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Stock Report: LSU CB Tre'Davious White in decline


With college football's Week 11 in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based on the weekend's action.

Stock up

Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia: A former JUCO All-American at Nassau Community College, Douglas didn't have much chance to contribute as a junior last season, but he got stronger and smarter as a reserve and special-teamer. This year, he's using his 6-foot-2, 203-pound frame and athleticism to light the Big 12 on fire. He made his sixth interception of the season (tied for second in the FBS) in the Mountaineers' win over Texas on Saturday. Douglas has the ball skills and length to go up for 50-50 balls, but he's also physical enough to tackle effectively on the outside. With NFL teams searching for the next Richard Sherman, Douglas could earn top-80 grades with good workouts and interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine this spring.

Dorian Johnson, OG, Pittsburgh: Johnson played a big role in Pitt's upset of Clemson on Saturday. Against a tough and athletic Clemson defensive front, Johnson anchored against bull rushes and capably moved his man off the line, occasionally pancaking them. The Panthers used his excellent mobility, including on the team's first touchdown, where he took out the only defender between the ball carrier and the end zone. Johnson's all-around skill set makes him a likely NFL starter at left guard for a team that utilizes zone-blocking schemes.

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Harold Landry, DE, Boston College: Landry is tied for third in the FBS with 11 sacks. The 6-6, 260-pounder used his power and speed to win consistently against Florida State right tackle Brock Ruble on Friday night. He also shed Ruble's blocks consistently when playing the run. Landry came on a bit in 2015, but has taken his overall game to a new level at Chestnut Hill. We didn't get to see Landry take on left tackle Roderick Johnson on Friday, but he's had sacks in seven of the team's 10 games this year -- this wasn't a one-off performance. Presenting NFL scouts with a combination of hustle, strength and agility makes him one of the best strong-side defensive end prospects in the country.

Dare Ogunbowale, RB, Wisconsin: The Badgers crushed Illinois on Saturday, rushing for 363 yards in the 48-3 blowout win. Everyone knows about Wisconsin RB Corey Clement, who has been healthier recently, putting up 100-yard performances in four of the last five games. But Ogunbowale (whose name is pronounced DAR-ay oh-goon-boh-WALL-ay) is a back who intrigues scouts, as well, due to his speed and athleticism. He had 103 yards on seven carries (14.7 average) against the Illini. He's had 100-yard games in two of the past three weeks (120 yards on 11 carries in a win over Nebraska). Ogunbowale switched from cornerback to running back early in 2014, and has been a strong presence on offense ever since. At 5-11, 205 pounds, he's a shifty runner with patience and quickness to take advantage of creases created by Wisconsin's big offensive line. Don't be surprised if he joins Clement at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

Stock down

Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois: Smoot and his Illini teammates couldn't stop Wisconsin's offense on Saturday. Tight ends handled Smoot in the run game quite often, and he couldn't make much hay against offensive tackles, either. On containment plays, Smoot was usually sound in his ability to stay outside, though he lacks the quickness to stop better running backs, and he bit hard on a fake that resulted in a bootleg pass for a touchdown in the first half. Smoot flashed the quickness to win the inside gap, as he has all year. However, his performance this weekend didn't meet the standard you'd expect for player who's been mentioned as a first-round prospect.

Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU: It was a rough Saturday night for White, despite the fact his team got a huge win at Arkansas. He muffed a punt, though his defense stiffened so the Razorbacks couldn't take advantage of it. White feel asleep at the wheel in deep coverage, failing to find the ball and allowing Dominique Reed to get behind him while quarterback Austin Allen moved out of the pocket. White is a good cornerback, and will be a contributor in the NFL. But in a draft class that could be loaded with talent at the position, White's play in this game won't help him leapfrog any other prospects.

Follow Chad Reuter on Twitter @chad_reuter.



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