After several tumultuous Saturday’s a rather uninspired weekend on the college schedule awaits. You had to look far and wide to find some real good prospect match-ups tomorrow, but they’re around. Here are four games scouts will be watching on Saturday.
Keith McGill vs Josh Huff: Two very good prospects few are mentioning
Oregon hopes to get back to their winning ways against Utah, the team who upset Stanford just a few weeks ago. One of the better match-ups in this contest centers around the passing game. Oregon wide out Josh Huff, recently graded as a fourth round pick, is a consistent and reliable receiver who lacks classic measurables for the next level. Huff is a tough pass catcher and comes away with the reception more times than not. He’s not fast enough to stretch the field and does not possess the size to be a game controlling wide out rather offers the skill to be a third/fourth receiver in the NFL. Utah’s Keith McGill has been moving up draft boards since the season began. Most recently mention during our November 5th podcast, the senior was never graded by scouts last spring yet is now receiving consideration as a top 100 choice. He’s big and physical compared to Huff though McGill is not as polished. It’s the battle of contrasting styles which has scouts intrigued.
Rashaad Reynolds vs Jaelen Strong: Another PAC 12 battle in the secondary
Oregon State’s Rashaad Reynolds entered the season with last day grades and has played to them as a senior. He possesses solid size, good ball skills but average speed. He struggled against Marqise Lee during the USC contest, which was disconcerting. Jaelen Strong, a player I foolishly failed to grade in recent receiver rankings, caught scouts by surprise after transferring to ASU from Pierce College. The red-shirt sophomore had a fast start to the season but has struggled with injuries the past three games. Scouts think he has second day potential but Strong needs a strong performance against Reynolds to prove his early season production was not a fluke. For his part Reynolds must prove he can step up against top competition.
Ahmad Dixon vs Jace Amaro: The underrated versus a star in the making
Ahmad Dixon, the leading tackler in Baylor’s secondary was a week 11 Riser after a terrific performance against Oklahoma. Stamped by scouts as an undrafted free agent, Dixon has the chance to step to the forefront against Jace Amaro, the number one prospect on our tight end board. Amaro has put up staggering production this season and shows consistent improvement on the field. Texas Tech is in the midst of a three game losing streak and the offense will lean on Amaro as they try and knock Baylor from the ranks of the unbeaten. Will Amaro register 8 receptions for 100 or more receiving yards tomorrow? Can Dixon slow the nation’s top tight end down? Scouts want to know.
Can Ricardo Allen slow down Allen Robinson?
Its been a miserable season for Purdue as the team has just one win under their belt in 2013. The Boilermakes run defense is a siv yet they’re one of the better Big Ten teams in pass defense. One (the ability of opponents to run against Purdue) likely effects the other (no need to throw the ball). That said the team’s most talented defender, cornerback Ricardo Allen, is well thought of in the scouting community. He’ll have an opportunity to prove he’s worthy of that opinion against Allen Robinson. The Penn State junior is in the middle of a breakout campaign which has many grading him as a potential first round pick. Last week Minnesota found a way to slow down Robinson as the Gophers held the wide out to just 63 receiving yards. If Ricardo Allen does the same it would bolster his draft stock.