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NFL Draft notes - midday college football open thread

North Carolina St. OLB Terrell Manning may be the best OLB prospect you've never heard of.
North Carolina St. OLB Terrell Manning may be the best OLB prospect you've never heard of.

  Well, the early games headlined by some Big Ten matchups are all just about wrapped up, there are some great afternoon offerings for NFL scouting as well. I've added a midday game to this week's watchlist; check it out.

  Mississippi State at No. 6 Arkansas, CBS: Arkansas will likely be on next week's watchlist, so I left this one off. There's great scouting to be had when the Razorbacks have the ball. WR Joe Adams is an extraordinary athlete (with extraordinary return skills) and WR Cobi Hamilton could be a valuable possession type at the next level. The Hogs have some phenomenal interior offensive line prospects as well. Miss. St., on the other hand, is stacked on defense. CB Johnthan Banks (Jr.) , DT Fletcher Cox (Jr.) , and FS Nickoe Whitley (RS Soph.) are all legit.

  No. 7 Clemson at North Carolina St. (watchlisted), ESPN/ABC: Stud frosh WR Sammy Watkins is questionable due to a strained shoulder and if the Tigers can get up on the Wolfpack early, I wouldn't be surprised to see him sit out. For the Rams, check out Clemson DT Brandon Thompson. He could well be the top DT in this year's class (though that's not saying much). And for a sleeper prospect I'd love to see on the Rams, North Carolina St. junior OLB Terrell Manning is a beast. In his last three games, he's got 27 tackles, 3 sacks and an interception. He's got to be on the Rams' early day 3 board.

  No. 21 Penn St. at Ohio St., ESPN/ABC: In a game that's likely going to feature much non-football discussion, if you do tune in you'll get to see plenty of talent along both sides of the ball for both teams. Skill positions? Not so much. Quarterbacks? Oh hell no.

  Boston College at Notre Dame, NBC: Michael Floyd or GTFO.