NFL draft risers, sliders: Week 3
• Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison is starting to draw comparisons to former Scarlet Knight star Ray Rice, and justifiably so. The sophomore has a ball-carrying style similar Rice as he runs hard on the inside but also shows great elusiveness as defenders try and track him down. He also shows the ability to handle a lot of carries during the game as Rice did for Rutgers. Jamison is a running back to keep on the scouting radar for the future.
• Scouts have found the play of Virginia Tech receiver Marcus Davis inconsistent during the early part of the season. Graded as a potential top 45 choice, scouts are in awe how the 6-foot, 3-inch, 225-pound Davis stretches the field with 4.45-second speed. Davis put these skills on display during the third quarter of his team's loss to Pittsburgh by outracing defenders down the field for an 85-yard touchdown reception. At the same time Davis, a first-year starter, is rough around the edges. The big wideout does not always come away with the difficult reception, as evidenced by the first quarter pass he failed to grab which resulted in an interception, and his pass-catching production has been disappointing.
• There were a number of eyes in the scouting community watching Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray during the contest against Florida. After a few early mistakes, Bray settled down and looked good during the middle portion. As the contest proceeded, there were a number of breakdowns on the Tennessee offensive line, mistakes made by his receivers and poor choices by the quarterback himself. Bray did nothing to elevate his stock in the eyes of scouts yet has several upcoming opportunities on the schedule. Following next week's contest against Akron, the Volunteers play a string of games against Georgia, Mississippi State and Alabama, teams with an abundance of next-level talent on defense. Those three games could determine if Bray opts for the NFL and where he ultimately falls in April's draft.