Each week, I will attempt to watch at least two college football games in full and post my thoughts here on Blogging Dirty after the game. The focus of these reports will be potential prospects for the upcoming 2012 draft. The first game from week 2 of the season was Wisconsin Vs Oregon State.
Wisconsin Senior QB Russell Wilson, was clearly the star of the game, he went 17/21 for 189 yards and 3TD’s. I was massively impressed by his poise, accuracy, quick release and ability to throw on the run. As for his pro prospects, I am going out on a limb early in the season, by saying that he will evolve into a second round pick in the 2012 draft at the very least (assuming of course he dedicates himself to football instead of Baseball). It may seem a bold statement, but I will explain why. Firstly, i believe he is going to lead Wisconsin to a Big Ten title and be firmly in the Heisman race, which always elevates a players stock.
Wilson comes from a pro style system, playing under center most snaps and as a result is very strong in the play action game. He critically possesses a lot of the attributes you look for from a NFL QB such as Good Accuracy, Poise and Good Arm Strength. The obvious concern is his height being only 5-11, however i take this perspective on it, if he can be as successful as he has been in the first two weeks, behind the giant Wisconsin O – Line, then he can certainly play behind an NFL O-Line.
From a Falcons perspective, Russell Wilson is very unlikely to be in play for the Falcons come next April. One player that could be however, is Wisconsin RB Montee Ball, who is only a junior this year. If he comes out after his junior season i would be in favour of the Falcons taking a look at him in the middle rounds, to be a potential long term replacement for Michael Turner. He has a very good frame playing this season at 5-11, 215lbs and could add weight to for durability at the next level (played very well at 234lbs last season). At his current weight he is showing great “explosiveness” and power in his running, in today’s game he was running angry registering 118 yards and 2TD’s off 18 carries.
Other players from Wisconsin that impressed today was WR Nick Toon, who stands at 6-3/213lbs looked solid today getting 7 catches for 69 yards and a TD. His big size and average speed will see him being selected likely in the third round, however he could sneak into the second if he shows good speed in the offseason workouts.
CB Antonio Fenelus looked good in coverage early and was not thrown at much the rest of the game as a result. He is only 5-9 which will limit his draft stock, unless you have Brent Grimes type athleticism it is difficult to play in the NFL. Fenelus does not have that type of athleticism, an early projection for him would be the 4th round. TE Jacob Peterson emerged as a big target for Wilson in this game, could well be the next Wisconsin TE to be drafted.
As for Oregon State, they missed the explosiveness of their injured star WR James Rodgers (brother of Falcons RB Jacquizz) and did not show a lot on offense and defense the whole game. To exhibit their ineffectiveness, their Punter managed to kick the ball backwards for a 4 yard loss!
I will be doing this feature every week, if there is a particular game you would like me to watch and review, message me via twitter @bloggingdirty.