Scout Watch: Florida State at BYU

NFL teams continue to scout prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft, as the college football season enters Week 3. Scout.com's Chris Steuber has the latest and confirms that three AFC teams will scout the FSU, BYU game on Saturday night.

Scout.com has confirmed that representatives from the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans will travel to Provo, Utah to see a contest between Florida State and BYU, a matchup that’s only taken place twice in the programs’ history with the last game being played in 2000. In the two games between the teams, the Seminoles have owned the Cougars, but a lot has changed over the years; BYU is the 7th ranked team in the nation, while Florida State is trying to find its way back to dominance.


Hall can put points on the board in hurry, but he faces a fast FSU defense on Saturday.
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Entering the 2009 season, the Seminoles had high hopes and were ranked 18th in the nation. But after a devastating 38 – 34 loss to Miami during their season and home opener, in front of a national audience, Florida State is once again searching for an identity. As they prepare for a tough BYU squad, a key head-to-head battle to watch will be between Seminoles cornerback Patrick Robinson and Cougars quarterback Max Hall.

At 5-foot-11, 194 pounds, Robinson has the size/speed combination that scouts desire and the potential to be a shutdown corner at the next level. He has great agility, transitions well with receivers and closes fast on the ball. He’s instinctive and diagnoses the action well. He is a true playmaker and a player quarterbacks avoid throwing towards. He’s not an overly physical defender, but he’s willing to defend against the run and make open field tackles when needed. He’s a quality option on special teams, as he has experience as a return specialist and on coverage teams.

A true playmaker at the cornerback position, Robinson played in just eight games last season after suffering a hip injury. Known for his ballhawk abilities, Robinson only had one interception last year, but during the ’07 season he broke out and collected six. So far this year, Robinson hasn’t picked off a pass, but going up against Hall, a quarterback that likes to air it out and will turn the ball over, there will be plenty of opportunities for Robinson to make plays.

A prolific passer with the uncanny ability to make big throws in key moments, Hall is off to a good start for the Cougars this season and is posting huge numbers. In BYU’s first two games, Hall has completed 71.4-percent of his passes for 638 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. At 6-foot-1, 202 pounds, he is an undersized signal caller, who possesses an elite arm and excellent awareness. He’s patient in the pocket, buys time for his receivers and goes through his progressions fluidly. He’s an accurate passer, who works hard to make positive plays. He makes good decisions with the ball, but tends to force the issue and will turnover the ball. He rifles the ball on out routes, threads the needle between defenders and launches the deep throw with great timing. He has a quick release and doesn’t take unnecessary sacks. He moves well in the pocket and has some agility, but he’s not a threat to make plays with his feet.

Robinson is currently the 3rd rated cornerback, and Hall is the 5th rated quarterback by Scout.com. In addition to Robinson and Hall, here’s a list of prospects – in ranked order – from each team that scouts will focus on during Saturday’s game:

Florida State

Seniors:

1. Dekoda Watson, OLB
2. Jamie Robinson, FS
3. Caz Piurowski, TE
4. Kendrick Stewart, DT
5. Budd Thacker, DT

Juniors:

1. Rodney Hudson, OG
2. Ryan McMahon, C
3. Kendall Smith, MLB
4. Markus White, DE
5. Christian Ponder, QB


BYU

Seniors:

1. Dennis Pitta, TE
2. Jan Jorgensen, DE
3. Andrew George, TE

Juniors:

1. Harvey Unga, RB



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. You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.


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