Week 4 College Football Scouting Guide

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterSeptember 18, 2013

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 7: Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers drops back for a pass during the game against the South Carolina State Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)
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After a big week of college football rivalry games, Week 4 brings us a slightly less stocked schedule. That won't stop NFL teams from hitting the road to check out the best college football prospects battle head-to-head.

Here are the seven games every NFL front office will be watching this weekend.

Clemson @ North Carolina State
Clemson offenseClemson defenseNC State offenseNC State defense

QB Tajh Boyd

WR Sammy Watkins

OG Brandon Thomas

RB Roderick McDowell

K Chandler Catanzaro

OLB Quandon Christian

T Rob Crisp

TE Asa Watson

WR Quintin Payton

CB Dontae Johnson

The Clemson offense won't get a big test against the North Carolina State Wolkpack defense, but the one matchup everyone will be watching is between wide receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerback Dontae Johnson. Watkins has justified his No. 1 wide receiver ranking this season and will look to extend his cushion over the competition.

Arizona State @ Stanford
Arizona St. offenseArizona St. defenseStanford offenseStanford defense

FB Chris Coyle

RB Marion Grice

DT Will Sutton

OLB Junior Onyeali

OLB Carl Bradford

SS Alden Darby

QB Kevin Hogan

C Khalil Wilkes

FB Ryan Hewitt

DE Josh Mauro

DE Ben Gardner

DE Trent Murphy

ILB Shayne Skov

Arizona State had a key game last week when it hosted Wisconsin. It will be under the microscope again this week as marquee running back Marion Grice attempts to make plays against a tough Stanford defense. Quarterback Kevin Hogan has future first-round potential.

Tennessee @ Florida
Tennessee offenseTennessee defenseFlorida offenseFlorida defense

C James Stone

OG Zach Fulton

RT Ja'Wuan James

LT Antonio Richardson

RB Rajion Neal

DE Corey Miller

DT Daniel McCullers

ILB A.J. Johnson

OLB Dontavis Sapp

SS Byron Moore

QB Jeff Driskel

C Jonotthan Harrison

G Jon Halapio

WR Trey Burton

CB Louchiez Purifoy

CB Marcus Roberson

CB Jaylen Watkins

DT Dominique Easley

Tennessee couldn't handle mighty Oregon in Week 3, but when watching the Volunteers we're focusing more on individual matchups instead of the larger result. The Tennessee offensive and defensive lines continue to play well. For Florida, it's all about the big four on defense. Easley and Purifoy look like first-rounders.

Auburn @ LSU
Auburn offenseAuburn defenseLSU offenseLSU defense

FB Jay Prosch

P Steven Clark

CB Chris Davis

DT Jeffrey Whitaker

OLB Dee Ford

QB Zach Mettenberger

RB Alfred Blue

FB JC Copeland

WR Jarvis Landry

DT Anthony Johnson

ILB Lamin Barrow

OLB Tahj Jones

SS Craig Loston

LSU has received surprisingly little hype this season, but the draft prospects here are worth taking a long look at. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger will get a solid test against Auburn's defense, and he could continue pushing his draft stock up with a big game. The LSU defense has four top-100 players.

Utah @ BYU
Utah offenseUtah defenseBYU offenseBYU defense
No ranked players in top 300

DE Trevor Reilly

CB Keith McGill

WR Cody Hoffman

TE Kaneakua Friel

OLB Kyle Van Noy

Utah vs. BYU might not seem like a must-watch game, but it is. Especially if you like edge defenders. Trevor Reilly and Kyle Van Noy are both starting-quality defenders on the end of the line. Van Noy, especially, is worth the price of admission alone.

Boise State @ Fresno State
Boise State offenseBoise State defenseFresno State offenseFresno State defense

C Matt Paradis

T Charles Leno

WR Matt Miller

DE Demarcus Lawrence

QB Derek Carr

T Austin Wentworth

TE Marcel Jensen

CB L.J. Jones

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr has been on a statistical tear all season. He'll look to impress the NFL scouts in attendance against a Boise State defense that lacks star power but has a cast of hard-hitting players. Keep an eye on possession receiver Matt Miller for Boise, too. 

Michigan State @ Notre Dame
Michigan St. offenseMichigan St. defenseNotre Dame offenseNotre Dame defense
T Fou Fonoti

CB Darqueze Dennard

ILB Max Bullough

OLB Denicos Allen

SS Isaiah Lewis

OG Chris Watt

OG Zack Martin

RB George Atkinson

WR TJ Jones

WR DaVaris Daniels

CB Bennett Jackson

DE Stephon Tuitt

DT Louis Nix

ILB Dan Fox

OLB Prince Shembo

Notre Dame has the edge in draft prospects to watch in this one, but each defense has quality stars you have to get your eyes on. The Fighting Irish offense is making waves, too, especially redshirt sophomore wide receiver DaVaris Daniels. 


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