Scout Watch: Utah State at Utah

With the college football season starting this week, Scout.com's Chris Steuber has the latest and confirms that four NFL teams will witness the Utah State, Utah rivalry on Thursday night.

Scout.com has confirmed that representatives from the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans will be in Salt Lake City, Utah this Thursday night to see Utah host its rival Utah State. The Falcons are sending their Director of College Scouting David Caldwell, and the Niners will be represented by their Director of Player Personnel Trent Baalke.


Sylvester is one of the top linebackers in the nation and is ready to prove it this season.
AP/Richard Shiro

Not only will this game be one sided on the scoreboard in favor of the home team, but the Utes also hold the edge over the Aggies in potential pro prospects. Outside of center Brennan McFadden, who isn’t a highly rated player, the Aggies have little to offer to NFL scouts. The main reason why four teams are traveling to see this game in person is because of the three outstanding senior prospects Utah has in offensive tackle Zane Beadles, linebacker Stevenson Sylvester and defensive end Koa Misi.

It appears that the scouts in attendance will miss Misi on Thursday night, as he’s still recovering from a back injury, but Beadles and Sylvester are worth the travel costs and should have an impressive 2009 debut.

At 6-foot-4, 305 pounds, Beadles is a top 10 offensive tackle in the nation and is currently the 9th rated offensive tackle by Scout.com. Entering his fourth year as a starter, Beadles has been a durable, reliable performer who offers versatility to a team at the next level. He started his career at left guard and was moved to left tackle prior to his sophomore year. He’s an athletic lineman who has a lot of upside. He has a solid base, moves his feet well and is strong at the point of attack. He demonstrates excellent balance and uses his hands effectively in pass protection and in running situations. He has to play lower and not allow the opposition to get in on him. He shows good awareness, but at times loses concentration and doesn’t finish his blocks.

Sylvester is coming off of a junior year where he recorded 73 tackles, eight for a loss, and 3.5 sacks, a year that has placed him in the spotlight as one of the best linebackers in the country. At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, Sylvester is a gifted defender who forces the action and is very instinctive on the field. He breaks down well, sheds blocks and is physical at the line of scrimmage. He’s tough to knock off his feet and moves well laterally flowing towards the ball. He takes good angles in pursuit and positions himself well to make plays. He has good range, gets depth on his drops and is aware of his surroundings in coverage. Sylvester is currently the 9th rated outside linebacker by Scout.com.

Other Utes players that will receive interest from scouts are seniors; running back Matt Asiata, and free safety Robert Johnson, as well as juniors; center Zane Taylor and guard Caleb Schlauderaff.



A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com.


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