Linebackers boost draft stock in Week 3 with strong showings
Week 3 in the college season offered a number of standout performances from many of the top teams in the nation. Several well-known NFL prospects impressed pro scouts, but so did a few players flying under the radar. Here are 10 players who really caught the eye of NFL decision-makers.
One highly rated prospect that's been disappointing thus far is linebacker Vontaze Burfict. The Arizona State junior is ranked as a top-10 prospect on our board, but has totaled just 17 tackles in three games. What's more disconcerting are the tackles Burfict seems to continually miss as he often plays out of control. Some feel Burfict lacks the discipline to be a truly great player at this time.
Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden is starting to build a buzz around himself in scouting circles. Against Tulsa, the senior connected on almost 75 percent of his throws and totaled 369 passing yards. Weeden does have a bad touchdown-to-interception ratio this season and is presently 27 years old, both red flags. The Cowboys travel to College Station to face off against Texas A&M on Saturday. Scouts will be watching how Weeden performs against the stingy Aggie defense.