Wednesdays Watchers is a weekly feature breaking down the players who's draft stock were most affected by the past weekend's games, for good, or for bad. Who's rising? Who's Falling? Find out each week with Wednesdays Watchers!
1. Geno Smith- QB West Virginia. I've never said it before about anybody, but on Saturday, Geno Smith played a Perfect Game! He was absolutely flawless! Let's put aside the fact that Baylor's Defense offers about as much resistance as an old rubber band, I've seen good QB's perform way worse in 7-on-7 Drills! 45/51, 656 yards, and 8 TD's, is just obscene. It isn't all about the numbers either, Geno showed pinpoint accuracy, dropping passes into the tightest of windows, and on some throws, it wouldn't have mattered if it was Baylor's Defense, or the Baltimore Ravens. Also, think about the fact that Geno Smith knew he had to score a Touchdown on every drive, or West Virginia probably would have lost, which surely added a bit of stress. Many are still dogging Smith's NFL chances, but at this point, it's not inconceivable that Geno could be a Top 5 pick, possibly the 2nd QB off the board.
2. Terrance Williams- WR Baylor. Just like with Geno Smith, let's put aside the fact that Saturday's game in Morgantown was nothing more than a glorified 7-on-7, Terrance Williams' game was nothing to sneeze at. 17 Catches, for 314 Yards, and 2 TD's is something few have ever even done in Madden! Stats aside, Terrance Williams looked the part. He used his 6-2 200+ frame to go up and win jump balls, showed outstanding hands, along with the top end speed to create separation and breakaway from the Defense. Williams is definitely looking like a lock for the 2nd Round, and could continue to move up.
3. Leon McFadden- CB San Diego State. "World, please meet Leon McFadden. He's arguably the best Defensive player in the country you've never heard of." While McFadden still isn't a household name, he didn't just come out of nowhere. A Senior at San Diego State, he has started every game in his 4 seasons there, earning "All-Conference" honors as a Sophomore and a Junior. The way he is playing now though, he will be earning much higher accolades at seasons end. McFadden has an Interception in each of the last three games, two of which, he has returned for Touchdowns. Including his Interception this past week against Fresno which he returned 96 yards back to the House. He's got good size at 5-10/5-11, 190, and is such a fluid athlete. As people get a better look at this kid, you will be hearing his name a ton around draft day!
4. Cornellius Carradine- DE Florida State. One of the huge reasons why the Seminoles look to actually be for real this year is their dominant Pass Rush. Bjoern Werner was featured on this list a couple weeks ago, now it's time for his running mate Cornellius Carradine to get some love. Carradine is currently 2nd in the nation with 7 Sacks, 0.5 more than Werner. Like Werner, Carradine is a power rusher, but Carradine is more athletic, showing outstanding quickness. He reminds me a lot of Eagles DE Trent Cole, who also has a big frame (Carradine: 6-5 270). He also plays the run very well, proving to be very effective stacking and shedding blockers, evidenced by his 28 tackles in 4 games. Carradine is really moving up Draft Boards and he too is definitely looking like a top 50 pick at least.
5. Desmond Trufant- CB Washington. Without Desmond Trufant, it's doubtful the Huskies would have upset #8 Stanford last Thursday. Washington's Defense was able to totally shut down Stanford's offense, holding them to only 235 yards. The key was their ability, to stack the box, and stuff Stepfan Taylor, but that left their secondary (Trufant) on an island all night, but that was no problem for Desmond, who shut down his side of the field all night. He finished with 2 Passes Broken Up, and the game sealing INT, but his impact went much further, he played Man Coverage all night, allowing the Husky Defense to shift Defenders elsewhere. In a very deep class of Cornerbacks, Trufant is a very underrated prospect!
1. David Amerson- CB NC State. David Amerson was unfairly criticized after NC State week 1 loss to Tennessee, in which I defended him. This past week against Miami however, I couldn't defend him again. While we still like Amerson, when you're supposed to be the #1 Cornerback in the country, you can't be victimized on all 5 of the oppositions passing Touchdowns on the day. Most of them were the fault of the Safety, or just on breakdowns, but in this years' class of Cornerbacks, to remain elite, you have to do more. He's now the #4 Corner on our board, and many have dropped him even further.
2. Johnny Adams- CB Michigan State. In an extraordinarily deep class of Cornerbacks this year, to keep up with the pack, you really need to be playing well, and if you're not keeping up, you will be passed up. That is certainly proving true of Michigan State Cornerback Johnny Adams, who's name was mentioned right along with Xavier Rhodes, Johnthan Banks, and Desmond Trufant to start the season, but while those guys, and many others have flourished, Adams has disappointed. Once again, Adams was victimized on a crucial Touchdown, getting straight burned by Ohio State WR Devin Smith for OSU's game winning TD. This has happened far too often to Adams this year, who just doesn't seem to have the athleticism we thought we saw from him last year.
3. Landry Jones- QB Oklahoma. Wednesdays Watchers got bumped last week, so this is a carry over from Landry's dud of a performance against Kansas State. You don't have to highlight just that one game to see how Jones' play has been steadily declining Ever since he lost Ryan Broyles last year, he seems like a totally different player. He seems uncomfortable in the pocket, is rushing his throws, panics, and just has been missing a lot of easy plays. The talent is all there for Jones, but he needs a ton of work, and is looking more and more like a developmental prospect to be drafted around the 3rd Round or so.
4. Aaron Dobson- WR Marshall. In Marshall's last game against Purdue, the Herd put up 41 points, but Dobson only had 3 catches for 42 yards. Coming off another the game before that where he only had 5 catches for 66 yards. Dobson is supposed to be the star of the team, and is the only real weapon they have on offense. Aaron Dobson is a nice prospect, but has been vastly overrated ever since he made his spectacular one-handed catch. He's a big bodied receiver, who as you saw, has excellent hands, but is a very raw prospect overall. He's been compared to a Hakeem Nicks type receiver, and people have talked about him being a Top 50-60 pick, but I'm not buying that.