This season I will be doing a 3 and Out series in which we look at 3 senior NFL draft prospects for the games match-up.
In ESPN first Thursday Night college football game of the season we see an SEC match-up.
S DeVonte Holloman: Holloman is a big physical player who could possible play OLB in the NFL, the biggest question mark is going to be his top end speed if he would stay at safety at the next level. He has decent coverage ability but could improve on that aspect of his game. South Carolina will be using him more as a linebacker this year than a safety.
DE Devin Taylor: Taylor has the size and athletic ability you want in a defensive end and with a good senior season could really move up the draft boards. He got out shined by first round pick Melvin Ingram last season but has all the talent to be a big time defensive end in the NFL, he just need to show more consistency.
S DJ Swearinger: Swearinger is a natural safety at the next level and has the ability to be a force against the pass and the run. He did sit out the spring while rehabbing from a foot injury that caused him issues during last season. He could be a guy that moves up the draft board quickly.
RB Zac Stacy: A lot of people don’t like Stacy as much as I do, I know he is only 5-8 but I think he can be a productive running back in the NFL in the NFL two back system that a lot of teams run these days. He is a strong runner who has some speed when he gets in the open field He has some ability to catch the ball out of the backfield but does need to show he can be a better receiver. To me if you are looking for a speller senior running back in is Zac Stacy.
CB Trey Wilson: Wilson started every game last season at cornerback opposite All-SEC performer Casey Hayward and performed very well and I think he will get better as a senior. He has good coverage ability and willing to mix it up against the run. The question is going to come down to how well he can run and what is his top end speed.
OLB Archibald Barnes: When the season kicked off last year Barnes wasn’t even a starter but because on an injury he was moved into the starting line-up and had good production with 59 total tackles, 2 sacks, 6 tackles for loss and 2 interceptions. Barnes is a good overall athlete and has some coverage ability which will allow him to be a 3 down linebacker at the next level. He is a guy worth keeping your eye on this season to see if he can keep his success going from last season.