Scouting Round up College Football Week: 4

News and Notes


Welcome, to week four of college football action. This week has been rather quiet on the news front so we will spend some time talking about rookies. First, there was some injury news announced on Thursday. Nick Bosa from Ohio State had surgery on his “core area”. Sources I trust have said that it is most likely due to a hernia injury. That is actually good news because that means Bosa will not miss the rest of the season. Bosa is far and away the best prospect in the country so I do not think him missing a couple of weeks will impact his stock by much. Bosa is an easy prospect to grade but not all are like that. When you are a scout one quality you must have is to admit when you were wrong. I graded Colts starting Linebacker Darius Leonard as a 4th round pick last year. During my draft recap, I even mentioned that I thought the Colts reached by selecting him in the 2nd round. Leonard has gone out there and absolutely balled out so far this season, and has made me eat my words. Leonard is not perfect, but he is nowhere near as raw as I thought he was coming to the NFL. Moral of the story is that if you do miss on a prospect make sure you go back and evaluate where you went wrong. In other rookie news, Josh Allen got his first start of the season on Sunday. Allen posted a line of 18-33 for 245 yards 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. Obviously, Allen struggled quite a bit in his first start, but I think we all expected that. Allen has almost no help on either side of the football and was not ready to start to begin with. Hopefully, he can improve every week and by the end of the year he looks good, however, I do not have much faith in the Bills to develop him.


Top 30 Big Board


Name Position School
1.Nick Bosa DE Ohio State
2. Ed Oliver DT Houston
3. Jonah Williams LT Alabama
4. Raekwon Davis DT Alabama
5. Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson
6. Dalton Risner OG Kansas State
7. Greddy Williams CB LSU
8. Rashan Gary DT Michigan
9. AJ Brown WR Ole Miss
10. Devin White LB LSU
11. Deionte Thompson S Alabama
12. Devin Bush LB Michigan
13. Justin Herbert QB Oregon
14. Noah Fant TE Iowa
15. Montez Sweat DE Mississippi State
16. David Montgomery RB Iowa State
17. Dre’Mont Jones DT Ohio State
18. Jeffery Simmons DT Mississippi State
19. Jaquan Johnson S Miami


20. Greg Little LT Ole Miss
21. N’Keal Harry WR Arizona State
22. Deandre Baker CB Georgia
23. Taylor Rapp S Washington
24. Ryan Finley QB NC State
25. Lamar Peters CB Mississippi State
26. David Sills V WR West Virginia
27. Jarrett Stidham QB Auburn  
28. Zach Allen DE Boston College
29. David Edwards OT Wisconsin
30. Joe Jackson DE Miami


Three must-watch games for week: 4


Game one: Stanford vs Oregon/ Saturday, 9/22 8:00 PM

This game is very important for a number of reasons. First my current QB 1 Justin Herbert gets a chance to prove himself against a good Stanford defense. Second Stanford as a lot of draftable talent across the board.

Players to watch for Stanford:

 Bryce Love: RB 7

Kaden Smith: TE 2

 JJ Arcega-Whiteside: WR 6

 Nate Herbig: IOL 6

Brandon Fanaika: IOL 11

Players to watch for Oregon:

  Justin Herbert: QB 1


Game two: Wisconsin vs Iowa/ Saturday, 9/22 8:30 PM

This game is interesting for a number of reasons, the main one being the Wisconsin O-line. All five guys could hear their name called in April despite my only highlighting a few. For Iowa, this will give us a chance to see Noah Fant, and QB, Nate Stanley. Stanley has been getting some hype, but I’m not a fan lets see him prove me wrong.


Players to watch for Wisconsin:

David Edwards: LT 3

Mike Dieter: OG 3

Beau Benzschawel: OG 7

TJ Edwards: LB 5

D’Cota Dixon: Safety 11


Players to watch for Iowa:

Noah Fant: TE 1

Nate Stanley: QB 12


Game three: Michigan State vs Indiana/ Saturday, 9/22 7:30 PM

This game does not carry a lot of weight when top prospects are concerned, but it does have one good storyline. Brian Lewerke is a QB who some people have at the top of their boards. Indiana does not pose a huge challenge, but with a QB class, this muddled any good game counts.


Players to watch for Michigan State:

Brian Lewerke: QB 5

LJ Scott: RB 10

Players to watch for Indiana:

Nate Linder: OG 9

Jonathan Crawford: Safety 12

Tape Study Week 4:

  1. Tyree Jackson QB, Buffalo
  2. Miles Sanders RB, Penn State
  3. Brain Burns DE, Florida State



Name School Movement
1. Justin Herbert Oregon None
2. Ryan Finley NC State Up one spot
3. Jarrett Stidham Auburn Down one spot
4. Drew Lock Missouri None
5. Brian Lewerke Michigan State None
6. Will Grier West Virginia None
7. Jake Bentley South Carolina Up one spot
8. Brett Rypien Boise State Up one spot
9. Clayton Thorson Northwestern Up one spot
10. Nick Fitzgerald Mississippi State Down 3 spots


Jarrett Stidham: Stidham had a huge opportunity this week to prove himself against top-tier talent. Instead of proving himself Stidham raises a lot of questions. He consistently left clean pockets way to early which concerns me.


Nick Fitzgerald: Every time I have watched Nick play he looks less and less like an NFL QB. He relies on his legs way too much and his accuracy has been erratic so far this season.  



Name School Movement
1.David Montgomery Iowa State None
2. Benny Snell Kentucky None
3. Justice Hill Oklahoma State None
4. Devin Singletary Florida Atlantic None
5. Damien Harris Alabama None
6. Mike Weber Ohio State None
7. Bryce Love Stanford None
8. Rodney Anderson Oklahoma None
9. Myles Gaskin Washington None
10. LJ Scott Michigan State None



Name School Movement
1.AJ Brown Ole Miss None
2. N’Keal Harry Arizona State None
3. David Sills V West Virginia None
4. DK Metcalf Ole Miss None
5. Deebo Samuel South Carolina None
6. JJ Arcega-Whiteside Stanford None
7. Ahmmon Richards Miami None
8. Anthony Johnson Buffalo None
9. Juwan Johnson Penn State None
10. Ryan Davis Auburn None


Name School Movement
1.Noah Fant Iowa None
2.Kaden Smith Stanford None
3. Tommy Sweeney Boston College None
4. Albert Okwuegbunam Missouri None
5. Dawson Knox Ole Miss None
6. Alize Mack Notre Dame None
7. Caleb Wilson UCLA None
8. CJ Conrad Kentucky None
9. Foster Moreau LSU None
10. Brandon Fritts North Carolina None



Name School Movement
1.Dalton Risner Kansas State None
2. Martez Ivey Florida None
3. Mike Dieter Wisconsin None
4. Elgton Jenkins Mississippi State None
5. Hjayle Froholdt Arkansas None
6. Nate Herbig Stanford None
7. Beau Benzschawel Wisconsin None
8. Ross Pierschbacher Alabama None
9. Nate Linder Indiana None
10. Mike Jordan Ohio State None



Name School Movement
1. Jonah Williams Alabama None
2. Greg Little Ole Miss None
3. David Edwards Wisconsin None
4. Mitch Hyatt Clemson None
5. Kaleb McGary Washington None
6. Isaiah Prince Ohio State None
7. Trey Adams Washington None
8. Bobby Evans Oklahoma None
9. Prince Tega Wanogho Auburn None
10. Daniel Cooney San Diego State None



Name School Movement
1.Ed Oliver Houston None
2. Raekwon Davis Alabama None
3. Rashan Gary Michigan None
4. Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State None
5. Jeffery Simmons Mississippi State None
6. Dexter Lawrence Clemson None
7. Terry Beckner Missouri None
8. Christian Wilkins Clemson None  
9. Jerry Tillery Notre Dame None
10. Gerald Willis III Miami None



Name College Movement
1.Nick Bosa Ohio State None
2. Clien Ferrell Clemson None
3. Montez Sweat Mississippi State None
4. Zach Allen Boston College None
5. Joe Jackson Miami None
6. Anfernee Simmons Alabama None
7. Shareef Miller Penn State None
8. Austin Bryant Clemson None
9. Chase Winovich Michigan None
10. Porter Gustin USC None



Name School Movement
1.Devin White LSU Up one spot
2. Devin Bush Michigan Down one spot
3. Cameron Smith USC None
4. Josh Allen Kentucky None
5. TJ Edwards Wisconsin None
6. Shaquille Quarterman Miami None
7. Mack Wilson Alabama None
8. Sutton Smith Northern Illinois None
9. Khalil Hodge Buffalo None
10. Christian Miller Alabama None


Devin White: It was not just the Quarterbacks who had to prove them self in the LSU vs Auburn game. White showed he was an elite athlete and play disruptor against quality talent. His 4th down stop showcased everything in his game that could make him a top 10 pick come April.



Name School Movement
1.Greedy Williams LSU None
2. Deandre Baker Georgia None
3. Lamar Peters Mississippi State None
4. Amani Oruwariye Penn State None
5. Kendall Sheffield Ohio State Up five spots
6. Mark Gilbert Duke Down one spot
7. Levonta Taylor Florida State Down one spot
8. Mike Jackson Miami Down one spot
9. Julian Love Notre Dame Down one spot
10. Lavert Hill Michigan Down one spot


Kendall Sheffield: So your most likely wondering why Kendall jumped so high without being a tape study from last week. The short version is that I watched the Ohio State vs TCU game tape and was impressed. Also, sources I trust have said that Ohio State coaches are really talking him up.  



Name School Movement
1. Deionte Thompson Alabama Up two spots
2. Taylor Rapp Washington None
3. Jaquan Johnson Miami Down two spots
4. JR Reed Georgia None
5. Lukas Denis Boston College None
6. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson Florida None
7. Jo-Jo Mcintosh Washington None
8. Delvin Randall Temple   Unranked (week 3 tape study)
9. Jah’Shawn Johnson Texas Tech   Down one spot
10. Andrew Wingard Wyoming Down one spot


Deionte Thompson: Thompson had one of the most impressive safety performance I have ever seen against Ole Miss last week. He displayed the ability to be a true center fielder and I hope he declares for the draft this season.

Jaquan Johnson: Johnson’s stock has been dropping since week one, and it continued this week. Johnson is too slow to react to plays in his zone, and he has missed some tackles this year. Johnson needs a signature game to get back into the number one safety conversation.


Delvin Randle: It makes me so happy to be able to put a fellow Owl on one of the charts. Randel is the leader of the Owl defense and it shows on the field. He hits hard in the run game when attacking the line of scrimmage. He reminds me a lot of Marcus Allen from Penn State last season.



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