Posts Tagged ‘Talent Watch’

Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 8: Kevin White Emerging as Nation’s Best Receiver?

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
West Virginia star wideout Kevin White will look to continue his excellent senior season against Baylor on Sunday. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

West Virginia star wideout Kevin White will look to continue his excellent senior season against Baylor on Sunday. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Now that we are in the thick of conference play in the college football season, marquee matchups keep presenting themselves to the delight of draft analysts and collegiate fans alike. Unbeaten teams Florida State and Notre Dame face off this week, ensuring one of them will suffer its first loss of the season, while undefeated teams Baylor and Mississippi will try to avoid letdowns against unranked opponents. The chaos and drama of college football continues this week and the NFL’s next crop of players are battling for their respective teams and draft stock.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 7: Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley Face Off

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
This weekend's marquee matchup with UCLA will be an opportunity for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota to show he's the top quarterback in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

This weekend’s marquee matchup with UCLA will be an opportunity for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota to show he’s the top quarterback in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

This past weekend was the most exciting weekend of college football that I can remember in a long time. This week offers similar intrigue, featuring five games between teams who are both ranked in the top 25. Beyond that, there are several other matchups to keep an eye on with major conference implications.

From an NFL draft perspective, the attention should be on Oregon and UCLA, as two quarterbacks with high first-round aspirations will take center-stage. Before breaking them down, there were some great individual performances from last week to highlight.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 6: Top Prospects on Display in Six Top-25 Matchups

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, who plays Michigan State this week, has been an early star of the 2014 college football season. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, who plays Michigan State this week, has been an early star of the 2014 college football season. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

With six games between top-25 opponents, including three such matchups where both teams are undefeated, Week 6 of the college football season will help shape the landscape for the rest of the season. This will also be a pivotal week for many of the nation’s top NFL prospects who will be showcased in the week’s key games. It will be interesting to see which players emerge and which disappoint. The lights will be shining as bright as they possibly can for midseason games.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 5: Missouri’s Markus Golden, Shane Ray to Battle Talented South Carolina Offensive Line

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Missouri's Shane Ray (56) and Markus Golden (33) form one of the nation's best pass-rushing combos. (Photo: Raj Mehta — USA Today Sports)

Missouri’s Shane Ray (56) and Markus Golden (33) form one of the nation’s best pass-rushing combos. (Photo: Raj Mehta — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The more I study the eligible prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft, the clearer it is becoming that this is the year of the pass rusher. Outside of quarterback play, a pass-rush is the most important aspect of fielding a good football team, and this class provides plenty of players who can do just that. With no end in sight, I will continue to introduce pass rushers, including some who were not even on my radar entering the season but have emerged.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week Four: Amari Cooper vs. Vernon Hargreaves Among Week’s Marquee Matchups

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Amari Cooper will be one of the top prospects to watch this week when Alabama plays Florida. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

Amari Cooper will be one of the top prospects to watch this week when Alabama plays Florida. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

I cautioned last week that college football Week 3 was when we could see some letdowns. That rang true as USC, Virginia Tech, and Louisville all lost to unranked opponents while No. 6-ranked Georgia fell to No. 24 South Carolina. As more and more conference games are featured on a weekly basis, the importance of avoiding letdowns is at a premium for Football Bowl Subdivision teams wanting to find themselves in the playoffs at season’s end.

An improved slate of games in Week 4 presents some exciting matchups for NFL hopefuls. Putting quality game tape out for scouts is imperative for players looking to be selected in the 2015 draft. There are many players with opportunities to do that this upcoming week.

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