#5 Oklahoma at Iowa State on ABC at 12:00 p.m. EST
We’ve got a few top teams slated at noon, but no top-tier matchups. Oklahoma has a few prospects that the Detroit Lions could target early.
WR Marquise Brown | 5-foot-10, 168 pounds (Junior)
Brown has a slight frame and will need to add the extra weight to hang with the big boys on Sundays, but he is electric with the ball in his hands and could make for a good slot receiver at the next level. He’s had some problems with drops, which could be an issue when you have Matthew Stafford slinging bullets at you, but Brown is one of the better slot options to choose from, nonetheless.
IOL Ben Powers | 6-foot-4, 313 pounds (Senior)
No relation to Kenny.
Powers thrives in pass protection with good hand placement and solid, consistent footwork. He’s been a reliable piece for the Sooners’ offensive line and that’s already a big help if you’re the Lions, who may be in the market for a T.J. Lang replacement next offseason. Look no further than Benny Powers. Yep, that’s gonna stick.
RB David Montgomery | 5-foot-11, 216 pounds (Junior)
Okay, well, the Lions probably won’t be drafting a running back early in next year’s draft, but you’re already watching this game anyway (or at least you should be), so might as well keep a close eye on Montgomery, who is a complete stud and a very fun back to watch.
See for yourself.
Iowa State RB David Montgomery is the definition of ‘contact balance’ and ‘creative runner’ - led NCAA in broken tackles in 2017— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) September 14, 2018
Too many TFLs? Not sticking nose in for tough yards? Yea maybe...
2017 Negative Runs:
David Montgomery - 17
Saquon Barkley - 35 pic.twitter.com/Y5PpKasEqT
#12 LSU at #7 Auburn on CBS at 3:30 p.m. EST
CB Greedy Williams | 6-foot-3, 184 pounds (RS Sophomore)
I mean his name is Greedy Williams, what more do you want?
Tall corners were a big thing that kind of died down, mostly because it’s nearly impossible to find both a tall cornerback and a good athlete. Williams is that rare breed who happens to be both.
Williams has great feet and is able to stick to receivers like glue in man coverage and has the click-and-close ability to consistently make a play on the ball. He is a bit shy as a tackler and in run support, but I think you can work with that and he has some elite traits that you just don’t find in many prospects.
Oh, and he’s pretty confident in himself, too.
Enjoyed this exchange with Greedy Williams on his pick:— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) September 9, 2018
GW: “I wasn’t expecting any passes thrown my way. I guess the QB made a bad read.”
Me: Is it ever a good read when a QB throws your way?
GW: “Never. No receiver is ever open.”
DL Rashard Lawrence | 6-foot-3, 317 pounds (Junior)
The Lions need all the help they can get on the defensive line. I mean, for the love of God, please do something, Bob.
Lawrence is a solid player that will likely go somewhere in the early-to-mid-rounds if he declares. He is powerful and uses his hands extremely well to disengage early from blockers and causes opposing offenses fits. He is a nightmare when he gets a good jump off the snap and has one of the deadliest push-pull moves I’ve seen in a while.
Lawrence could be a very nice addition to the Lions’ interior D-line, a unit that is still struggling to find any semblance of a pass rush, not to mention their struggles against the run. Lawrence could provide an immediate improvement in both areas.
QB Jarrett Stidham | 6-foot-3, 215 pounds (RS Junior)
Stidham isn’t a kid that’s going to jump right into the NFL and start. He comes from a program that generally doesn’t produce many NFL-ready quarterbacks, largely due to Gus Malzahn’s innovative, but non-QB friendly offensive scheme.
Luckily, the Lions have Stafford locked up for a while, and they don’t really need a backup that can step in right away. What they do need is a QB with some actual skills, and Stidham is the first Auburn QB with some serious potential since, well, Cam Newton.
Stidham is an accurate thrower with a decent arm and has the ability to not only throw the ball downfield (already an upgrade), but complete the ball down field. I know, it’s a new concept, but trust me, it’s possible.