Best of the West - Week 13


BEST: Derek Carr (6’3” 220lb SR FSU) is finally getting some attention from Heisman pundits after only throwing for 500 yards and 7 TDs against New Mexico. Nobody’s confusing New Mexico with Alabama, but Carr has been doing this all year. He’s near the top of almost every passing category: #2 in Yards, #1 in TDs, #4 in Completion %, #5 in QBR. And while Heisman voters might be missing out while watching AJ McCarron play average football on a great team, NFL scouts have been paying attention to Carr. Carr doesn’t have mysterious allure of Marcus Mariota, but he’s a known commodity who looks more a more like Peyton Manning and Drew Brees’s love child. Current Projection: 1st Round

Honorable Mention: Connor Halliday, WSU; Brett Smith, Wyoming; David Fales, San Jose St.


Running Back:

BEST: Ka’Deem Carey (5’10” 200lb JR Ariz) carried the ball 48 times for 204 yards against the Ducks. 48 times? Are you freaking kidding me? What is this 1971? Carey’s a tough runner, and it showed. Even though he was gassed he still carried the ball in for the final TD with 2:00 left in the game. He got decent speed, but didn’t break many big runs (4.2 YPC). He had a lot of 1 and 2 yard runs. No NFL team is going to need a running back that can carry the ball 50 times. And running it that many times only decreases his draft stock as it indicates a lot of wear and tear. There’s no doubt Carey’s a good back, he’ll be best served by getting the NFL ASAP. Current Projection: 4th Round

Honorable Mention: Bishop Sankey, UW; USC


Wide Receiver:

BEST: DaVante Adam (6’2” 212lb SO FSU) had 246 yards and caught 4 TDs from Derek Carr. Most impressive was his 27 Y/Rec. His versatility makes him a threat in the short, medium, and deep passing game. It’s becoming more and more likely that Adams will take off for the NFL. The upside to staying another year doesn’t seem worth the risk of injury particularly with a new QB coming in. Current Projection: 2nd Round

Honorable Mention: Isaiah Burse, FSU;

Offensive Line:

BEST: Mickey Baucus (6’8” 300lb JR Ariz) was a key part of the offensive machine that dominated the Ducks defense. Bacchus showed off his ability to sustain blocks in the run game. His pass blocking is a little questionable, but he moves well laterally, and was able to give Denker enough time to roll out and throw downfield. If he improves, he could move up a lot higher next year. Current Projection: UFA


Defensive Line:

BEST: Will Sutton (6’1” 290lb SR ASU) decision to come back has looked a little questionable as he hasn’t been the 1-man wrecking crew he was in 2012. But that was before the UCLA game. Sutton has perhaps his best game of the year, consuming blockers, penetrating, and getting after the quarterback. While Sutton only had one of the nine sacks on Hundley, he was a big part of why they had nine sacks. Sutton was getting double teamed, and drawing attention to him, while his teammates were freed up to sack the QB. Sutton isn’t the 2nd coming of Ndamakung Suh, but he’s still a good lineman who in the right scheme good be great. Current Projection: 2nd Round



Best: Carl Bradford (6’1” 233lb JR ASU) had the play of the game when he read the play, dropped back patiently, and then pounced and intercepted Brett Hundley’s screen pass, returning it 17 yards for a TD. Bradford was consistent in his pursuit of Hundley. He’s primarily a speed rusher, and doesn’t quite get the pressure coming from the inside. Another year of bulking up and honing his craft would do him well. Current Projection: 5th Round

Honorable Mention: Anthony Barr, UCLA; Jake Fisher, Ariz


Defensive Back:

BEST: N/A When a QB throws for 500 yards and 7 TDs DBs everywhere feel the pain.