KCCD Editor: Jason Madson
This week we bring you a full slate of games and prospects for your viewing pleasure. Instead of being in the state of Missouri or Kansas, I’m bringing this to you from Kentucky. Took a road trip to Louisville for the UofL vs USF game today. We’ll get into that game later, but the drive from Kansas City was beautiful. The Hoosier National Forest looked like something out of a Bob Ross painting.
Even though the Chiefs have a great pair in Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, we’re going to take a look at pass rushers in today’s post. I want as many pass rushers on the field as possible, especially in our sub packages. Add another one or 2 defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid and the Chiefs could even show some 4-3 looks with their 3-4 personnel. My take is that pass rush takes the pressure off of the back end. Get to the QB in a hurry and the rest of your team looks better.
Let’s take a look at this week’s pass rushers.
LSU @ Texas A&M (ESPN)
This game is loaded with guys that can get to the QB in a hurry. LSU features what many consider the top 2 pass rushers eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft. Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo are explosive players that use their speed/strength combo to get to the QB. They’ll be lined up against the talented TAMU tackles today, so watch how they do in this matchup. I’m interested to see Mingo chase down “Johny Football” as well.
Texas A&M features Sean Porter and Damontre Moore are relentless in their pursuit of the passer, especially Moore. Damontre leads the SEC in sacks and will line up against a couple inexperienced offensive tackles for LSU. Expect a big day for this powerful, high energy rusher.
Purdue @ Ohio State (ABC/ESPN2)
Ohio State’s John Simon reminds me of a young Jared Allen. His relentless pursuit is a great trait. Combine that with his freakish strength and you have a dominating force at defensive end. My concern is his position at the next level. Does he play end, outisde linebacker or even put on 15 pounds and push inside? I wouldn’t bet against him at any of those spots, but I like the idea of him as a pass rushing sub package d-lineman.
Purdue features Kawann Short on their defensive line. He is a prototypical pass rushing defensive lineman. He’s got the size, strength and explosiveness to be a big time threat in the NFL. He is a TFL machine and has at least 4 sacks this season. He isn’t a liability vs the run either. Short is among my favorite defensive linemen in the 2013 NFL Draft. He would be a solid addition to the Chiefs front 3 as he can stop the run, but also get to the QB. Chiefs might be without Glenn Dorsey and/or Tyson Jackson in 2013, so a replacement is more than likely needed.
Virginia Tech @ Clemson (ABC/ESPN2)
Virginia Tech DE’s James Gayle and JR Collins need to be big factors vs the Tigers today. Gayle has outside linebacker written all over him at the next level. He moves well and has more than one pass rushing move. He drops back into coverage from time to time.
JR Collins is powerful, sets the edge and plays the run well. He reads the play and reacts. Each of these defenders has a spot in the NFL. The Chiefs could use a player like Gayle to throw into the mix with Houston and Hali.
Auburn @ Vanderbilt (ESPN3)
Corey Lemonier from the Auburn Tigers is one of the better junior pass rushers in the country. Watch him beat the Vandy offensive tackles with speed and a decent spin move all day. I saw Mizzou work the Vandy offensive line, so I expect similar results from the Auburn defensive end.
BYU@ Notre Dame(NBC)
Ziggy Ansah. Remember this name. He is a 6-6 270 pound defensive end for the BYU Cougars. He has a 39 inch vertical and is a former track star. Get in on his bandwagon early andtell your friends. He is going on a national stage today and won’t disappoint. He is from Africa and loves soccer. Sound familiar Chiefs fans?
Michigan St @ Michigan (Big10N)
I keep talking about pass rushers being an important part of your team. William Gholston could bring a force from the defensive end position for the Chiefs. He’s huge and overpowers his opponents. Watch his effort today vs Taylor Lewan from Michigan, another top NFL Draft prospect.
USF @ Louisville (ABC)
I’m live in Louisville today, so be prepared for updates and tweets from the press box. Neither team has many “top” prospects, but I will have a full write-up later this week on at least 20 players in this game. The pass rusher I am most interested in has been a disappointment so far this season, that is USF’s DE Ryne Giddins.
Marshall @ Southern Miss (CBSSN)
Southern Miss DE Jamie Collins is one of my favorite under the radar prospects in college football. He is smooth in his movements, gets after the QB with his speed and as a former DB, can drop back into coverage better than most. He is a prospect that the Chiefs could use in many different ways. Keep an eye on #8 today in this game.
Baylor @ Texas (ABC)
Texas had 2 prospects I was interested in, but Jackson Jeffcoat was injured and is now out for the rest of the season. Alex Okafor is still in the lineup and I’m interested to see how he responds without his teammate on the opposite side. Does he get doubled more often now? Keep an eye on this. Okafor is a strong defensive end. He walks his blocker back into the pocket and sets the edge well vs the run. He would be a nice replacement on the end for the Chiefs.
Florida State @ Miami (FL) (ABC)
Florida State can get to the QB. They feature Bjoern Werner and a rising star in Cornellius Carradine. Werner is arguably the top defensive end prospect in the country. The junior is strong and beats his blockers with quickness after they’re off balance. He has a “motor” that is always full charge as well.
This week is all about the pass rushers. Add another dominating force to the outside or on the front line and it could solve some of the problems the Chiefs are having defending the pass. I know most Chiefs fans want to draft a QB in the first round (myself included), but if it doesn’t happen this could be the next best position.