College football is in full swing with the ACC and Big 12 taking the field this weekend. Check out what players to keep tabs on this weekend if you are a Green Bay Packers fan.
Football is back. Tonight the Kansas City Chiefs will begin their quest for a back-to-back Super Bowl titles when they host the Houston Texans. The Green Bay Packers will open their season in Minnesota against the Vikings on Sunday.
There will be plenty of football this weekend, including a full slate of college football games on Saturday. That will be followed by a day full of NFL games on Sunday.
So grab a six-pack or two of your favorite beer and get comfortable. This week’s Viewer’s Guide for Green Bay Packers fans is loaded.
UAB vs Miami (FL) (Thursday)
Kristopher Moll is one of the hardest hitting defenders in Conference USA. The linebacker for UAB finished the 2019 season with 104 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles, and one interception.
Moll is a do-it-all linebacker. He is a violent thumper and can play tackle-to-tackle. He has plus coverage skills. In UAB’s first game of the season, he broke up a pair of passes. He’s a candidate to win Defensive Player of the Year in Conference USA.
Syracuse vs UNC (Saturday)
Chazz Surratt, the quarterback turned linebacker had himself a season in 2019. In his first year playing linebacker, Surratt looked like a natural. He recorded 115 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and picked off one pass.
Surratt plays fast and his motor is always running. He’s got good instincts and times his blitz perfectly. He’s a good athlete and looks comfortable dropping into coverage.
It will be fun to watch Surratt grow into his new position. He looked like a natural during his first year playing linebacker. With another solid showing in 2020, he could see his stock skyrocket.
Lousiana vs Iowa State (Saturday)
Charlie Kolar is a big target (6’6”) and has reliable hands. According to PFF, Kolar only dropped two passes last season. Kolar finished last season with 51 receptions for 697 yards and seven touchdowns.
Kolar can play inline or line up out as a slot receiver. He’s not a sudden athlete, but with his size and hands he could carve out a role as a chain mover that works the middle of the field.
“Kolar is a big prototypical NFL body,” Devin Jackson, a contributor for multiple draft outlets said. “He has soft hands, violent in the running game with his hands and above the rim ability. He lacks breakaway speed and he fails to separate at an elite level, which means most of his routes are contested. However, he operates well over the middle of the field and can prove valuable for a safety net at the next level.”
Eastern Kentucky vs West Virginia (Saturday)
Darius Stills is a disruptive force in the interior of West Virginia’s defensive line. In 2019, Stills recorded 14.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks.
Stills plays with good leverage and has an explosive first step. He has good hand usage and is still developing as a pass rusher. According to PFF, Stills recorded 28 pressures last season with 18 of them coming in the final five games.
During West Virginia’s game against TCU he was in the quarterbacks lap the entire game. He recorded seven pressures to go along with five tackles and one tackle for loss.
Duke vs Notre Dame (Saturday)
Liam Eichenberg has 26 career starts at left tackle for Notre Dame to his name. Standing at 6’6” he looks the part of a bookend tackle.
Eichenberg is a technician. He utilizes excellent hand placement and good footwork to win in pass protection. According to PFF, Eichenberg didn’t allow a sack last season and has only allowed three sacks during his entire collegiate career. He’ll be tested against Duke’s edge rusher (Chris Rumph).
“Eichenberg is a battle tested Notre Dame offensive tackle a part of an offensive line factory who has boasted a first round pick at left tackle dating back to the 2009 season,” Ryan Roberts, the director of scouting for NFL Draft Bible said. “He checks boxes in terms of size and length, with a solid athletic profile.
There is a consistency to his pass sets, maintaining square pads with a superb amount of balance/patience. Eichenberg is physical in the run game, demonstrating a mean streak working to the echo of the whistle.
The big question is what the general upside is for Eichenberg. While he checks a lot of boxes, there may be somewhat of a cap to his game.”
Georgia Tech vs Florida State University (Saturday)
Asante Samuel Jr, the son of long-time NFL cornerback, Asante Samuel is a lockdown corner. Last season, Samuel picked off one pass and broke up 14 more.
Samuel Jr has the ability to take away half the field. He runs stride for stride with wide receivers, staying in their hip pocket the entire time.
He possesses great change of direction skills and loose hips. With his quickness and man-to-man skills he can play outside or in the slot.
Austin Peay vs Pitt (Saturday)
Jimmy Morrissey, the starting center for the Pittsburgh Panthers enters the 2020 season with 39 career starts under his belt. Not a bad collegiate career for a guy that started his career as a walk-on.
Morrissey is the anchor of the Panthers offensive line. He’s got a high football IQ and he’s excellent in pass protection.
As a run blocker, he’s not going bury anybody. However, he more than holds is own in that department.
“A former walk-on turned All-ACC center, Morrissey has made the most of his ability at Pitt,” John McGonigal, the Pitt beat writer for the Post-Gazette said. “He’s incredibly disciplined, which is noticeable in his footwork and hand placement.
He’s not a mauler, or at least he won’t be at the next level because of his size. But he’s reliable, and he’s the unquestioned leader on not only the offensive line but also the team.”
Missouri State vs Oklahoma (Saturday)
Charleston Rambo is no longer in the shadow of CeeDee Lamb and it’s his time to shine. A year ago while playing second fiddle to Lamb, Rambo caught 43 passes for 743 yards and five touchdowns.
Rambo checks all the boxes. He has good hands and does a great job of tracking the deep ball. He can create after the catch with his speed and elusiveness
Clemson vs Wake Forest (Saturday)
Jackson Carman, started all 15 games at left tackle for Clemson in 2019. During his first year as a starter, Carman earned third-team All-ACC.
Carman has excellent movement skills for a man of his size (335 pounds). He paves the way as a run blocker and could even kick inside at the next level.
As a pass blocker, he more than held his own in 2019. He’s able to anchor down against power. According to PFF, Carman only gave up one sack.
“He showed solid strength at the point of attack,” Nick Price, a contributor for DT Sports Network said. “He has good movement skills, kicks slides don’t look too labored, and can get to the second level with relative ease.”
UTEP vs Texas (Saturday)
Samuel Cosmi started 13 games at tackle last season for Texas. Cosmi enters the 2020 campaign with 26 career starts under his belt, with experience playing both tackle positions.
Cosmi is powerful and has long levers. He’s got good movement skills and is able to mirror quick edge rushers.
“Already equipped with NFL-ready movement skills, there isn’t an angle Samuel Cosmi can’t get to,” Alex Gilstrap, a contributor for multiple draft outlets said. “Whether it’s reaching a second-level defender or a deep pass set, Cosmi can get everywhere he needs to.
A lot of the issues with power look to be fixable as I think he has room to grow in his lower half. Listed at 310 pounds, Cosmi’s lower half is very underdeveloped. A year in an NFL strength and conditioning program should help him in becoming a great well-rounded tackle for years to come…He has all the natural tools to make an impact in the NFL.”
Western Kentucky vs Louisville (Saturday)
Rodjay Burns is a versatile piece in the middle of Louisville’s defense. In 2019, Burns recorded 83 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two sacks, and one interception.
Burns plays the “Card Position” for Louisville. It’s a hybrid position, in which he plays linebacker, nickel cornerback, or some safety.
With that type of versatility, Burns is bound to catch the eyes of scouts. He can do it all. He’s solid in coverage. He’s an effective blitzer and while he’s not an enforcer against the run, he’s more than capable.
Houston Baptist vs Texas Tech (Saturday)
Zech McPhearson is a Penn State transfer. During his first season at Texas Tech, McPhearson recorded 51 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and broke up five passes.
McPhearson quickly became the leader of the Red Raider’s secondary last season. He’s got good short-area quickness and is quick to take away the underneath routes. At the next level, he projects as a nickel cornerback.
Coastal Carolina vs Kansas (Saturday)
Stephon Robinson Jr is a big-play threat for the Kansas Jayhawks. Last year he averaged 16.2 yards per reception and with his speed is able to take the top off the defense. He finished the 2019 season with 45 receptions for 727 yards and eight touchdowns.
According to PFF, five of those touchdowns came on deep passes in which he had a step or more of separation, the third-most in the FBS. He also brings special teams value as a kick returner.
“Robinson is an explosive playmaker,” Jesse Newell, the Jayhawks beat writer for the Kansas City Star said. “His best asset is his top-end speed, and many times in 2019 he used it to get behind the defense for home-run-type plays, coming down with seven catches of 40 yards or more.
Robinson is not a big guy at 5-10, 180, but he did show some knack for coming up with difficult catches over the middle as well.”
Packers Mock 1.0
Each week during these scouting notebooks I’ll be posting a Green Bay Packers mock draft. I don’t use a simulator. I use my big board and play out all 64 picks. These are the results of the first mock draft of the season. Enjoy!
29th pick: Elijah Molden, CB, Washington. Molden is the best slot cornerback in college football. If you want to read more about Molden check out my interview with the UW cornerback.
61st pick: Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest. Surratt has already opted out of the college football season to focus on the draft. He may have the best hands in the class and has some juice after the catch. Check out my full profile on the Wake Forest wide receiver.