Scout.com has confirmed that representatives from the Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers will be in Bowling Green, Ohio this Thursday night for the start of the college football season to see Bowling Green open up against Troy.
Even though the game is at Bowling Green, most of the scouts in attendance will be paying attention to the prospects from Troy. Last week, Scout.com reported that 17 teams visited Troy University during the month of August to get a sneak peek of their top prospects, and of the five teams attending Thursday night’s game, the 49ers are the only team that made the trip to Troy, Alabama for practice.
Of the three, the two highly touted prospects from Troy are Lang and Sheffield. Lang finished the ’08 season with 69 tackles, 17.5 for a loss, and 10.5 sacks; he’s currently the third rated DE prospect in Scout.com’s 2010 NFL Draft Rankings. And Sheffield, who emerged last season with 66 tackles, 12.5 for a loss, and 5.5 sacks, is the 10th rated OLB by Scout.com. But over the last two years, Lee, the fifth rated MLB by Scout.com, has been Troy’s leading tackler and one of the most underrated performers in the nation. Last season, the 6-foot, 242-pound Lee finished with 126 tackles, 9.5 for a loss, 4.5 sacks and two interceptions.
At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Brown is a transfer from Richmond, who took over as the starting quarterback for Troy at the midway point last season after sitting out the entire 2007 season due to his transfer. Playing in 10 games last year, Brown emerged as an intriguing prospect by completing 61.7-percent of his passes for 2,030 yards and 15 touchdowns. He displayed great decision making as a starter and threw just three interceptions in ’08. There are high expectations for Brown this year, and with another solid showing, he will climb up draft boards as the season progresses.Sheehan has a similar build to Brown, standing at 6-foot-3, 223 pounds, but they have a different style of play, as Sheehan has primarily worked out of the shotgun during his career. However, this season the Falcons will work more under center, and it will be a transition for Sheehan, who enters his third year as a starter. Sheehan has been a consistent performer the last two years and has displayed great accuracy during his tenure. Last year, he completed 66.8-percent of his passes for 2,610 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The accuracy that he’s shown has been helped by him being in the shotgun, which gives him a better opportunity to look over the defense. With the team going towards a more traditional offense, rather than running the spread, it will be interesting to see how Sheehan adjusts and if it will affect his play.
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