Observations and analysis from the second week of the college football season, including thoughts about some of the nation’s top offensive prospects.
ICONFloyd looked explosive in the open field.I wrote last Saturday about Notre Dame wide out Michael Floyd concerning how I thought he put on a little too much extra bulk from his sophomore to junior year, and that wasn’t quite the same type of explosive, quick-twitch athlete he was in 2009. However, watching him Saturday evening eat up the Michigan defense, I think it’s safe to say the guy is at his ideal playing weight as he looked as explosive and quick as ever. Floyd did a great job slow playing his routes off the line in order to set up defenders before accelerating quickly into the slant and separating from defensive backs. He was also sudden laterally when asked to beat press and get down the field. However, the biggest difference I saw from him Saturday evening compared to a year ago was his ability to be shifty with the ball in his hands, gain a step on defenders and then accelerate away from them in tight areas. His combination of size, power and burst was on display on night after the catch and I think it’s safe to say if Floyd can keep himself clean off the field, he looks like a bona fide NFL starting caliber wide out early in his NFL career.
ICONReynolds does not look like an NFL caliber starting lineman.BYU left tackle Matt Reynolds is considered in some draft circles as one of the top offensive line prospects in the nation. However, I’ve been watching the guy closely for the past two seasons and I haven’t seen much more than a kid who struggles with balance into contact and lacks ideal range in space. Those attributes showed up again vs. Texas this past weekend as he consistently was exposed laterally, giving up penetration when trying to shuffle and slide and simply didn’t have the kind of lateral quickness to mirror with any kind of consistency in space. Now, he is at a bit of a disadvantage playing in the wider splits on the BYU offense. However, he just doesn’t seem real quick footed when trying to mirror explosive pass rushers and despite his size, he plays too tall to be a dominant force in the run game. He does exhibit good initial quickness/coordination when asked to get around and seal, but even than he struggles to stay on blocks through contact. Overall, he looks more like a right tackle only, but I don’t think he plays with the type of natural power or explosion needed to warrant a potential starting caliber grade.
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