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Info-graphic of Peyton Manning’s touchdown receptionists.

Before suffering a 27-0 loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning had an efficient string of games between weeks three through five versus the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins, and Atlanta Falcons, respectively. He completed just over 70-percent of his passes, with 245 passing yards-per-game, and an 8:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio (not including one score which came via rushing).

The Eagles held the entire Giants team in-check last week, when Manning was only able to muster 151 yards through the air. The question is whether or not Big Blue can regain their recent winning-ways. Manning is an integral component for any chance of that.

For his entire career during the regular season, Manning has posted a 10-9 record against “Big D” with just over 60% completion, nearly 257 passing yards-per-game, and a 19:11 TD-to-INT ratio. He also has a victory over the Cowboys during the 2007-08 NFC Divisional Playoffs making it safe to say that Manning has accomplished success during these rivalry games.

After starting this season on a losing note to the San Francisco 49ers, the Cowboys have ripped off five-straight victories with their most recent one being earned while visiting the defending-champion Seattle Seahawks. The Cowboys defense was very impressive when they held Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to only 126 yards through the air with one interception. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was held to 61 yards on only 10 carries.

The Seahawks, at their best, are a very physical run-first team but they were only limited to 18 rushing attempts. While the amount of attempts is small, credit must be given to the entire Cowboys team for winning the battle of possession (37:39 vs. 22:21). Manning must regain his form while also being cerebral in regards to having his drives not just result in scores, but make the Cowboys margin for error as miniscule as possible.

Manning and the Giants may not need to win the battle of possession, given that their offense is now based on short, quick passes, but the Giants’ best defense for this weekend may need to come from their offense’s ability to protect the football and make every one of their drives put pressure on the Cowboys offense to be aggressive and take chances.

The Cowboys are 12th-best in pass defense, giving up 228 yards-per-game in the air. It is more impressive when considering that Dallas is 5-1 overall. They have had a lot of chances to defend against the pass since opposing teams resort to their tactic when playing from behind. Rod Marinelli has earned defensive coordinator responsibilities this year for the Cowboys while Monte Kiffin was demoted to more of a consulting position, after holding the same position last season. The move is paying off so far for the organization.

Losing Victor Cruz is a real back-breaker for this offense. The bigger question is whether another wide receiver can fill that void. Rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. already has two games under his belt after returning from a hamstring injury during training camp and the earlier portion of this season. However, fellow receiver Preston Parker has already assumed the slot role during practices but makes it clear that it will be a group effort.

"We all have confidence in ourselves within the receiver group, to hold Vic up," Parker said. "We don’t lack confidence, we’re strong-minded guys and that’s how you gotta be in this league.

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"All the receivers, when he suggests something, we go out there and try do what he asks of us," Parker said. "It’s a rhythm, each game it gets better with the communication, what are the signals, what he wants to do on this [route]. Every time we get a different [defensive] look, or a new look, we just come together and talk…" (Nick Powell, NJ.com)

Whether Manning bounces back is largely dependent on whether that slot receiver going forward is in rhythm with the signal-caller.

Does Manning bounce back? Also, who assumes the slot role going forward? Let G-Men HQ know about your thoughts below.

- G-Men HQ

Kaleb Johnson, OG, Rutgers, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’4” / 305
Projected Round – 7
Rutgers at (12)Ohio State – Saturday, 10/18, 3:30 PM ET – ABC/ESPN2

Rutgers will have arguably its toughest task since 2006 when the program faced a then number-three Louisville team and ended up beating them. Kaleb Johnson began his college career at right tackle before settling in along the interior of the offensive line. Going into this season he had registered 37 starts already.

Ohio State will play host to Rutgers for the first time ever. It will be interested to see Rutgers finally play in front of a crowd that is as big as six figures. Johnson’s composure will be tested during the crowd noise that will likely call for offensive silent counts. The Buckeyes will sport the most talented front-seven that Rutgers has seen all season.

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Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’6” / 299
Projected Round – 2-3
Washington at (9)Oregon – Saturday, 10/18, 8:00 PM ET – FOX Sports 1

After missing two games earlier this season due to a knee injury, Jake Fisher has shown strides to still get downfield and lead-block. He was originally penciled in as the team’s right tackle but is now playing along the left side due to Tyler Johnstone being out for the season with a torn ACL that he suffered back in the spring. Fisher likely projects better as a right tackle given that his strongsuit is run-blocking. During the previous two seasons he started at right tackle.

Fisher was named as a two-time Pac-12 honorable mention for two seasons. Washington and Oregon both have one loss in the Pac-12, with Oregon playing one more game. Washington hung in there with Stanford before the latter scored the game-winning touchdown with just a little more than three minutes to go in the game. If Fisher can help maintain Oregon’s offensive dominance then Washington will struggle to keep up.

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Danny Shelton, DT, Washington, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’2” / 332
Projected Round – 1-2
Washington at (9)Oregon – Saturday, 10/18, 8:00 PM ET – FOX Sports 1

For Washington to beat Oregon, limiting offensive possessions for Oregon will be required. If this game ends up being a shootout then Washington will find it hard to keep up. Danny Shelton will need to be a presence if the Huskies are to stifle Oregon’s running game. He anchors the Huskies’ defensive line and is considered their best player on it.

Shelton has started for the last two seasons. Last season he recorded 59 tackles. Shelton will need to set the tone early in terms of covering his interior gaps in order to force Oregon to look for other ways to move the football. Unfortunately for Washington, Oregon is very balanced on offense and can attack in many different facets.

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Justin Coleman, CB, Tennessee, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 5’10” / 190
Projected Round – 6
Tennessee at (3)Ole Miss – Saturday, 10/18, 7:00 PM ET – ESPN

After playing along the outside during his entire career at Tennessee, Justin Coleman is seeing time at nickel because slot receivers have caused havoc for the Volunteers during of late. He has shown his ability to play in traffic along with being on an island. Coleman has recorded 105 tackles during the last two seasons combined. The only thing that holds him back is sure hands to secure interceptions.

Ole Miss quarterback has had a stellar season thus far by averaging over 280 passing yards a game this season. If one excludes his clunker at Texas A&M, he’s averaging over 300 passing yards. The Rebels are making an argument to be the class of the entire SEC. Let’s see if Coleman can make some plays.

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Jordan Richards, SS, Stanford, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 5’11” / 208
Projected Round – 3
(23)Stanford at (17)Arizona State – Saturday, 10/18, 10:30 PM ET – ESPN

Arizona State has the ninth-best passing offense in terms of yardage, averaging just over 340 yards a game. Jordan Richards is regarded as a hard-hitting safety as he sees time in the strong safety role. Last season he recorded 69 tackles and four interceptions. Stanford has lost both of its games against ranked opponents, while Arizona State bounced back strong by beating USC 38-34 after getting manhandled by UCLA with a score of 62-27.

Both teams still control their own destiny in hopes of getting to the Pac-12 championship game. Richards will be relied upon to be physical on defense for the entire unit to feed off of.

New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings will miss yet another week of action and is expected to return after the bye week following visiting the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday. When Jennings initially went down, his initial prognosis had him missing three weeks at most. If there was any good news that came out of this it was that he will likely miss only two games when factoring in the bye week.

Jennings sprained his MCL during the team’s 30-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Per the NY Daily News, head coach Tom Coughlin “hopes” to have Jennings back in uniform following the bye week. Whether that hope is a reality has yet to be confirmed. During this period, Andre Williams is expected to receive the majority of handoffs with some Peyton Hillis sprinkled in from time-to-time although there was a 32/34 split between snaps for Williams and Hillis, respectively, during the 27-0 loss at the Philadelphia Eagles (Conor Orr, NFL.com).

The running game is something that needs to be found again and Coughlin has let it be known.

"Where is it? Well, until last weekend it was pretty good, and we need to find that again. It starts with the offensive line, obviously," Coughlin said at his press conference Wednesday. "We’ll work hard on that this week." (Orr)

It is unfortunate to lose Jennings despite the bye week being mixed in because they come during critical games in which the Giants played, or will play, the Eagles and Cowboys. Williams was bottled up last Sunday Night against the Eagles but to be fair – the entire offense, and team, never really got it going. Going forward, Williams can be expected to receive 15-20 handoffs with passing-down duties being limited he continues to struggle in pass-blocking. What he does on the ground is up to him and his offensive line as both areas need to improve dramatically during this stretch.

- G-Men HQ

After starting the season 0-2 with an offense that looked clueless at times and struggled to protect the football, the New York Giants have found themselves with a winning record (3-2) for the first time in over a year due to their offense displaying an understanding in offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s scheme and becoming extremely efficient in it, especially with quarterback Eli Manning completing 66-percent of his passes on this season already.

While we still have a long way to go in finish out this season, head coach Tom Coughlin has once again coached his team back from a poor start to having a lot of optimism going into Sunday night’s game against the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles. While the Eagles are arguably the Giants’ greatest test so far this season, questions regarding whether or not McAdoo’s offensive-scheme is feasible with this roster’s players are beginning to cease.

Tom Coughlin has had a knack for getting his team to perform when it mattered the most. Judging by his two Super Bowl Championship runs being performed in unprecedented paths, the Giants always come to play hard for their coach especially when they metaphorically have their backs up against the wall. While tomorrow night’s game is nowhere do-or-die, a game like this can easily dictate whether if the Giants end up playing in January along with possibly whether or not they open up playing in January at home or on the road.

A win after Sunday night’s game can easily upswing the momentum in a big way. The Giants will need all the momentum they can get because following the Eagles are matchups at the Dallas Cowboys, a Monday night game against the Indianapolis Colts following a bye week, a trip to visit the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers, and a return trip by the Dallas Cowboys.

If Giants fans think that distress has been knocking on the door, then they have not seen anything yet. The team should not look ahead as they are not expected to, but beating the Eagles tomorrow night will give them all the confidence they should need in order to go through the meat of their schedule. The coaching has been great so far, but the players are believing in their roles under the coaching staff. In order for coaches to do their jobs better, their players need to believe in themselves and the system. It looks like everything is working hand-in-hand well so far. All that matters is to keep on winning before things start to unravel.

- G-Men HQ

One of the keys to stopping the Philadelphia Eagles’ playmaking abilities will be not just to contain running back LeSean McCoy but also his backfield-mate in Darren Sproles. Sproles made his way to Philadelphia after playing three seasons with the New Orleans Saints while being quarterback Drew Brees’ safety outlet.

With McCoy’s slow start, the Eagles’ running game is not what it was during a year ago at least at this point. Despite seeing very limited opportunities, Sproles has made the most of them by averaging 6.9 yards-per-carry on 25 rushing attempts. But the part of the game that the New York Giants may have the most trouble containing him is in the return game.

Back in week two, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver and return man Tedd Ginn Jr. really swung the momentum back in the Cardinals’ direction when he returned a 71-yard punt for a touchdown during the fourth quarter and that really punched the wind right out of the Giants’ gut as they went on to lose 25-14. The Giants have caused a lot of uneasiness for themselves and their fans with poor special teams-coverage. If Ginn had been better contained, the result of the game could have gone in the Giants’ favor despite the turnovers. But what is done is done. Learn from it and move on.

Sproles’s best asset is that he is dangerous in open space. While is not an in-between the tackles grinder, he can make one man miss and go a long way. Containing Sproles in the passing game and return game is very likely this upcoming game’s x-factor in the sense that this facet of the game can easily swing momentum in the favor of the Eagles if Sproles can get those yards during those times. Field position will be pivotal and Giants special teams coordinator Tom Quinn must preach back-side control with Sproles’s agility that makes him capable to cut quickly and allowing him to pick and choose his running lanes.

On defense I see defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathis Kiwanuka needing to stay disciplined in their gaps regardless of run versus pass. Sproles, along with McCoy, is likely to run off-tackle and utilize speed to beat their opponents to the edge. While I do not expect JPP and Kiwi to outrun either of the Eagles’ backs, displaying gap-discipline should somewhat limit the ability for the Eagles to rush off-tackle and wide. Keep in mind that being more disciplined may limit the Giants’ pass-rush, although JPP has been doing a good job of throwing his hands up to deflect passes.

The Giants defensive line as a whole will be the ones to dictate where Darren Sproles and the Eagles go with the football. If defensive tackles Johnathan Hankins and Cullen Jenkins can add some pressure up the middle then that will force the Eagles’ backs to resort to the gaps that JPP and Kiwi will man, and how the latter two play will be huge in the Giants chances to limit Sproles’s big-play ability on offense.

- G-Men HQ

With the New York Giants having their first winning record, in what feels like forever for the Big Blue faithful, confidence is sky-high. During this still somewhat young season this game is a big one for the Giants as the Philadelphia Eagles have always been the ones to make it hard on the them to get that weekend’s W.

Antrel Rolle has taken not just the defense, but the entire team under his wing. He has been a huge factor in the Giants’ camaraderie so he will always back club regardless of how the team is currently playing. With a new offensive system, and one that is finally clicking, the Giants and their fans are riding a wave of confidence. The Eagles sit atop the division but the Giants feel that there is still a lot of good football to be played by themselves.

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Besides Walter Thurmond III, who is on season-ending injured reserve, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is listed as probable with an ankle/hamstring injury. He hurt his illotibial band which runs down the outside of one’s thigh (Kieran Darcy, ESPN New York). The injury occurred to him during week two’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

The Giants had DRC go through practice at a “limited” pace but the cornerback reiterated that he will be a full-go come Sunday night despite playing 68% of snaps during last week’s win over the Atlanta Falcons. Whether that full-go is regarding the start and/or a bigger majority of snaps remains to be seen. On the severity of the injury DRC said, “… it should get better with treatment. Keep coming in in the morning — as long as I’m out there practicing, I’m good” (Darcy). While DRC did state that, it is something worth keeping an eye on throughout the game.

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Odell Beckham Jr. finally relieved some of Tom Coughlin’s nerves by getting out on that field to play ball. Although Beckham displayed flashiness and even recorded his first NFL touchdown, let’s not forget that Larry Donnell was shutout last week. Donnell has been a terror for defenses so far during this season, and Eli Manning loves throwing to the 6’6” target in the redzone.

After mistakenly benching himself on his own fantasy team during his 8/54/3-touchdown performance against the Washington Redskins, I hope Donnell did the same to himself during last week’s game for his sake.

I believe Beckham will continue to garner looks. He brings an element that the Giants offense has lacked for some time: speed. With Cruz owning slot-duties, Donnell drawing looks in the redzone, and Rueben Randle bringing physicality along the outside – Beckham is the one who takes the top off an opposing defense.

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Rashad Jennings has been tremendous for the Giants so far while earning the lion’s share of carries. But with him out for the next few weeks, rookie Andre Williams is the next man up to start. The biggest facet that I see a drop-off in is his experience. But Williams is a different type of running back from Jennings in that Williams is a bruiser and runs to make contact.

I believe fans are very excited to see Williams in action. He was fun to watch during the preseason and the Giants got a lot of value by taking him in the fourth round in the 2014 NFL Draft after he rushed for just over 2,100 yards with 17 touchdowns while at Boston College.

With Williams’s inexperience the Giants may find it natural to lean on the passing-game a little bit more in high-leverage situations. Donnell likely will not get shutout again but Beckham could find himself still making plays with an even heavier passing attack. But it will be a drive-by-drive basis as far as how confident the team is with him running the ball.

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With the mini-roll that the Giants are on right now, the team and fans are very upbeat. The best part about it is that they have reason to be. Ben McAdoo’s system is finally clicking and Manning is one of the top quarterbacks in the league in regards to getting rid of the ball after the snap (ESPN). The latter is good in the sense that the Giants’ rebuilt offensive line is very inexperienced and they do not have to hold their blocks for too long. The wide receivers are going where they need to be and are creating separation.

However, the Eagles have had their way against the Giants of late. But, from personal observation, the Giants seem to play well in Philadelphia for whatever reason. It will come down to turnovers and special teams-play. Those two areas are what cost the Giants a victory against Arizona that may come back to haunt them for a wild-card playoff spot if it comes down to it.

It will be a fight but the Giants take this one 27-24.

Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford, Junior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’7” / 312
Projected Round – 2
Washington State at (25)Stanford – Friday, 10/10, 9:00 PM ET – ESPN

Stanford has trotted out offensive lineman with NFL-talent over the past few years. Andrus Peat is regarded as physically big along with having some athleticism to him. The past two seasons he has started at left tackle. While as a true freshman, he saw starting time during then as well.

Two-time All-American tackle David Yankey was moved from left tackle to left guard to make room for the massive Peat at left tackle just years ago. Athlon selected Peat as a first-teamer, and Sports Illustrated selected him as an All-American back in 2011. Stanford has become a school to pump out offensive lineman talent.

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Adam Shead, OG, Oklahoma, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’4” / 339
Projected Round – 5-6
Texas at (11)Oklahoma – Saturday, 10/11, 12:00 PM ET – ABC

Playing at the left guard position, Adam Shead has notched 28 career starts coming into this season. While the Red River Rivalry is expected to be one-sided this season, this game is usually one of the more anticipated games of the college football season. Oklahoma is dominant at the tackle spots this season, but Shead is quiet the interior lineman who helps pave the way for the Sooners to average just shy of 210 yards rushing on the ground.

Texas usually sports a solid group of defensive lineman. I believe the battle in the trenches will be what should be watched for in this game. Malcolm Brown and Steve Edmond will be leading the way for the Longhorns’ defensive front with a combined eight sacks so far this season.

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Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia, Junior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’2” / 246
Projected Round – 2-3
(13)Georgia at (23)Missouri – Saturday, 10/11, 12:00 PM ET – CBS

What is unique about Jordan Jenkins is his ability to play in either a three or two-point stance. Georgia runs a base 3-4 defense and Jenkins sees himself at the rushing outside linebacker position. He has lost weight coming into this season which has allowed him to fly across the line of scrimmage. Jenkins use to weigh as much as 270 pounds. If he plays at defensive end within a 4-3 scheme then he likely will need to out the weight back on in order to put up a battle within the trenches.

Jenkins will need to disrupt Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk who who has thrown for 14 touchdowns versus four interceptions. Jenkins led the team in tackles for losses with 12 during last season. He has developed into the team’s leading pass-rusher after Jarvis Jones made his way into the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Sam Carter, S, TCU, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’1” / 215
Projected Round – 7
(9)TCU at (5)Baylor – Saturday, 10/11, 3:30 PM ET – ABC/ESPN2

TCU is coming off a big statement, 37-33 win against Oklahoma so confidence is riding high. Sam Carter committed to TCU as a dual-threat quarterback but was persuaded to switch to the defensive side of the ball after being buried within the quarterback depth chart. He entered this season with nine interceptions and 21 passes deflected in his career.

Carter was selected twice as an All-Big 12 selection. Last season he posted five interceptions with four sacks. He is a better fit for the strong safety position given his ability to blitz and tackle. While Baylor is the best team in the Big 12, and in the state of Texas, TCU is looking to make an even bigger statement this weekend.

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James Castleman, DT, Oklahoma State, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’2” / 300
Projected Round – 5
(16)Oklahoma State at Kansas – Saturday, 10/11, 4:00 PM ET – FOX Sports 1

Oklahoma State has been in a drought in terms of pumping out defensive tackle talent into the NFL. The last one to be drafted was Kevin Williams back in 2003 during the first round (Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com). James Castleman lines up directly in the interior, often playing as a one-gap penetrator. His weakness is that he often loses balance by not using proper technique when rushing and trying to over-compensate for his lack of lower-body rhythm.

Kansas is a punching bag in the Big 12 conference, unfortunately. Castleman may have a chance to get some pass-rushing opportunities with the Jayhawks expected to pass their way back into this game.

- Big Blue United

Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon, Junior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’7” / 296
Projected Round – 2
Arizona State at (2)Oregon – Thursday, 10/2, 10:30 PM ET – ESPN

His size alone is what makes Arik Armstead an interesting prospect. One cannot teach size and Armstead is a massive, athletic defensive end. His statistics are not necessarily impressive, but he is an intriguing project. Back when the Ducks had Dion Jordan, Jordan was very productive and boasted an athletic frame but not at the size that of Armstead, who has left the school’s basketball team to focus solely on football.

Arizona State has a highly-productive offense; ranking 29th and 17th in passing yards and rushing yards, respectively, for this season. The Sun Devils got walloped last week against UCLA, who were their first real test of this season. Armstead’s gap-control discipline will be put to the test against Arizona State running back D.J Foster, the nation’s sixth-leading rusher with 540 yards.

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Noah Spence, OLB, Ohio State, Junior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’3” / 252
Projected Round – 1-2
(20)Ohio State at Maryland – Saturday, 10/4, 12:00 PM ET – ABC

After leading the team in sacks during his first full season as a starter in 2013, Noah Spence started off this season by missing the first two games after testing positive for ecstasy during last season. Per reports, Spence claims that he unintentionally consumed a small amount while accepting a drink at a party. He also sat out last season’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson but still managed to post impressive season totals that included 14.5 tackles for losses and eight sacks. Spence is fast in terms of covering his ground and displays a quick first step.

Spence is regarded as the team’s best pass-rusher so his return has been more than just uplifting to say. NFL Scouts rave about his athleticism. Maryland won its Big Ten-opener against Indiana, but Ohio State seems to be clicking now with quarterback J.T. Barrett. I believe Maryland will try to win the battle of possession so Spence will need to be square and hit his lanes hard.

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Chucky Hunter, DT, TCU, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’1” / 305
Projected Round – 3-4
(4)Oklahoma at (25)TCU – Saturday, 10/4, 3:30 PM ET – FOX

Chucky Hunter was recruited fairly well by Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Missouri but made his way to TCU. This season is his third full season as a starter, after leading the team in tackles in 2013. Oklahoma should find its way into the college football playoff, even if it is at one loss on their record. TCU is opening Big 12-play against the Sooners and they look to make a statement, after finding themselves within the top-25 going into this weekend’s slate of games.

Hunter is a two-time All-Big 12 selection by coaches, and Phil Steele recognized Hunter as a first-teamer on his 2014 preseason All-Big 12 team. This game should be one of the more interesting games of this weekend to keep an eye on since Oklahoma will be heading into TCU, and Oklahoma will largely remain untested for the majority of Big 12-play when excluding their matchup against Baylor in early November.

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Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’2” / 215
Projected Round – 1-2
(14)Stanford at (9)Notre Dame – Saturday, 10/4, 3:30 PM ET – NBC

In 2013, Ty Montgomery recorded double-digit touchdown catches with 10 of them. He also has seen time in the return game, with last season being his first when seeing duties during punts along with kick offs. Montgomery came just short of recording 1,000 receiving yards but part of the reason was due to a shoulder injury which required surgery during the offseason. He currently leads Stanford in receiving yards with 275 yards on 26 catches, three of them being for scores.

Notre Dame is looking good so far this season, notable is its defense which has not allowed more than 17 points in any of their games during 2014 including one shutout against Michigan. Stanford will be the school’s first test this season as the Cardinal defense has easily held their own up to this point. If Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson can be stifled then Montgomery should be targeted often to help put Stanford ahead.

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Anthony Chickillo, DE, Miami, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’4” / 277
Projected Round – 4-5
Miami at Georgia Tech – Saturday, 10/4, 7:30 PM ET – ESPN2

Miami’s Anthony Chickillo started 34-straight games coming into 2014 and is regarded as the team’s top defensive prospect. He has started every single game of his college career. His sack totals from the past two seasons are less than stellar, with 7.5 combined, which made him come back for his senior season in hopes of boosting his production totals.

Georgia Tech, like Navy, utilizes a lot of option reads in their offense. Chickillo will likely not boost his sack total this game but depending on whether or not he is a presence in the opponents’ backfield can make him be noticed. Chickillo can end up being a solid depth player at the NFL-level.

- Big Blue United

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Anthony Jefferson, S, UCLA, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’1” / 190
Projected Round – 7-UDFA
(11)UCLA at (15)Arizona State – Thursday, 9/25, 10:00 PM ET – FOX Sports 1

Last season, in his first one as a starter, Anthony Jefferson posted 89 tackles, seven pass break-ups, two interceptions, and two fumbles. Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly has not thrown an interception all year so it will be an interesting test regarding whether if he can keep the streak going.

As a strong safety currently, Jefferson is known to be physical and a hard-hitter. The Sun Devils are 12th in the nation with just over 304 rushing yards-per-game thanks to running back D.J. Foster who has rushed for 147 yards (twice) and 216 yards during this season’s first three games. Jefferson often goes un-talked about with players like Brett Hundley and Eric Kendricks on the same team.

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Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin, Junior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’1” / 207
Projected Round – 1
South Florida at (19)Wisconsin – Saturday, 9/27, 12:00 PM ET – ESPNU

When it comes to pondering who is the most exciting player to watch in all of college football.
Melvin Gordon does come to mind. After three games, he is averaging 9.4 yards-per-carry which helps fuel his totals of 431 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. Wisconsin leads the nation in rushing offense with just under 360 yards-per-game this season. Not too shabby.

The Badgers have had a long recent history of churning out running backs and offensive lineman into the NFL. Gordon is a big part of the school’s recent trend through this day. This game should be one-sided so expect Gordon to run wild.

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J.T. Surratt, DT, South Carolina, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’2” / 305
Projected Round – 3-4
Missouri at (13)South Carolina – Saturday, 9/27, 7:00 PM ET – ESPN

Missouri averages roughly 186 rushing yards a game and J.T. Surratt will be in charge of clogging running lanes. He does not display much play-making ability given that he recorded only 1.5 sacks last season but he displays good-awareness when it comes to gap-control. Surratt is the only returning player on this season’s Gamecocks’ defensive line.

South Carolina is coming off a big win against Georgia only two weeks ago , a win that should give them revived hopes in making an SEC championship game appearance. After losing to Indiana last week, Missouri’s credibility is being questioned while heading into the SEC-slate portion of their schedule.

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Isaac Seumalo, C, Oregon State, Junior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’4” / 298
Projected Round – 2-3
Oregon State at (18)USC – Saturday, 9/27, 10:30 PM ET – ESPN

Named as one of Oregon State’s team captains, Isaac Seumalo is relentless in his commitment to helping his team. His coaches recognize him and praise him for it especially after Seumalo agreed to play right tackle for two games in 2013 due to injuries. He has played every game of his career thus far.

Seumalo displays good leadership and experience as both traits had been acquired since starting as a true freshman. He is regarded as the team’s best NFL Draft prospect, even over teammate and quarterback Sean Mannion who may be a first or second-day draft pick.

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Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern California, Junior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’1” / 190
Projected Round – 2
Oregon State at (18)USC – Saturday, 9/27, 10:30 PM ET – ESPN

The Tampa Bay-native made his way out west to play for the Trojans. Nelson Agholor is a pass-catching threat along with being one in the return game. Last season, Agholor put up 918 yards on 56 receptions, including six touchdowns. His ability to also return kicks makes him a weapon in two of three phases of the game.

USC relies heavily on the arm of Cody Kessler, who has not thrown an interception all season. Agholor has posted nine receptions in each of his last two games and could be in for the same amount this weekend with a potential for their to be a high-scoring game.

- Big Blue United

Line for the Ray Rice jersey exchange. I thought it was for the new iPhone.

Jarvis Harrison, OG, Texas A&M, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’3” / 325
Projected Round – 3-4
Texas A&M at SMU – Saturday, 9/20, 3:30 PM ET – ABC/ESPN2

Texas A&M is expecting to lay down the lumber on SMU this Saturday and that could mean a heavy dosage of a running game. Jarvis Harrison will be active by carving lanes and pulling to block at the next level. He is an unsung hero in the Aggies passing offense while playing along the interior instead of offensive tackle.

Texas A&M has sent a good amount of talent into the NFL lately when thinking of offensive tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews. Cedric Ogbuehi, currently the Aggies’ starting left tackle, is another NFL prospect worth keeping an eye on. However, Harrison is considered to be the most athletic offensive lineman when compared to the previously named.

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Anthony Harris, S, Virginia, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’1” / 190
Projected Round – 2-3
Virginia at BYU – Saturday, 9/20, 3:30 PM ET – ESPN/ESPNU

Regarded as Virginia’s top NFL-talent, Anthony Harris was recognized as an All-American from Sports Illustrated. Virginia flies across country after an uplifting victory over Louisville so the confidence is certainly brewing to take on a second top-25 team in as many weeks. Before Harris’s junior year he only registered one interception versus leading the nation with eight last season.

Harris may be better suited as a strong safety since he tends to get beat deep at times. He struggles to change direction based on how a play develops. However, during last season he had a stretch where he had five interceptions in as many games – with one each in each game. BYU is currently having more success running the football so far this season which may showcase Harris’s physicality in the pursuit of ball-carriers being displayed more often.

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Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’6” / 329
Projected Round – 5
Oklahoma at West Virginia – Saturday, 9/20, 7:30 PM ET – FOX

Daryl Williams has held down the right tackle spot since 2012 and continues to progress in that role. His ability to run-block helped Oklahoma rush for roughly 224 yards-per-game last season, which is incredible. Williams is one of the assumed leaders in the Sooners’ offense and if Oklahoma would like to lock this game down, running the ball and keeping it out of West Virginia’s hands is the likely way to go in order to achieve that.

Coming into this season, he had already notched 24 starts. Williams was forced to play left tackle, due to injuries, during Oklahoma’s win over Alabama in last season’s Sugar Bowl and fared well. He can be a mid-round value pick for any team looking to shore up the exterior of any offensive line. He reminds me of former Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison in physical stature

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Duke Johnson, RB, Miami, Junior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 5’9” / 206
Projected Round – 2
Miami at Nebraska – Saturday, 9/20, 8:00 PM ET – ESPN2

Before dealing with a season-ending ankle injury last season, Duke Johnson rushed for 920 yards with six touchdowns after eight games. He can work on pass-blocking, Johnson may be better suited as an early-down back to get tough yards. His physical stature allows him to stay low to the ground and burst through holes.

Going into Nebraska will be a tough task and the only way for the Hurricanes to outwit them is to match their run game to win the battle of time-of-possession. Johnson is off to a good start with two rushing scores and eclipsing at least 90 yards rushing in each of his three games this season. He is averaging 6.4 yards-per-carry. In 2012 and 2013 he averaged 6.8 and 6.3 yards-per-carry, respectively.

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Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 5’9” / 195
Projected Round – 1-2
Oregon at Washington State – Saturday, 9/20, 10:30 PM ET – ESPN

With Washington State’s high-octane passing offense, Ekpre-Olomu will be busy being tested often during this week. The game should be high-scoring with both teams boasting offensive juggernauts. The only thing that holds Ekpre-Olomu back is his physical size; listed at 5’9” which may cause some teams to knock his value. He was a semi-finalist for the Thorpe Award before returning back to school for his senior season, which is now his third full season as a starter. Ekpre-Olomu makes up for his size with extreme athleticism.

It will be interesting to see if Washington State decides to shy away from Ekpre-Olomu’s side of the field. He does have the tendency to cut the field in half for opposing offenses. Either way, lots of points are expected to be dropped in this game through the air.

- Big Blue United