NFL Draft '07: Scouting Saturday for talent

NFL Draft '07: Scouting Saturday for talent

Traditional Thanksgiving games take place as rivalry weekend continues in college football. There are several outstanding match-ups between top NFL-prospects throughout the the day on Saturday.

Florida vs Florida State 12PM EST

If a tough year for the Seminoles closes out with a win over arch-rival Florida it would make many Seminole supporters temporarily forget the disappointment of '06.

While FSU has had their offensive woes this season they still have a trio of NFL-prospects at the receiver position.

Chris Davis has really improved his game and reminds many of a poor man's Willie Reid (drafted by the Steelers in the third round last April).  Greg Carr is in the midst of a disappointing season but has shown himself to be a terrific red-zone threat.  De'Cody Fagg has improved through an injury plagued campaign and offers great size.  As underclassmen both Fagg and Carr are expected to return to be potential first day selections in '08 while Davis is a late round pick.

Florida's has a talented secondary starting with versatile Reggie Nelson.  A terrific cover-man who can be used at safety or cornerback, Nelson grades as a potential first round pick if he enters the draft as expected.  Senior corner Reggie Lewis also grades high on several boards around the league.

South Carolina vs Clemson 12PM ESPN

Another inter-state rivalry which provides a good battle on the line of scrimmage.

Clemson has had some solid play from their interior offensive line.  Guard Nathan Bennett has shown a lot of improvement dominating the opposition on a weekly basis.  Center Dustin Fry has been consistent and efficient on the pivot.  Both are late round picks.

Gamecock tackle Stanley Doughty can be a disruptive force on the inside and creates a lot of havoc in the opposition's backfield.  Only a junior, Doughty is talking about entering the draft after this season.  A middle round pick, he'll produce in the NFL if he improves his consistency.

South Florida vs West Virginia 12 PM ESPN2

West Virginia hopes to capture a BSC bowl bid with two more wins while South Florida wants to secure a second consecutive bowl berth.

It will be up to the Bulls linebackers to try and slow down WVU's potent running attack.  

Outside linebacker Stephen Nicholas is one of the nation's most underrated players at his position.  The athletic Nicholas, who leads the team in tackles and presently ranks fifth in the conference in the category, is proficient as a run defender or in pass coverage.  

Likely to be a late round pick, the faster Nicholas runs in pre-draft testing the earlier he will be selected.

Louisville vs Pittsburgh 3:30 PM ESPN

Still another game with major implications in the Big East conference.  

This will be a great test for Brian Brohm, who comes off some unsettling performances recently.  It can be a statement game for red-shirt sophomore wide out Mario Urrutia, who is expected to enter the draft.  

Brohm has not withstood pressure well this season, something that Pittsburgh does well.  He's been watching out for pass rushers recently rather than looking downfield for pass receivers.

An imposing target, Urrutia has terrific size for the receiver position.  Also a sturdy pass catcher, he'll make the tough catch in a crowd, take a pounding then hold onto the ball.  Urrutia needs to improve the details of his game.  A poor route runner,  he also likes to peek up the field and run before he's caught the ball.

They face one of the top NFL-prospects at cornerback.

Darrelle Revis is establishing himself as one of the nation's premiere cornerbacks as well as a game-impacting return specialist.  Revis consistently comes up big during the games important moments.  Expected to enter the draft Revis will be a top 25 selection and the second corner drafted next April.

Revis will pounce if either Brohm or Urrutia slip-up.

East Carolina vs North Carolina State 7PM ESPNU

One more game with a big battle in the secondary.

Several opinions have East Carolina receiver Aundrae Allison moving up draft boards.  A productive wide out, Allision has registered 56-receptions and 612-receiving yards in nine games this season.  Injury and questions about motivation have dogged Allison through college but his natural talent is enticing.

Saturday he faces another naturally gifted prospect in Wolfpack corner A.J. Davis.  Possessing outstanding size-speed numbers (5'10"-186lbs-4.45) for cornerback, Davis has flashed skill but lacks overall consistency to his game.  Against Georgia Tech he was torched by Calvin Johnson for the game winning score.

Either player could improve their draft stock with a good performance on Saturday.

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