Scout Watch: Wake Forest at Boston College

As the college football season moves along, more and more scouts from NFL teams will make an appearance at universities across the country. Scout.com's Chris Steuber has the latest and confirms that six teams will scout this ACC showdown in Chestnut Hill.

Scout.com has confirmed that representatives from the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers will be in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon to scout the talent on Wake Forest and Boston College.

An ACC showdown between two unranked 2 – 1 teams, the Eagles and Demon Deacons have had some ups and downs in the early going so far. But that won’t stop scouts from noticing the prospects they possess.


The Eagles have a quality offensive line and it all starts with Tennant.
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For scouts attending Saturday’s game, the Boston College offensive line will be the main focal point. The Eagles have a lot of talent up front, and it all starts with their anchor, center Matthew Tennant. At 6-foot-4, 291 pounds, Tennant is a durable, intelligent interior presence, who uses his athleticism to his advantage against the opposition. He’s quick off the snap, plays with leverage and immediately gets his hands into the defender. He’s an outstanding pass blocker and gives the quarterback confidence knowing that the interior is protected. He plays with a high motor and gives maximum effort. He has to improve his upper-body strength and run blocking technique, but has the agility to get to the second level and make an impact. Tennant is currently the 3rd rated center by Scout.com. Also starring on the offensive line are two imposing junior offensive tackles, 6-foot-7, 295-pound Anthony Castonzo, who is very highly rated, and 6-foot-8, 322-pound Richard Lapham.

Prior to the start of the 2009 season, Boston College received bad news regarding their two best defensive players, OLB Mark Herzlich and MLB Mike McLaughlin. Herzlich, a projected first round selection in the 2010 draft, was diagnosed in May with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a malignant tumor most often found in bone or soft tissue, and at one point was battling for his life. But after undergoing chemotherapy and rehab, it appears that there’s a chance that Herzlich, who’s determined to play football next year, could return to football in 2010 with Boston College. That would be a great story. McLaughlin tore his achillies tendon during a routine conditioning drill prior to spring ball and has been out of action ever since. But after rehab and conditioning, McLaughlin is back at practice this week for the first time all year, and while he’s listed as doubtful for this weekend’s game, it’s probable that he will make his season debut on October 3rd against Florida State.

Scouts will also pay close attention to senior safety Marty Bowman and wide receiver Rich Gunnell this weekend, as well as junior OG Thomas Claiborne, DE Alex Albright and FS Wes Davis.

But the top player on the field Saturday may very well be from the visiting Demon Deacons in cornerback Brandon Ghee. At 6-foot, 190 pounds, Ghee is a physical cornerback with lock-down ability. He has excellent footwork, fluid hips and the tenacious attitude to deliver a devastating hit. He’s strong at the point of attack, aggressive throughout routes and has success against receivers of all sizes. He has a great sense of timing, possesses a quick burst and has the ball skills to turn defense into offense instantly. Scouts overlooked Ghee last year, as they were concentrating on Alphonso Smith and Aaron Curry. However, in evaluating Smith and Curry, they discovered Ghee and noticed his potential as an elite defender. Ghee is currently the 8th rated cornerback by Scout.com. In addition to Ghee, the Demon Deacons have two more defenders scouts are interested in, DT Boo Robinson and DE John Russell.

 

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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