BFTB Scouting: College Football Week 11

Week 10 recap:

  • Alabama WR Julio Jones' draft status took a big step forward last Saturday. The Crimson Tide didn't coming out on the winning end of their game with LSU, but Jones won big. His precise route running, quick feet, skilled hands and speed abused top CB prospect Patrick Peterson. Quick slants sold as deeper routes were his bread and butter and that will translate to a lot of offenses in the NFL. Down by 10, Jones beat Peterson and had a ball throw to him away from his body that he snagged with ease to scored a TD and keep the comeback alive. Its safe to say that now only Georgia's A.J. Green stands above Jones at the WR position.
  • Texas A&M OLB Von Miller came up big in the Aggies upset victory over the Oklahoma Sooners. His stat line will say 8 total tackles, including 3 for a loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. The highlights will show him busting up a 4th and goal running play late in the 4th quarter. The word following the game is that his emotional presence help lift the team into thinking that they could beat Oklahoma despite the speed bumps they've hit this season.
  • Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers had another productive day with 2 more sacks. He leads the nation with 12 sacks. For me, one of the hardest things with looking a college DEs is trying to figure out if they can be 3-4 OLBs. Bowers is listed at 6'4 280 lbs. A little more weight and he'd be the size of a 3-4 DE. A little less and he could be Merriman-sized. Can he lose that weight? Can he adapt to the coverage responsibilities. With some players, like  Pittsburgh's Jabaal Sheard, Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan and Oklahoma's Jeremy Beal scouts spell in out for me, and I know they'll translate. Others like Miami's Allen Bailey, Iowa's Adrian Clayborn, Ohio State's Cameron Heyward and California's Cameron Jordan it is less clear. I made personal decisions to include Bailey and leave the others out (although I haven't featured a game with Jordan or Clayborn yet so I reserve the right to change my mind). It's a tough process and I don't like looking foolish one way or the other.

Week 9 Key Matchups
Georgia
(5-5) vs Auburn
(10-0) Saturday 11/13 12:30 PM PT (CBS)
San Diego St. (7-2) vs TCU (10-0) Saturday 11/13 1:00 PM PT (Versus)
Oregon
(9-0) vs California
(5-4) Saturday 11/13 4:30 PM PT (Versus)
USC (6-3) vs Arizona
(7-2) Saturday 11/13 5:00 PM PT (ABC)

Every week I'll also ask all of you to please share what games you'll be watching and what players you'd think would look good in blue and gold or just generally impressed/disappointed you.

Georgia vs Auburn
Worth watching for a couple of reasons. First, Georgia has the top WR prospect in the country in A.J. Green. We took a look at him in week 9, but this time he faces an undefeated Auburn team. Auburn doesn't have an elite CB to challenge, but they will look for ways to stop him since their NCAA Championship is on the line. We'll see how well he passes the test. Auburn is worth watching because they have one of the offensive players in the country in QB Cam Newton and one of the best defensive players in DT Nick Fairley. They also have their share of controversy surrounding Heisman trophy candidate Newton because his services might have been for sale as he left Florida for greener pastures.

San Diego St. vs TCU
The Aztecs and their pro-style passing attack will face their toughest competition of the season and they'll do it on the road to boot. The game gets some extra hype because of SDSU's shiny 7-2 record, so people are beginning to take notice of this game as one of the bigger tests for the Horned Frogs as well. SDSU brings to the table its two senior WRs Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson who we introduced in week 9. TCU hasn't been mentioned here since week 1 when they took on Oregon St. They boast a solid QB in Andy Dalton that has some pro-protential, but won't be a 1st or 2nd day pick in the draft. The also have a man-mountain of an OT named Marcus Cannon (6'5, 361 lbs) that projects as a OG in the NFL.The also have a short speedy WR in Jeremy Kerley who has drawn comparisons to the Raiders' new hero Jacoby Ford. Many of their other players are fringe NFL prospects that could go in the later rounds or sign as undrafted free agents like: Wayne Daniels (DE - 6'2, 248 lbs), Tejay Johnson (S - 6'0, 207 lbs) and Jimmy Young (WR - 6'0, 204 lbs).

Oregon vs California
That's right. There are three games we're featuring with undefeated teams vying for the National Championship. Oregon takes their high-powered offense on the road where the California Golden Bears are undefeated this year. Oregon has made a couple of appearances here and have ILB prospect Casey Matthews who shares bloodlines with Green Bay Packer LB Clay Matthews as well a father and an uncle that played in the NFL. Their offense is young and so I don't mention their players as potential 2011 draft picks, but one very talented player may find his way to playing on Sundays next year. LaMichael James is a Heisman candidate and a 3rd year sophomore. We'll take an in-depth look at him plus a couple of Cal prospects.

LaMichael James, Oregon, RB, Sophomore, 5'8, 185 lbs (1st-3rd round pick) - Explosive, highly productive back who if he wins a Heisman, a National Championship or both could turns his eyes to the NFL. Right now, depending on who declares, he'll be behind a couple of RBs in the draft pecking order. That could let him fall to the Chargers who could platoon his skills as a runner and a receiver. He's got the speed and hands you like in a RB, but he's very raw. He'll have to learn about pass blocking and a whole new offensive system. He's also an undersized back, which some teams shy away from.

Cameron Jordan, California, DE/DT/OLB, Senior, 6'4, 280 lbs (1st or 2nd round pick) - At his current size he's to big to be a rush LB and not big enough for the other 3-4 defensive line positions. He plays a similar role to what his former teammate (and current Jaguar) Tyson Alulu plays and Alualu is now a DT. I would think he could trim down and play OLB or as a fallback move him to DE. Scouts, Inc seems to think he'd be a good 5 technique (3-4 DE) that could use his power rush skills to get after the QB while also keeping the normal responsibilities of the position. I see a very agile player for his size who is quick and can speed rush, which seems to tell me OLB is a possibility. Either way he's a high draft pick that someone will find a use for.

Shane Vereen, California, RB, Junior, 5'9, 203 lbs (2nd-4th round pick) - Vereen played second fiddle to Jahvid Best for a while, but did it with style. When Best was hurt or simply needed a rest it wasn't uncommon for Vereen to outshine the future Detroit Lion. He's smallish, but has some good power and good speed. He can catch out of the backfield and can find holes to make big plays. There's probably only a small chance he comes out this year, but the senior RB class is not very strong so its a good possibility that a few non-senior declare. He could be one of those and, like LaMichael James, would have the potential to add depth and versatility to the Chargers' RB corps.

Mike Mohamed, California, ILB, Senior, 6'2, 236 lbs (mid to late round pick) - Disciplined, smart player who takes proper angles and gets in proper position to make plays. Not so much fast he is quick, he's not a sideline-to-sideline player. He's also a bit lean but has room to add bulk, although losing anymore speed would be a big loss. He has a great motor and he's a motivated individual. He'll never be a star, but with proper coaching and training can be a contributor in the NFL.

USC vs Arizona
USC made its first appearance in this space just a little while back in week 9. They've got a decent mid rounds WR prospect in Ron Johnson and a 2nd or 3rd day prospect CB in Shareece Wright. They also have a potentially future high pick QB in Matt Barkley, but he's not draft eligible yet. Junior DT Jurell Casey is draft eligible and a solid prospect, but doesn't really fit in with the 3-4 prototypes for the defensive line. Arizona has been an up-and-coming program under the direction of Head Coach Mike Stoops and the Chargers already roster one of their alums in Antoine Cason. They currently have a defensive player that the Bolts could be interested in as well.

 

Brooks Reed, Arizona, DE/OLB. Senior, 6'2, 253 lbs (2nd or 3rd round pick) - He's a little undersized for a 4-3 DE prospect, which could help him slide in the draft and end up in a good spot for the Chargers to get some value. The questions that come up when asking a guy to switch from DE to OLB in the NFL have to do with quickness and hip flexibility. Reed has both of those things and looks good on tape when playing underneath zones. He's got a bunch of good pass rushing moves and has a good motor that keeps running all game long. He works hard and has no character issues. He's a strong wrap up tackler and very disciplined in assignments. If you were to pick on him for something it that he's not the fastest or most explosive player.

Tracking Prospects Mentioned In Previous Articles:

Prospect Name College Position Week 4 Opponent Notes
Noel Devine West Virginia RB Cincinnati
DeMarco Murray Oklahoma RB Texas Tech 25 car. 80 yds. 1 TD. 10 rec. 67 yds.
Jacquizz Rodgers Oregon St. RB Washington St.
14 car. 63 yds. 5 rec. 19 yds.
Brandon Saine Ohio State RB Penn St.

Jonathan Baldwin Pittsburgh WR Connecticut

Armon Binns Cincinnati WR West Virginia
Vincent Brown San Diego St. WR TCU 3 rec. 40 yds.
Ryan Broyles Oklahoma WR Texas Tech
8 rec. 59 yds.
Michael Floyd Notre Dame WR Utah

A.J Green Georgia WR Auburn 6 rec. 102 yds. 2 TDs.
Leonard Hankerson Miami WR Georgia Tech
4 rec. 66 yds. 1 TD.
Ron Johnson USC WR Arizona 3 rec. 17 yds.
Julio Jones Alabama WR Mississippi St.
10 rec. 89 yds. 1 TD.
Greg Little North Carolina WR
NCAA ruled him permanently ineligible.
Niles Paul Nebraska WR Kansas 1 rec. 5 yds. (QB was only 7 for 12)
Austin Pettis Boise St. WR Idaho
8 rec. 122 yds. 1 TD.
DeVier Posey Ohio State WR Penn St.
DeMarco Sampson San Diego St. WR TCU 2 rec. 23 yds.
Terrence Toliver LSU WR LA-Monroe 3 rec. 42 yds. Stock is dropping.
Nick Toon Wisconsin WR Indiana 5 rec. 62 yds.
Titus Young Boise St. WR Idaho 5 rec. 99 yds. 1 TD.
Gabe Carimi Wisconsin OT Indiana

 

Demarcus Love Arkansas OT UTEP
Jason Pinkston Pittsburgh OT Connecticut
Nick Fairley Auburn DE/DT Georgia
Jared Crick Nebraska DE/DT Kansas

Stephen Paea Oregon St. DE/DT Washington St.
2 sacks.
Ian Williams Notre Dame DE/DT Utah
Pierre Allen Nebraska DE/OLB Kansas
Allen Bailey Miami DE/OLB Georgia Tech 1 hurry.
Jeremy Beal Oklahoma DE/OLB Texas Tech

Da'Quan Bowers Clemson DE/OLB Florida St.
2 sacks.
Ryan Kerrigan Purdue DE/OLB Michigan

Cliff Matthews South Carolina DE/OLB Florida
Greg Romeus Pittsburgh DE/OLB Connecticut Back surgery, out indefinitely
Jabaal Sheard Pittsburgh DE/OLB Connecticut
Kelvin Sheppard LSU DE/OLB LA-Monroe 1 Int, 0.5 sack, 1 Fumble recovery.
Akeem Ayers UCLA OLB Bye
1 sack.
Bruce Carter North Carolina OLB Virginia Tech
Brandon Hicks Florida OLB South Carolina
Von Miller Texas A&M OLB Baylor
1.5 sacks, 3 TFL and 1 FF.
Ross Homan Ohio State ILB Penn St. Foot injury, out for a few games
Nate Irving North Carolina St. ILB Wake Forest

Greg Jones Michigan St. ILB Bye
Casey Matthews Oregon ILB California

Quan Sturdivant North Carolina ILB Virginia Tech 1 sack.
Travis Lewis Oklahoma LB Texas Tech
1 sack.
Colin McCarthy Miami LB Georgia Tech 1 hurry.
Prince Amukamara Nebraska CB Kansas 1 sack.
Chykie Brown Texas CB Oklahoma St.
Broken forearm. Done for season.
Curtis Brown Texas CB Oklahoma St.

Rashad Carmichael Virginia Tech CB North Carolina
1 Int.
Chimdi Chekwa Ohio State CB Penn St.
Marcus Gilchrist Clemson CB Florida St.
Brandon Harris Miami CB Georgia Tech 2 PBUs and 1 rough the kicker pen.
Janoris Jenkins Florida CB South Carolina
Brandon Hogan West Virginia CB Cincinnati
Patrick Peterson LSU CB LA-Monroe
Aaron Williams Texas CB Oklahoma St.

Shareece Wright USC CB Arizona 1 sack.
Mark Barron Alabama S Mississippi St.
Ahmed Black Florida S South Carolina
Quinton Carter Oklahoma S Texas Tech

DeAndre McDaniel Clemson S Florida St. 1 Int
Rahim Moore UCLA S Bye

Robert Sands West Virginia S Cincinnati
Deunta Williams North Carolina S Virginia Tech
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