NFL Draft notes and news after the third week of the college season. Will Andrew Luck stay at Stanford? What about head coach Jim Harbaugh? Was there a silver lining for some of the Cal Bears despite the drudging they took at the hands of Nevada? This plus more news today and throughout the week.
- Sources have told us Andrew Luck and family members are being coy about where the Stanford passer will be playing football next year. Right now those intimate with the situation feel Luck will enter the ’11 draft, baring an unforeseen disaster. We will have much more on the situation during our Wednesday night podcast.
- Its’ still early to talk about the coaching carousel in the NFL but people we’ve spoken with think Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh will be the front runner for the San Diego Chargers job if Norv Turner’s team does not make it deep into the playoffs.
- The Cal defense got pushed around by Nevada on Friday night, yet many came away impressed with Bear lineman Cameron Jordan. Those on hand scouting the game told us when Jordan lined up as a three-technique tackle Nevada could not run on the inside. When Jordan lined up at end it was a different story. This versatility will only enhance Jordan’s stock.
- These same people did not come away from the game impressed by Nevada’s Dontay Moch. The highly rated player with impressive speed is great off the edge yet many think his instincts and awareness are suspect. The feeling is the 6-foot, 1-inch, 238-pound Moch will struggle at linebacker, the position NFL scouts project him to.
- One WAC defender gaining traction in the scouting community is Idaho safety Shiloh Keo. Scouts have compared the seniors open field tackling skills to those of Troy Polamalu’s.
- Ryan Mallett played well in the win over Georgia on Saturday but its’ crystal clear he must work on his pass placement. Mallett missed a number of wide open receivers in the game because of poor passes.
Week three of the college football season offers several traditional rivalries besides a number of outstanding head-to-head match-ups between NFL prospects. Here are just a few to watch, a list that will be added to all weekend.
Nevada vs Cal
This game will be a measuring stick for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, in fact this can be a statement game for Kaepernick. The Cal defense is one of the best in the Pac Ten; defensive end Cameron Jordan is zipping up draft boards, Michael Mohamed is a terrific football player and cornerback Darian Hagan is an underrated prospect.
Early Saturday Afternoon
During last weeks weekend watched Brent Sobleski spoke in positive terms about Maryland’s linebackers and their ability to stop the Navy option attack. There’s no rest for the weary as the Terp trio will be up against it again. The mission this time is to contain West Virginia’s Noel Devine and Jock Sanders.
In our opinion the game of the day and like the Friday night contest, a potential statement game for a highly rated quarterback. We’ve been critical of Jake Locker the past two podcasts as we feel he’s reverted to old habits of making plays with his athleticism rather than sound quarterback fundamentals. If this trend continues on Saturday the Blackshirts of NU will eat him for lunch. Their secondary goes five deep, as in five NFL prospects, and they offer potential domination on the defensive line.
The Longhorns usually seem to struggle with the Red Raiders, though we don’t see that happening on Saturday. TT receiver Detron Lewis has watched his play move up and down the past two seasons. He was terrific in ’08 yet his game took a step back last season when Michael Crabtree was no longer on the roster. Thus far Lewis, who’s highly rated by NFL scouts, is off to a slow start this season. He’ll need to quickly pick up the pace as Lewis faces one of the best secondary’s in the nation. The Longhorn defensive backfield does not have the star quality just yet when compared to Nebraska’s, yet they could be more talented from top to bottom.
Troubling news throughout the nation.
Host Brent Sobleski and site founder Tony Pauline lead you down the rabbit hole in this ever evolving NCAA scandal spreading across the collegiate football landscape.
Are federal investigators getting involved?
Is top overall prospect, Robert Quinn, prepared to sit out the entire season?
More and more players being dismissed from their current teams for numerous reasons.
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- “Taking Stock”. A look at talents already rising or falling on draft boards.
- Weekend Preview.
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