the fourth quarter.  He needs to refine his technique and his footwork.  Despite his struggles against the Sooners, he should still hear his name called in the first round. 

 


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