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Week Ten College Football Scouting Preview

The top two games of the week can be found in the Big 12 and SEC. The Big 12’s top ranked TCU Horned Frogs face a very talented West Virginia squad that upset Baylor and suffered two close losses to Alabama and Oklahoma. Meanwhile in the SEC, two teams ranked in the top four will square off, as #3 ranked Auburn travels to #4 ranked Ole Miss.   Still, after those games there’s...
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14 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Mock Draft: October 28th Update

With more than half of the college football season complete, our staff’s scouting notes in tip-top shape and the draft season already here for Raiders, Jets, Jaguars and Bucs fans, it’s time to start Mock Draft season here at Optimum Scouting. While the goal here is to try to locate team needs along with keeping consistent with our board, this Mock Draft is far from what I would...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh OT TJ Clemmings One to Watch, and Other ACC scouting notes

The story of the game, from a fan point of view, will be the video game type start that you’ll see in the box score.  Pittsburgh came out and gave up five (yes FIVE) fumbles on their first five possessions all leading to points for Georgia Tech.  What’s more, Pittsburgh proved that they couldn’t stop the triple option attack in which Georgia Tech brings to the table. The...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Shane Carden and Justin Hardy Shine for ECU, and Other AAC and Big Ten Scouting Notes

The senior quarterback class hasn’t had much luck in 2014, with nearly every name playing poorly when the lights are on. For East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden, he’s continued to improve and post gargantuan numbers as he leads his team to a potential AAC title. By: Ian Wharton Carden passed for a season-high 445 yards against Connecticut, leading his team to a 31-21 victory...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft Rankings: ALL Positions Updated

With more than half of the college football season completed, our staff has worked to put together our first set of position rankings. These lists are comprehensive and the work of our staff’s evaluation in the before and during the season. Please note that we only evaluate seniors, and won’t include juniors in our rankings until they officially declare. Also, keep in mind that...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Week Nine College Football Scouting Preview

The FSU-Notre Dame primetime matchup didn’t disappoint last us last week. Despite a strong performance from Notre Dame junior QB Everett Golson, FSU earned a victory behind junior Jameis Winston’s near-flawless second half. But while those juniors performed well, Baylor’s senior QB Bryce Petty continued to struggle to deliver the ball accurately when pressured. Over the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Week Nine Scouting Spotlight: South Carolina’s A.J. Cann vs Auburn’s Gabe Wright and Angelo Blackson

It’s safe to say that the 2014 season hasn’t gone to plan for the “Ole Ball Coach” and the South Carolina Gamecocks. After recovering from a horrible opening week loss to Texas A&M with an upset victory over Georgia, Steve Spurrier’s team lost in consecutive weeks to Missouri and Kentucky. Once presumed a contender, the Gamecocks are a long way from returning to the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Why Brandon Scherff Isn’t the Next Elite Tackle Prospect

There are few universities that have as much history producing quality offensive tackle prospects in the last decade as Iowa, with recent standout prospects such as Bryan Bulaga, Riley Reiff and Robert Gallery. Each of those players had their fair share of struggles in their respective careers, but Bulaga and Reiff have become above average starters in the NFL. Once again, the Hawkeyes...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Week 8 Stock Watch: Receiver’s White, Hardy Keep Rising, First-Round Linemen Struggle

The senior receiver class has proved to be one of the most intriguing and surprisingly talent-filled for the 2014 NFL Draft, and after Week 8, two of the familiar faces have once again seemed to rise on draft boards. Kevin White and Justin Hardy keep rising, get to know a certain Mountain West offensive tackle and AAC linebacker, and two well-known linemen didn’t have the best...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Ty Sambrailo is Back and Better Than Ever, and Other Mountain West Scouting Notes

It looked like a devastating injury for Ty Sambrailo when he hit the turf in the season opener. Fortunately, he only missed two games, and the team still maintained a winning record—they’ve only lost one game so far. With Sambrailo back in the fold, the offense has looked even better. He held up very well against aggressive pass rusher Brock Hekking, and had a marvelous outing...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Louisville’s Devante Parker Shows No Rust in Return, and Other ACC notes

A broken bone in his left foot cost Louisville star wide receiver DeVante Parker almost two months of action, including seven games of his senior season. Parker proved his health is no longer an issue Saturday and made up for lost time, taking a quick slant on the second play from scrimmage for 37 yards to make his presence felt. A potential first-round prospect in the 2015 class...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Week Eight Scouting Spotlight: Kentucky’s Bud Dupree vs LSU’s La’el Collins


This week’s Scouting Spotlight features a pair of potential first round prospects from the SEC. Both bring versatility to win at multiple positions, which should lead to heavy NFL interest for their respective services. Kentucky’s senior DE Alvin “Bud” Dupree is a plus physical specimen that’s developed into an outstanding football player. He was the bright spot on some...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: College Football’s Week Eight Scouting Preview

Over the past weekend, I got a chance to visit Baylor’s brand new McLane Stadium and evaluate senior QB Bryce Petty in person. Baylor trailed the entire game to TCU, but found a way to rally back from a 21-point deficit with less than 11 minutes to play and hold onto their playoff hopes.   Around the rest of the country, Ole Miss and Mississippi State continued their winning ways...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Thomas Rawls Leads Central Michigan to Win, and More MAC Scouting Notes

The Central Michigan Offense has seen a boost in its offense this year, most recently in the past few weeks. While the return of receiver Titus Davis certainly has helped (playing at a very high level since back from his injury) the real catalyst to their offense has been a Senior Michigan transfer Running Back #34 Thomas Rawls.  By Matt Vahey He missed the Syracuse and Kansas games...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: College Football’s Week Seven Scouting Preview

Last week had a flurry of upsets with four of the top six teams dropping down the ranks. Moving on to week seven, we’ll find out if one or both of the Mississippi schools has the staying power to make an SEC West title run. In the Big 12, TCU travels on the road to play a second top-five ranked conference opponent in as many weeks. Baylor didn’t win pretty last week versus Texas...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Connor Cook Shines As Ameer Abdullah Struggles, and More Big Ten Scouting Notes

In the spotlight match-up for the Big Ten in Week 6, Michigan State and Nebraska clashed for an epic battle in East Lansing, Michigan. Despite dominating for three-plus quarters, Michigan State nearly lost the game in the last seconds, until star cornerback Trae Waynes intercepted an errant pass from Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong. Nearly all of Michigan State’s prospects...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

The Emergence of Two Mississippi Quarterbacks, and other SEC Notes

Five undefeated SEC West teams entered week six of the college football season and three remained perfect. The big shakeup happened in the state of Mississippi, where two quarterbacks stepped up to their respective challenges and continued to build a strong resume for NFL evaluators. Behind the play of their senior passer, Ole Miss overcame a 14-3 second half deficit to pull off...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

The Ups and Downs of Cody Fajardo, and Other Mountain West Scouting Notes 

Their quarterback was a rocky roller coaster in Nevada’s loss to inter-conference rival, Boise State. Senior Cody Fajardo made some exciting plays, but made several alarmingly bad decisions. Four interceptions put Fajardo in a hole he struggled to get out of. Fajardo’s second pass resulted in the inaugural interception of the night. He tried to force things, and paid the price...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Can BYU Overcome the Loss of a Heisman Hopeful? and Other BYU Scouting Notes.

BYU was having a season in which everyone thought that they might have a shot at running the table.  They had a Heisman candidate in QB Taysom Hill, who was leading the team in Rushing and Passing, as the unquestioned leader on the team. After beating Big 12’s Texas and ACC’s Virginia, everyone thought they could contend with all of the Big Time Programs. All that changed on...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft Stock Report: Mississippi QBs Rise, MAC Players Standout and Petty Struggles

Over a half of the way through the 2014 college football season, the landscape of the country is vastly different than any could have expected. In what was an upset-filled weekend, you can thank the performances of two Mississippi quarterbacks who have had their marquee game to date in their career en route to a current top-five ranking. Bo Wallace and junior Dak Prescott weren...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: College Football’s Week Six Scouting Preview

On Thursday night, Oregon suffered its first loss of the season to Arizona. With a weekend slate of games jam-packed with closely ranked opponents, I’m fairly certain that Oregon won’t be alone in their week six tumble. The SEC West enters with five unbeaten teams, with Texas A&M and Alabama playing on the road against Mississippi State and Ole Miss respectively. Auburn lucked...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Louisville vs. Syracuse Scouting Preview

Both Louisville and Syracuse started their seasons 2-0 before losing their third game, with the Cardinals dropping a 23-21 decision at Virginia and the Orange falling at home to Maryland, 34-20. Louisville has bounced back with two victories to move to 4-1, while Syracuse dropped their next game to No. 8 Notre Dame and will start conference play with a .500 record. With Louisville...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Central Florida vs. Houston Scouting Preview

The American Athletic Conference has seen a rough start from two of the top contenders to win the conference championship this season, and UCF and Houston are main culprits with their inconsistent performances. Each team has considerable talent that allowed for high hopes in the preseason, but the youth on each roster has proven to be a detriment in key moments. At 1-2, Central Florida...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Everett Golson Continues Strong Season, and Other Notre Dame Scouting Notes

With each passing week, Notre Dame shows that they strongly need to be considered for the NCAA Playoff.  Quarterback Everett Golson also continued to make his case for a Heisman finalist Saturday against Syracuse with yet again another impressive performance against the Orange.  Through four games this season, Golson has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes along with throwing...
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: College Football’s Week Five Scouting Preview

With conference play in full swing, it’s time to separate the contenders from the pretenders. Texas A&M entered the season a bit under the radar, but already has a signature win on the road versus South Carolina. This week they draw a physical Arkansas team that grinds out teams on the ground. Around the rest of the country, Georgia, Stanford, South Carolina and USC are one...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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