After Florida beat Georgia on Saturday, I wrote, "It says something about [Dante] Fowler that I never think he's productive enough in the box score even as he led Florida in tackles for loss last year [10.5] and is doing so again this year [7.5]." Fowler is just one of those talents where you can see the ability so clearly while reviewing games that, at least in my case, you probably think something's wrong when the numbers don't pile up. But sometimes you have to try to forget the numbers and be more concerned with disruption, with how teams are trying to block him and with his effort level. Fowler is the big mover this week on the Big Board, but yes, I always prefer if the numbers would make me feel better about what I'm seeing.
I'll keep scouting reports consistent week to week throughout the season and make changes regarding recent performances only, unless my evaluation shifts. That said, let's dive back into "the process" and another season.
An asterisk denotes a junior for the 2014 season; two asterisks denote a redshirt sophomore.
1. *Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon Ducks
Another solid if not spectacular performance against Stanford, which matters given how that defense has stifled him previously. I noted last week I'm also seeing some good anticipation throws. (He can afford to let guys get wide open because he can run around all day.) He combines above-average accuracy and anticipation with an ability to get through his progressions and elite athleticism. How well he can take apart a defense with tools other than his legs matters in terms of how he is viewed as a prospect, but his ability to throw on the run or simply take off and pick up chunk yardage is a major plus.
2. *Leonard Williams, DE, USC Trojans
Was constantly disruptive against WSU, and he unfortunately laid a devastating (and season-ending) hit on the Cougs' Connor Halliday. Just a special, versatile player. Provides impact wherever he lines up. Quick for his size, he can move all over and won't get pushed around when he's inside. At his size (6-5, 290 pounds), he's a special athlete who could line up as a defensive end and drive a tackle back or line up on the outside shoulder of a guard and create problems with power and quickness. He's the kind of disruptive, versatile lineman who can succeed in any system. A potential No. 1.