PFF goes over B1G Week 3 NFL Draft prospect matchups
FOX Sports picked a few of the best Big Ten games of the weekend earlier today, but Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus dove into some of the top NFL Draft prospect matchups within those games.
Oklahoma RBs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon vs. Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan
“Two great runners going up one of college football’s best tacklers; something has to give,” Palazzolo said. “McMillan is one of the nation’s top linebackers and he’s only missed 14 tackles on 180 attempts over the last three years, good for one of the best tackling efficiencies in the country. Last season, Perine ranked 12th in the nation with an elusive rating of 79.8. Mixon didn’t qualify for the leaderboard, but he was even better at 97.7. Both players have bested last year’s mark through two games – 81.3 for Perine, 105.3 for Mixon – so when they meet McMillan in the hole, it’s a battle of future NFL players.”
Michigan State DT Malik McDowell vs. Notre Dame LG Quenton Nelson
“If you’re looking for a battle in the trenches, pay close attention when Michigan State DT Malik McDowell is lined up at “3-technique” to the outside shoulder of Notre Dame left guard Quenton Nelson,” Palazzolo said. “McDowell moves around the defensive line and he’ll play on both sides, so we may only see a handful of matchups, but it will be an entertaining one nonetheless. McDowell is one of the top interior defensive line prospects in the country, capable of shedding blocks and disrupting in the run game while providing a strong interior pass rush.”
Nebraska S Nate Gerry vs. RB Royce Freeman and Oregon offense
“The same theory applies to Gerry as Oregon’s offense will challenge him in space, getting running backs to the second level and isolating him on tight ends and running backs in the pass game,” he said. “This is a game where Gerry can showcase his ability to work downhill in the running game and close on the ball quickly on the back end. Keep an eye on his tackling in space as he’s missed 25 tackles on 189 attempts over the last three years.”
Palazzolo’s entire article can be read here.