The start of the NFL season is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean we have to wait any longer for meaningful football. The college season is upon us. This edition will include Saturday 8/25, Thursday 8/30 and Friday 8/31. For right now, I will be prioritizing games with prospects that fit our primary needs. Those are as follows: Edge, T, RB, G, ILB and CB. Here are just a few games to check out, and who you should keep a keen scouting eye on throughout.
W. Kentucky Vs Wisconsin (Fri 8/31, 9 PM EST, ESPN)
Edge/Off-Ball LBer, Andrew Van Ginkel, Wisconsin (#17)
Andrew is very athletic and great in space. Had over 6 sacks last year, but will need to add some weight and strength to be more effective as an edge.
OT, David Edwards, Wisconsin (#79)
Edwards is one of the premier tackles coming out this year. He is strong and uses his power to plow open running lanes.
OG, Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin (#66)
Has that prototypical boxy frame that will do Beau well on the interior at the next level. Will probably do better in man blocking schemes.
OT/OG/C, Michael Deiter, Wisconsin (#63)
There is no shortage of draft worthy linemen at Wisconsin. Deiter is a very good bookend opposite of Edwards. He can play every position along the line as well. He will probably kick inside at the next level.
Off-Ball LBer, Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin (#43)
Works his magic in space, and can move sideline to sideline. Ryan takes very angles and can pack some power behind his tackles. Connelly also shows some ability in coverage as well.
Off-Ball LBer, T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin (#53)
Edwards is the kind of LBer that will hang close to the LOS and take on blocks. He works well in tight spaces and is a cog against the run.
Other Notable prospects: S, D’Cota Dixon, Wisconsin #14 - TE, Zander Neuville, Wisconsin #85 - TE, Kyle Penniston, Wisconsin #49 - WR, Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin #87
San Diego St. Vs Stanford (Fri 8/31, 9 PM EST, FS1)
OT, A.T. Hall, Stanford (#75)
Hall is very smooth mover at tackle, and would look very good in our outside zone blocking scheme.
RB, Bryce Love, Stanford (#20)
Love is one of the best running backs coming out this year. You will be hard-pressed to find a RB with Love’s speed that is as fluid and ellusive.
G, Brandon Fanaika, Stanford (#71)
Brandon is short and stocky and uses his hands to perfection to win and win early. He pulls well, and would also fit our scheme.
Off-Ball LBer, Bobby Okereke, Stanford (#20)
Bobby takes very good angles to the ball carrier, but needs to work on shedding blockers. He is better in a clean up kind of role.
CB, Alijah Holder, Stanford (#13)
Alijah is a strong cover corner, who uses his physicality at the line to win. Might not be fast enough to hand with downfield weapons at the next level. Might be an option for safety.
Other Notable prospects: TE, Kaden Smith, Stanford #82 - WR, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford #19