|Ben Chappell QB Indiana|
|Adequate height and good overall size. Very productive player in a pass-first offense who made significant strides in senior year. Strong arm; can make just about any throw asked of him.|
|Inconsistent with his decision making; trusts his arm too much. Played in a system which inflated his statistics. Very inconsistent. When things start to unravel he falls apart quickly and appears to struggle to regain confidence.|
|Chappell has the basic skills necessary to succeed in the NFL – a strong arm and decent accuracy. His inconsistent performance doesn’t instill much confidence, but he has the raw ability that should get him a look. His improved performance from his junior to senior year is a good sign. His best football could still be ahead.|
The most intriguing player to watch this weekend is Boston College’s Mark Herzlich. One of the biggest questions I have about Herzlich is his athleticism. He’s facing N.C. State’s Russell Wilson today, possibly the most athletic quarterback in the ACC. It will be interesting to see how he fares.
I’m also excited to see Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell against Ohio State. Chappell is having an impressive season despite not having much talent around him, but Ohio State will be his toughest test of the season. He’ll be under pressure consistently, and how he holds up will go a long way towards determining his draft stock.
Christian Ponder is another quarterback to watch today. He won’t get tested often in the ACC this year, and facing Miami on the road will be one of his toughest tests. Miami has a talented secondary which could give Ponder trouble.
Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins is another defense player to keep an eye on. Jenkins is Florida’s top cornerback, but LSU’s top receiver Terrence Toliver is five inches taller and far more physical than Jenkins. It will be interesting to see if the Gators assign Jenkins to Toliver. If they don’t, it will be a telling sign about how the coaching staff feels about his ability to face true No. 1 receivers. Jenkins lack of physical play is the biggest knock against him.