Time for a little Morning morning draft stock watch. Here are some players who helped their stock over the weekend.I focused on the big games (Alabama and LSU, and Oklahoma and Texas A and M.
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama-
Jones played very well vs LSU especially in the first half when he was healthy. LSU has some serious speed on the defensive line, but Jones showed an ability to mirror his man and he really got to the second level well in the run game. I think he proved that he could be a fringe first round pick and likely early day two pick for a team looking for Tackle help, or interior offensive line help.
Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Twitter was all abuzz with people declaring Morris Claiborne a lock for the top five now with an impressive game vs Alabama, though I’m not ready to go that far. It’s clear that of all the players in College Football, Morris Claiborne’s stock has probably improved the most since the beginning of the season. He showed up big time vs a big opponent and it will get him drafted likely in the first half of the first round.
Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas
Wright is putting together a nice season this and showcasing a nice ability as a slot guy in the N.F.L. Jarius Wright is having his finest season, though he doesn’t have great size. He averaged over 25 yards a catch vs South Carolina as he went over a 100 yards and had two touchdowns. I’m sure he’s been on the radar of NFL scouts all season, but two big back to back weeks have gotten him the attention of draftniks as well.
Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
I’m not sure it’s necessarily this past weekend that has Mcnutt’s stock up, but the past few weeks. Mcnutt has three straight games with over a 100 yards receiving and four touchdowns in his last three games. His stock is trending up and he is receiving buzz from draftniks about a potential second round pick. He has good size and deceptive speed and does a good job of making clutch plays.
Eric Page, WR, Toledo
Didn’t intend for this to be so WR heavy, just happened to be that way. Page had a spectacular game in prime time (well during the week prime-time if anyone else watched it with me). He racked up 150 yards receiving on 9 receptions and a whopping five touchdowns. He’s listed at 5-10 and 180 pounds. A big pre-draft process could push his stock into the 2-3 round range, I think.
Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
Through no fault of his own, Broyles will not get drafted in the first round and maybe not even in the second round in 2012 because of an A.C.L. tear that is going to cost him the pre-draft process and time next year as well. Tough break for a guy who has been an excellent college football player.
Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma Sooners
Jones again has shown that he really struggled with pressure in his face (most quartebacks do) and I continue to be critical of his pocket presence. Jones completed 18 of his 38 pass attempts. What’s worse is Lance Zierlien (Houston Chronicle) has reported that regional scouts have confided in him that they don’t think Landry Jones should come out for the 2012 NFL draft. That’s a far cry from potentially competing with Andrew Luck, like he was at the beginning of the season.
Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A and M
This isn’t necessarily from this past week, but the whole season (I’ve only been doing the stock watch for the past three weeks). Fuller was a potential first round pick before this season has started, but has just had a bad season filled with mental lapses, dropped passes, and just unproductive season. He doesn’t have great straight-line speed which was always going to hut him, but with his play-making ability it was easy to overlook. This season? Yikes.
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