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    CFB Live Game Day Blog: August 30

    Friday night's college schedule includes several interesting games including one contest taking place in Greensboro, North Carolina, will have the attention of scouts.

    It’s another smattering of games on the first full weekend of college football before tomorrow’s main course.   Tonight’s games are a little more interesting and one contest taking place in Greensboro, North Carolina, will have the attention of scouts.

    10:55

    If you’re watching the CU-CSU game keep an eye on the Buffaloes right tackle, William Sherman (78).  He played left tackle last year as a freshman.  Very athletic, agile and fundamentally sound.

    He’s on the smaller side and may be kicked into guard but my scout friends out in Boulder already have him on their radar.

    10:42

    Despite the receiver running an awful route, that was a nice interception and play by cornerback Amari Henderson of Wake Forest, who was getting hammered in the first half.

    Henderson was up and down last season, struggling with injuries, but in 2017 as a sophomore he broke up 14 passes, intercepted 2 and finished 62 tackles.  I’m shocked scouts chose not to grade him before the season.

    10:35

    While the long anticipated return to the field of Colorado receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. is moments away, it’s also an equally important game for quarterback Steven Montez.

    Montez looked and played like a legitimate top 60 selection in 2017 and during the first half of 2018 before the bottom fell out the second half of last season.

    His physical skills are on a par with any of the top signal callers expected to be available for the 2020 draft- in fact I’ll go on record and say Montez has a stronger arm than Justin Herbert of Oregon.

    Despite the fact Colorado State poses an intense in state rivalry, their defense is awful and offers Montez the perfect prescription to get his ailing game back on track.

    9:25

    Very impressed in what I’m seeing from Justin Herron on his return to the college field.  The Wake Forest left tackle doesn’t look as though he’s lost the slightest bit of mobility, agility or ability to bend his knees, since missing last year with a major knee injury.

    I love his ability to adjust or redirect and block on the move.  His footwork off the edge is also next level quality.

    Herron is a slender lineman (290-pounds) and may actually be better as a zone blocking guard versus a left tackle on Sunday’s.

    9:05

    A lot of people graded South Florida Mitchell Wilcox as a potential top 100 pick over the summer but I never saw it.  I think he’s a solid tight end but nothing more than a late round pick and the third, maybe second, man on the depth chart.

    He can’t be dropping passes against what is a very ordinary Wisconsin defense.

    8:25

    What an opening drive by Jordan Love!

    You have to love his command of the offense, the way he spreads the ball around and the wherewithal he shows on the field.  Then there are his elite physical skills.

    Another match-up to key on in this contest is Wake Forest left tackle Justin Herron versus Tipa Galea’i, the athletic pass rusher who comes out of a three point stance and also stands over tackle.

    I graded Herron as a potential middle round choice prior to the 2018 season but he was sidelined with a knee injury.  Galea’i shows flashes of brilliance as a pass rusher as well as playing in space.  He would be dangerous if he pulls it all together.

    7:55

    The week after the 2019 NFL Draft was completed I posted a mock draft for the 2020 event.  With the 11th selection of my mock draft I had the Minnesota Vikings selecting Utah State quarterback Jordan Love, which raised a LOT of eyebrows at the time and resulted in a lot of shrugged shoulders.

    Now Love is receiving hype similar to the last big named junior quarterback from the MWC- Josh Allen of Wyoming.

    Tonight marks first of two important contests scouts will monitor as Love goes against Wake Forest who has a handful of next level prospects.

    Carlos Basham Jr is cousin to Tarell Basham, a third-round selection of the Indianapolis Colts and with the New York Jets.  He’s a terrific pass rusher like his cousin but has better size and is more of a three down player.

    Justin Strnad is an underrated pursuit linebacker who does a great job patrolling the second level of defense.

    Scouts ignored Amari Henderson yet if you watch the 2017 tape he displayed a lot of next level ability.  Meanwhile Essang Bassey was stamped as a potential second round choice by some area scouts.

    It all adds up to a big opportunity, and challenge, for Love.

    Wake Forest Defensive Prospects

    Grade Rnd Full Name Pos # Yr
    3.65 3rd Carlos Basham Jr. DE 18 4Jr
    3.42 5th Justin Strnad ILB 23 5Sr
    3.29 7th Amari Henderson CB 4 5Sr
    3.27 7th Essang Bassey CB 21 4Sr
    3.18 FA DJ Taylor OLB 46 3Jr
    2.94 FA Ja’Sir Taylor CB 24 3Jr

     

    6:45PM

    There will be a few games and a smattering of prospects to key on this evening.

    The game many are looking forward to kicks-off at 8PM on the ACC Network as Jordan Love and his Utah State teammates take on a very talented Wake Forest defense.  I’ll have more on this game preceding the start.

    UMass travels to Piscataway, New Jersey to take on the Scarlett Knights.  The Minutemen line up an underrated prospect at left tackle by the name of Ray Thomas-Ishman, graded as a priority free agent.  He’ll be trying to shut down Elorm Lumor of Rutgers, an undersized but very athletic pass rusher.

    Tulsa-Michigan State doesn’t expect to be much of a contest, though Spartan linebacker Joe Bachie is always fun to watch. I grade Bachie as a steady third round prospect and feel he could make a move up draft boards.

    My draft board below shows South Florida is overmatched by Wisconsin, the 7PM game on ESPN, a game heavy on offense.

    Wisconsin vs South Florida
    School Grade Rod Full Name Pos # Yr
    Wisconsin 4.06 1st Tyler Biadasz C 61 4Jr
    Wisconsin 3.95 1-2 Jake Ferguson TE 84 3So
    Wisconsin 3.92 2nd Jonathan Taylor RB 23 3Jr
    South Florida 3.37 6th Mitchell Wilcox TE 89 5Sr
    Wisconsin 3.32 6th Zack Baun OLB 56 5Sr
    South Florida 3.28 7th Blake Barnett QB 11 5Sr
    South Florida 3.21 FA Marcus Norman T 77 5Sr
    South Florida 3.18 FA Jordan Cronkite RB 2 5Sr
    South Florida 3.11 FA Darnell Salomon WR 3 4Sr
    South Florida 3.06 FA William Atterbury G 78 5Sr
    Wisconsin 3.02 FA A.J. Taylor WR 4 4Sr
    South Florida 3.02 FA Greg Reaves OLB 41 5Sr
    South Florida 2.92 FA Kirk Livingstone DE 94 5Sr
    Wisconsin 2.74 FA Brad Shaw RB 7 4Sr
    Wisconsin 2.72 FA David Moorman T 68 5Sr
    Wisconsin 2.70 FA Chris Orr ILB 54 5Sr

     

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