Saturday NFL Draft watch notes

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Compared to the first week of the college football season, Week 2 isn't as exciting. Still, there are plenty of prospects to follow from the first game of the day until the last.

Florida at Miami, noon (ET), ESPN

In what is the last time Miami and Florida play each other for the foreseeable future, Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris will have the biggest test of his season.

Morris, a senior, needs to start putting together big games or he'll be considered more of a project than a finished product. Morris has a powerful arm and can deliver passes to any spot on the field. But he's had accuracy issues during his career.

He'll have trouble being accurate against Florida's cornerbacks. Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson are arguably the top tandem in the nation. Both players have size and Purifoy in particular is highly athletic. Look for Morris to depend on senior wide receiver Allen Hurns, if he can get open.

Morris will have to get the ball off in a hurry because he'll also get pressure from one of the better defensive lines in the country.

Before last week's game, Florida defensive end Ronald Powell hadn't played in a game since 2011. At the time, he was leading the Gators in sacks, but has since undergone ACL surgery twice. It didn't take long for Powell to be a factor against Toledo. He had a sack on the third play of the game.

Defensive tackle Dominique Easley had an even more impressive season opener for Florida. He was consistently in Toledo's backfield, even while playing directly over heralded Rockets center Zach Kerin. NFL teams will like seeing Easley playing the nose and dominating. Easley's first step is uncanny. He's routinely the first player off the line of scrimamge, and wins with his motor.

The one thing in Morris' favor could be the play of Seantrel Henderson. In desperate need of a good showing, the offensive lineman has a chance to show he can handle speed rushers. The power blocking is there, but NFL teams will want to see if Henderson has the footwork to stop someone like Powell from bending around the corner.

South Florida at Michigan State, noon (ET), ESPNU

Interestingly enough, a game with two not-so-great teams has several NFL prospects to follow, mostly on defense.

Defensive end Aaron Lynch had a pretty non-descript debut for South Florida in a loss to McNeese State last week. He had just three tackles after taking a year off due to the NCAA transfer rules. Lynch will continue to knock the proverbial rust off this week as he tries to regain his old form. If he goes up against Michigan State offensive tackle Fou Fonoti, he'll have his work cut out for him. Middle linebacker DeDe Lattimore will get some camp looks, at the least.

Michigan State's defense is fairly stacked, especially in the back seven. Middle linebacker Max Bullough is the type of dependable, steady linebacker that won't get drafted too high but will stick on a roster for years as a solid player. Next to him is Denicos Allen, a confounding, undersized linebacker. Allen manages to put together good stats (14 sacks and 29.5 tackles for loss entering the season) but is just 5-foot-11 and not overly athletic. Cornerback Darqueze Dennard might be the highest drafted Spartan in May. He's an instinctive corner who times passes properly. He had three breakups last week against Western Michigan.

Oregon at Virginia, 3:30 p.m. (ET), ABC/ESPN2

There isn't much Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas can't do. Any time he has the ball in his hands, whether it's as a running back, wide receiver or return specialist, Thomas can make defenders miss with ease.

Thomas isn't Oregon's only versatile player on offense. Tight end Colt Lyerla can line up as a fullback, in the slot or even out wide. Both Thomas and Lyerla benefit from the play of quarterback Marcus Mariota. The redshirt sophomore is the favorite of many draft analysts because of his size, athleticism and general upside.

Virginia senior Morgan Moses is in his first seasons at left tackle, replacing Oday Aboushi. He's a powerhouse blocker who needs to show he has the footwork to stick on the left side.

South Carolina at Georgia, 4:30 p.m. (ET), ESPN

On SportsCenter earlier this week, ESPN's Mel Kiper said senior end Chaz Sutton had a better game than Jadeveon Clowney last Thursday. Statistically speaking, that's true. Sutton had four tackles and two tackles for loss compared to Clowney's three tackles. Although it should be noted that Clowney also had three quarterback hurries, North Carolina was scheming against him. If that continues, Sutton will be the benefactor.

In this game, everyone will be watching Clowney's conditioning. Was his iffy performance against North Carolina an aberration? More importantly, what happens if it's not? Clowney will continue getting the benefit of the doubt, but not for too long. Of course, Clowney should be able to get pressure against Georgia because the Bulldogs lack experienced talent on the offensive line.

That pressure could be trouble for senior quarterback Aaron Murray. Desperate for a good game against a good team, Murray didn't do a lot against Clemson last week to show why he's worth a pick in the first two rounds of the draft. Tight end Arthur Lynch could be in for a big game, both as a receiver and blocker. He'll be asked to help against Clowney and Sutton, but needs to get open in a hurry so Murray can get quick, short passes off.

Texas at BYU, 7 p.m. (ET), ESPN2

Could it be that BYU has better prospects than Texas? It's an arguable point, but that could be the case. Cougars outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy looks poised to enter this year's draft. He put together an incredible season with 13 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles and two interceptions in 2012. He's a fringe first rounder because he's an aggressive pass rusher who's willing to play on special teams. In fact, he blocked two field goals last season.

The big matchup in this game will be BYU senior wide receiver Cody Hoffman against athletic Texas cornerbacks Carrington Byndom and Quandre Diggs. Hoffman could be lined up against both of them, but will have the size advantage. Of the two Texas cornerbacks, Byndom is a slightly better pure corner. Diggs, a junior, is replacing Kenny Vaccaro as the team's nickel back. Before Vaccaro, that position was manned by Aaron Williams and Earl Thomas. So the expectation is for Diggs to continue that growing tradition of good play stopping screens and playing the slot.

Senior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat is back after tearing his right pectoral muscle after six games a season ago. Jeffcoat also struggled through an ankle injury in 2010, so the major knock on him is his durability. But when Jeffcoat is healthy, he's a speedy defensive end who could be attractive to 3-4 teams looking for a linebacker.

West Virginia at Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m. (ET), Fox

Teams needing a running back will most likely have scouts in attendance at this game. In his first game at West Virginia, senior Charles Sims didn't miss a beat running for 120 yards last week. Sims has good size at 6-foot and 213 pounds, and is as good a pass catcher as he is a running back. Oklahoma's Damien Williams is an underrated runner with good vision.

Sooners slot receiver Jalen Saunders will go through the whole season being compared to Tavon Austin. He's not quite as dynamic as Austin, but he's a speedy player who will go over the middle.

For teams looking for a physical cornerback, the Sooners have a good one in senior Aaron Colvin. The converted safety can press and is a strong tackler. Of course, if West Virginia sticks to running the ball more, Colvin may not get a chance to stand out.

San Jose State at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ET), Pac-12 Network

The final game of the day features a good quarterback matchup between San Jose State senior David Fales and Stanford redshirt sophomore Kevin Hogan. More on Hogan this time next year when he should be among the top quarterbacks in the country. Fales is a tough quarterback who can get into a nice rhythm. It would be nice to see Fales put more velocity on his throws, but he generally has nice touch on his passes.

Fales will have his work cut out for him against a talented Stanford defense. Up front, end Henry Anderson is an intriguing junior. He has a huge frame at 6-foot-6 and 295 pounds and plenty of upside. It seems linebacker Shayne Skov has been at Stanford for a decade. Skov led Stanford with 81 tackles last season to go along with nine tackles for loss. Skov is a straight-ahead player who will have to play in the right system in the NFL. Next to him is outside linebacker Trent Murphy. At 6-foot-6, he's promising because of his size. He had 18 tackles and 10 sacks last season.

Stanford safety Ed Reynolds makes his name in coverage. He had six interceptions in 2012 and is a natural in zone coverage.

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