by Greg Doyle
After last week’s upset-filled weekend, the college football docket today is a bit light by comparison. The big games come next weekend with some great matchups. In the meantime, let’s look at today’s offerings, which include an ACC game of local interest.
Boston College at North Carolina State (Noon, Channel 38 Boston/Raycom)
BC travels to NC State where their former head coach, Tom O’Brien, now leads the Wolfpack. BC rattled O’Brien’s new squad 37-17 last year, but it’ll likely be tougher this year on the road.
I like Robinson’s game. He has decent size, good hands and quickness. Looks quick on inside routes from the slot, but isn’t small (198 lbs.). Was actually one of the more highly recruited wide receivers his year out of high school. Those rarely land at Boston College. Playing against the coach who recruited him here. BC’s passing game has struggled this year with new quarterbacks, but Robinson still leads with 11 catches for 163 yards and a TD. I think Robinson can play in the NFL and has potential to be at least a solid backup receiver and special teams player there. Can also return kicks. Can move up with a good year or if he shines in the All-Star games or combine, but right now probably a good value as a late second day pick. Has over 1,500 career receiving yards at BC so far.
Also a big-time recruit who missed last year with injury issues (shoulder). Injuries have been a problem throughout his career. Is back this year and playing well. I like Toal’s combination of size and speed. He has NFL size and can definitely move from sideline to sideline and get out in coverage. In fact, he is so athletic, BC uses him as their short-yardage running back. Was also a running back in high school. A good, smart, athletic player. One concern to me is his height, which only comes in at 6’0″, and while he could certainly play for some teams at that size, the Patriots tend to prefer bigger linebackers. Still his athleticism intrigues. Likely a mid-round pick.
Holmes is an unknown guy without significant experience. Playing more this year. Played JUCO football his first two years and transitioned to NC State last year. In part-time action last year, contributed 20 tackles and 3 sacks. Has 1 sack so far this year. This guy is talented and could play outside in a 3-4 as a defensive end for the Patriots, but likely won’t be drafted and is a developmental guy with talent and lack of experience. He looks the part at 6’3″ 285 and could be a late bloomer.
Texas at Colorado (7:00 PM Fox Sports Networks)
Texas is looking to stay undefeated a week before their huge showdown with #1 Oklahoma, their traditional rival. Colorado got hammered by Florida State last week and needs to rebound.
Texas WR Quan Cosby (#6)
Played minor league baseball for 4 years, so is a bit overaged for the draft. Solid build makes him a good inside target, combined with nice hands and size. Has good speed. Excellent kick returner. This is just a solid all-around receiver who doesn’t do anything great, but does everything well. Combine that with great kick return ability and experience being a professional athlete, as well as a reputation as a hard worker and studious player and this is a great mid-round pick for the Patriots. Here is a great catch Cosby made for a touchdown.
Texas DE Brian Orakpo (#98)
A good outside lineman who plays down with the Longhorns. At 260 lbs. could only play as an outside backer for the Patriots, but could fit as a down player elsewhere. Has very good speed and natural ability as a pass-rusher. Just a tremendous athlete, this is one of those guys who’ll shoot up the draft charts when teams see his gifts at the combine. Has the athletic ability to play outside in the 3-4 for the Pats. Reminds somewhat of Willie McGinest. Watch this guy, he is a player.
Colorado S Ryan Walters (#15)
A high school quarterback who is a smart player and leader on Colorado’s defense. Has acceptable safety size. Plays the middle, but hasn’t been a big play guy in terms of getting his hands on the ball. Still he is smart, tends to be in the right place, isn’t afraid to hit and can play special teams. Late round pick or undrafted free agent in someone’s camp. Watch Walters come up and make a big hit here.
Other players to watch
Duke plays Georgia Tech at Noon on ESPNU. Receiver Eron Riley (#15) for Duke is a solid pro prospect with good height and hands. He’s not fast, but isn’t afraid to go down the middle and out of the slot. You can see the lanky 6’3″ Riley do just that here in this video clip of a touchdown he scored earlier this season.