Its been a while since we've had a chance to showcase the videos from Mocking the Draft's YouTube channel. 10 games have been added since the last update and the window before the CFB season is closing fast (Less than two weeks!). So before the season starts, we are going to highlight our remaining games from last season as we prepare for the 2012 season and continue prep on the 2013 NFL Draft. First up are our three oldest videos (that haven't been included in an update): West Virginia vs Maryland, Washington vs Nebraska, and Oklahoma vs Florida State.
An early season contest that Maryland thought they could win by running the most plays, running 87 to West Virginia's 80. However, they still keep score in non-conference games and the Mountaineer's held onto their lead after the Terp's second half comeback. Recently named Wisconsin's starting QB, Maryland's Danny O'Brien throws 52 passes, but none that stick out. He shows some mobility in the backfield, but there is a reason no one thinks the Badger's have upgraded at QB. He'll be playing in a polar opposite offensive scheme, but he isn't viewed as a day one or two draft pick. This is one of a few games Maryland OLB Kenny Tate plays before his injury (he's the only Maryland defender who wears a white arm sleeve #6) and his move to LB from safety looks like a mixed bag. Tate has great straight line speed, but he does not move well laterally and failed to shed any run blocks, even by WRs. He uses his athleticism well to blitz and run down plays to his side, but leaves his feet too often to make tackles and doesn't make effort plays to the opposite side of the field. Going to have to watch more of WVU QB Geno Smith this year. Only 1 TD, but its was a great throw, as were quite a few others when WV got out of its screen/quick throw plays.
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2012 Draftees: There were no Maryland Terrapins drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft.
This was the third of three matchups between the Huskies and the Cornhuskers in the last two years. Nebraska taking the 2 regular season games and the Huskies winning the Holiday Bowl showdown. Like the first regular season matchup, the Huskers ran away with the game, but this time it was close for a while til a special teams miscue by the referees. A punt bounces off a Nebraska player and is recovered and returned by Washington. The call should have been reversed to Washington possession at the point of recovery, but was instead ruled Nebraska ball. The Huskies never recovered after that play. Washington's bad team defense that plagued them in the Alamo Bowl showed up in this game as well with the Huskies being unable to slow down the Husker rush attack.
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An early season top 5 matchup, the Sooners and Seminoles duked it out, but the Noles couldn't manage much (outside a big play TD) once E.J. Manuel went down. Landry Jones will be a much discussed prospect this season because he is such a Jekyll/Hyde QB. With a clean pocket he can be quite dangerous, even going 7/7 to start the game. But once he gets pressured or moved off his spot, his awareness and accuracy disappear. That, however, is the kicker, once he's in the NFL, there is almost never a clean pocket. He's going to have to show this year that he can operate from a dirty pocket and handle pressure better. Much like Geno Smith, E.J. Manuel will be another QB to keep an eye on this season. His comparison's to Roethlisberger/Newton seem more like a ceiling than where he is, but if he can stay healthy and continue to develop his passing skills with Rodney Smith and his two young WRs named Green (Greene and Green) the 2013 QB class could be getting pretty competitive.
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2012 Draftees: WR #85 Ryan Broyles (54th overall, Lions), OT #59 Donald Stephenson (74th overall, Chiefs), CB #32 Jamell Fleming (80th overall, Cardinals), DE #84 Frank Alexander (103rd overall, Panthers), LB #56 Ronnell Lewis (125th overall, Lions), TE #82 James Hanna (186th overall, Cowboys), LB #28 Travis Lewis (223rd overall, Lions)