'09 NFL Prospects Head 2 Head Preview: Week 2

Derrick Williams (Scott Halleran/Getty)

Week 1 of the college football season posed many mismatches and lopsided victories. But Week 2 presents more intriguing individual and team matchups. Penn State's Derrick Williams is coming off of a solid performance and looks to continue his progression this week. Scout.com's Chris Steuber profiles Williams along with nine other prospects in five marquee matchups.

Cincinnati at #4 Oklahoma
Saturday, September 6th at 3:30 p.m. on ABC

Mike Mickens (6-foot, 190 pounds), CB, Cincinnati
VS.
Juaquin Iglesias (6-foot, 204 pounds), WR, Oklahoma


Iglesias continues to prove that he's one of the top receivers in the country.
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Scouting Report: Mike Mickens is a natural cover corner with great size and speed. He’s fluid off the line of scrimmage, transitions well with receivers and positions himself to make a play on the ball. He has great awareness, locates the ball quickly and has excellent ball skills. He plays with a lot of suddenness and is always looking to make a play. He plays with aggression and shows the desire to defend the run. 

Juaquin Iglesias is a reliable receiver who has a knack for making big plays. He's quick off the line and runs solid routes. He's a consistent target over the middle and has the quickness to stretch the field. He's a hard worker who plays physically off the line, drives the opposition back, and comes back to the ball and flashes soft hands. He makes tough catches in traffic and doesn't shy away from contact.

Head 2 Head: One of the most underrated wide receivers in the country, Oklahoma’s Juaquin Iglesias, will go Head 2 Head with one of the top cornerbacks in the nation in Cincinnati’s Mike Mickens. Iglesias had an outstanding start to the season last week against Chattanooga, who they manhandled 57 – 2. He caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown and also contributed on special teams with a spectacular 69-yard kick return where he broke multiple tackles to give the Sooners excellent field position. Mickens and his Bearcats were also involved in a blowout victory last weekend when they defeated Eastern Kentucky 40 – 7. But for Cincinnati to have a chance against Oklahoma on Saturday, Mickens will have to play a major role on defense. Iglesias is the Sooners big play threat downfield, and with Mickens’ cover skills, he should be able to limit Iglesias’ chances to break free. The bigger task for the Bearcats defense will be defending the Sooners’ rushing attack with DeMarco Murray. If Murray has success on the ground, it will keep Cincinnati guessing through the air.


Marshall at #11 Wisconsin

Saturday, September 6th at 12:00 p.m. on the Big Ten Network

C.J. Spillman (6-foot, 195 pounds), FS, Marshall
VS.
Travis Beckum (6-foot-3, 237 pounds), TE, Wisconsin


One of the premier pass catching tight ends in the nation, Beckum returns to action.
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Scouting Report: Travis Beckum is an athletic tight end who can stretch the field and make big plays. He’s quick into his routes, possesses excellent awareness and is able to haul in difficult receptions with his tremendous athleticism. He has great body control and adjusts well to errant throws. He’s not much of a blocker, but he’s able to get his body in position to hold off defenders.

C.J. Spillman is a highly touted defender who doesn’t possess elite ball skills, but is always around the ball and makes plays. He has good speed and flips his hips well in transition. He diagnoses the action quickly and is a willing defender in the run game. He has to improve his pass defense and become a more consistent all-around player.

Head 2 Head: Despite being slowed by a recent hamstring injury, Travis Beckum is still one of the premier pass catching tight ends in the country and is a threat to create a big play anytime the ball comes his way. Beckum is expected to play this weekend against Marshall, after sitting out last week against Akron. Marshall defender C.J. Spillman lines up at the free safety position and usually roams around in centerfield, but with Beckum’s ability as a receiver Spillman will have to pay close attention to No. 9. Spillman gives up roughly 40 pounds to Beckum, but he has the athleticism and toughness it takes to cause him fits. Beckum can take advantage of Spillman’s aggressiveness and turn it into a positive for Wisconsin. This is a matchup that favors Beckum, but you will see Spillman have an impact on defense.


Oregon State at #19 Penn State
Saturday, September 6th at 3:30 p.m. on ABC

Keenan Lewis (6-foot-1, 198 pounds), CB, Oregon State
VS.
Derrick Williams (6-foot, 196 pounds), WR/RS, Penn State


An explosive playmaker out to show he's ready to emerge, Williams can do it all with the ball in his hands.
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Scouting Report: Keenan Lewis is one of the most physical corners in the country. He doesn’t shy away from contact and plays up on the opposition at the line of scrimmage. He has good footwork and can defend fast and tall receivers. He works well with his teammates and understands his assignments.

Derrick Williams is an explosive athlete who has tremendous ability anytime he has the ball. He’s quick off the line, reaches top speed instantly and has an outstanding burst in the open field. He has excellent body control and adjusts well to vertical throws. He’s a dynamic return specialist who has great vision and cut back ability that allows him to reach paydirt.

Head 2 Head: Another team coming off of a comical defeat, Penn State follows up its 66 – 7 rout over Coastal Carolina with a much tougher opponent in Oregon State. Penn State’s dynamic playmaker Derrick Williams returned his first career kickoff for a touchdown last week; an 89-yard return, and also contributed on offense with two receptions for 45 yards. Oregon State’s Keenan Lewis will challenge Williams at the line of scrimmage and try to stall his progression into his routes. Williams poses a huge threat against the Beavers defense, but Oregon State can’t just worry about Williams beating them, because Jordan Norwood and Deon Butler can also hurt them. This will be a tough matchup for Lewis and the Beavers, because the Nittany Lions passing attack is just too potent for them to handle.


Miami at #5 Florida

Saturday, September 6th at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN

Eric Moncur (6-foot-2, 252 pounds), DE, Miami
VS.
Jason Watkins (6-foot-6, 310 pounds), OT, Florida


Coming off of a leg injury and dealing with the death of his mother, Moncur is ready for the Gators.
Marc Serota /Getty

Scouting Report: Eric Moncur is an undersized defender who plays with good pad level. He’s fast off the edge, quickly changes direction and makes plays in the backfield. He plays with a good motor and uses his hands well to keep blockers from engaging.

Florida offensive tackle Jason Watkins is an athletic, versatile blocker who can play left or right tackle. He’s strong at the point of attack, seals off defenders and finishes what he started. He has good lateral movement, uses his hands very well and controls the opposition on the edge.

Head 2 Head: This seems to be a constant theme this week; teams coming off of one-sided victories, and the same can be said about Miami and Florida, as they dominated their opponents last weekend. The Hurricanes are looking to rebound from a difficult season last year, and last week was a good start. But an unfortunate circumstance may cause one of the Hurricanes top defenders to miss this week’s game against the No. 5 Gators. Eric Moncur’s mother died this past weekend after a battle with cancer. Moncur has stated that he wants to play, and that will be good news for Miami. But Coach Randy Shannon said that if Moncur plays he will receive around 25 snaps. Florida’s Jason Watkins is one of the best tackles you never heard of. That’s surprising since he plays for the Gators, but Watkins’ athleticism, durability and versatility make him a special prospect. Moncur will be playing for more than a Hurricanes win this weekend, and when he’s in the game, Watkins will have to be ready for a quiet storm to erupt at any moment.


Stanford at #15 Arizona State

Saturday, September 6th at 10:00 p.m.

Wopamo Osaisai (5-foot-11, 198 pounds), CB, Stanford
VS.
Rudy Carpenter (6-foot-2, 222 pounds), QB, Arizona State


Carpenter had an impressive opening week against Northern Arizona, can he continue to impress against Stanford?
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Scouting Report: Wopamo Osaisai is a versatile football player who has the ability to lineup at a variety of positions. He has track-star speed and transitions well in coverage. He has excellent awareness and ball skills. He’s a physical corner who doesn’t shy away from contact and doesn’t back down from bigger receivers. He has experience as a return specialist.

Rudy Carpenter is an intelligent, tough competitor who is a true leader on the field. He has solid footwork and is able to make throws on the run. He has a good sense of timing and delivers an accurate, catchable ball. He reads defenses well, effectively looks off the safety and finds the open target. He’s a durable player who will play through pain and commands respect from his teammates.

Head 2 Head: As hard as Wopamo Osaisai’s name is to pronounce - it’s pronounced Woe-pom-O O-sigh-sigh - his game is hard to ignore. Osaisai had an outstanding game last week in Stanford’s 36 – 28 win over Oregon State, as he recorded 11 tackles, nine solo, and defended two passes. This week will only get tougher for Osaisai as he has to combat with Arizona State’s fiery leader Rudy Carpenter. Carpenter had a great week last weekend against Northern Arizona, as he completed 78.6-percent of his passes for 388 yards and a touchdown. This will be a good matchup between two promising prospects and teams in the Pac-10.

 

 

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com.

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