NEWS AND INFORMATION ON THE NFL DRAFT
WHO TO WATCH IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND
by Pigskin Paul Guillemette, GBN Associate Editor and Chief Scout
*Note that prospects draft prospects at this time are denoted via a star rating system as follows:
4* = Round 1; 3* = Top 100; 2* = Draftable; 1* = URFA.
Time marches on and Week 10 is upon us in the 2014 College Football season. Here are some key match-ups and listings of draft eligible pro prospects for the 2015 NFL DRAFT to watch for this Saturday, the first weekend of November.
GEORGIA (6-1) by 12 @ FLORIDA (3-3) in Jacksonville; 3:30 PM ET; CBS ... It's listed as a neutral game site, but let's get real here. Students could bike to Jax from Gainesville for this one. As if the Bulldogs needed a handicap this year, they could beat up on Florida even in The Swamp. It looks as though the MUSCHAMP-era as GATORS Head Coach is in its final months and chances are you'll see why in this one. Even without TODD GURLEY, the Bulldogs will roll in this game. Florida has a truly pathetic Offense and true Freshman QB/TREON HARRIS is not going to fix that this season, if ever. Highly touted JEFF DRISKEL has turned into an absolute turnover machine with bad decisions and inaccurate throws. He just seems to melt down under pressure, which I expect UGA to bring down on his head in bunches. Despite their feeble work this season the Gators are not short of NFL caliber talent, especially on Defense, and as usual Georgia is loaded with talent. As a game it's not a must watch, but with a scouting eye for talent there is much to see here. Maybe the rivalry aspect of this match-up will tighten up the score... for a while.
#26 MALCOLM MITCHELL/WR/6'1/190*** #6 JEFF DRISKEL/QB/6'4/235**
#82 MICHAEL BENNETT/WR/6'3/205** #1 QUINTON DUNBAR/WR/6'1/195**
#61 DAVID ANDREWS/OC/6'2/295** #88 CLAY BURTON/TE/6'4/255**
#47 RAY DREW/DE/6'5/275*** #74 TRENTON BROWN/OG/6'7/345*
#59 JORDAN JENKINS/OLB/6'3/245*** #8 LEON ORR/DT/6'5/305**
#51 RAMIK WILSON/ILB/6'2/230*** #55 DARIOUS CUMMINGS/DT/6'1/305
#52 AMARLO HERRERA/OLB6'3/240*** #6 DANTE FOWLER/DE/6'3/265****
#5 DAMIAN SWANN/CB/5'11/180** #4 KYLE CHRISTY/P/6'3/200**
T.C.U. (6-1) by 3 @ WEST VIRGINIA (6-2); 3:30 PM ET; ABC ... Get out the calculators and bet the over. Unless there is a surprise blizzard in Morgantown there should be a dizzying display of offense in this game. TCU has been a scoring machine right from the get-go this season. Their overall team speed can match up with the elite schools in the country right now. And WVU isn't far behind. Just when I thought the DANA HOLGORSEN Head Coach experiment was about to be in its final stages QB/CLINT TRICKETT/#9 (ex-FSU) has figured it all out and is pulling the trigger like an ace marksman. Weapons everywhere, for both teams, so it figures logical to me that it will come down to one of these teams making a big play or two on defense to decide the winner. This should be fun to watch, unless you are a defensive purist. If you are, then watch another mid-afternoon game.
TEXAS CHRISTIAN WEST VIRGINIA
#2 TREVONE BOYKIN/QB/6'2/215** #11 KEVIN WHITE/WR/6'3/210***
#96 CHUCKY HUNTER/DT/6'1/300* #2 DREAMIUS SMITH/RB/5'11/225*
#47 PAUL DAWSON/LB/6'2/230* #64 MARK GLOWINSKI/OG6'5/305*
#17 SAM CARTER/SS/6'1/215*** #99 DONTRILL HYMAN/DE/6'4/295**
#25 KEVIN WHITE/CB/5'10/175** #2 BRANDON GOLSON/OLB/6'2/230**
#1 CHRIS HACKETT/S/6'2/195** #8 KARL JOSEPH/S/5'10/195***
AUBURN (6-1) by 3 @ OLE MISS (7-1); 7 PM ET; ESPN ... Sorry Ole Miss fans, but I think the team is about to suffer its second loss in two weeks and slide well down in the Top 25. The sputtering Offense that I saw against LSU is what worried me about the Rebels all year. HC FREEZE has got to recruit a 4-5 star, full sized RB to balance out this Offense. I doubt they will be able to run against Auburn, and as a result they will be challenged severely in the Red Zone. Meanwhile, I expect Auburn to be patient and use their running attack, including QB/NICK MARSHALL, to wear down the Rebels D and control the clock. If Auburn controls field position this game will be effectively over by halftime. Look for a repeat of the LSU/OLE MISS game last week with a slightly higher final score.
#14 NICK MARSHAL/QB/6'1/210*** #14 BO WALLACE/QB/6'4/205*
#44 CAMERON ARTIS-PAYNE/RB/5'11/210** #10 VINCE SANDERS/WR/6'1/185**
#18 SAMMIE COATES/WR/6'2/205*** #21 SENQUEZ GOLSON/CB/5'9/180**
#50 REESE DISMUKES/OC/6'3/295** #7 TRE ELSTON/S/6'0/190*
#90 GABE WRIGHT/DT/6'3/295*** #25 CODY PREWITT/SS/6'2/215***
#25 TROVON REED/CB/6'0/190**
#8 JERMAINE WHITEHEAD/FS/5'10/195/**
UTAH (6-1) @ ARIZONA STATE (6-1) by 3; 11 PM ET; FoxSports 1 ... This is a surprisingly important PAC 12 match-up, that very few predicted to be of import back in August. The UTES, have been impressive piling up a 6-1 record, which includes W's over UCLA, OREGON STATE & last weekend USC. They have done it with a balanced Offense and some timely defensive work. A big blow for them was the loss of pro prospect DRES ANDERSON/WR for the remainder of the season. The Sun Devils have survived despite the loss of their dual threat QB/BRANDON KELLY for the majority of the season. But TODD GRAHAM has built a team with good balance, despite returning only 6 starters from 2013. I rate these teams pretty even overall, and therefore will give the home team their 3 point advantage.
UTAH ARIZONA STATE
#7 TRAVIS WILSON/QB/6'7/240** #10 TAYLOR KELLY/QB/6'2/210**
#6 DRES ANDERSON/WR/6'2/190*** #21 JAELEN STRONG/WR/6'4/215***
#60 SIAOSI AIONO/OC/6'2/305*** #74 JAMIL DOUGLAS/OT/6'4/300***
#8 NATE ORCHARD/DE/6'4/255** #1 MARCUS HARDISON/DE/6'5/300**
#4 BRIAN BLECHEN/SS/6'2/215** #3 DAMARIOUS RANDALL/FS/6'0/190**
#9 TEVIN CARTER/FS/6'1/210***
Have a great weekend!!!