Week 11 Game to Watch

Posted: November 10, 2012 in NFL Draft

No.15 Texas A&M @ No.1 Alabama

2:30PM EST


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All NFL Draft geeks will have their eyes on this week’s game between Texas A&M and Alabama.  Everyone knows how loaded Alabama is, but most people probably don’t realize that Texas A&M has three players that will most likely get selected in the 1st Round.  When Texas A&M is on offense, most scouts will have their eyes on offensive tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews.  I currently have both players ranked in my Top 3 for offensive tackles and have both players being selected in the Top 20 in my latest mock draft.  A couple other players to keep an eye on is receiver Ryan Swope and running back Christine Michael. Swope hasn’t had a great senior season. He has 45 catches for 641 yards and a team high 5 touchdowns.  Slope is slightly undersized to be a feature receiver but he will most likely get a look in the mid to late rounds of the draft. Michael is another senior who isn’t having as good of a year as he hoped for. Michael has 8 touchdowns but has only averaged 40.13 yards per game. Michael has good size and speed, but injuries have been an issue for him. In 2010 he broke his right leg and in 2011 he tore his left ACL. He needs to stay healthy and finish strong if he wants to improve his draft stock.

On defense, Texas A&M is led by defensive end Damontre Moore.  Moore has been skyrocketing up draft boards after getting off to a hot start in the 2012 season. Moore leads college football in tackles for loss (19) and is tied for first in sacks (11.5).  Moore has the ability to play defensive end in a 4-3 defense or OLB in a 3-4 defense. Today is going to be a huge challenge for Moore as Alabama has one of the best, if not the best offensive line in college football.  Unlike Moore, Sean Porter is a player sliding in the opposite direction. Porter only has 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. I currently have Porter as a 3rd Round type player.

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Alabama is loaded on both sides of the field. A.J. McCarron is the field general for the Tide offense.  McCarron kept Bama’s undefeated season alive last week with his last minute game winning drive.  McCarron has thrown for 19 TD’s and 0 interceptions.  He has good size for an NFL quarterback and plays in a pro-style offense at Bama. I currently have him ranked as my No. 8 QB if Logan Thomas returns to school and think he would be a good player to take a shot on in the 3rd or 4th round if he declares early. Running back Eddie Lacy is another skill player to watch on the Bama offense.  Lacy splits carries with T.J. Yeldon but has averaged 5.66 yards per carry and has rushed for 8 touchdowns. This years running back class isn’t that great so I expect Lacy to be one of the top backs picked. The offensive line is where the elite talent exists on Bama’s offense. OT D.J. Fluker and offensive guard’s Chance Warmack and Barrett Jones will all be selected within the first two rounds. I have Warmack and Jones being selected in the Top 20 in my latest mock draft.

On defense, Alabama as an elite player at each position. Defense tackle, Jesse Williams, controls the line of scrimmage from his nose tackle position. Williams isn’t a great pass rusher but does a good job of controlling the opponents run game which is what you look for in a 3-4 defensive tackle.  Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley leads the team in tackles and has two interceptions. I have him ranked as the No. 2 ILB behind Te’o but I think Mosley will be a 1st Round draft pick.  The player that might be the top draft pick on Alabama’s defense is corner Dee Milliner. Milliner has two interceptions and 13 pass break ups and is my No. 1 rated corner.


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