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Build The Team: CFB Standouts Week 12

Potential offensive line help for the Redskins, looking toward the future at TE, secondary help, and other standouts from week 12

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Wyatt Teller, OG
School: Virginia Tech | Conference: ACC
College Experience: rSr | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-5 / 315 lbs

Wyatt Teller quietly represents the best of the second tier of offensive guards that will be available in this year’s draft and is certainly one of the best senior prospects. Teller is solid in all area’s of the game but is particularly stout in pass protection. He’s a smart player who is aware and understands his role in the o-line unit as you can probably tell from the videos below. He possesses great strength, awareness, and athleticism for a more than well built offensive lineman. He guards his gaps well and though his footwork could be cleaned up he uses his hands and punches very effectively. He, of course, has that bit of nasty in him you want out of your lineman as well. If you haven't caught a VT game yet please do and check out #57 - if the Redskins don’t make OG a priority in the first couple of rounds I’d love to get the kid from Manassas, VA.

Connor Williams, OT
School: Texas | Conference: BIG 12
College Experience: Junior | Age: 20
Height / Weight: 6-6 / 315 lbs

Connor Williams was considered the top offensive tackle prospect in many circles before he was sidelined with an ankle injury back in September. He returned to the field this past weekend and he hasn’t missed a beat. The Texas offense is completely different with him defending the left side of the line. Considering his injury circumstances it might now be a leap of faith to talk about Williams declaring for this year’s draft considering he has another year of eligibility left but whether or not he comes out this year or next he’s likely to represent the top talent at the OT position. Williams is technically proficient and almost glides out of his stance when the ball is snapped. He's a very fluid athlete and will use a variety of moves to keep rushers at bay. His footwork is great and he mirrors rushers very well. He also has the coveted mean streak and that was put on display this weekend when the Longhorns played West Virginia. A franchise left tackle isn't quite on the Redskins wishlist yet but Williams is very fun to watch if you like o-line play.

Mike Gesicki, TE
School: Penn State | Conference: BIG 10
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-6 / 257 lbs

Gesicki is one of the top TE’s in the country and in my opinion, it's really a matter of personal preference between whether you like him over Oklahoma’s Mark Andrews or vice versa. Gesicki is a fine athlete at the position and an even better receiving threat. This past weekend he played his last home game as a Nittany Lion and he went out with a bang scoring two touchdowns in the effort - both impressive catches. Gesicki has been a big part of the Penn State offense the past two years and hopefully goes to an NFL team that will use his receiving skills - I do think the Redskins have a need at TE considering the unavailability of Reed, the age of Davis, and the ongoing development of Sprinkle. Gesicki is also a serviceable blocker though he has a bunch to clean up at the point of attack. I hope he accepts his senior bowl invite (if he hasn't already) I’m going to love watching him in that atmosphere. On the year so far Gesicki has 46 catches for 466 yards and 7 TDs.

Anthony Johnson, WR
School: Buffalo | Conference: Mid American
College Experience: Junior | Age: 20?
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 207 lbs

Another big bodied “small” school receiver this week. Anthony Johnson is dominating the competition in the Mid American conference. Johnson has 70 catches for 1201 yards and 12 TDs through 11 games this year after entering the division I program from an Iowa community college. Johnson is effective just about anywhere he lines up. He can stretch the field vertically but can also run short and intermediate routes and pick up YAC as more of a possession type guy. I haven’t studied him much, to be honest outside of the whooping he put on Western Michigan a few weeks ago that ended in a loss for the Bulls through 3 OTs. The arrow on him is definitely pointing up and he is doing the right things by being completely dominant against his level of competition.


Nick Nelson, CB
School: Wisconsin | Conference: BIG 10
College Experience: rJr | Age: 21?
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 208 lbs

Nick Nelson has shown week in and week out that he is one of the best coverage corners in this draft class potentially. Nelson is a key piece on a dominant Wisconsin defense and has really upped his game since transferring to Wisconsin from Hawaii. Nelson has had an immediate impact since his transfer and leads the nation in passes defended with 20! Nelson is a physical corner and is an absolute annoyance for his opposition. As you can tell from the above number he is often in the right place at the right time and his instincts, ball skills, vision, and athleticism play a huge role in that. Nelson reminds me a lot Jourdan Lewis another great coverage CB - who unfortunately was drafted by the Cowboys, but is still a good player but a more physical version of him. On the year so far Nelson has 29 tackles (1 for loss) and 20 passes defended.

Derwin James, S
School: Florida State | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6-3 / 211 lbs

Derwin James no doubt has had a somewhat disappointing year along with most of the Seminoles but he is still showing flashes of why some still consider him one of the top safety prospects. James has had some superb individual performances this year and happens to be on a struggling Florida State team which has exposed him a bit more than in the past. Regardless those looking for a physical box safety with good ball skills should still look in James’ direction. This past weekend James made a great play on the ball and took it to the house for a pick 6 against Delaware State. James is a good coverage defender but at times is inconsistent in his role as the last defender against opponents. On the year James has 65 tackles (4 for loss), 1 sack, 2 interceptions (1 for a TD), and 10 passes defended. He should still be in the 1st round conversation if he decides to declare.

I’m feeling a little petty today against my Canes rivals - cue Jordan.

Jaire Alexander, CB
School: Louisville | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21?
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 192 lbs

Jaire Alexander caught my attention with his play last year for Louisville. He is an extremely tough and athletic CB prospect that plays much bigger than his size and is a versatile player due to his contributions to special teams. Alexander has the no-back-down attitude you want out of your defensive players and is a competitor to the whistle. He has been injured this year but went up against one of the most prolific receivers in the country in Steve Ishmael of Syracuse this past weekend and well. . .if you check below you’ll know what happened. Alexander has only played in 5 games this year but statistically, he’s accounted for 13 tackles (1 for loss), 1 INT, and 3 passes defended. Don’t be alarmed by the stats watch him play!

Darius Phillips, CB
School: Western Michigan | Conference: Mid American
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22?
Height / Weight: 5-10 / 190 lbs

Phillips is a former receiver turned corner and it shows up on film. His ability to mirror receivers and to run the route at times is great and he has made a number of impressive plays this season. He has impressive ball skills which no doubt comes from his time as a receiver and has decent instincts. He is a physical, competitive and active player who makes plays all over the field. He needs to improve his consistency, particularly when his eyes leave the QB - he can lose sight of things sometimes but he provides a lot to get excited about in a mid/late round pick. He’s also pretty fast and contributes to special teams as a punt returner. On the year Phillips has 35 tackles (4 for loss), 1 sack, 3 INTs (1 for a TD), 10 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 recovery.

Something Interesting I Found Regarding The Scouting Process See Thread on Second Tweet.