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Pick-6: Packers 2017 College Draft Prospects to Watch - Week 4

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Pick-6: Packers 2017 College Draft Prospects to Watch - Week 4

This week's Pick 6 I'm going to write about six players from the SEC East match-up of Florida vs Tennessee. This is a game that has a lot of talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball for both teams. It should be a slug match.

As the Packer season is now two weeks in we are starting to get a good idea where the team may need help, and of course looking ahead to free agency I'm going to try and highlight prospects that could fill potential needs.

Tennessee vs Florida Saturday, September 24, 2:30PM on CBS Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee

Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida- 6'2 240lbs 2015 Stats: 98 TKL (46 solo) 11 TFL 3.5 SCK 1 FF 1 INT 4 PBU

A lot has been made of Davis eating and breathing football along with being a coach's dream. That will go a long way for his draft stock as you'd like your inside linebacker to be the soul of your defense. Davis is an extremely hard hitter and can get into the backfield as evidence by his 11.5 tackles for loss. While he is a good athlete there are times when he can get exposed in the open field either trying to make a tackle or in coverage but makes up for it usually by being in the right position. Davis could hear his name called on day one but is more likely a day two pick.

Jalen "Teez" Tabor, CB, Florida- 6' 191lbs 2015 Stats: 40 TKL (21 solo) 4 TFL 1 SCK 4 INT 14 PBU 2 TD

Tabor is one of the best cover man in the country who possess good size and good athleticism. He is extremely extinctive jumping routes in zone, or peeling off his man to go play the ball in man coverage.  Tabor is also an effective blitzer off the edge and can really lay the wood as a tackler. Tabor should be in consideration to be the first cornerback selected. There will be some off field concerns he will need to answer, despite his head coach seeing he is a good person, he was still suspended for the opening game this season.

Marcus Maye, S, Florida- 6' 2017lbs 2015 stats: 82 TKL (46 solo) 1.5 TFL 3 QBH 5 FF 2 INT 6 PBU

Maye was a highly recruited safety coming out of high school and has been one of the leaders on the back end of the Gator defense. Maye plays an aggressive style of football, attacking the line of scrimmage to make big plays. He caused seven turnovers last year and is always around the football. Having some experience at slot cornerback has really helped his coverage abilities as well. Maye served a one game suspension this year but has already intercepted one pass in the two games he's played in.

Derek Barnett, DE/Edge, Tennessee- 6'3 265lbs 2015 stats: 69 TKL (47 solo) 12.5 TFL 10 SCK 7 QBH 1 FF 1 PBU

Barnett plays with an extremely high motor that makes him an absolute nuisance to try and block for four quarters. He isn't the most physically gifted athlete and will probably only post marginal numbers at the combine but he makes up for it with his relentless style of play. He has a good shoulder dip to turn the edge and is strong enough to hold the point of attack vs the run. As of now Barnett isn't in the top tier of edge rushers in this class but should still be a day two pick.

Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tennessee- 6' 230lbs 2015 stats: 105 TKL (66 solo) 14 TFL 6 SCK 3 QBH 2 FF 4 PBU

Reeves-Maybin flirted with entering the draft last year but decided to return to school for his senior year. Reeves-Maybin is very instinctual player who is constantly around the football and can stuff the stat sheet. He is a bit undersized and almost looks like a safety on the field but he has a great closing burst and good read and react skills. Reeves-Maybin was suspended earlier this year for a targeting call and won't be fully healthy for this match-up but he's one to watch as the season goes on.

Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee- 5'11 186lbs 2015 stats: 28 TKL (27 solo) 3 TFL 2 FF 1 INT 6 PBU, 18.7 PR AVG 2 PR TD

The first thing that stands out about Sutton is how great he is on punt returns, he led the nation last year in punt return average and brought two to the house. He is a great athlete said to broad jump 10'4 and squat over 500lbs. On the field as a cornerback he is a shutdown corner able to mirror wide receivers with ease. Sutton is also a very good tackler capable of supporting the run and blitzing. Sutton right now is a day two prospect but could certainly move up into round one consideration.

 

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Nick Perry's picture

Nice Job Cody, very nice breakdowns. But as long as Thompson is the GM you'd be better telling us about Pac 12 Players.
Thompson seems to stay away from the SEC during the draft. He's picked 4 players from the conference since 2012, zero in the last 2 years.

1) HHCD
2) Lacy
3) Boyd
4) Hayward

Thompson loves the Pac 12 or any school in the West it seems. I for one would love to see him draft from schools in the SEC, Florida St., or Ohio St. just doesn't happen much if at all.

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