- Steve Muench, Scouts Inc.
Matchups between two top prospects or a highly rated individual and an outstanding unit on the other side of the ball always make a scout sit up in his chair and take notice, even after hours spent poring over game film. Such matchups have arguably the greatest impact on a player's draft status, and here are five that caught my eye this weekend:
Kentucky QB Andre' Woodson vs. Mississippi State's pass defense
Woodson's Heisman Trophy hopes took a substantial hit after he threw three picks in the fourth quarter of Kentucky's stunning 17-point loss to Mississippi State. On the first interception Woodson tried to hit WR Steve Johnson down the right sideline on a third-and-10 play, but the ball bounced off CB Anthony Johnson's hands and into the hands of S Keith Fitzhugh. This play showed flaws in both Woodson's technique and decision-making. His failure to step into the throw resulted in an underthrown pass that allowed Anthony Johnson to get his hands on it, and though Steve Johnson had a step on Anthony Johnson when Woodson released the ball Fitzhugh was in perfect position to help over the top. Woodson never should have thrown the ball there.
1dEric D. Williams