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Draft Day Game 9: Nebraska vs. Ohio State

Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Devine Ozigbo (22) runs to the outside during a NCAA football game between the Purdue Boilermakers and Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
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I knew going into the Wisconsin game that it was going to be tough to get positive marks. What makes this week’s recap especially interesting is the fact that Nebraska lost for the first time this year. How did I make out despite the heartbreaker in Madison? Let’s review.

First Round Pick: Safety Kieron Williams – Williams had been all over the place as of late, so he seemed like an easy choice. It appears Wisconsin figured out that he was best to avoid as he only picked up two tackles on the day, both solo.

Second Round Pick: Running back Terrell Newby – Between all of Nebraska’s running backs, I felt Newby had the best chance of putting up decent numbers. It turns out that I was right; despite the Huskers’ running game largely falling flat, Newby still managed 77 yards on 17 carries.

Third Round Pick: Safety Nate Gerry – Value pick! Speaking of picks, Gerry had two — count ’em, TWO — in the fourth quarter alone. He also had seven tackles (all solo) and a pass breakup. Truly, he was a man-beast versus the Badgers.

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Fourth Round Pick: Wide Receiver Brandon Reilly – I was hoping Reilly would snag a duck of Armstrong’s, but I should’ve known better than to go against the Roommate Connection® now that Jordan Westerkamp is back in the lineup.

Fifth Round Pick: Linebacker Marcus Newby – While Newby didn’t have flashy stats (one tackle; TFL), he was tasked with covering Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli and did a pretty good job. The Naperville nightmare didn’t do too much damage against the Huskers, so I’m going to credit Newby with half a point for work that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet.

With 40 players selected, I now have 23.5 proper picks. If I were a quarterback, a 59 percent completion rate wouldn’t be too bad, right? Believe me, I know that if I thought last week was going to be a challenge, I’m playing this week’s game on hard mode.

First Round Pick: Safety Nate Gerry – Gerry is now a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (which I will be voting on later this year). It’s hard to not select a guy whose performances are only getting better as the season goes on. He’s one of two Huskers with four interceptions (Kieron Williams is the second) and I feel he’ll be a significant factor against the Ohio State run game.

Second Round Pick: Running back Terrell Newby – For the second week in a row, Newby’s going to be my first offensive choice. I think Ozigbo can have a good run or two, but I feel that when the final gun sounds, Newby’s stats will win out.

Third Round Pick: Wide Receiver Jordan Westerkamp – We saw what happened now that the ROOMMATE CONNECTION® is back in full force. Westerkamp accounted for 62 of Tommy Armstrong Jr.’s 156 passing yards versus Wisconsin, and I expect No. 1 to be a safety valve yet again. He’s so in tune with how Armstrong plays, that it’s almost silly not to have Westy in my lineup if he’s healthy.

Fourth Round Pick: Safety Kieron Williams – I like the matchup of Nebraska’s secondary versus Ohio State’s wideouts a lot. There’s a reason I’m picking both of the Blackshirts’ starting safeties. Time to up that interception total.

Fifth Round Pick: Wide Receiver Stanley Morgan – I almost needed a quarter to flip when it came to picking an offensive or defensive player. Then I remembered good ol’ Stan the Man. Morgan actually led the team in catches last weekend with five for 58 yards. He’s starting to play a very clutch role in this wideout corps. Armstrong seems very comfortable using Morgan as another safe target, which is just fine by me.

SLEEPERS

Running back Devine Ozigbo – We’re at a point in the season where it’s safe to say that if Newby isn’t shining, Zig must be. If you’re charting out your own map of studs each game along with me, I wouldn’t blame you for swapping out Williams or Morgan if you have faith in the offensive line.

Defensive Tackle Carlos Davis – It’s officially time to introduce one of the Davis twins to the world. Carlos has been maturing as the season has gone on and made an impact in Madison. He roughed the Badger offensive line up and even managed a sack on the day.

He would come out of that game due to injury, but if he’s able to be back on the field against Ohio State, I could think of worse picks for your fourth or fifth spot.

Linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey – MRI had a quality game against Wisconsin as he led all Nebraska tacklers with eight (six solo). I don’t doubt that the Huskers are going to have someone spy Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett on a few plays, and could see Rose-Ivey being one of those guys.

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