Risers-Sliders: Week 9

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  1. RS12

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    Kelcy Quarles/DT/South Carolina: With all the attention paid to Jadeveon Clowney others will mistakenly fall by the wayside of getting the attention they deserve. On the Gamecock defense possibly no player is more deserving than Quarles. The junior is in the midst of a sensational season, a campaign few have noticed. During the comeback win over Missouri he came up big, leading the defense with 6 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and two sacks. Thus far Quarles leads the team with 10 tackles for loss and 7 sacks from his defensive tackle position. Slightly undersized, he’s a mobile athlete with the ability to line-up as a 3-technique tackle or two-gap lineman in the NFL. The bottom line is Quarles has moved into the draft’s initial 75 picks based on his play the past two seasons. Join Jon Dove and Tony Pauline for the TFY Draft Insider podcast on Tuesday night where we will have a lot more information on Quarles.

    Uani’ Unga/LB/BYU: Overshadowed by All American Kyle Van Noy, the Cougars other linebacker is also a legitimate NFL prospect. Though not as well rounded compared to his more famous teammate, Unga is a better run defender in the middle. He posted 15 tackles during the victory over Boise State last week, which increased his season total to 84 tackles, almost forty more than any other Cougar. Graded as a potential late round pick, Unga is a legitimate back-up inside/middle linebacker for the next level.

    Deontae Skinner/LB/Mississippi State: Skinner has also fallen under the scouting radar yet he’s a smart, tough linebacker who gets the most from his talent. He too was graded as a last round pick like Unga yet comes to play every week and consistently produces on the field. Skinner lead the Bulldogs with 11 tackles in the victory over Kentucky and sits second on the team with 45 tackles this season. He’s a bit more complete when compared to Unga and is another who offers potential as a back-up in the NFL.

    Avery Patterson/DB/Oregon: Patterson was a player who jumped out to me during his sophomore season of 2011 when he primarily lined-up at cornerback. The following year he struggled as a junior after being kicked inside to safety but is back on top of his game this season. Patterson presently ranks second amongst Oregon defensive backs with 42 tackles as well as 6 pass defenses. In the hotly contested contest against PAC 12 foe UCLA his numbers read 7 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and one interception. He lacks classic height (5-feet, 8.5-inches) for safety and speed (4.53) for cornerback yet


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