Scout.com has confirmed that representatives from the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams will be in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday night to witness one of college football's most heated rivalries between Louisville and Kentucky.
When these two teams matchup, it's always an intriguing contest that usually has a lot of dramatics. But from a scouting standpoint, it's the prospects on the Kentucky roster that intrigue scouts; most notably Wildcats cornerback Trevard Lindley. Entering Week 3 of the college season, Kentucky has played just one game thus far and shutout visiting Miami of Ohio, 42 – 0. In that contest, Lindley showed why the NFL is excited about his potential at the next level, as he finished with three tackles, an interception that he returned for a 25-yard touchdown and three passes defended.
At 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, Lindley is an athletic cover corner who is coming off of an outstanding junior campaign where he recorded 39 tackles and four interceptions. Despite his lean frame, Lindley plays physically and defends the run well. He jams the opposition at the line, transitions well with receivers and positions and displays good footwork throughout the route. He has a great sense of timing, breaks well on the ball and has good ball skills. He's more than willing to take on a bigger opponent in the open field and make a tackle; he plays much bigger than his listed size.
Scouts attending the game will also have their eye on MLB Micah Johnson, DT Corey Peters, FB John Conner, TE T.C. Drake, RB Alfonso Smith and OTs Justin Jeffries and Zipp Duncan. Kentucky also has a few promising juniors that will generate some interest; QB Mike Harline, RB Derrick Locke and WR Chris Matthews.The top prospect for the visiting Cardinals is middle linebacker Jon Dempsey, who led the team in tackles last year with 80. Dempsey got off to a great start this season as he had 10 tackles against Indiana State in Louisville's first and only game thus far. A former JUCO transfer from the College of Sequoias, Dempsey is an undersized defender who displays good instincts, outstanding tackling technique and a nose for the ball. Another solid defensive player for the Cardinals is free safety Richard Raglin. At 6-foot-1, 202 pounds, Raglin played in just three games last season after suffering a severe wrist injury. And in his first game this season, Raglin finished with three tackles. A fifth year senior, who delivers hard hits and possesses solid leadership qualities, Raglin looks to have a breakout year and elevate his draft status.
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