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Draft Blog: Previewing The Top Individual Matchups Of The College Football Season

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Top Individual Matchups Of The College Football Season

Myles Garrett vs. Cam Robinson

Assuming Cam Robinson is available to play after his recent run in with the law, his matchup with Myles Garrett will be must a must watch for scouts and analysts. Garrett and Robinson are physical freaks who can dominate opponents. They went to battle last year when Robinson dominated Garrett in the run game and held his own in pass protections sans a couple snaps where Garrett got the best of him. Both of these players have the potential to go top-five in the NFL draft; therefore, this game will hold a lot of weight in both players’ evaluations.

JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. Sidney Jones

Out west, one of the top prospects in college football will be pitted against one of the most underrated. JuJu Smith-Schuster is a physical specimen who excels in the short, intermediate and long passing games. Sidney Jones is a dynamic cornerback who may vie for the top cornerback spot when the season is over. Smith-Schuster may have the advantage because of his ability to dominate physically because Jones isn’t the biggest cornerback, but Jones has the technique and footwork to give Smith-Schuster a ton of problems. This game will be a great indicator to how ready each player is for the NFL.

Underrated Prospect Of The Week

Sidney Jones, Cornerback, Washington

Sidney Jones may be the most underrated player in all of college football at this moment in time. Despite the fact that he is from a college and that turned out fantastic cornerbacks (such as Marcus Peters) prospects in recent years, no one is talking about Jones.

Listed at 6-foot and 180 pounds, Jones isn’t the biggest of cornerbacks but he makes up for it with his footwork and savvy technique. Where Jones really stands out is in his ability to read and react in zone coverage. He does a great job of reading a wide receivers split and stem to diagnose the route concept his is going to run. He definitely needs to add bulk, but Jones isn’t afraid to stick his head into the fray in the run game.

Jones has the unique ability to thrive on a team that plays man or zone coverage; however, he needs to get stronger to deal with more physical receivers in the pro game. There are times where Jones can get beaten because of his lack of bulk.

Overall, Jones is the type of prospect that should be a fast riser throughout the draft process. Don’t be surprised if you see Jones’ named called in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.

Wide Receiver Position Doesn’t Have A Ton Of Talent

One of the positions that appears to be devoid of top-tier talent is wide receiver. Outside of JuJu Smith Schuster and Mike Williams, there doesn’t appear to be real first-round talent at wide receiver. Things can always change as the season progress and players improve, but there aren’t many great talents.

Smith-Schuster and Williams have legitimate No. 1 ability, but the rest of the receivers looks like gadget players or No. 2 receiving options. K.D. Cannon is a dynamic deep threat who could fulfill the Will Fuller type of role in the 2017 NFL draft. He isn’t a well rounded player, but he is the best deep threat in college football.

LSU has two very good wide receivers in Travin Dural and Malachi Dupree, but it may be difficult for one to breakout and showcase first round ability, especially because LSU doesn’t have a great quarterback situation.

Overall, this appears to be a down year for wide receiver, while it is an amazing year for running back and edge defender. Unless some players break out, like TCU’s Josh Doctson did a year ago, there aren’t going to be a ton of options for teams in need of weapons on the outside.

 


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John Owning

John Owning is a NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has years of experience covering the NFL, NFL draft and NCAA football. John's work has been featured on the Bleacher Report and DraftBreakdown.com