Wednesdays Watchers is a weekly Stock Up/Stock Down feature breaking down the players who's 2014 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!
2. Aaron Murray - QB Georgia. Saturday's phenomenal quarterback dual between Mettenberger and Murray has been analyzed ad nauseam since Georgia won, and I know you're not coming here to read about it for the first time. This is a week five NFL Draft stock watch, and having any two players besides Murray and Mettenberger one and two would be silly.
3. Shaquil Barrett - DE/OLB Colorado State. Two weeks ago Shaquil Barrett earned some praise by racking up 1.5 sacks against Alabama, and this week is now fully in the spotlight after he earned National Defensive Player of the Week honors. In a win over UTEP, the CSU pass rusher recorded 3.5 sacks, 13 tackles, two forced fumbles and a pass breakup. This 6-2 250 pound DE/OLB hybrid is now leading the nation in sacks with 6.5 and is vaulting his draft stock into the day two discussion
4. Brandin Cooks - WR Oregon State. Opposite Markus Wheaton last year, Brandin Cooks generated over 11 hundred yards, but many thought he would fall off with Wheaton's departure. Rather than shrink back, Cooks has embraced the No. 1 receiver role and is poised to actually surpass Wheaton's numbers from 2012. Cook's 807 yards is 1st in the nation by over 115 yards, and he also leads the country with nine touchdown receptions. He's a similar type player as Wheaton under six feet tall, and will draw many of the same criticisms, but his performances have hopefully shut those up.
5. Kyle Fuller - CB Virginia Tech. In the absence of fellow star cornerback Antone Exum, Kyle Fuller has stepped up and been outstanding as the Hokie's No. 1 cornerback. Fuller is over six feet tall, can play a physical brand, but really has impressed with his man coverage abilities. We saw another aspect of his game last Thursday when VT lined him up in a Joker/Troy Polamalu role, and just let him attack Georgia Tech's triple option. He was very successful shedding blocks, battling in the trenches and getting into the backfield. Fuller has shown us all the traits you look for in a 1st round cornerback.
6. Vic Beasley - DE/OLB Clemson. Just behind the previously mentioned Shaquil Barrett at 6.5, Vic Beasley checks in second nationally with six sacks so far this season, four over the past two weeks. Beasley has one of the most explosive bursts of any pass rusher in the nation, and uses his hands very well to set up his moves. Clemson is already using Beasley as a stand up rusher in their 3-4 defense, which will only raise his stock and make him more appealing to NFL teams looking for 3-4 outside linebackers who can get after the quarterback.
1. Bradley Roby - CB Ohio State. I hate to rub this point in every year, but once again we have another case of a guy who should have left for the NFL when he had the chance (If priority No. 1 is football). After leading the nation in passes defended last year, and projecting as a 1st round pick, Roby has looked like a very different, very worse player this year. His footwork has been sloppy, he's been out of position, and given up a ton of receptions. Last week he get shredded by Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis, who he is far superior to athletically.
2. David Fales - QB San Jose State. David Fales is forcing it right now. He's an extremely talented quarterback, but he's playing with virtually no help around him at the moment, and is essentially being asked to carry the entire team. No surprise, it hasn't been a recipe for success as Fales further stumbled last Friday against Utah State. Fales completed only 52% of his passes, 0 TDs and 2 INTs. I'm not putting it all on him, but he's not doing enough to earn the 1st round grade some feel he deserves.
3. Ahmad Dixon - Safety Baylor. A sure-fire way to end on the wrong side of our Wednesdays Watchers is to get arrested. Ahmad Dixon was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting some guy he thought broke into his house. No matter what the true story his, getting arrested will always cost you money 100% of the time. The 2014 draft is not particularly strong at safety, and we had Dixon ranked in our top five.
4. Dominique Easley - DT/DE Florida. I really hate to make it seem like we're bagging on a guy for getting injured, but as unfortunate as it is, the reality is that a torn ACL is never good for anybodies draft stock. Honestly, I don't think this will knock Easley out of the first round, he's too talented not to. Hopefully he can recover in time for his pre-draft workouts