Dishing on the Draft (10-14-20)

Welcome back to another edition of Dishing on the Draft. We have more injury news with draft implications, our second NFL head coach firing, and more.

THIS WEEK’S DRAFT NEWS

We start this week with the only opt-in that we saw. Southern Cal guard Alijah Vera-Tucker announced he would be playing this season for the Trojans. There were no opt-outs this week.

Wisconsin senior QB Jack Coan is likely out for the season after undergoing surgery on his right foot. Coan suffered the injury in practice. He was a late-round prospect at best.

Another late-round prospect QB, Kansas State senior Skylar Thompson had surgery for an “upper-body” injury. He will miss the remainder of the Wildcats schedule.

Syracuse junior safety Andre Cisco will miss the remainder of 2020 with an undisclosed injury per HC Dino Babers. Cisco was considered one of the top safety prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft. He has since declared for the draft. Perhaps the injury will not limit him in his draft preparations.

In news I expected after watching their game last week, SMU senior WR Reggie Roberson will miss the rest of the year with a leg injury. He will have surgery soon.

And finally, the Atlanta Falcons fired head coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff after their 0-5 start. Life came at this duo fast after they never seemed to recover from blowing a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl a few seasons ago.

LAST WEEK IN REVIEW

Tulane-@-Houston

Houston senior WR Marquez Stevenson is an explosive athlete. He runs in the open field with tremendous balance and catches the ball well. Stevenson also has value in the return game. He ran a kick back 97 yards against the Green Wave. On offense, Stevenson caught five balls for 118 yards and a score.

Louisville-@-Georgia Tech

Louisville junior QB Malik Cunningham is getting a lot of press in the draft media of late. The 6-1 dual-threat passer still has a way to go before I can take him seriously as a top prospect. Against Georgia Tech, Cunningham was 19/33 for 229 yards and two TDs. He added 50 yards and two scores on the ground.

Yellow Jackets senior edge rusher Antonneus Clayton flashed. The 6-3 270-pound Florida transfer finished with 5 tackles and 2 sacks.

UL-Monroe-@-Liberty

There is not a whole lot to write home about for ULM. Senior TE Josh Pederson (son of Eagles HC Doug) is probably their top prospect. Pederson isn’t a great athlete. However, he blocks well and has nice hands. Pederson should be in a camp next year.

Oklahoma -vs.-Texas

Joseph Ossai is a standout player for the Longhorns. The junior LB recorded 10 tackles (6 solos), 2 TFL, and a forced fumble. Ossai is a rangy hard hitter who can make this LB class even better.

South Carolina-@-Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt senior edge rusher Dayo Odeyingbo looked like he was going to take over the game after the first two series. In those two series, Odeyingbo notched 1.5 sacks and three QB hits. After that, he was held in check by the Gamecocks offensive line.

Vanderbilt junior LB Dimitri Moore opted out of the season earlier in the summer before opting back in. Moore missed the opener and only partially played a week ago. Moore was full go this week, finishing with 9 tackles (3 solos).

Texas Tech-@-Iowa State

Charlie Kolar gets most of the attention for the Cyclones but Chase Allen isn’t a bad tight end prospect. Allen can block and is a good route runner. He made a beautiful, full-extension catch on one play. Allen finished with four receptions for 41 yards and a TD.

Arkansas-@-Auburn

Several NFL Draft prospects were missing in action during this contest. For Arkansas, RB Rakeem Boyd did not play. For Auburn, edge rusher Big Kat Bryant and LB K.J. Britt were out. Britt is probably going to miss significant time.

Auburn decided this week that they should get the football into the hands of one of the fastest players in the nation. Senior WR Anthony Schwartz saw the ball force-fed to him. He finished with 10 catches for 100 yards and a TD.

Middle Tennessee-@-FIU

During last year’s Camellia Bowl, FIU junior DL Rashad Colson jumped out to me in limited reps. He is still playing limited reps. Colson should not be considered a 2021 prospect. However, I will keep his name filed away. Against MTSU, he finished with two tackles and one TFL.

Florida State-@-Notre Dame

Florida State junior WR Tamorrion Terry struggled in the last FSU game I watched. He recorded zero catches. Against Notre Dame, Terry flashed the dominance we are accustomed to. Terry notched 9 catches for 146 and a score.

Miami (FL)-@-Clemson

Travis Etienne is a top-ten talent in this class. I am not advocating a top-ten selection; however, I am just stating a fact. Etienne has A+ acceleration and balance. Against the U, Etienne touched the ball 25 times for 222 yards and two scores.

Mississippi State-@-Kentucky

So much for the Air Raid taking over the SEC. For the first time ever, a Mike Leach coached team failed to score a touchdown. Perhaps the LSU defense was just really bad. K.J. Costello looked downright awful. He completed 36/55 passes for 232 yards while throwing four picks. Costello had an abysmal 4.2 yards-per-attempt. He was even benched for a time during the game.

WHAT’S ON TAP

Coastal Carolina-@-Louisiana-6:30 PM-ESPN (Wednesday)

SMU-@-Tulane-5:00 PM-ESPN (Friday)

BYU-@-Houston-8:30 PM-ESPN (Friday)

Auburn-@-South Carolina-11:00 AM-ESPN

Cincinnati-@-Tulsa-11:00 AM-ESPN2

Kansas-@-West Virginia-11:00 AM-FOX

LSU-@-Florida-2:30 PM-ESPN

UCF-@-Memphis-2:30 PM-ABC

Southern Miss-@-UTEP-6:30 PM-ESPN2

FIU-@-Charlotte-7:00 PM-ESPNU

Georgia-@-Alabama-7:00 PM-CBS

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