This game is the best bowl game to scout of any this season in our opinion. You have two top 5 draft picks in Andrew Luck and Justin Blackmon. Another top 15 prospect in David DeCastro and quite possibly the best senior QB in Brandon Weeden. With so many prospects playing the impact these players make will weigh heavily with NFL scouts.
QB Brandon Weeden
We currently have Weeden going in the 2nd Round of our latest mock draft due to his ability to throw the football. He may just be the purest passer in this entire draft. Granted he’s also 5-6 years older than almost every player in this draft class. He should be able to pick apart a below average Stanford secondary.
WR Justin Blackmon*
We expect and hope that Justin Blackmon has a big day, he has already declared himself for the 2012 NFL Draft and we hope he uses this game to make a statement about how high he should be taken. He’s not the biggest WR in this class but he has incredible athleticism and can out jump almost any DB in the country.
OT Levy Adcock
Adcock is a RT prospect in the NFL who is strong and plays with a mean streak. He does a good job anchoring in his stance and displays good footwork. Some questions lurk about his arm length and flexibility, he’ll be tested plenty by Stanford’s blitzing LB’s.
OG Lane Taylor*
Taylor is a big road grading OG who is at his best when asked to block the man in front of him. He plays with good leverage and is very strong. He’s not the most athletic OG in this class but he can move his man. Not much on the Stanford interior DL to test him though.
DE Richetti Jones
Jones will get his chance to impress in this game as he’ll go up against Jonathan Martin more than a few times. He has good size and athletic ability to rush the passer but we aren’t sure he can bend enough to flex outside to 34 OLB. Really needs to put together a good game to get drafted.
DE Jamie Blatnick
Blatnick has had a pretty good season and probably made himself into a late round pick but will have quite possibly the biggest test of his season when he goes up against Martin. Blatnick is a more complete DE than Jones but does he have the speed and power to beat Martin?
SAF Markelle Martin
The stabilizing force for this Pokes defense, Martin is asked to play both in coverage and up in the box and does so seamlessly. He appears to have good but not great range and can be looked off when in coverage. He closes well on the ball and is one of the soundest tacklers at the safety position.
QB Andrew Luck*
What hasn’t been said about Andrew Luck? He’s going to be the #1 pick in April, he’s the most NFL ready prospect in this draft and he’s about as close to a lock as one can be.
RB Stefan Taylor*
Taylor has a good season once again going over 1,000 yards but he’s not a game breaking back. He has a good combination of speed and power and he’s very effective when running behind DeCastro and getting into the 2nd level. He doesn’t offer much in the open field to make you miss though.
TE Coby Fleener
Fleener is quickly becoming one of the top TE targets available in the NFL Draft. He has good size and athleticism. He knows how to run the seam route well and can burn defenses in the red zone. Does a good job using his body to shield defenders from the ball and is an improving blocker.
OT Jonathan Martin*
Martin still isn’t declared from the NFL Draft this April but with a good game against two good pass rushers he very well could see his stock rise. Right now he’s a little light in the behind and needs to clean up his footwork. Overall he’s an athletic OT who blocks well and can get out in front of speed rushers.
OG David DeCastro*
Unlike Martin, DeCastro has already declared his intention for this to be his final game at Stanford. He is a dominant OG who should go in the first round and if we’re correct than in the top 10. He was dominate against Oregon earlier this season and we expect to see more of the same v. Oklahoma State.
LB Chase Thomas*
Thomas is the only real pass rush threat on the Cardinals defense. He’ll need to be on top of his game tonight as he must get some heat on Weeden in order to disrupt his timing. Thomas relies on good athletic ability and a relentless pass rush to make plays.
SAF Delano Howell
Howell has been a bit banged up this year but he still has made the most of his season. He hasn’t made as many impact plays as you would hope from a guy who had five INT’s last year but he’s still dangerous in coverage and Weeden will need to locate him when looking deep over the middle.