An exciting weekend on the college football schedule sees major battles brewing in the Big 12 and PAC 12. For NFL scouts it will be a busy Saturday as we move towards the end of the college season. One battle out west could have a major impact on the two players involved.
Will Sutton vs Xavier Su’a-Filo: Battle of the top 45 prospects
This is a rare one-on-one match-up that will impact the draft grades of the players involved. Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton has been all over boards recently. The senior added unnecessary pounds before the season and it has lead to disappointing play at times. At the top of his game Sutton is a force in the middle of the line, a one-gap defender with a destructive nature. Scouts rave about Xavier Su’a-Filo, who has lined up at both tackle and guard for UCLA. The junior is a solid technician with a large lower body. He combines the strength necessary to hold the point on the line of scrimmage as well as the movement skills to take out linebackers on the second level. Word is Su’a-Filo will enter the draft. The winner of this battle will see his draft grade move north while the loser will be asked by scouts what happened.
Don’t look now Bradley Roby but here comes Indiana!
One of the worst kept secrets of the 2014 draft was made official this week; Bradley Roby is entering the draft. Its probably a year late as the junior was unable to capitalize on his sensational 2012 campaign and has struggled this season. Scouts I spoke with told me had Roby entered last April’s draft he would’ve been the first corner off the board. The way it stands now Roby has fallen into the bottom half of round one. He faces one of his toughest tests of the year when the Buckeyes take on the most potent passing offense in the Big Ten on Saturday. The Hoosiers are averaging more than 306-yards passing per game and their best receiver, Cody Latimer, ranks as one of the best in the conference. The team’s other receiver, Kofi Hughes, is also a legitimate NFL prospect. Roby has been beaten like a drum at times this season and the Indiana contest offers him the opportunity to right the ship.
Memphis junior Martin Ifedi; one of the nation’s best kept secrets
The rebuilding process for the Memphis football program seems never ending, though there may be light at the end of the tunnel. To date, Ifedi has been the brightest lights of all at Memphis as well as one of the nation’s best pass rushers no one seems to mention. The red-shirt junior has 10.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss on his resume this season with three games left. He lacks classic size/speed for the next level and is not a great fit at any position, rather a terrific football player and disruptive force. Ifedi’s about to get some national attention as Memphis takes on Louisville tomorrow. Besides trying to track down the elusive Teddy Bridgewater, he’ll have to make his way past the Cardinals left tackle Jamon Brown, another underrated prospect. Continued productive play will only raise Ifedi’s grade in the eyes of scouts.
Can Greg Blair pick up his game against Houston’s offense?
Its been a slightly disappointing season for Blair, who came out of nowhere in 2012 to finish with 138 tackles. Ten games into this year’s campaign the senior leads the defense with 71 tackles and his overall play has leveled. Blair has displayed neither the suddenness or range he showed a year ago and his impact has been diminished. Blair and the Bearcats now face Houston, one of the better rushing and scoring offenses in the AAC as well as a team that can throw the ball. The challenge will be tough for Blair yet its an opportunity to turn around his season.