One of the first things NFL scouts do when looking at prospects in preparation for the NFL Draft is watch them against the best competition they faced in the previous season.This fall, we’re going to take a look at the best head-to-head matchups in this week’s slate of college football games.He needs to improve in a number of areas, including his eye discipline and ability to find the ball late downfield, but this will be a good test for the senior corner. He has five touchdowns in two games in his first full season as a starter.Prediction: Rudolph keeps on rolling to the tune of 325 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cowboys get a win on the road in Pittsburgh. Jones has NFL size at 6-0, 200 pounds and breakaway speed that lets him leave defenders in the dust.Watching him a year ago, I didn’t always see a back who displayed great vision approaching the line of scrimmage, but watching him last week against Stanford he seemed a bit more confident and comfortable working downhill.This year’s draft looks to be strong at the running back position once again, and I think by the end of the season there will be more than a few Eagles fans excited about Jones.
Many pundits view this Saturday’s slate as a "down" week for college football, but when I look around the country I think there are a lot of fun games to study. Pittsburgh At 6-5, 235 pounds, senior quarterback Mason Rudolph has gotten off to a scorching-hot start for the Cowboys this season, throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of the team’s first two games against Tulsa and South Alabama.Cain is far from the only threat for this Clemson offense at receiver because junior Ray-Ray Mc Cloud, slot man Hunter Renfrow, and Trevion Thompson are all prospects to keep a close eye on in this game.Junior cornerback Jaire Alexander is one of the best cover corners in the country and would be a huge asset to the Cardinals in this game.I don’t think the hype matches what I’ve seen on film. He’s got the speed to match Jones and his ability to close from the back side makes him one of the best pure sideline-to-sideline linebackers in the country.He’s also a very good blitzer and one of Jones’ weaknesses happens to be in pass protection, so that could be a battle to watch in this game.