Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida
He may not be the next Doug Martin, but gouged Florida State on Saturday. Carrying the ball 24 times, he gained 140 yards and had two touchdowns. Gillislee was hard to take down, showing enough power between the tackles to gain positive yards on almost every play. He also showed he's quick enough to get to the edge and break the occasional big run. Gillislee may not measure or time well this offseason, but he should be a nice mid-round pick.
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Going against a solid Florida offensive line, Werner still managed 3.5 sacks on Saturday. It was a good, needed, performance for Werner. What was so impressive about Werner on Saturday was how effortlessly he got off the line of scrimmage and beat his opponent to the corner. Werner may not be a physical freak of a player, but he's efficient in his movement and doesn't waste a step.
Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State
San Jose State players can be tough to evaluate. They don't make it onto television often and haven't had a player drafted since 2009. That streak will end with Otten, a recent Senior Bowl invitee. Against Louisiana Tech on Saturday night, Otten had one of his best games of the season with six receptions for 87 yards. He's a bigger tight end, but he does have some solid speed. On Saturday, he picked apart zone defenses on the inside, which helped set him up to run sideline routes. Otten may not be the next great tight end in the NFL, but he looks like a dependable player who is good across the board.
Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
It's always fun to watch how defenses play Georgia Tech and their option offense. The emphasis is on gap assignment and taking proper angles to the ball carrier. Rambo did those things and more against the Yellow Jackets, finishing with eight tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception. In a safety class with good depth, Rambo needed a good game and had one.
Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Patton has been a hot name amongst draftniks, and for good reason. He's having a great season with 94 catches for 1,267 yards and 11 touchdowns. On paper, Patton had a sensational game Saturday with 10 receptions for 125 yards and two scores. So why is his stock down? Against San Jose State, Patton had three drops and caught with his body too much. Patton has the abilities to be a top 100 pick, but
EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
Manuel also got a Senior Bowl invite, but didn't fare as well as Otten. Against rival Florida, Manuel had four turnovers and completed just 54.5 percent of his throws. Manuel has always been inconsistent and had trouble reading the middle of defenses. Because of that, he shouldn't expect to hear his name called in the first round. His size and potential will make him a fairly high pick, but Manuel has been a disappointment. Here's how the Tallahassee Democrat properly summarizes Manuel's college career:
He was portrayed as an elite quarterback early in his career, but he’s not. EJ Manuel is simply an above-average quarterback with a strong arm and a very questionable decision-maker. All of that is obscured by one clear fact—EJ Manuel, while not an elite football player, is an elite human being.
Cornelius Carradine, DE, Florida State
The stock down has nothing to do with Carradine tearing his ACL – though that could really knock his draft placement. It was being neutralized by the quick-footed Xavier Nixon that and not holding the edge very well when Florda's blockers got out on the move that gets him the negative rub. Carradine's flaws are due to his relative inexperience and now he likely won't get a desperately needed Senior Bowl invite.
Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd has the makings of a top 20 pick should he choose to enter the draft. He's not an overwhelmingly large defensive tackle, but he plays strong and has good quickness at the line.
The San Jose State offense was fun to watch (twice) this week. Running back De'Leon Eskridge, a Minnesota transfer, may be worth a late-round flyer. He's a physical runner who can initiate contact. Junior quarterback David Fales is intriguing. He has good size and can place the ball well. His arm may not be the strongest, though, and he sails some throws over the middle.
I'm not sure Pittsburgh wide receiver Mike Shanahan will get drafted, but he's a solid player. He has good size at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, but he's not overly athletic. He may get some looks at tight end in the NFL if he can add bulk. Against Rutgers, he had several impressive catches and is tough to take down.
Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan continues to impress. He had a fumble recovery and an acrobatic pass break up. But, most impressively, he led Rutgers in tackles with nine. That's not because he was giving up completions. Instead, Ryan made some tackles on special teams and on run plays in the red zone. If Ryan, a junior, comes out he should be a first-round pick.
Theo Riddick of Notre Dame doesn't really have a set position and that makes him a dangerously intriguing prospect. He looked like a promising wide receiver last season, capable of making big plays. This season he's playing mostly running back and and the ability to break big runs. If a team can figure out how to properly utilize Riddick, he could be a playmaker in the NFL.
Dear NFL, please let South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney enter the NFL Draft this year. He will be the No. 1 pick.