Here are some of the top prospects that I scouted from the Pitt vs USF game this week. For more NFL Draft scouting reports, check out the Film Room Archive.
Ray Graham was the star of the night; Junior RB from Pitt had an amazing game with 26 rushes for 226 yards rushing paired with 4 catches for 42 yards out of the backfield. Graham has the chance to make it as a nice third down back in the NFL, his 5-9 195lb frame isn’t small but I would think most coaches would use him more on screens or short passes to take advantage of his great inclusiveness and shiftiness he portrays in the open field.
Graham was the Big East Player of the week winner and has a chance to lead the Big East in rushing with his current 734 yards and 8 TDs.
BJ Daniels, Junior QB for South Florida was contained for most of the night, especially when Pitt brought a blitz, finishing the night going 18 of 36 for 223 yards and 0 passing TDs. He had a good first half starting the game off with a nice 12 yard TD run. Daniels has good speed for his rather big 223lb frame.
Many see Daniels as one of the top duel threat QBs in the nation, leading the Bulls to an impressive 4-0 start entering Thursday night, including opening day over Notre Dame. Daniels will most likely stay for his senior season, where I can see him being a 4th or 5th round draft pick in the NFL in 2013.
Lucas Nix, Senior OL for Pitt is regarded by many as the top lineman in the Big East. Nix unfortunately was hurt on the Panthers first drive of the game, with a right knee sprain and did not return. The 6’6 310 lb Nix is very versatile, he has started many games at both guard and tackle. I predict Nix to go in the 2nd or 3rd round in the draft this year.
Darrell Scott, Junior RB for South Florida had a nice game for the Bulls with 12 rushes for 76 carries while splitting the carries with other running back Demetris Murray and QB BJ Daniels. Scott was a very highly touted running back out of high school in 2008, committing to Colorado, after spending two seasons he decided to transfer to South Florida.
Scott is a bruiser of a back, at 6’1 239lbs he most likely projects as a fullback in the NFL, whether he decides to stay for his senior year or leave after this year I project Scott as a 5th or 6th round pick.
Brandon Lindsey, Senior OLB for Pittsburgh had a nice game Thursday with constant pressure on BJ Daniels, he recorded 4 tackles including 1 sack in the second half. Lindsey is a talented rusher, who recorded 10 sacks in 2010 while at OLB, but in the past two games he has played at Defensive End, he is only 6’2 250 lbs. and would need to gain 15-20 lbs to stay at DE in the NFL.
I can see Lindsey getting drafted as early as the 2nd round in this year’s draft as a tweener, a position many NFL head coaches are looking for more and more.