This week features some intense rivalry matchups with significant playoff ramifications. It also features big games for some of the top prospects to prove their worth, especially this weeks three players.
Dylan’s Dimes will be a ten step breakdown of three of the biggest draft eligible players taking the field in some of the biggest matchups each week. I analyze background, on the field performance, off the field traits, opinions around the NCAA, all leading up to the dropping the dime on how they could fit with gang green.
Arkansas has been one of the biggest surprises in college football this season. With one of, if not their biggest game of the season coming up, it only felt right to highlight a playmaker from their squad. For me, that player is Treylon Burks, WR.
Alabama’s matchup with Ole Miss this weekend figures to be one of their biggest games of the season. A lot has been made about the highly ranked matchup, and one of the keys to Bama keeping their #1 ranking will be the play of Christian Harris, LB.
The last player featured on Dylan’s Dimes is one of the most popular players in college football right now. He figures to be the current Heisman favorite, and a win over Alabama could assert the Ole Miss as the front runner. This player is the electrifying Matt Corral, QB.
-Weight: 232 lbs
-From: Warren, Arkansas
-Weight: 232 lbs
-From: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
-Weight: 205 lbs
-From: Ventura, CA
Burks was a three sport star in high school playing football, basketball and baseball. He went to Warren High School and lit it up during his time there producing over 3,400 yards, 151 receptions and 43 touchdowns in his collegiate career. Unfortunately, Burks missed his senior season with a torn ACL. It hasn’t slowed Burks down though, as he overcame adversity and has torn apart competition over the past two seasons.
Harris played at the LSU Lab School playing receiver and safety. He was a 2019 All-American, and committed to Texas A&M. LSU lost out, and then lost out AGAIN when Harris decommitted and chose to go to Alabama instead. Harris has since won a National title as the anchor of the crimson tide defense.
Corral went to two different high schools, starting at Oaks Christian School before transferring to Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Corral had drama with students and teammates at Oaks Christian that ultimately drove him towards Long Beach. Corral was a 2018 U.S. Army All American Bowl, committed to USC and projected to be the new face of Trojan football, then committed to the Gators before committing to Ole Miss instead.
2019 & 2020 Statistics:
2019: 11 games, 29 receptions for 475 yards.
2020: 8 games, 49 receptions, 804 yards and 7 touchdowns.
2019: 12 games, 61 tackles, 7.5 TFLs and a FR.
2020: 13 games, 79 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, 4.5 sacks and an INT.
2019: 10 games, 105/178, 59.0 completion percentage, 1,362 yards, 7.6 Y/A, 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
2020: 10 games, 231/326, 70.9 completion percentage, 3,337 yards, 10.2 Y/A, 29 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Burks is a physical receiver with capabilities as both a blocker and an aggressive catcher with his big hands and large frame. He’s versatile as he’s been used on special teams returning punts and kicks. Burks makes big plays and his speed allows him to both create separation and produce yards after the catch. His physicality is unmatched by any receiver in the class.
Harris is a leader, that far and away is his most distinct trait. Harris can lead the defense well and steps up wherever needed. Harris captains the defense at an elite level and provides athletic ability you could only dream of. Harris has the hit power to knock helmets off and he’s a constant impact player for the Crimson Tide.
Corral moves outside the pocket well and has strong footwork most of the time. His arm is very very good, he puts good velocity on his balls and has the arm strength to make most throws. Corral poses enough pocket awareness to prove he can be a strong pocket passer at the next level, and enough athleticism to handle himself outside of the pocket.
Burks size pigeon holes him as an outside receiver at the next level, which isn’t necessarily a problem, but it makes him less valuable than other poten tial options in the class. Burks biggest flaw is a weak route tree that could stand to be developed at the next level.
Transitioning from a safety to a linebacker was inevitably going to have its challenges. Harris lacks size, given Burks is even bigger than him. He struggles in zone, and he can fall behind when burnt. His tackling ability can lack at times as well.
From a general standpoint, Corral needs to improve decision making. There are certain decisions and plays that Corral makes that lead you to question his thought process. Corral tends to make questionable throws and still needs to advance in his progressions. Off the field, Corral reportedly had hiccups at his first high school that led him to transfer, apparently regarding a potential fight. Then, Corral committed to USC and Florida before recommitting and choosing Ole Miss. To be a franchise quarterback, Corral needs to take jumps on and off the field.
7/10-The Focus of Improvement:
Treylon Burks: Advance His Route Tree
Christian Harris: Tackling
Matt Corral: Decision Making
Burks projects as a strong outside receiver at the next level. He can stick with rosters given his special teams versatility and his physicality can make him an impact player as a rookie. His lack of advancement in his route tree is worrisome, but his talent is undeniable. Burks brings enough raw talent to the table to project as a strong receiver at the next level, but fit will be imperative to Burks.
Harris fits the mold of the current NFL linebacker. His athleticism is reminiscent of Isaiah Simmons and he can project to play similarly at the next level. His IQ and leadership makes him a natural fit at the next level. Harris is a raw prospect but the potential is through the roof.
Corral has potential to be molded into a capable starter at the next level. Corral just has a lot of question marks on and off the field. Corral needs to take steps forward to prove he can lead at an elite level, overcome adversity and make smart decisions when it counts. Alabama will truly be the biggest test of how far he’s come as a leader and a quarterback.
9/10-The Outside Opinion:
“Burks is one of the strongest receivers in college football, benching 380 pounds squatting 500 and power cleaning 280.”- Bruce Feldman, The Athletic
“Above all, the Louisiana native is in a prime position to earn the Butkus Award in 2021. As the new leader of the Crimson Tide’s defense, expect him to refine his game to make him an elite defensive prospect in the 2022 NFL draft.”- CJ Errickson, Yardbraker
“Corral has a very intriguing skill set. He’s an excellent athlete and a versatile thrower. He’s capable of driving the ball into small windows, layering the ball over linebackers/under safeties and dropping the deep ball into the bucket. His overall touch is outstanding.”- Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network
The entire time I wrote Burks’ profile, I had flashbacks to Denzel Mims. Elite size, substantial speed, but poorly developed route tree and lackluster hands at times, all remind me of Mims. If Burks is used properly, he can excel at the next level, but his fit within this offense would be questionable to me. Still, Burks has potential to be a very good talent and he’s a much better athlete than Mims. I won’t pass up offensive improvements, but I think there are other players who could help the offense more than Burks,
Harris is an athletic talent with exceptional leadership abilities. The idea of Harris in the defense would likely be a dream for Robert Saleh. Harris can be used in a variety of different scenarios, and he doesn’t have to be pigeonholed to a particular system. Harris is raw, and there are prospects who could be more worthwhile based on positional value, but if Harris is available with the second first rounder or their second rounder, he is worth a serious look.
Matt Corral will not be a New York Jet. I don’t know where he ends up, but no matter how poorly Zach Wilson plays, he will not be unseated by Corral. The Jets have to focus on building around Wilson and fostering his success, not unseating him one year in.