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    Scouts Eye: Week One Match-Ups
    September 01, 2017 | Tony Pauline
    Tony Pauline
    Draft Analyst Writer Share

    The college football season kicks off a full schedule this weekend. Here are some of the better NFL prospect match-ups to key on.

    Florida State-Alabama

    8PM EST on ABC

    The highlight of the first full Saturday on the college schedule features a game with national title implications. Itís a contest that also includes at least ten potential first and second day prospects.

    Here are the key match-ups.

    Derwin James & Tarvarus McFadden vs Calvin Ridley

    The much hyped Derwin James returns after missing most of last season. The hard hitting safety shows next level range and flashes cover skills. Cornerback Tarvarus McFadden has terrific ball skills but Iím concerned about his long speed.

    Together theyíll try to stop Calvin Ridley, the next top flight receiver from the Alabama program.

    Ridley is not in the same category as former Tide wide outs Amari Cooper or Julio Jones, but heís a receiver that runs good routes while showing dependable hands. He's not a receiver that stretches the field but should be able to separate from FSU defenders and have a lot of passes thrown in his direction.

    Derrick Nnadi vs Ross Pierschbacher

    Derrick Nnadi is short, quick and very explosive. He plays with natural leverage and is tough to contain off the snap. Nnadi is much more than a lineman who occupies gaps as he shows the ability to make plays on the ball behind the line of scrimmage or pursuing outside the box.

    Ross Pierchbacher caught my eye last month while finish up the Bama film. Heís a tough, slug it out blocker and easily controls defender once he gets his hands on them.

    Can Pierschbacher handle Nnadi quickness? And can Nnadi get off Pierchbacherís blocks?

    Is this the coming out party for Josh Sweat?

    Sweat, the highly rated high school prospect, has the computer numbers of a first round pick but late round durability. He was relatively productive last season with 11.5 TFL and 7 sacks as well as 41 tackles.

    Expectations for Sweat are high, both on the college level and in the scouting community. Alabama can be exploited off the edges offensively. This is a big opportunity on a national scale for Sweat to have his coming out party.

    Wyoming -Iowa

    12PM EAST on BTN

    Josh Allen, presently graded as our top quarterback prospect, gets thrown into the lions den on the seasonís first full weekend.

    Iowa does not possess the most talented secondary Allen will face this season as that will come against San Jose State on November 25. In fact the Hawkeyes lost three defensive backs to graduation and two are presently in NFL camps.

    But the Hawkeyes feature two draftable linebackers in Josey Jewell and Ben Niemann as well as a third, Bo Bower, whoíll be signed after the draft. All three are well rounded three down linebackers effective making plays up the field and in coverage.

    Other Hawkeyes intend to make life difficult for Allen.

    Anthony Nelson is a big time defensive end prospect whoíll be breathing down Allenís neck while junior safety Brandon Snyder, someone we stamped as a fourth round prospect, has a developing game.

    Kinnick Stadium poses and intimidating challenge for Allen, who lost his top receivers and ball carriers to graduation and early entry into the draft.

    The last time Allen was in this type of situation he struggled, throwing 5 interceptions against Nebraska last September. His game took off after that disaster.

    There will be a lot of eye on Allenís play in Iowa tomorrow and he cannot afford a repeat performance.


  • #2
    Allen had a rough day against Iowa, ouch.

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