Archive for September, 2011

College football BACK tonight

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Time to put the 2010 tape to one side and start to properly judge the guys we’ll be focusing on for next year’s draft – college football returns tonight. There’s an awful lot of scope for players to really boost their stock, due to a minimal amount of potentially elite talent going into the new season. Right now I have only Andrew Luck, Ryan Kalil, Matt Barkley and Trent Richardson as players I expect to go early in terms of a pre-season grade.

There are others who will push themselves into the bracket – big names too – but I’m not willing to stamp the ‘sure thing’ label on a Quinton Coples or Alshon Jeffery. They are both potential first round picks, but to get the top-10 grades people are dishing out, they’ll need to earn it this year. Money will be made and lost this season, perhaps more than ever.

It’s also a first opportunity to see how a rookie wage cap impacts the number of underclassmen turning pro. Will it change anything? Or will we still see a large influx of talent leaving as soon as they’re eligible to do so?

It all kicks off tonight with UNLV and Wisconsin. There aren’t a ton of prospective NFL players that stand out on either roster, but the guy I’m most interested in is Peter Konz. I spoke about him a few times last year – usually when down-playing Gabe Carimi as I always believed Konz was the real star on the Badgers offensive line. He’s not a senior (which means he may well stick around for another year rather than enter the 2012 draft) but I think he has the potential to be a very good center at the next level.

Nick Toon is another player to keep an eye on as a capable if sometimes inconsistent playmaker. He could make a roster down the line and has the revelant NFL bloodlines.

I’ll also be watching TCU and Baylor and a cluster of other games over the weekend. Don’t expect a big tape review until Saturday due to work commitments, but in the meantime any thoughts or observations you have feel free to contribute in the comments section.