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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

Devin Hester and Deion Sanders have a heart-to-heart moment.

Lane Kiffin’s bio gets hacked on Alabama’s site. To be honest, someone still had to point out what actually had been altered.

Smokin’ Jay Cutler steals one in San Francisco.

Kasen Williams, WR, Washington, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’2” / 221
Projected Round – 2
Illinois at Washington – Saturday, 9/13, 4:00 PM ET – FOX

What mostly stands out to me about Kasen Williams is his size at the wide receiver position. With NFL offenses utilizing spread philosophies, being physical along the outside may be becoming somewhat of a lost trait. Williams has long arms and has a wide-catch radius – reminding me of Hakeem Nicks in his early glory days with the New York Giants. Williams does lack top-end speed, and causing any sort of separation from the defender will likely come via his physical brawn instead of his elusiveness.

Injuries hurt Williams’s campaign last season, most notably a fractured foot. During then, Washington had implemented more of an up-tempo spread offense that also contributed to Williams’s drop in production. From 2011 through 2012 he caught six touchdowns in each season, and had 109 catches altogether (his 77 receptions in 2012 were the third-most in Washington history).

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Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’5” / 336
Projected Round – 4-5
Tennessee at (4)Oklahoma – Saturday, 9/13, 8:00 PM ET – ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

Oklahoma boasts two NFL-caliber offensive tackles in Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams. Thompson is the team’s left tackle, given his athleticism. Per Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com, Thompson lacks “overwhelming” strength but remains patient when anticipating the pass rush. He needs to have a big senior season in order to alleviate any concerns that is raised by scouts regarding his bark not matching his physical size

After Lane Johnson was drafted fourth overall by the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2013, Thompson was chosen as the one to succeed in the Sooners’ vacant left tackle position. Thompson is a mammoth force but he could become more polished. His lack of physicality often hurts him in protection despite occupying such large space.

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A.J. Johnson, ILB, Tennessee, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’2” / 242
Projected Round – 3
Tennessee at (4)Oklahoma – Saturday, 9/13, 8:00 PM ET – ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

A.J. Johnson earned First Team All-SEC honors from coaches after his second-straight 100-tackle season in 2013. He returned to Tennessee for his senior season to help improve his draft stock after reportedly receiving a mid-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee (CBS Sports). Johnson is regarded as a heavy-hitter.

Oklahoma will be a force to be reckoned with and Tennessee will need all the defense prowess that they can muster when they travel to Norman. Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight is still going through some growing pains but the team’s offensive strength is its offensive line. Johnson will be in charge of keeping his fellow Volunteers in the right position to win the line of scrimmage battle.

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Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas, Senior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’0” / 228
Projected Round – 3-4
(12)UCLA at Texas – Saturday, 9/13, 8:00 PM ET – FOX

Last season, Texas’s leading rusher was Malcolm Brown with 904 yards and nine touchdowns. The team also had junior running back Johnathan Gray who may be the better talent despite missing the last four games of 2013. But Brown, despite only making four starts last season, was one of the hottest running backs to close last season by totaling 841 yards in the remaining eight games (CBS Sports).

While Brown has not received a lot of starting opportunities, he can work well with a group of running backs to help complement him. He is capable of playing third downs, a trait that often still needs to be developed by incoming NFL running backs. Brown earned All-Big 12 first-team honors for his performance to close the season.

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Christian Covington, DT, Rice, Junior
Height / Weight (lbs) – 6’3” / 295
Projected Round – 2
Rice at (7)Texas A&M – Saturday, 9/13, 9:00 PM ET – ESPN2

As a sophomore, Christian Covington was selected to the First Team All C-USA by coaches after posting four sacks with 11.5 tackles for losses. Texas A&M is riding the hot arm of quarterback Kenny Hill, who is making Aggies fans forget about Johnny Manziel (Well, not entirely). While Covington does not play for a big-time school, he should get recognition after being named to Texas Football’s All-Texas postseason team (Rice Football).

Look for Covington to control the gaps to help halt any sort of rushing attack by Texas A&M. If Rice can make Texas A&M one-dimensional, then that may give them a better chance of winning this game. Covington will be an integral part for any hope of that happening.

- Big Blue United

9/11 — Never Forget

Derek Jeter tells Joe Buck to GTFO. #YeahJeets

Beautiful shot of AT&T Park.

This “Giants fan” is joke. Steroids are bad.

The torch being passed in Indy.

Christian Hackenberg: “I don’t know what the **** we’re doing.”

Power moves? Smooth Operator?