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Weekly Prospect Matchups

Sugar Bowl Preview

by Josh Norris
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Oklahoma, 8:30 on ESPN


Senior QB A.J. McCarron

- Let me start by saying that I like McCarron as a player and would want him on my team… but as a backup and not at the price he will be selected in May. What you see is what you get. McCarron would carry out the orders of his play caller, targeting the necessary first read with touch and precision. He can hit a second read or checkdown thanks to pocket movement, but is limited once moved off his plant foot. Experience from center and in the gun helps.

- I know he has completed vertical passes, but the velocity, and subsequent placement, on targets from the intermediate to downfield areas do worry me. I do think vertical passing is not as important as it is made out to be, but he forced Amari Cooper to slow down numerous times when having a step on the opposition.

Junior LT Cyrus Kouandjio

- Kouandjio admitted to a drop in play to open the season and attributed it to focusing on the NFL. He has improved over the course of the year and has regained that form from 2011. He is strong and can move defenders off his spot. if he exhibits good posture and hand placement, Kouandjio can be a dominant pass protector, but there are others occurrences of waist bending and poor footwork.

Senior ILB C.J. Mosley

- Very little wasted movement. Lines up as inside linebacker behind three and four man fronts. Has so much range, chases down athletic quarterbacks to the edge. Same range is visible in pass coverage. Contacts crossing routes and keeps footwork to sustain and trail. Works over top of blocks with quick steps. Keeps nice vision at the second level by strafing then attacks uphill. Will finish tackles. Has transitioned from a coverage linebacker to the complete package. Scheme versatile at inside linebacker. Could potentially see time on the weakside.

Junior S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

- Has excellent length for the position. Controlled aggressiveness when closing towards the line of scrimmage. Not a watcher, he gets in the action. Reads run and reacts quickly, even from single high. Has seen time from free or strong safety. Capable in playing man and zone situations, either near or off the line of scrimmage. A really, really good safety.  A likely interchangeable safety that can play near the line of scrimmage or in the deep half.


Senior WR Jalen Saunders

- Saunders is an absolute joystick in the open field and projects as a slot receiver. His largest impact might be in the return game. He will get crushed due to his lean frame, but Saunders will likely end up in my top-75 prospects.

Senior RB Roy Finch

- I like Roy Finch more than Bob Stoops ever did, apparently.

Josh Norris
Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .