If you end up watching the Holiday Bowl rematch between Washington and Nebraska on Saturday, you won't be alone. Scouts from the St. Louis Rams will be in Lincoln checking out a game chocked full of big time NFL prospects, according to draftnik Chris Steuber. Which players from those two teams might be of the most interest?
Nebraska's defense features two prospects that could be a big boost for the Rams, first-round caliber guys. CB Alfonzo Dennard stands out with the current group of Rams corners applying press coverage to the staff at the infirmary. Dennard was Nebraska's best corner last year, and if you apply a little deductive logic, that means he figures on being a high first round pick since his partner, Prince Amukamara, was taken by the Giants with the 19th pick this year. The crummy thing is that Dennard may be out again this week with a muscle pull, but he practiced yesterday..."a little."
Huskers DL Jared Crick is another first round talent. Some see him as more of an end in a 3-4 system. Crick profiles as more of an inside gap shooter for a system like the Rams'.
Nebraska LB Lavonte David is an intriguing weakside linebacker prospect, who needs add some weight to his frame. He looks like a top ten 4-3 OLB prospect which would put him somewhere in the third to fifth rounds of the draft. His instincts impress Wes Bunting from the National Football Post. This video has some highlights from Nebraska's defense in the Holiday Bowl last year.
Washington DT Alameda Ta'amu is another potential first round pick with questions about where he fits. His size, 6'3" 333 lbs, makes him seem more like a natural nose in a 3-4, but he plays with the qualities you like to see in a 3-technique tackle. His name is a matchup nightmare for me on Turf Show Radio.
Running backs have to be in the conversation for the Rams' 2012 draft class, and Washington's Chris Polk is the runner to keep your eye on in this game. His future is probably as a power guy in a rotation somewhere.
Billy Devaney will also have scouts at the Central Michigan vs Western Michigan game tomorrow.
Central RB Paris Cotton has the kind of talent and inconsistency that lures scouts. He rushed just four times last week. Small school tight end alert! CMU's David Blackburn is another guy to keep an eye on in this game.
From Western Michigan, safety Doug Wiggins and OT Anthony Parker are two players to watch.
Let me just say: Alfonzo Dennard, yes please.