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2012 NFL Draft - Scouting for Future Chargers: Bowl Games Part 3

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Team Needs
Starter Starter Competition Depth Projects
Current starter is FA next year and has no surefire understudy Current starter is FA next year and has understudy or current starter is inexperienced One or more backups are FAs next year May need a new starter or backup after 2012 season

In case you missed it, I justified the most recent updates to the team needs list two weeks ago when I scouted the last week of the college football regular season. There's a lot of unknowns until we know the extent of some injuries and any changes in management are made, so I'm not going to say much more about that. Instead let's go to the games.

Nevada (7-5) vs Southern Miss.
(11-2) Saturday 12/24 5:00 PM PT (ESPN)
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (Honolulu, HI):The Upsetters Bowl. Last year Nevada defeated Boise St. and cost the Broncos an undefeated season and since the conference gets a share of the money (which its splits between the member teams) from its teams BCS Bowl appearances it cost the WAC a payoff. This year something similar happened when Southern Miss defeated Houston in their final game and cost Conference USA that dough. I'm not sure if that makes this game any more interesting, but its odd story in this college football business. As far as NFL talent the one to interest our scouting eyes is an ILB for the Wolfpack James-Michael Johnson. He's not a high round prospect, but could be a depth guy if you figure the Chargers would stick with Spikes, Butler and Mouton. On the other side of the ball the Golden Eagles have a nice QB Austin Davis who is throwing to two senior WRs in Ryan Balentine and Kelvin Bolden who both could be sleeper options at a Chargers position of need. However, Nevada is not to be outdone in the sleeper WR category as they have Rishard Matthews and Shane Anderson. One of them will match up with a sophomore NFL prospect at CB for Southern Miss in Deron Wilson.

I'll go over the individual players after the jump.

BFTB Scouting Targets:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
James-Michael Johnson
Sr. 6'0 243 lbs
Very durable, hasn't missed a game in his college career. Two year team captain. Has played both inside and outside linebacker. Not great versus the run as he needs to work on angles and doesn't use his speed to the best of his ability. Tackling could use work, but wouldn't be considered bad. Show some skill with coverage, but too easily fooled. More of a zone defender since he'd get beat man-to-man. Has strength to beat blocks, but needs some better technique. (Mid to late rounds)
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Brandon Marshall
OLB Sr. 6'1 241 lbs
Brett Roy Nevada RB Sr. 6'2 263 lbs
Isaiah Frey Nevada CB
Sr. 5'10 190 lbs
Rishard Matthews Nevada WR
Sr. 6'0 208 lbs
Zach Sudfield Nevada TE
Sr. 6'6 248 lbs
Willie Faataualofa
Nevada DT
Sr. 6'1
292 lbs
Lampford Mark
Nevada RB Sr. 5'11 200 lbs
Kevin Burnett
Nevada OLB
Sr. 6'3 215 lbs
Steve Haley
Sr. 6'4 290 lbs
Shane Anderson
Sr. 6'1 210 lbs
Ronnie Thonton
Southern Miss
OLB Sr. 6'1 238 lbs
Dann Hrapman Southern Miss
K Sr. 5'9 158 lbs
Austin Davis Southern Miss QB
Sr. 6'1 213 lbs
Korey Williams Southern Miss ILB Sr. 6'1 242 lbs
Cordarro Law Southern Miss DE
Sr. 6'1 244 lbs
Lamar Holmes Southern Miss OT Sr. 6'4 320 lbs
Jason Weaver Southern Miss OG Sr. 6'4 304 lbs
Kevin Bolden Southern Miss WR Sr. 5'11 160 lbs
Ryan Balentine Southern Miss WR Sr. 6'1 176 lbs