Championship Saturday: Top 10 players the Saints might wanna look at
Today is Championship Saturday where teams will be fighting for the chance to raise the trophy in their own conference. It’s never too early to start looking towards the future for tomorrow’s stars. Here are ten prospects that will be playing on Saturday the Saints may wanna keep an eye on.
ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: Tim Williams
Tim Williams will likely will be a first round draft pick the Saints may look at. Williams took down the QB eight times with 23 tackles and two forced fumbles. Williams would be a great fit if he’s still on the board when the Saints pick. He’s also got great size being at 6-foot-4 and 252 lbs. Keep an eye on him against Florida.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 5: Running back Kenyan Drake
Quincy Wilson is yet another guy that will be playing in the same game. He’s a cornerback who could be picked in the first or second round. The Saints definitely need help especially with all the injuries sustained this year in the secondary. Williams had three interceptions and one went for a TD. He’s been very consistent the last couple of years and would fit in nice for the Black and Gold.
Sep 24, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Wisconsin offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk (65) blocks Michigan State defensive end Evan Jones (85) during the second quarter of their game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Sports
Ryan Ramczyk hails from the Wisconsin Badgers who will play Penn St. in the Big Ten Championship. This guy is huge at 6-foot-6 and 314 lbs. Ramczyk came from a smaller Division II school UW-Stevens Point. He’s got a huge motor and likes to continue blocking way downfield. Since his height is way above average, staying low is a key for him to gain leverage. Most likely Ramczyk will be a second round pick.
MANHATTAN, KS – NOVEMBER 05: Quarterback Mason Rudolph
NFL scouts are surely kicking themselves after passing on Dak Prescott. This kid could be another great pick after the second round. Mason Rudolph plays for the Cowboys ironically but not the Dallas Cowboys. He’s thrown for over 3,500 yards and 25 TD’s against only four interceptions. Fans will get a look at him against a tough Oklahoma team for the unofficial championship game. Saints really might wanna bring him in at some point to test him out.
JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 29: Florida Gators linebacker Jarrad Davis (40) in action during the NCAA football game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators on October 29, 2016 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Notice that this is the third guy that will be playing in the SEC Championship game. This guy has been purely dominant at his position this year. Jarrad Davis has been named as one of the finalists for the Dick Butkus Award. He has nearly almost 150 assisted tackles in the last two years and 17 tackles for a loss. Davis is known for blowing things up from the defensive side of the ball from side to side. He’s projected anywhere from the second to fourth round.
Nov 28, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Temple Owls running back Jahad Thomas (5) and offensive lineman Dion Dawkins (66) celebrate after a 60 yard touchdown run during the second half against the Connecticut Huskies at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple won 27-3. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Talk about a rags to riches to story. Dion Dawkins was a two star recruit that came to Temple from New Jersey. Dawkins stands at 6-foot-5 and 318 lbs. He’s helped Temple from a doormat to a very good team in the American Conference. Another guy the Saints would love to have. Starting over 40 games for the Owls, he’s projected to go anywhere from the second to fourth round.
FORT COLLINS, CO – OCTOBER 31: Damontae Kazee (23) of the San Diego State Aztecs returns a pick-six off of Nick Stevens (7) of the Colorado State Rams during the third quarter of play. The Colorado State Rams hosted the San Diego State Aztecs at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on Saturday, October 31, 2015. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Could this be the next punt returner for the Black and Gold? Hopefully so. Damontae Kazee comes from San Diego St. who is always near the ball. He was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year by Lindy’s Sports. Also listed as the fifth best corner of the NFL Draft. He’s also a senior which can also be beneficial for young men coming into the NFL. Kazee has had 13 interceptions just in the past two years. Look for him to go somewhere in the mid to late rounds.
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 12: Running back Brian Hill
Brian Hill Could be a rare treasure drafted in the NFL. Hill runs a blazing 4.47 40 yard dash and stands at an NFL ready 6-foot-1 and 219 lbs. If the Saints can’t land Fournette perhaps they wait till the later rounds to pick up this truck. He’s a big part of Wyoming’s drive to get to the Mountain West Championship game. He could fall to the later rounds.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 10: Taywan Taylor
Taywan Taylor is a standout wide receiver for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Taylor has hauled in 82 catches for 1392 yards and 14 TD’s. Amazingly, he has 38 total touchdowns in his career in college. He stands at 6-foot-1 and 195 lbs. Sean Payton will always be looking for a wide receiver in the draft. This one could be one to keep an eye on in the Conference USA Championship Game against Louisiana Tech.
MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 12: Jeff George Jr.
T.J. Watt may be the most famous name in the draft. He is of course the younger brother of NFL star J.J. Watt. Watt is a first team All-Big Ten player in 2016. He’s a big boy as well standing at 6-foot-5 and 243 lbs. and a junior. He is said to have a very similiar personality as J.J. Watt. Watt will likely go later in the draft but his name may get him higher. He’s had some injury issues which were serious that will likely cause some teams to stay away. However, there’s no doubt a team will take a chance on him.
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