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NFL Draft Watch: Week 8

Friday, October 18, 2013

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Florida vs Missouri, 12:21 on SEC Network

- Missouri is the surprise undefeated team of the season but will be without their starting QB James Franklin (injured right shoulder)

- Maty Mauk has a bit of a different style, but is helped by massive targets on the edge in L’Damian Washington, Dorial Green-Beckham, and Marcus Lucas, all 6-foot-4 or above.

- We talked about it last week with LSU’s receivers, but I want to reiterate the point, that winning in contested situations might be more important now than separation at the NFL level.

- These Florida DBs really well against those talented LSU receivers last week, holding Jarvis Landry to 58 yards and Odell Beckham Jr. to 47 yards. Ronald Powell and Dante Fowler could really wreak havoc up front.

UCLA vs Stanford, 3:30 on ABC

- Stanford head coach David Shaw called UCLA OLB Anthony Barr the best prospect he’s seen in the Pac-12 in some time. Hopefully that wasn’t including Andrew Luck, but it is high praise.

- It is crazy that Barr is only in his second season on the defensive side of the ball. His get off and closing speed is ridiculous, and once he consistently uses length to generate space and strong hand use he’ll be a complete player.

- Here’s the question: will any NFL teams rank Barr over Jadeveon Clowney? I think there’s certainly a possibility. Barr has snaps as a stand up edge rusher next to a three man line, so his projection to the NFL in that scheme is easier. He will also test well at the Combine.

- I think Clowney fits any scheme, but Barr could make a real statement against Stanford LT Andrus Peat.

Iowa State vs Baylor, 7:00 on ESPNU

- Bryce Petty is a plug and play talent, running this offense with ease. He’s an accurate passer in the short areas, allowing receivers to run after the catch, and hits bucket throws down the field for long gains.

- This isn’t just a passing offense with Baylor, though, it is the complete package thanks to Lache Seastrunk. Not only does he have outstanding long speed, but Seastrunk showcases lateral moves in trash to find the open field.

- One defensive prospect to watch is Baylor redshirt sophomore DE Shawn Oakman. A massive Penn State transfer that his making an impact in a somewhat limited role.

FSU vs Clemson, 8:00 on ABC

- Section contributor Ross Fulton diagramed specific packages Clemson and Tajh Boyd use with great success. Check it out.

- This game should eliminate one QB from Heisman contention.

- Tajh Boyd has the experience, displaying pocket movement to avoid a pass rush and receivers at multiple levels of the field.

- Sammy Watkins is the top draft-eligible WR in college football, but the Seminoles start a physical defense led by linebackers Telvin Smith and Christian Jones.

- Jameis Winston is the real deal. We’ve seen him show poise in the pocket, avoid a heavy rush and fire downfield, or pick up yards with his feet.

- I feel like it is pretty evident early on for a QB to show they are future NFL passers or not, and Winston has that NFL look about him. Seminole fans are more comfortable with Winston at the helm than they ever were with Manuel.

- The one guy that could slow him down his Clemson DE Vic Beasley, who has earned some comparisons to Bruce Irvin in the draft community.

Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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