Wednesdays Watchers: NFL Draft Stock Up/Stock Down
Wednesdays Watchers is a weekly feature at NFL Draft Geek, breaking down the college players whose draft stock were most affected by the past weekend's games, for good, or for bad.
Which players are rising? Which ones are falling? Find out each week with Wednesdays Watchers!
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1) Damontre Moore- DE/OLB Texas A&M
For the record, we are not huge Damontre Moore supporters, but you'd be very hard-pressed to find any player in the nation who is boosting their stock as much as Moore has been recently.
Not only does Moore lead the SEC in sacks, over guys like Mingo, Montgomery, and Jarvis Jones, but Moore leads the entire nation with 9.5 sacks.
As mentioned, we feel Moore has a lot of developing to do; he's really only a speed rusher at this point, who doesn't have a wide array of moves, and isn't much of a factor on early downs.
However, when you're 6'5", 255, and you have the type of speed that Moore has, you're extremely difficult to defend.
He's certainly looking at a Top 40 draft stock as of now.
2) Datone Jones- 3-4 DE UCLA
Quietly, Datone Jones is a player who has been steadily moving up draft boards, excelling for the upstart Bruins. Now, though, the buzz for Jones is getting much louder, as he's starting to put up the numbers to go along with his outstanding play.
Jones gained our attention early this season in UCLA's upset win over Nebraska. He excels in the 3-4 scheme UCLA is running, playing the 5 Technique.
He plays with a mean streak, relentlessly attacking blockers, while also possessing outstanding athleticism and quickness for his 275 lb.-frame.
3) CJ Mosley- LB Alabama
Oh, what do we have here? Another very big, and very fast linebacker from Alabama! Surprise, surprise! Where Alabama finds these guys I don't know, but they sure can play.
C.J Mosley is 6'2", 240, and like all Alabama linebackers, gets lined up all over the field. Inside on 3-4 sets, pass-rusher at certain times, and he remains on the field for nickel packages.
Two weeks ago against Missouri, Mosley was named SEC defender of the week, and he followed that performance up with another great one in a blowout win over Tennessee.
He's had 19 tackles, two TFL, and one INT in the past two games, both blowout victories over SEC foes.
His skill set and versatility has him in the Top 50 range as well.
4) Arthur Brown- LB Kansas State
While the offense gets most of the credit, the K-State defense is ranked No. 14 in the nation in scoring defense. Brown is the leader, and captain of that defense, on which there isn't a ton of NFL talent.
Brown led the Wildcats in shutting down Geno Smith and the high flying Mountaineers, having him looking confused, and flustered all night. He finished with eight tackles, two TFL, and intercepted Geno Smith's first pass of the season.
Brown is one of my personal favorites in this draft; he's viewed as a third-round pick, but I think he's very underrated.
5) Mychal Rivera- TE Tennessee
Rivera isn't a big name, and is never going to be confused for Jimmy Graham, but quietly, he continues to look more and more like he's going to be a great value on draft day.
His numbers aren't eye popping, but he is averaging 19.3 YPC, which is outstanding for a tight end, despite the fact that Tennessee has struggled mightily at times this year, and they've used him a lot as a blocker.
Rivera pulled down a 43-yard reception this past week against Alabama, showing his speed and athleticism.
He's got good size at 6'3", 250, with the ability to hold his own in the trenches, and work the middle of the field. He's very much under the radar, but I like him in the third- to fourth-round range.
Stock Down. 1) Tyler Bray- QB Tennessee
Starting the season, Bray was viewed as one of the top overall prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft, a projected first-round pick, if not top 10. Even rather recently, most had him as the No. 4 QB in the Draft, projected to go in the middle of the first round.
However, there is no way Tyler Bray should leave school as an underclassmen. He's had three dreadful games in a row, all losses for Tennessee, in which he's thrown wto TD's, and six INT's.
Even his coach Derek Dooley has talked about benching him, which will not happen, but it's still not good, obviously.
Todd McShay said recently that he's being removed from his, and most all draft boards. I still like Bray, but just not this year.
2) Geno Smith- QB West Virginia
It's rather amusing how fickle the media can be.
Two weeks ago, Geno Smith was a stone-cold lock for the No. 1 pick in the draft, had the Heisman locked up, and Matt Barkley was chopped liver.
Now two weeks later, we're hearing about how overrated Geno Smith is, and how far his stock has dropped.
In reality, his stock never really changed all that much. He was always No. 2 behind Matt Barkley, and that hasn't changed. Even though public perception has changed,
Geno Smith is a very good prospect, and very likely a top five pick, but the ridiculous hype train for Geno got a much needed tap of the breaks.
3) Alex Hurst- OT LSU
Nobody really knows what is going on with LSU offensive tackle Alex Hurst.
After starting left tackle Chris Faulk went out before the season with a season ending knee injury, RT Hurst slid over to the left side, and played pretty decently.
Widely viewed as a second- or third-round pick as a right tackle in the league, now, Hurst has left the team, with no return in sight. LSU is citing "personal problems," off the field, family issues. Nobody really knows, and nobody is saying much.
Talent wise, he's probably a top 100 player, but at this point he may not even get drafted, that is, if he even wants to be.
4) Michael Buchanan- DE/OLB Illinois
Pegged by many as the top senior pass rusher in the 2013 draft, we personally, were never that high on him, and he certainly hasn't lived up to expectations this year.
Recording only 2.5 sacks so far this year, Buchanan has just been average.
He still looks the part, and isn't playing horribly, but certainly isn't playing well enough to merit the first-round draft selection many viewed him as to start the season.