NFL Prospects Week in Review: 10/31

NFL Prospects Week in Review: 10/31

Another weekend of college football and another Saturday of terrific games and performances by top NFL-prospects. Several unheralded defensive linemen are stepping to the forefront and so are a pair of underrated passers.

There is much debate as to whether or not Texas junior quarterback Vince Young will leave for the NFL after this season.  Some question if entering the draft in 2006 is in his best interest.  This much is certain; pro-scouts are closely monitoring this amazing athlete as he rips through the competition.  

Young amassed 506-total yards in a victory over Oklahoma State, helping lead Texas back from a 16-point deficit in the second half.  267-yards came on the ground as Young averaged 12.7-yards on 21-carries, twice bringing it into the end zone for scores.  He also added 239-yards through the air and another pair of touchdowns, completing 50% of his passes.

Young recently stated his intention to stay in college for another year.  People wonder; if Young changes his mind how early will he be selected in April's draft?  And how soon before the Longhorn signal caller is ready to step onto an NFL field.

One little mentioned passer starting to build a buzz in the scouting community is Central Michigan's Kent Smith.  Formerly considered an athlete who played the quarterback position, Smith has improved his passing skills as a senior.  Once a downtrodden program, Smith has the Chippewas in the hunt to represent the western division in the MAC title game.

Brett Basanez of Northwestern had a big day during his team's loss to Michigan.  Throwing 326-yards on 53% passing, several scouts feel Basanez has the size and arm strength to warrant a look in the late rounds.  Many think the NU signal caller is much more then a "product of the system".

Wisconsin's Brian Calhoun has been on a tear during his first season in a Badger uniform.  A transfer from Colorado, he put up 197-yards rushing with five scores against Illinois on Saturday.  Slight of size, Calhoun has displayed himself to be a multi-purpose threat and has totaled 48-receptions in nine games this season.  Just a junior, he is getting serious consideration as a third-down back at the next level.

Not highly rated by NFL scouting concerns coming into the season, Florida defender Jeremy Mincey is making a name for himself.  Having a terrific senior campaign, the undersized defensive end leads the Gators in tackles, tackles for loss and sits near the top of the sack list. Mincey earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after a great performance against Georgia.  Now considered a middle-round choice, Mincey is getting looks as both a pass rusher in a conventional defense and a rush linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Fresno State is off and running with a record of 6-1 and remain undefeated in the Western Athletic Conference.  Defensive lineman Garrett McIntyre a leader of the unit, has played a large part in the team's success.  Sidelined earlier in the year with a bad ankle, McIntyre has rebounded nicely.  In the Bulldogs close victory over Hawaii he totaled five tackles, including three for loss, while also blocking a field goal attempt.

Potentially a late round choice, NFL scouts are excited about the versatility the Fresno State senior offers.  Looked upon as a utility player, McIntyre can be used at defensive end, defensive tackle or as a two-gap lineman in a 34 alignment.  And, as proven on Saturday, he also has special teams ability.

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