Posts Tagged ‘Talent Watch’

Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 11: Eli Harold, Nate Orchard Among Nation’s Emerging Pass-Rushers

Friday, November 7th, 2014
Virginia's Eli Harold has emerged as one of the top pass-rushers in college football. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

Virginia’s Eli Harold has emerged as one of the top pass-rushers in college football. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Six pivotal matchups featuring ranked opponents top the slate of college football games for Week 11.

While many of the nation’s top prospects have established their stock as high draft picks, a handful of others have emerged from obscurity, including Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings, TCU cornerback Kevin White and Utah defensive end Nate Orchard.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 10: Is Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston Worth the Risk?

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
While Jameis Winston's off-field concerns are troubling, his on-field skill should make him a high pick in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

While Jameis Winston’s off-field concerns are troubling, his on-field skill should make him a high pick in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Including this week, there are only five weeks remaining in the season that feature a full slate of games. The conference standings are shaping up and there is no margin for error for the many one-loss teams with aspirations of making the College Football Playoff. Meanwhile, the opportunities for 2015 NFL draft prospects to make a name for themselves are dwindling down.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 9: Devin Funchess Takes on Michigan State

Friday, October 24th, 2014
Michigan pass-catcher Devin Funchess will be a player to watch as the Wolverines take on Michigan State on Saturday. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Michigan pass-catcher Devin Funchess will be a player to watch as the Wolverines take on Michigan State on Saturday. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Can you believe the season is entering week nine? Time really flies when you are having fun and football season is truly the most fun time of the year.

The upcoming week’s slate of games lacks the marquee matchups of previous weeks, but plenty of rivalry games and key conference contests await. Teams with playoff aspirations will want to avoid letdowns and the picture is becoming more and more clear as to what the nation’s top prospects’ tools and traits have developed to be. The time to iron out deficiencies is winding down. Putting out solid performances is a must with so much at stake down the stretch for teams and prospects alike.

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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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