'07 NFL Draft: Weekend in Review

A huge battle in the Big Ten with national title implications caught the fancy of the college football world on Saturday. Yet several other games from the conference saw good performances from NFL-prospects.

Several defensive front seven players from Penn State have really stood out recently.  As a result they are watching their draft stock rise. 

Tackles Jay Alford and Ed Johnson have both done a terrific job up front as run stuffers as well as pass rushers.  Alford has totaled 30-tackles with 12.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks this season.  Johnson, whose numbers to date include 33/8.5/5 in ten games, is an interesting story.  

Suspended last season for violating school rules, Johnson has been strong most of this season.  Coming into the year with a free agent grade, he's improved to a fifth round prospect.  Alford carried a mid-round grade at season's start and he could broach the late part of the draft's first day base on his play this year.

Paul Posluszny continues to finish the year strong.  After a combined 29-tackles in the seasons final three games, Posluszny ended the year as the Nittany Lions top tackler.  Not bad for a guy who started so slowly.  Posluszny, who has restored most of previous his draft ranking, would be best served participating in the Senior Bowl this January.

Another Big Ten prospect flying up draft boards is Wisconsin cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu.  Shutting down opponents on a weekly basis, Ikegwuonu has two interceptions to go with his team leading eleven pass defenses.  A red-shirt sophomore, Ikegwuonu already grades high on the list of cornerback prospects. 

Minnesota tight end Matt Spaeth has really impressed a lot of scouts with his toughness.  Spaeth, whose been suffering from a shoulder injury, posted 47 receptions this year for 564-receiving yards, a single season best for the Gophers.  Spaeth has put off needed surgery to repair his injured shoulder until after the team's bowl game.  This will likely keep Spaeth from any post-season All Star games.

Auburn  offensive guard Ben Grubbs has looked really good and is moving up draft boards.  Dominating defenders at the point of attack, many scouts feel Grubbs has first round ability but is a better fit early in round two.

Virginia Tech linebacker Vince Hall continues to look outstanding this season.  The multi-purpose defender leads the team in tackles and tackle for loss. 

Against Wake Forest Hall was omni-present making plays all over the field.  If he enters the draft there is a real chance he could slide into the first round.

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