I have decided to take the "Who Are You Watching Now?" portion in a semi-different direction. Come draft time next year - we will turn to sites such as nfldraftcountdown.com for draft intelligence. While I won't be strictly dependent on other sources for information, I will turn to them as a point of reference. For example, the Packers might be looking for CB come the '08 draft. I've watched Wake Forest play this year & for one reason or another I did not notice Alphonso Smith. He did not jump out at me yet he is widely considered a top CB for the '08 draft. We should know who this guy is...the same can be said for Wake Forest's OLB Aaron Curry.
Additionally, this type of web site informs me that guys like Knowshown Moreno, Jeremy Maclin, Michael Crabtree, and Matthew Stafford are all draft eligible.
We won't be fully dependant on these web site because we have been talking about guys like Brandon Tate and Mike Mickens for a year. This web site as yet to list Tate as a prospect. Mickens has finally arrived and they've now got him as the #4 ranked CB for the '08 draft.
Tate is a speedy WR who has showed the ability to run after the catch and to get deep. Definitely worth a look. He's a Butch Davis style WR who has a knack for the big play. Hakeem Nicks is North Carolina's other WR. He, too, has NFL potential. Good hands. Makes plays in traffic. Great build.
Javon Ringer excites me. Michigan State's back has a knack for turning nothing into something big. He always seems to find the open field.
Ian Johnson, RB, Boise State is a unique talent. I can see him being a solid special teams return guy as well as a utility RB.
While Michigan is a poor team this year, I believe that they are loaded with NFL talent across their defensive front 4. Tim Jamison looks the part. He's active against the run. He runs plays down from behind and he applies pressure on the QB. Terrence Taylor might be the best DT in college football. Will Johnson is a run stopping fighter on the inside. His weight is a bit light, but he's agile he never gives up on a play.
Morgan Trent, CB, Michigan also has the size, speed and make to play in the NFL. He's going to be a guy that I pay attention to in today's game against ND.
As for USC vs Ohio St, we know what Malcolm Jenkins, James Laurinaitis, Rey Maualuga but what can Fili Moala, Brian Cushing & Marcus Freeman do? Also, how can Todd Boeckman and Brian Robiskie perform against top flight competition?
In the WI-Fresno State game, I want to watch Casillas. He's been a big disappointment to me. All the speed. Yet, often times he fails to find the football. It'll also be exciting to watch Beckum in his 1st action of the year. I'm curious to see what the Badger defense can do against Tom Brandstater, Fresno State's QB. Brandstater has been mentioned as an NFL prospect. I watched him against Rutgers and he was not overly impressive. We'll see what happens tonight.
I'm going to pay large attention to DL & DB this year. Along with the OL & RB, they'll most likely be positions of need for the Packers in the '09 draft. While I don't openly follow OL, I'll hope to narrow down my top 10 DL, DB, and RB's by the end of the year.