TOJ DraftSZN Presents Dylan’s Dimes: Week 4 Edition

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.

Introduction:

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.

1/10-The Prospects:

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.

2/10-The Measurables:

Treylon Burks:

-Height: 6’3”

-Weight: 232 lbs

-Year: Sophomore

-Birthdate: 3/23/2000

-From: Warren, Arkansas

Christian Harris:

-Height: 6’3″

-Weight: 232 lbs

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 1/16/2001

-From: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Matt Corral:

-Height: 6’2”

-Weight: 205 lbs

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 1/31/1999

-From: Ventura, CA

3/10-The Background:

Treylon Burks:

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. 

Christian Harris:

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. 

Matt Corral:

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.

4/10-The Performance:

2019 & 2020 Statistics:

Treylon Burks:

2019: 11 games, 29 receptions for 475 yards.

2020: 8 games, 49 receptions, 804 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Christian Harris:

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.

Matt Corral:

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.

5/10-The Good:

Treylon Burks:

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. 

Christian Harris:

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.

Matt Corral:

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.

6/10-The Bad:

Treylon Burks: 

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.

Christian Harris:

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.

Matt Corral:

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

8/10-The Potential:

Treylon Burks: 

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.

Christian Harris:

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.

Matt Corral:

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:

Treylon Burks:

“Burks is one of the strongest receivers in college football, benching 380 pounds squatting 500 and power cleaning 280.”- Bruce Feldman, The Athletic

Christian Harris:

“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

Matt Corral:

“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

10/10-The Fit:

Treylon Burks:

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, 

Christian Harris:

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:

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. 

Dylan’s Dimes: Week 3 Edition

Dylan Price breaks down three top NFL draft prospects in this week’s edition of Dylan’s Dimes.

The losing streak is dead! Last week Alabama and Penn State squeaked out wins, so there is no curse… I repeat, no curse. With that said, this week’s crop is a really good one, featuring two of the top players in the class and a superstar playmaker.

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DraftSZN Presents: Dylan’s Dimes, Week 2 Edition

Introduction:

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 the 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 the New York Jets.

Well, hopefully, this isn’t the beginning of a DD curse, as the Buckeyes and the Cyclones lost last weekend after featuring their playmakers prominently in the series opener. With that said, we’re back for another edition of Dylan’s Dimes.

1/10-The Prospects:

The first prospect kicking off this week’s edition of Dylan’s Dimes is an absolute mountain of a man. He anchors the Crimson Tide, and as they head to Gainesville for a massive matchup with the Florida Gators, this player will be crucial to the team’s success. That player is Evan Neal, Tackle, Alabama.

On the opposing side of Neal and the Bama offense will be the Gators defense. A defense that is led by one of the top secondary prospects in the country. Florida has produced some talented corners in the past few years, but this one has the potential to be one of the best. The second player going under the microscope will be Kaiir Elam, Corner, Florida.

This weekend’s most anticipated game takes place far from the south, instead it takes place in the Northeast. One of the cornerstones of a defense that has played incredibly well the past two weeks will be the last player going through the ringer, and that will be Jaquan Brisker, Safety, Penn State.

2/10-The Measurables:

Evan Neal:

-Height: 6’7”

-Weight: 351 lbs

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 9/19/2000

-From: Okeechobee, FL

Kaiir Elam:

-Height: 6’2”

-Weight: 193 lbs

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 5/5/2001

-From:  Riviera Beach, FL

Jaquan Brisker:

-Height: 6’1”

-Weight: 203lbs

-Year: Senior

-Birthdate: 4/20/1999

-From: Pittsburgh, PA

3/10-The Background:

Evan Neal:

Neal was born and raised in Okeechobee, Florida before making the decision to transfer to the notorious IMG Academy. From there, Neal garnered more notoriety and landed himself in the 2019 Under Armour All America Game. Neal then landed himself at Alabama where he became a National Champion in 2021.

Kaiir Elam: 

Elam was a three sport athlete in high school playing basketball and football, while also running track. He was named the Palm Beach 5A-1A defensive player of the year. He was ranked as one of the top 5 prospects in the country and received offers from some of the top schools in the nation before selecting Florida.

Jaquan Brisker:

Brisker was a talented piece of the Gateway Senior High Football program, he landed All-Big East 5A all-section honors twice. He was named team MVP twice and was an all-section recipient for Basketball twice as well. He then attended Lackawana Community College where was ranked as one of the top 30 JUCO prospects in the country and an All-American recipient in 2018. That was before he transferred to Penn State for his remaining years.

4/10-The Performance:

2019 & 2020 Statistics:

Evan Neal:

2019: Helped aide the team’s 3.0% sack rate and 44% of the team’s rushing attempts resulting in gains of 5 or more yards.

2020: 1.5 sacks allowed, 4 QB hurries and 3 Pressures.

Kaiir Elam:

2019: 8 games, 10 tackles, 2 INTs and 4 pass deflections.

2020: 12 games, 39 tackles, 1.0 TFLs, 2 INTs, 11 pass deflections, 1 FR. 

Jaquan Brisker:

2019: 13 games, 31 tackles, 1.0 TFLs, 2 INTs and 4 pass deflections. 

2020: 9 games, 57 tackles, 3.0 TFLs, 1 INT and 5 pass deflections.

5/10-The Good:

Evan Neal: 

There is a lot of good in Evan Neal’s game. I have had the pleasure of evaluating some of the top linemen in the past two classes, but Neal immediately strikes me as one of the best. Neal is a superb run blocker who uses his weight in an efficient manner. Neal adds even more in the passing game, as he’s protected his Quarterbacks at an incredible rate. Pass rushers rarely get by Neal and his hand usage allows him to create enough space that even when the pocket collapses he can keep his man from capitalizing. Neal’s best trait is his strength, I genuinely believe this guy could move mountains. 

Kaiir Elam: 

Elam has excellent height for a corner, and this allows him to cover ground quickly with a large stride. Elam is versatile and can slot inside or outside. He’s fluid in coverage and can work well to catch back up to opposing receivers if he loses a step. He’s a good press corner and he uses his reach well to avoid falling behind in the first place. Overall, Elam is a very skilled corner, with room to grow, but lots of strong base skills to develop.

Jaquan Brisker:

Brisker reminds me of (don’t hate me Jets fans) a little bit of a Jamal Adams lite. Brisker is a refined tackler, leader and overall warrior. Brisker fights through pain, fights through adversity and has come back from injuries and even attending a JUCO school. Brisker is an excellent tackler, but above all else, he’s a leader who’s capable of being a core fixture of a defense. 

6/10-The Bad:

Evan Neal:

For me, Neal grades out as a nearly flawless prospect at times. The minimal issues with Neal stem from a lack of quickness and athleticism. Understandably, a lineman with as big of a frame as Neal is going to be weighed down, but Neal could stand to improve his fast twitch muscles and general athleticism.

Kaiir Elam: 

Elam has a lot of strong base skills and fundamentals as I noted before. He can stand to improve, but Elam needs to react more efficiently and quickly. He’s a decent tackler, nothing exceptional, but productive. He does need to react quicker to plays 10-15 yards and in, as he can struggle to keep his head on a swivel at times, specifically in that zone. 

Jaquan Brisker:

The doubts with Brisker were never that he was a good tackler, as I noted before, he’s one of the best in the class. For Brisker though, heading into the season, the questions surrounded his range in coverage and playmaking ability. Although I’ve seen flashes of growth in that area this season, he has a big test against Auburn tonight, and a few other games on the schedule where he can demonstrate potential growth in coverage.

7/10-The Focus of Improvement:

Evan Neal:

Athleticism

Kaiir Elam: 

Reactions

Jaquan Brisker:

Range in Coverage

8/10-The Potential:

Evan Neal:

Neal is a franchise left tackle. There’s no deep elaboration needed about how he can grow moving forward. I am a little nervous that his frame could be a threat for injuries, but his skill set is so advanced that he can still overcome those doubts. Neal will make a quarterback very happy, and potentially extend a quarterback’s career.

Kaiir Elam: 

C.J. Henderson was a quality cornerback for the Florida Gators, and he’s struggled to transition to the pros at times. I am sure the comparison will be made between the two, but they are very different players. Elam has the press ability and adaptiveness to be a number one corner at the next level. His short yardage coverage is worrisome, but if he can improve his reactions, he will be a top tier corner at the next level. 

Jaquan Brisker:

Brisker is a little harder to gauge when it comes to potential. Brisker is a very strong prospect with good character and tackling abilities. If he doesn’t show significant coverage and durability strides, he will likely be a late first rounder or early second. I do expect Brisker to do well at the next level, but of the three players, fit will be most imperative for Brisker moving forward.

9/10-The Outside Opinion:

Evan Neal:

“Neal has some blemishes, but it’s hard to find players who possess his combination of size, length and quickness. He plays with a nasty temperament and solid overall awareness. I believe there’s a happy medium where he can maintain his violent play style while demonstrating a little more body control to avoid falling off blocks. He has the skill set of a 10-year starting right tackle.”- Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network

Kaiir Elam: 

Kaiir Elam might just be the best cornerback in the 2022 NFL Draft. I know that may sound brash in a class that boasts LSU star Derek Stingley Jr. and Cincinnati clamp machine Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner. But the Florida CB is right there with them, and he has the amalgamation of physical and mental traits to take his game to the next level in 2021.”- Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network

Jaquan Brisker:

“Brisker is an excellent run defending safety. He reads developing plays well and shoots gaps quickly. Has straight-line speed to fill the hole fast. He recognizes plays quickly and has a ton of feel for the game.”-Sports Illustrated NFL Draft Fan Nation

10/10-The Fit:

Evan Neal: 

The Jets invested their future in Mekhi Becton when they selected him two years ago. Becton is a mammoth of a man, just as is Evan Neal. Neal is a superb blocker, but Becton and him both have that big frame that concerns me. Moving forward the Jets could be in the market for another addition to the offensive line, and he could be of value, especially if they kicked him inside. Neal would be a massive edition, and Gang Green would happily welcome another protector for Zach Wilson.

Kaiir Elam: 

Elam may be the best fit of the three for the Jets. Elam would give the Jets a legitimate number one cornerback. Although I have concerns about some portions of his game, Elam can be a star in the NFL and having him in the green and white would give the Jets their first legitimate star corner since the Revis Island days. 

Jaquan Brisker:

The Jets need a safety for the future, and if Brisker falls to the second or third round of the draft, he would be a great piece. However, safety is not a place the Jets need to target with their first rounder. I think Brisker would be best fit in a situation like Pittsburgh where he could be a running mate to someone like Minkah Fitzpatrick and learn from a veteran. 

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